Session Title

Sacred Spaces and Political Places: Fostering Regional Identities through Historical and Literary Medieval Pilgrimage II

Sponsoring Organization(s)

Special Session

Organizer Name

Laura Clark

Organizer Affiliation

Baylor Univ.

Presider Name

Ali Asgar H. Alibhai

Presider Affiliation

Harvard Univ.

Paper Title 1

The Wilton Chronicle's Life of Saint Edith of Wilton

Presenter 1 Name

Laura Clark

Paper Title 2

Defining a Nation: Regional Negotiations of National Identity in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

Presenter 2 Name

Ruth M. E. Oldman

Presenter 2 Affiliation

Indiana Univ. of Pennsylvania

Paper Title 3

Constricting the "Other Jerusalem": Creation Tradition in Georgian Historical Narrative and Urban Space

Presenter 3 Name

Eka Avaliani

Presenter 3 Affiliation

International Black Sea Univ.

Start Date

12-5-2016 3:30 PM

Session Location

Fetzer 2030

Description

Among the many factors impelling medieval pilgrimage, these sessions seek to examine those elements which fostered regional identity. The dedication of pilgrims traveling varying distances to experience the divine at sacred destinations was simultaneously enhanced by patrons who promoted traffic to and maintained pilgrimage sites. Saints’ shrines, tombs, and holy relics reinforced cultural and social identities relevant to the geographical and religious characteristics of a given locale and they helped shape and strengthen the prevailing political landscapes. These two panels closely examine Muslim and/or Christian medieval texts, both literary and historical, which foster regional identity through their promotive character as they call attention to medieval sites of pilgrimage, relics, and/or the history of saints.

Laura Clark , Ali Asgar H. Alibhai

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May 12th, 3:30 PM

Sacred Spaces and Political Places: Fostering Regional Identities through Historical and Literary Medieval Pilgrimage II

Fetzer 2030

Among the many factors impelling medieval pilgrimage, these sessions seek to examine those elements which fostered regional identity. The dedication of pilgrims traveling varying distances to experience the divine at sacred destinations was simultaneously enhanced by patrons who promoted traffic to and maintained pilgrimage sites. Saints’ shrines, tombs, and holy relics reinforced cultural and social identities relevant to the geographical and religious characteristics of a given locale and they helped shape and strengthen the prevailing political landscapes. These two panels closely examine Muslim and/or Christian medieval texts, both literary and historical, which foster regional identity through their promotive character as they call attention to medieval sites of pilgrimage, relics, and/or the history of saints.

Laura Clark , Ali Asgar H. Alibhai