IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 631: The Social Dynamics of Religious Dissent, II: Economy, Exchange, and Community

Tuesday 7 July 2020, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Centre for the Digital Research of Religion / Dissident Networks Project (DISSINET), Masarykova univerzita, Brno
Organisers:Robert Shaw, Oriel College, University of Oxford
David Zbíral, Department for the Study of Religions, Masarykova univerzita, Brno
Moderator/Chair:David Zbíral, Department for the Study of Religions, Masarykova univerzita, Brno
Paper 631-aSecurity and Competition: Confiscations and Spiritual Authority in Southern French Inquisitions
(Language: English)
Lucy Sackville, Exeter College, University of Oxford
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Economics - General, Politics and Diplomacy, Social History
Paper 631-bThe Social Dynamics of Heterodox Reading in Late Medieval England
(Language: English)
Rob Lutton, Department of History, University of Nottingham
Index terms: Anthropology, Literacy and Orality, Religious Life, Social History
Paper 631-cFrom Rural to Urban: The Relationship of the First Generations of the Unity of Brethren to Economy and Crafts
(Language: English)
Vít Marša, Department for the Study of Religions, Masarykova univerzita, Brno
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Economics - General, Social History, Theology
Abstract

In the medieval West, heresy was often associated with economic roles (e.g. weaving or shoemaking). While historians now recognise that dissident societies were rarely confined to certain trades, professions, or social strata, our sources record fine detail on the material interests, practices, and exchanges that dissidents engaged with, both among themselves and with others, as well as related social perceptions. This session seeks to uncover the economic dynamics and material interactions and exchanges that were integral to dissident society, including their relationship to spiritual life and community.