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IMC 2023: Sessions

Session 142: The Art of Ruling People and Places

Monday 3 July 2023, 11.15-12.45

Organiser:Neslihan ┼×enocak, Department of History, Columbia University
Moderator/Chair:Melanie Brunner, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Paper 142-aThe Emergence of Pastoral Power in Late Antique Italy
(Language: English)
Neslihan ┼×enocak, Department of History, Columbia University
Index terms: Administration, Ecclesiastical History, Political Thought, Theology
Paper 142-bMaking the Anthropocene in Medieval Christendom
(Language: English)
Amanda Power, St Catherine's College, University of Oxford
Index terms: Administration, Geography and Settlement Studies, Political Thought, Social History
Paper 142-cGovernance of Saints: Cistercian Communities and Their Approach to Saints in the Later Middle Ages
(Language: English)
Emilia Jamroziak, Institute for Medieval Studies / School of History, University of Leeds
Index terms: Administration, Ecclesiastical History, Monasticism, Religious Life

During the medieval period, Christian institutions in Europe developed forms of governance that have had lasting consequences, in human and environmental terms. While the notion of the ruler as shepherd and pastor was found in the most ancient states, the medieval conception of governance as a pastoral activity brought together metaphor and practice in striking new ways. The ruling of people and places together, seeking to tame both, and render them profitable, resulted in some distinctive and ongoing ideological formulations. Each paper in the session explores these issues from a different angle. We examine the expansion of networks of Christian rulers, secular as well as ecclesiastical, and the rise of 'pastoral power'; the resonances between the language and practices of this form of governance; and the creation of saints as a 'resource' that required taming and nurturing, but could provide a powerful defence for humanity in a hostile world.