Session Title

Script, Culture, and Identity in Southern Italy: (Re-)Defining the Beneventan Zone (A Roundtable)

Sponsoring Organization(s)

Society for Beneventan Studies

Organizer Name

Andrew J. M. Irving

Organizer Affiliation

Rijksuniv. Groningen

Presider Name

Andrew J. M. Irving

Paper Title 1

Discussant

Presenter 1 Name

Francis Newton

Presenter 1 Affiliation

Duke Univ.

Paper Title 2

Discussant

Presenter 2 Name

Luisa Nardini

Presenter 2 Affiliation

Univ. of Texas-Austin

Paper Title 3

Discussant

Presenter 3 Name

Sarah Davis-Secord

Presenter 3 Affiliation

Univ. of New Mexico

Paper Title 4

Discussant

Presenter 4 Name

Charles Hilken

Presenter 4 Affiliation

St. Mary’s College of California

Paper Title 5

Discussant

Presenter 5 Name

Jeffrey Doolittle

Presenter 5 Affiliation

Fordham Univ.

Start Date

10-5-2019 1:30 PM

Session Location

Schneider 1130

Description

Participants in this interdisciplinary round table are contributors new Brill Companion to the Beneventan Zone, which is currently in preparation.

In the last century, scholarship has on the one hand broadened both E.A. Lowe’s conception of the geographical and the chronological extent of the use of the script in Southern Italy, and along the Dalmatian Coast, and on the other highlighted the use of non-Beneventan scripts within the “Zone”. What awaits integrated study is the culture and history of a region coterminous with the use of a script. What is the relationship between script use and other zones or networks of cultural production, knowledge transmission and exchange, or political and economic power? To what extent is the script a marker of identity? And how do other boundaries (of musical notation, language, artistic and manuscript traditions, religious networks, political or cultural units) coincide with or cross over the boundaries of script use?

The round table provides an opportunity for contributors and the broader scholarly community to identify and discuss these and other questions of central importance to the contemporary study of medieval Southern Italy. Andrew J M Irving

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May 10th, 1:30 PM

Script, Culture, and Identity in Southern Italy: (Re-)Defining the Beneventan Zone (A Roundtable)

Schneider 1130

Participants in this interdisciplinary round table are contributors new Brill Companion to the Beneventan Zone, which is currently in preparation.

In the last century, scholarship has on the one hand broadened both E.A. Lowe’s conception of the geographical and the chronological extent of the use of the script in Southern Italy, and along the Dalmatian Coast, and on the other highlighted the use of non-Beneventan scripts within the “Zone”. What awaits integrated study is the culture and history of a region coterminous with the use of a script. What is the relationship between script use and other zones or networks of cultural production, knowledge transmission and exchange, or political and economic power? To what extent is the script a marker of identity? And how do other boundaries (of musical notation, language, artistic and manuscript traditions, religious networks, political or cultural units) coincide with or cross over the boundaries of script use?

The round table provides an opportunity for contributors and the broader scholarly community to identify and discuss these and other questions of central importance to the contemporary study of medieval Southern Italy. Andrew J M Irving