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IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 619: Constructing and Deconstructing Medieval Boundaries

Tuesday 7 July 2020, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Onderzoekschool Mediëvistiek
Organiser:Rob Meens, Departement Geschiedenis en Kunstgeschiedenis, Universiteit Utrecht
Moderator/Chair:Rob Meens, Departement Geschiedenis en Kunstgeschiedenis, Universiteit Utrecht
Paper 619-aPaulinus of Aquileia and the Adoptionist Controversy: Rhetorical Strategies and Political Embedding
(Language: English)
Katia Riccardo, Utrecht Centre for Medieval Studies Universiteit Utrecht
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Learning (The Classical Inheritance), Rhetoric, Theology
Paper 619-bImagined Emotional Borders: About the Emotional Practices of the Crusaders during the 1st Crusade
(Language: English)
Karsten Schuil, Afdeling Geschiedenis Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
Index terms: Crusades, Mentalities, Social History
Paper 619-cDraconcopedes in the Iconography of the Fall
(Language: English)
Isabelle van Leeuwen, Utrecht Centre for Medieval Studies Universiteit Utrecht
Index terms: Art History - Painting, Biblical Studies, Folk Studies, Hebrew and Jewish Studies
Paper 619-dRiesen, Gîgante, and Kawr: Giants as Human Reflections in Medieval Literature
(Language: English)
Harry Armstrong, Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen Universiteit Utrecht
Index terms: Folk Studies, Language and Literature - Celtic, Language and Literature - Comparative, Language and Literature - German

This session examines medieval boundaries from different angles. The first paper discusses the formation of boundaries through rhetorical means by looking at the ways in which Paulinus of Aquilea contructed a boundary between orthodox Christian belief and the 'adoptionists'. The second paper critically examines the concept of 'emotional communities' by looking at letters written by crusaders during the First Crusade. It will argue that in this context the concept of liminality is more useful as well as that of emotional practices, as developed by Monique Sheer. The third paper looks into snakes with the face of a young woman, which were known as Draconcopedes. It examines in particular how these borderline creatures were depicted in the iconography of 'the Fall' from the 13th century onwards in relation to Lilith, the first wife of Adam who was mostly known from Jewish literature. The last paper will look into the giants as found in medieval literary sources written in Middle Welsh and Middle High German and will argue that these creatures are much more interesting than the current interpretation as simply malevolent characters warrant. An analysis of these non-human creatures will shed light on the boundaries between giants and humans.