Colloque – After Empire. Using and Not Using the Past in the Crisis of the Carolingian World, c. 900-1050

After Empire is a three year research project which aims to understand the tenth century on its own terms. Funded by HERA, the project engages scholars and associated partners from Germany, Austria, Spain and the United Kingdom, researching how people in the tenth and early eleventh century dealt with crisis and change in the political order. We also intend to open up the period to a broader audience by providing online resources for researchers, teachers and general readers in collaboration with museums, archives and schoolteachers.


Programme :

Wednesday 17th May

8:45-9:00 Registration
9:00-9:15 Welcome by Stefan Esders and Alice Hicklin

9:15-10:00 ‘A century of Iron ?’ – The tenth century in retrospect
Chair: Stefan Esders (Berlin)

Stuart Airlie (Glasgow): ‘Now, sir, we’ll decline and we’ll fall’: historiographies of the tenth century
10:00-10:30 Coffee Break

10:30-12:00 Methods and models of history-writing in the tenth century
Chair: Alice Hicklin (Berlin)

Edward Roberts (Liverpool): Flodoard, his Annals and the shaping of West Frankish history
Geoffrey Koziol (Berkeley): The changing lessons of history after empire

12:10-1:00 PhD Session: Historical writing and the manipulation of the past
Chair: Patrick Geary (Princeton)

Patrick Marschner (Vienna): Moses in Hispania? The Battle of Covadonga and biblical typology in the foundation myth of the Asturian kingdom
Jelle Wassenaar (Vienna): Crisis of empire, crisis of belonging: self and patria in the works of Rather of Verona
1:00-2:30 Catered Lunch (eaten outside weather permitting)

2:30-4:00 The transfer of knowledge in the Medieval Mediterranean
Chair: Sarah Hamilton (Exeter)

Giorgia Vocino (Venice): Migrant masters and their books. Italian scholars and knowledge transfer in post-Carolingian Europe
Matthias M. Tischler (Barcelona): The rise of medieval Catalonia as a middleground in the Euromediterranean network of knowledge transfer and learning, ninth to eleventh centuries
4:00-4:30 Coffee Break

4:30-6:00 Identity and community in the tenth century
Chair: Walter Pohl (Vienna)

Max Diesenberger (Vienna): Notions of belonging in the long tenth century
Steven Vanderputten (Ghent): A new look at the Irenwelle in tenth-century Lotharingia
7:00 for 7:30 Dinner for speakers

Thursday 18th May

9:00-10:30 Memory and the ecclesiastical institution
Chair: Robert Gallagher (Oxford)

Sarah Greer (St Andrews): Queen Mathilda and Quedlinburg: the evolution of a foundation story
Levi Roach (Exeter): Forging memory in an age of iron: Bishop Pilgrim at Passau
10:30-11:00 Coffee Break

11:00-12:15 PhD Session : Religious memory, manuscripts and the utiliszation of the written past
Chair: Sarah Hamilton (Exeter)

Felix Schaefer (Tübingen): Placing the Carolingian past in the late ninth century. Lotharingian ‘lieux de mémoire’ and their manuscripts
Ekaterina Novokhatko (Barcelona): Martyrologies in the Benedictine world of medieval Catalonia: revealing the past, transforming the present
Lenneke van Raaij (Exeter): Liturgy for a saint: venerating St Eucharius in Ottonian Trier
12:15-1:45 Lunch at FU campus restaurant

1:45-2:35 PhD Session : Political culture at the Ottonian court
Chair: Patrick Geary (Princeton)

Frances Murray (St Andrews): Remorse and reconciliation: the tears of rulers and rebels in the tenth century
Megan Welton (Notre Dame): Exhortations to virtus in tenth-century liturgical practice
2:35-3:00 Coffee Break

3:00-5:30 Law and legality
Chair: Ludger Körntgen (Mainz)

Maya Maskarinec (New York): ‘Not even a relative of the Roman pontiff would have been able to evade the law’: Roman Problems, Legal Answers in Benedict of Monte Soratte’s Chronicle
Stefan Esders (Berlin): Uses of Carolingian law in the early reign of Conrad II: Actors, topics and strategies
[Comfort break between Papers 2 and 3]
Sarah Hamilton (Exeter): Bishops, Books and Excommunication

Evening Visit to traditional Biergarten/other outdoor dining option for those who wish! Please indicate interest by contacting Alice.

Friday 19 May
Staatsbiliothek, Potsdamer Strasse,33, 10785

9:00-1:00 Presentations at Staatsbibliothek

To include discussions of original manuscripts and digitisation project
Presentations by Stefan Esders, Steffan Patzold, Matthias M. Tischler & Ekaterina Novothatko, Steven Vanderputten, Charles West.

2:30-5:00 Judgment and marriage in the Ottonian Empire
Chair: Stefan Esders (Berlin)

Phillipe Depreux (Hamburg): Ein Apostel, ein Kaiser, ein Mönch und der besiegelnde Kuss – oder: Wie kann man heiraten?
Charles West (Sheffield): Why shouldn’t judges get married? An Ottonian perspective
[Comfort break between Papers 2 and 3]
Simon MacLean (St Andrews): Pasts and Presents in the Lothar Crystal

5:00-5:45 Closing Remarks by Stefan Esders and Discussion
7:30 Dinner at Heising – complimentary for conference participants

Source : After Empire

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