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IMC 2023: Sessions

Session 320: Networks of Dissent and Persecution, III: Fluidity and Connections in Religious Identity Construction

Monday 3 July 2023, 16.30-18.00

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:Michael Bailey, Department of History, Iowa State University, Ames
Paper 320-aComing to Terms: Beguins, Beguines, Tertiaries, Beghards, and the Network Boundary Problem in the 14th Century
(Language: English)
Delfi-Isabel Nieto-Isabel, Departament d'Història Medieval, Paleografia i Diplomàtica, Universitat de Barcelona
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Lay Piety, Religious Life
Paper 320-bThe Life of Clare of Rimini as a Case Study in the Flow of Controversial Religious Claims
(Language: English)
Sean L. Field, Department of History, University of Vermont
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Lay Piety, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Paper 320-cSisters of Odelind: A Hidden Network of Beguines and Sisters Becomes Visible
(Language: English)
Letha Böhringer, Historisches Institut, Universität zu Köln
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Lay Piety, Religious Life
Abstract

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. The final session of the series will tackle processes of co-construction of 'heretical' identities and discuss how the dynamics of these processes constantly trespassed and redefined the boundaries of what could be considered religious dissent among lay communities.