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IMC 2023: Sessions

Session 431: Perspectives on Educational Communities in the High Middle Ages: Four New Books - A Round Table Discussion

Monday 3 July 2023, 19.00-20.00

Organiser:Babette Hellemans, Afdeling Geschiedenis, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen / Wolfson College, University of Oxford
Moderator/Chairs:Marco Mostert, Onderzoekinstituut voor Geschiedenis en Kunstgeschiedenis, Universiteit Utrecht
Sita Steckel, Historisches Seminar, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster

This round table discussion, presented by four authors who recently finished a monograph on cultures of education in the High Middle Ages, concerns the diversity of learning, power structures of knowledge, relationships between laypeople and monks / nuns, and the interrelatedness between men, women, and children. The representation of the long 12th-century Renaissance as a key reference to ideologies about individuality has triggered a static image of this period as the crème-de-la-crème of intellectual medieval history, which has little to do with the diverse and vibrant emancipatory forces that took place in education. Our panel will address these kinds of representations as well as their impact on teaching and research.

Participants include Babette Hellemans (Rijksuniversiteit Groningen), Micol Long (Università degli Studi di Padova), Emily Ward (University of Edinburgh), and Claudia Wittig (Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg).