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IMC 2019: Sessions

Session 240: The Use and Construction of Place, Space, and Materiality in Late Antiquity

Monday 1 July 2019, 14.15-15.45

Organiser:Catherine-Rose Hailstone, Department of History, University of York
Moderator/Chair:Simon Loseby, Department of History, University of Sheffield
Paper 240-aMateriality and the Holy in Gregory of Tours
(Language: English)
Edward James, School of History, University College Dublin
Index terms: Daily Life, Ecclesiastical History, Hagiography, Religious Life
Paper 240-bTrace, Space, Place: The Materiality of Identity in Merovingian Gaul
(Language: English)
Guy Halsall, Department of History, University of York
Index terms: Archaeology - Artefacts, Architecture - Religious, Architecture - Secular, Social History
Paper 240-cPlace and Space: Gregory, Materiality, and the Fear of God
(Language: English)
Catherine-Rose Hailstone, Department of History, University of York
Index terms: Architecture - Religious, Ecclesiastical History, Mentalities, Social History

This session will discuss the use and construction of place, space and material objects in late antiquity. It will explore how late antique contemporaries created social spaces in their world (i.e. through costume and architecture) in addition to examining how public figures (i.e. saints and bishops) used those spaces, places and other material objects to create, maintain and expand worldly and holy power. The papers in this session will raise methodological questions about the ways by which historians might discover how contemporaries created space as well as how we might use place, space and materiality to enhance our understanding of late antique society.