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IMC 2023: Sessions

Session 803: Magic, Astrology, Spells as a Way to Tackle Fear?: Early and Late Medieval Perspectives

Tuesday 4 July 2023, 16.30-18.00

Organiser:Beata Możejko, Zakład Historii Średniowiecza Polski i Nauk Pomocniczych Historii, Uniwersytet Gdański
Moderator/Chair:Piotr Oliński, Instytut Historii i Archiwistyki, Uniwersytet Mikołaja Kopernika, Toruń
Paper 803-aApotropaic and Protective Practices in Medieval Nubia
(Language: English)
Magdalena Łaptaś, Instytut Historii Sztuki, Uniwersytet Kardynała Stefana Wyszyńskiego, Warszawa
Index terms: Anthropology, Art History - Decorative Arts, Art History - Painting, Religious Life
Paper 803-bMedieval Astrology: Science or Magic?
(Language: English)
Sylwia Konarska-Zimnicka, Instytut Historii, Uniwersytet Jana Kochanowskiego, Kielcach
Index terms: Anthropology, Medicine, Mentalities, Science
Paper 803-cChurch and Science: Relations and Cooperation between Bishops and People of Science in Late Medieval Poland
(Language: English)
Zofia Wilk-Woś, Instytut Bezpieczeństwa Narodowego, Społeczna Akademia Nauk, Łódź
Index terms: Anthropology, Daily Life, Education, Religious Life

Inhabitants of medieval Nubia lived in constant fear of the evil forces that could destroy their lives. Therefore they tried to protect themselves and their surroundings with apotropaic images, inscriptions and symbols. The aim of the first paper will be to present and analyze a part of the material and to show it in a broader Mediterranean context. The second paper will focus on astrology, as the integral part of human existence in the Middle Ages. Astrology provided meteorological information and warned of dangers but it was also perceived as something evil. The aim of third paper is to show how hierarchs of Polish Church and people of science used to network. These connections were of both professional and private nature. Bishops could ask university professors for legal advice , and also correspond with the greatest thinkers of their time.