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IMC 2019: Sessions

Session 615: Materiality of Death, II

Tuesday 2 July 2019, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Institut für Geschichte, Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz
Organiser:Romedio Schmitz-Esser, Abteilung für Mittelalterliche Geschichte, Historisches Seminar, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
Moderator/Chair:Miri Rubin, School of History, Queen Mary, University of London
Paper 615-a'Deviancy': The Rise of the Restless Dead in Medieval Archaeology
(Language: English)
Roberta Gilchrist, Department of Archaeology, University of Reading
Index terms: Anthropology, Archaeology - General, Daily Life, Religious Life
Paper 615-bMateriality and Sanctity in Medieval Ashkenaz
(Language: English)
Anna Lidor-Osprian, Institut für Geschichte, Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz
Index terms: Hagiography, Hebrew and Jewish Studies, Lay Piety, Religious Life
Paper 615-cThe Corpse in Medieval German Literature
(Language: English)
Oxana Polozhentseva, Deutsches Institut, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz
Index terms: Language and Literature - German, Lay Piety, Literacy and Orality, Medicine

Using an interdisciplinary approach, these three sessions discuss the relationship between material culture and death, currently intensely debated in archaeology, medieval history, and literary studies. Inviting junior as well as senior researchers, the sessions aim at opening up perspectives on the topic across cultural, religious, and geographic borders, which remain overemphasised in current research. This particular session combines a re-evaluation of the concept of 'deviancy' in archaeology, a comparative study in the use of materiality and hagiographic models in medieval Jewish communities, and an overview of the treatment of corpses in medieval German literature.