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IMC 2023: Sessions

Session 821: Marginal Groups and the Written Word in the Merovingian World

Tuesday 4 July 2023, 16.30-18.00

Organisers:Ophelia Norris, Utrecht Centre for Medieval Studies, Universiteit Utrecht
Eduard Visintini, Utrecht Centre for Medieval Studies, Universiteit Utrecht
Moderator/Chair:Marco Mostert, Onderzoekinstituut voor Geschiedenis en Kunstgeschiedenis, Universiteit Utrecht
Paper 821-aJewish Epitaphs in Merovingian Gaul: Identity and Identification
(Language: English)
Ophelia Norris, Utrecht Centre for Medieval Studies, Universiteit Utrecht
Index terms: Epigraphy, Hebrew and Jewish Studies, Literacy and Orality, Theology
Paper 821-bUnfreedom in the Merovingian Church: The Use of Ecclesiastical Concepts and Terminology
(Language: English)
Eduard Visintini, Utrecht Centre for Medieval Studies, Universiteit Utrecht
Index terms: Hagiography, Liturgy, Literacy and Orality, Social History
Paper 821-cThe Role of Women in Late Antique and Early Medieval Penitential Books
(Language: English)
Henriette von Harnier, Bonn Center for Dependency & Slavery Studies, Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universit├Ąt Bonn
Index terms: Law, Literacy and Orality, Women's Studies
Abstract

This panel focuses on marginal groups and networks in Merovingian society in relation to literacy and the descriptive potential of the written word; the concept of marginality being here understood in a large sense, encompassing socio-economic, ethno-religious, and gendered realities. To better understand broader questions of literacy in the Merovingian world, the panel studies the ways in which marginals and their existences are depicted and how they depict themselves. It covers topics ranging from systems of unfreedom in legal and narrative sources, to the identification of Jews in funerary epitaphs, to questions of gendered dependency in legal and religious written sources.