IMC 2019: Sessions

Session 438: Power Matters: Hagiographic Rhetoric and Patronal Dynamics in Historiographical Sources - A Round Table Discussion

Monday 1 July 2019, 19.00-20.00

Sponsor:Amsterdam University Press
Organiser:Shannon Cunningham, Amsterdam University Press / Arc Humanities Press / Medieval Institute Publications, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo
Moderator/Chair:Nikolas Hoel, Department of History, Northeastern Illinois University
Abstract

This round table discussion engages the audience with contributors to a forthcoming volume on the comparative cross-cultural study of ‘hagiography’ and ‘patronage’. The book’s editor and authors will share reflections on the approaches and methods adopted in applying these categories to the examination of religious phenomena, rigorously examined within their historical, cultural, political, and doctrinal contingency. Ultimately, the session will raise and develop fundamental theoretical issues and process questions about the validity and value of these taxonomies, and of the comparative approach as an effective heuristic strategy for the apprehension of historical realities.

Participants include David DiValerio (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee), Kevin Guilfoy (Carroll University, Wisconsin), and Massimo Rondolino (Carroll University, Wisconsin).