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IMC 2019: Sessions

Session 311: Honour in Medieval Culture, II

Monday 1 July 2019, 16.30-18.00

Organiser:Christopher Liebtag Miller, Berlin Program for Advanced German & European Studies, Freie Universität Berlin
Moderator/Chair:Christopher Liebtag Miller, Berlin Program for Advanced German & European Studies, Freie Universität Berlin
Paper 311-aHonour among Heretics: A Gendered Analysis
(Language: English)
Yvette Debergue, Department of Studies in Religion, University of Sydney
Index terms: Gender Studies, Religious Life, Social History, Women's Studies
Paper 311-bLand, Honour, and Status in Southern France in the 10th and 11th Centuries
(Language: English)
Orsolya Varró, Department of Medieval & Early Modern History, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest
Index terms: Daily Life, Law, Local History, Social History
Paper 311-cHonor communis et populi: The Concept of Honour Applied to Late Medieval Italian Communities
(Language: English)
Lidia Zanetti Domingues, St Cross College, University of Oxford
Index terms: Local History, Mentalities, Social History
Paper 311-dHonour and Power in Norman Sicily
(Language: English)
Andrea Vannelli, Independent Scholar, Palermo
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Local History, Medievalism and Antiquarianism, Social History

Across linguistic, cultural, and geographic boundaries, the concept of 'honour' is seemingly omnipresent in the records of medieval culture. This omnipresence and the broad semantic range granted to 'honour' in both modern and medieval usage present considerable difficulties for the scholar. Are differing conceptualizations of honour as value system or symbolic capital distinct manifestations, or are they fundamentally interconnected? To what extent are these conceptions static or dynamic within individual texts, societies, narrative traditions, or cultural spheres? This session will explore possibilities of interpretation offered by both competing and complimentary conceptions of honour and its role in medieval culture and society. This session is one of two proposed on this theme. Where the first session will focus on literature, the second will have a historical focus.