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IMC 2023: Sessions

Session 831: Hunt - Fight - Divine: Pragmatic Writings as Entanglements of Theory and Practice

Tuesday 4 July 2023, 16.30-18.00

Organiser:Eric Burkart, Abteilung Mittelalterliche Geschichte, Universität Trier
Moderator/Chair:Eric Burkart, Abteilung Mittelalterliche Geschichte, Universität Trier
Paper 831-aThe Textualisation of Martial Arts: How Fighting Practices Became an Object of Theoretical Knowledge
(Language: English)
Eric Burkart, Abteilung Mittelalterliche Geschichte, Universität Trier
Index terms: Literacy and Orality, Manuscripts and Palaeography, Military History
Paper 831-bMagical Treasure Hunting: A Learned Practice
(Language: English)
Marco Heiles, Germanistisches Institut, Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule, Universität Aachen
Index terms: Language and Literature - German, Literacy and Orality, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Abstract

This session explores themes surrounding the textual and codicological presentation of technical knowledge in medieval manuscripts. All speakers approach the relationship between theory and practice to ask, how information on the execution of specific tasks was translated into written text. Eric Burkart asks how fighting practices became an object of theoretical knowledge in the course of the 14th and 15th century by exploring fight books and related media. Marco Heiles focuses on ritual magic and magical instructions for treasure hunting, a learned practice for whose application and transmission writing was essential.