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IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 1547: Boundaries of Holiness, Frontiers of Sanctity, I

Thursday 9 July 2020, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:National Science Centre Poland Project 'Epiphanies of Saints in Late-Antique Greek Literature'
Organiser:Julia Doroszewska, Instytut Historyczny Uniwersytet Warszawski
Moderator/Chair:Robert Wiśniewski, Instytut Historyczny, Uniwersytet Warszawski
Paper 1547-a'On Earth as it is in Heaven': Late Antique Saints and Secular Celebrity
(Language: English)
Angela Zielinski Kinney, Centre for Advanced Welsh & Celtic Studies, University of Wales, Aberystwyth / Institut für Klassische Philologie, Mittel- und Neulatein, Universität Wien
Index terms: Hagiography, Language and Literature - Latin, Religious Life
Paper 1547-bThe Holy Men beyond the Limits of Humanity in Hagiography, Documentary Papyri, and Graffiti from Western Thebes
(Language: English)
Przemysław Piwowarczyk, Wydział Humanistyczny Uniwersytet Śląski Katowice
Index terms: Epigraphy, Language and Literature - Comparative, Language and Literature - Greek, Monasticism
Paper 1547-cImperial Sainthood?: Justinian's Body between the Political and Religious Spheres
(Language: English)
Jonas Borsch, Seminar für Alte Geschichte, Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen / Heidelberger Akademie der Wissenschaften, Heidelberg
Index terms: Hagiography, Historiography - Medieval, Language and Literature - Greek

This tripartite session aims at exploring the boundaries of holiness and their negotiation in Late Antiquity and Byzantium. Due to their intermediate position between God and the ordinary man, holy men need to operate between the spiritual world and this world. The question thus arises what is it that distinguishes them from both of these realms. The papers will address the following issues: how the saints transgress the boundaries of their humanity?; are these boundaries clear or blurred?; what are the markers of the holy?; does their holiness have a spatial dimension as well?