Session Title

Institution and Society: Church Councils in Early Medieval Europe

Sponsoring Organization(s)

Special Session

Organizer Name

Ralph J. Patrello

Organizer Affiliation

Univ. of Florida

Presider Name

Andrew Welton

Presider Affiliation

Univ. of Florida

Paper Title 1

Eliseus and Johannes of Cabra: A Freedman and His Bishop in Visigothic Spain

Presenter 1 Name

Rebecca A. Devlin

Presenter 1 Affiliation

Univ. of Florida

Paper Title 2

Marcellinus at Carthage: Theology and Imperial Law at the Conference of Carthage in 411

Presenter 2 Name

Laurent J. Cases

Presenter 2 Affiliation

Pennsylvania State Univ.

Paper Title 3

Where Have All the Councils Gone? Conducting Church Business under the Visigoths, 470-506

Presenter 3 Name

Ralph J. Patrello

Paper Title 4

Respondent

Presenter 4 Name

Gregory I. Halfond

Presenter 4 Affiliation

Framingham State Univ.

Start Date

10-5-2013 1:30 PM

Session Location

Schneider 2345

Description

While scholarship has traditionally focused on church councils as a source of information on the development of orthodox Christian theology, Gregory Halfond's recent work, The Archaeology of Frankish Church Councils, AD 511-768 (Brill, 2010) has suggested a different approach, that of institutional history. Taking his work as a starting point, these sessions propose to look at the church councils in early medieval Europe as part of a larger institution that both formed and transformed the social world. As religious institutions, church councils were certainly important in shaping notions of correct belief and practice, but as meeting places for influential and powerful men, they also reflected and indeed altered society more generally. By looking at church councils as both collections of individual bishops seeking to promote their own agendas and as mechanisms for legitimizing both secular and sacred rule, the papers presented here will use the records of these assemblies as a new source for understanding the participants themselves and their communities in local and larger contexts. With papers on Spain, Gaul, and North Africa, this session will thus present new approaches to the study of church councils as integral parts of early medieval social formation.

Ralph J. Patrello and Rebecca Devlin

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May 10th, 1:30 PM

Institution and Society: Church Councils in Early Medieval Europe

Schneider 2345

While scholarship has traditionally focused on church councils as a source of information on the development of orthodox Christian theology, Gregory Halfond's recent work, The Archaeology of Frankish Church Councils, AD 511-768 (Brill, 2010) has suggested a different approach, that of institutional history. Taking his work as a starting point, these sessions propose to look at the church councils in early medieval Europe as part of a larger institution that both formed and transformed the social world. As religious institutions, church councils were certainly important in shaping notions of correct belief and practice, but as meeting places for influential and powerful men, they also reflected and indeed altered society more generally. By looking at church councils as both collections of individual bishops seeking to promote their own agendas and as mechanisms for legitimizing both secular and sacred rule, the papers presented here will use the records of these assemblies as a new source for understanding the participants themselves and their communities in local and larger contexts. With papers on Spain, Gaul, and North Africa, this session will thus present new approaches to the study of church councils as integral parts of early medieval social formation.

Ralph J. Patrello and Rebecca Devlin