Skip to main content

IMC 2023: Sessions

Session 109: The Formation of Discourse Communities in Late Antiquity, 500-700, I: Iberia

Monday 3 July 2023, 11.15-12.45

Organisers:Kay Boers, Utrecht Centre for Medieval Studies, Universiteit Utrecht
Becca Grose, Departement Geschiedenis en Kunstgeschiedenis, Universiteit Utrecht
Moderator/Chair:Rebecca Maloy, College of Music, University of Colorado, Boulder
Paper 109-aA Change of Terms: Discourses of Diverse Liturgies in Visigothic Iberia
(Language: English)
Molly Lester, Department of History, United States Naval Academy, Maryland
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Liturgy
Paper 109-bChristian Political Discourse in Visigothic Iberia: Theory and Practice beyond Contradiction
(Language: English)
Paulo Pachá, Departamento de História, Universidade Federal Fluminense, Rio de Janeiro
Index terms: Political Thought, Social History
Paper 109-cJews and Jesus as Visigothic Catholicism's objets petit a: An Ontotheological Discourse on the Concept of 'Human Nature'
(Language: English)
Michael J. Kelly, School of History, University of Leeds
Index terms: Hebrew and Jewish Studies, Theology

The term discourse community implies the existence of an identifiable discourse or set of mutually recognizable objectives or aspirations, an identifiable group within which this shared language circulated, and an external group where it did not. This session focuses on the formation of discourse communities in 6th and 7th-century Iberia. Its three papers explore the emergence of discourse communities, their maintenance, and the extent to which their conversations shaped their contemporaries social and political realities. The first paper (Lester) investigates how Nicene liturgy affected discourses of religious difference; the second (Pachá) critically analyses the difference in theory and practice in regards to conciliar discourse communities; and the third (Kelly) explores how Catholic conversations about 'human nature' resulted in the labelling of Jews as 'inhuman'.