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IMC 2019: Sessions

Session 1353: The Monastic Dimension of Identity Politics: Hagiographical Rhetoric and the Construction of the Other, II

Wednesday 3 July 2019, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Organiser:Emilia Jamroziak, Institute for Medieval Studies / School of History, University of Leeds
Moderator/Chair:Sita Steckel, Historisches Seminar, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster
Respondent:Alicia Spencer-Hall, School of Languages, Linguistics & Film, Queen Mary University of London
Paper 1353-aHagiography beyond the Saints: Redefining Discipleship, True Islam, and Kashmiri Identity through Sanctifying Narrative
(Language: English)
Dean Accardi, Department of History, Connecticut College
Index terms: Hagiography, Islamic and Arabic Studies, Monasticism
Paper 1353-bThe Furta Sacra Tales as Legitimations of Legitimation Monastic Communities in Medieval Europe
(Language: English)
Marco Papasidero, Independent Scholar, Calabria
Index terms: Hagiography, Monasticism
Paper 1353-cPerforming Identity and the 'Funding Fathers' of Late Monastic Medieval Culture
(Language: English)
Emilia Jamroziak, Institute for Medieval Studies / School of History, University of Leeds
Index terms: Hagiography, Monasticism

The aim of our session is to engage with the comparative approach of the empirical study of strategies for the construction of identity by members of 'monastic' communities, broadly constructed, across a plurality of religious traditions in the greater regions of pre-modern Europe and Asia. In particular, it seeks to understand how the production, distribution and reception of hagiographic material (written, visual, and in music) served as a tool for the implementation of 'monastic' dynamics of legitimation. Ultimately, the panel will expand our scholarly understanding of the cross-cultural processes that characterize religious communities' notions of identity, further contributing also to the re-evaluation of our taxonomy as it challenges established notions of the categories 'monk/monastic' and 'hagiography'. By bringing together scholars who work with the historical (material, textual) evidence of broadly understood monastic material in pre-modern Europe and Asia, together with scholars of religious studies we hope to bridge the gap between 'empirical' and 'theoretical' that often limits discussion. This also includes the reflection over terminology that is intimately derivative of a European and Christian context. In order to provide space and engagement with the theoretical and terminological issues in each session we have provided formal responses that address themes from all the papers cross-comparatively.