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IMC 2023: Sessions

Session 120: Networks of Dissent and Persecution, I: Circulation and Distortion of Normative Religious Discourses

Monday 3 July 2023, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:School of History, Queen Mary University of London
Organiser:Delfi-Isabel Nieto-Isabel, Departament d'Història Medieval, Paleografia i Diplomàtica, Universitat de Barcelona
Moderator/Chair:Lucy Sackville, Exeter College, University of Oxford
Paper 120-aMisinterpreting Origen: Holiness and Heresy of the Ante-Nicene Theologian in the High Middle Ages
(Language: English)
Rachel Ernst, Department of History, Georgia State University
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Sermons and Preaching, Theology
Paper 120-bPermeable Network of Discourses: How Images, Ideals, and Ideas Were Transmitted through the Various Works of Bernard of Clairvaux
(Language: English)
Stamatia Noutsou, Department for the Study of Religions, Masarykova univerzita, Brno
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Monasticism, Sermons and Preaching

Religious dissent is intrinsically defined in opposition to established, normative religious frameworks, but its varied expressions in turn contribute to reshaping religious authority and orthodoxy. The three sessions in this strand will explore the overlap between medieval dissent and persecution from a network perspective, focusing on the actors and the relations between them but, especially, on the flow of ideas, narratives and religious knowledge across and within mainstream and non-mainstream Christian networks. In particular, this first session will revolve around the way in which normative discourses were constructed but also misconstrued and challenged within the accepted boundaries of officially sanctioned religiosity.