Session Title

Politics, Society, and Liturgy in the High Middle Ages: Forging Identity

Sponsoring Organization(s)

PSALM-Network (Politics, Society and Liturgy in the Middle Ages)

Organizer Name

Paweł Figurski

Organizer Affiliation

Univ. Warszawski

Presider Name

William Chester Jordan

Presider Affiliation

Princeton Univ.

Paper Title 1

"A Fire That Burns the Unworthy": Liturgy and Politics on the Byzantine Periphery

Presenter 1 Name

Sean Griffin

Presenter 1 Affiliation

Dartmouth College

Paper Title 2

"New Wine into New Wineskins": Medieval Liturgy and the Making of Poland

Presenter 2 Name

Paweł Figurski

Paper Title 3

The Mixed Nature of a Twelfth-Century Breviary of the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem: The Influence of Politics and Political Identity

Presenter 3 Name

Cara Aspesi

Presenter 3 Affiliation

Univ. of Notre Dame

Start Date

10-5-2018 3:30 PM

Session Location

Schneider 1245

Description

While medieval scholarship has focused on the rituals of social interactions in secular and ecclesiastical contexts (i.e. Gerd Althoff, Geoffrey Koziol, Philippe Buc), liturgical texts and their political and societal impacts have not often been included in those studies. This is a problem, since liturgy, in both its codified form and its practical application, was an essential part of medieval societies, and a rich corpus of primary source material on medieval liturgical practices is available to scholars today. Only a few scholars have noticed the significant link between liturgy and politics (i.e. Carl Erdmann, Ernst Kantorowicz, Arnold Angenendt, Michael McCormick, Éric Palazzo, Cecilia Gaposchkin). Therefore, the goal of the proposed session, as well as the society that organizes it (the PSALM-Network), is to deepen the study of liturgy as an integral component of social and political histories.

Papers in this session will therefore investigate the mutually influencing relationship between liturgy and the socio-political by focusing on the concept of identity. Liturgy was a device by which political, social and religious identities were forged, re-created, manipulated and confirmed. Examples include the role of liturgy in shaping political, religious, and social identities in the borderlands of Christianity (Rus, Poland, the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem).

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May 10th, 3:30 PM

Politics, Society, and Liturgy in the High Middle Ages: Forging Identity

Schneider 1245

While medieval scholarship has focused on the rituals of social interactions in secular and ecclesiastical contexts (i.e. Gerd Althoff, Geoffrey Koziol, Philippe Buc), liturgical texts and their political and societal impacts have not often been included in those studies. This is a problem, since liturgy, in both its codified form and its practical application, was an essential part of medieval societies, and a rich corpus of primary source material on medieval liturgical practices is available to scholars today. Only a few scholars have noticed the significant link between liturgy and politics (i.e. Carl Erdmann, Ernst Kantorowicz, Arnold Angenendt, Michael McCormick, Éric Palazzo, Cecilia Gaposchkin). Therefore, the goal of the proposed session, as well as the society that organizes it (the PSALM-Network), is to deepen the study of liturgy as an integral component of social and political histories.

Papers in this session will therefore investigate the mutually influencing relationship between liturgy and the socio-political by focusing on the concept of identity. Liturgy was a device by which political, social and religious identities were forged, re-created, manipulated and confirmed. Examples include the role of liturgy in shaping political, religious, and social identities in the borderlands of Christianity (Rus, Poland, the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem).

Pawel Figurski