Colloque – Bishops in the ‘Century of Iron’. Episcopal Authorities in France and in Lotharingia, 900-1050 / Les évêques dans le « Siècle de Fer ». Autorités épiscopales en France et en Lotharingie, 900-1050

Ghent-Bruges (KULeuven Campus Bladelin), 24-25 November 2016

Recent years have witnessed strong academic interest in bishops of the tenth and early eleventh centuries. Long considered morally weak, deeply embroiled in worldly affairs, and culturally insignificant, these prelates of the ‘pre-Gregorian age’ are now undergoing reassessment via analysis of well-known sources and previously neglected ones. The objective of these studies is to understand bishops’ identities and agency in the context of their own time – an age marked by close entanglement of the ecclesiastical and secular spheres – instead of contrasting them with their ‘Gregorian’ successors. From this recent scholarship emerges a complex and varied understanding of episcopal office, and of the different ways in which its holders expressed their claims to political and religious authority.

The aim of this conference is to present state-of-the-art scholarship on tenth- and early- eleventh century bishops in France and Lotharingia, to consider the above developments, and to explore new paths for future research on episcopal authorities in the Post-Carolingian world. It situates itself at the intersection of different fields of medieval scholarship, including the study of institutions, reform, discourse, ritual and symbolic modes of (self-)representation, historiographical production, iconography, and material culture.

The conference is a joint organization of Steven Vanderputten (Ghent University) and Brigitte Meijns (Catholic University of Leuven), with support from the Research-Foundation Flanders (FWO) and in association with Episcopus ( Keynote lectures will be delivered by John S. Ott (Portland University), Charles West (University of Sheffield), and Julia Barrow (University of Leeds).


Programme :

Thursday/Jeudi 24 November/novembre
Het Pand, Ghent University

9.45: Registration and Coffee/Accueil et café
10.15: Introduction – Steven Vanderputten (Ghent University) and Brigitte Meijns (KU Leuven)

10.30-11.30: Keynote Lecture/Rapport introductif
Chair/Présidente: Brigitte Meijns (KU Leuven)

Prof. John S. Ott (Portland State University) – In Praise of Bishops

11.30-13.00: Session 1: Bishops in Peace and Conflict/Évêques entre paix et conflits
Chair/Président: Charles West (University of Sheffield)

Dr. Fraser McNair (University of Cambridge) – Nullus alicui clerico episcopatum conferre debeat nisi rex: Royal Authority in Conflicts over Bishoprics During Charles the Simple’s Reign
Drs. Sam Janssens (Ghent University) – Episcopal Authorities and the Peace of God in the Archdiocese of Reims (1023-1050)
Drs. Pieter Byttebier (Ghent University) – The Warring Bishop: Violent and Symbolic Representations of Episcopal Authority in Lotharingia Around 1000 AD
13.00-14.00: Lunch/Repas

14.00-15.30: Session 2: Bishops at the Edges of Empire 1/Évêques aux marges de l’empire 1
Chair/Président: Charles Mériaux (Université de Lille 3)

Dr. Julian Führer (Université de Zürich) – Pourquoi ne parle-t-on pas de Reichsbischöfe en Francie occidentale? Enquête sur l’identité des évêques du Xe – XIe siècle
Dr. Nicolas Ruffini-Ronzani (FNRS/Université de Namur) – Renforcement de la seigneurie épiscopale et intégration au royaume de Germanie à Cambrai-Arras (Xe-début XIe siècle)
Prof. Michel Margue (Université de Luxembourg) – Les Adalberon – un “lignage” d’évêques? L’autorité épiscopale au centre des intérêts religieux, familiaux et politiques en Haute-Lotharingie de la seconde moitié du Xe à la première moitié du XIe siècle
15.30-16.00: Coffee Break/Pause

16.00-17.00: Session 3: Bishops at the Edges of Empire 2/Évêques aux marges de l’empire 2
Chair/Président: Michel Margue (Université de Luxembourg)

Dr. Edward Roberts (Leverhulme Early Career Fellow/University of Liverpool) – Communication, Canon Law and Careerism: Rather of Verona at Liège
Prof. Anne Wagner (Université de Franche-Comté) – Mémoire épiscopale à Metz de Thierry Ier à Thierry II : entre sainteté et condamnation

Friday/vendredi 25 November/novembre
KU Leuven Campus Bladelin, Bruges

10.00: Keynote Lecture/Conférence
Chair/Président: Steven Vanderputten (Ghent University)

Dr. Charles West (University of Sheffield) – Many Good Things Happened. Lotharingian Bishoprics between Reforms: the Case of Verdun

11.00-12.30: Session 4 Exercise of Episcopal Authority/L’exercise de l’autorité épiscopale
Chair/Présidente: Julia Barrow (University of Leeds)

Drs. Ortwin Huysmans (KU Leuven) – The Nature of Episcopal Reform of Monasteries in the Ecclesiastical Province of Reims (c. 888-1073)
Drs. Wannes Verstrepen (KU Leuven) – Bishops and Church Property in the ‘Century of Iron’: Fulbert of Chartres (1006-1028)
Mr. Philippe Mignot (Service public de Wallonie, DGO4, Département du Patrimoine/Direction de l’archéologie) and Drs. Frédéric Chantinne (Université Libre de Bruxelles) – L’autorité de l’évêque face l’encadrement paroissial d’abbayes et de chapitres dans les anciens diocèses de Liège et de Cambrai. Une perspective archéologique.
12.30-13.30: Lunch/Repas

13.30-15.00: Session 5 Perception and Representation of Episcopal Authority/Perception et représentation de l’autorité épiscopale
Chair/Président: John S. Ott (Portland State University)

Prof. Sarah Hamilton (University of Exeter) – Liturgy and Episcopal Authority: the Evidence of the Noyon Sacramentary (London, British Library, MS Additional 82956, Formerly Phillipps MS 3340)
Drs. Jelle Lisson (KU Leuven) – Prosopography and Profiling Strategies. The Background of Episcopal Candidates in the Church Province of Reims (900-1050)
Drs. Niall Ó Suilleabhain (Trinity College, Dublin) – Inter Saeculum et Sacerdotium: The Bishops of Auxerre and Lay Power, 887 – 1054

15.00-15.30: Coffee break/Pause

15.30-16.30: Concluding Remarks/Conclusions

Prof. Julia Barrow (University of Leeds) – Authority and Reform: Historiographical Frameworks for Understanding Tenth- and Eleventh-Century Bishops

Informations pratiques :
Ghent-Bruges (KULeuven Campus Bladelin)
24-25 November 2016

Contact :

Registration : here

Organizing committee :
Brigitte Meijns (KU Leuven)
Steven Vanderputten (Ghent University)
Julia Barrow (University of Leeds)
John S. Ott (Portland State University)

Scientific committee :
Steven Vanderputten (Ghent University)
Brigitte Meijns (KU Leuven)
Julia Barrow (University of Leeds)
Michel Margue (Université de Luxembourg)
Charles Mériaux (Université de Lille 3)
John S. Ott (Portland State University)
Charles West (University of Sheffield)

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