Appel à contribution – « Bishops / Builders / Borders / Boundaries » and « Crossing Borders in Episcopal Hagiography »

Bishops / Builders / Borders / Boundaries

Episcopus is seeking papers for a session to be held at the IMC Leeds 2020 on medieval bishops as builders and/or their buildings.

Papers may consider the #IMC2020 theme strand on and approach the bishop as a patron or episcopal buildings as defining (or rejecting) borders and boundaries.

Papers might also consider the bishop as builder more broadly, including topics that consider hagiography, letter writing, etc.

Interested? Please email before September 10.

Episcopus is also seeking volunteers for a session of Brevia hosted at either Leeds or Kalamazoo. This will be the fifth installation of lightning-round panels that give up to 7 scholars 3 minutes each (time strictly enforced!) to present informally a current research idea. The audience and sessionparticipants will then respond with suggestions about where to take the ideas.

Modeled initially on similar successful sessions at the American Historical Association, this panel aims to foster research in its very early stages and to generate paper proposals for the next International Congress.

We welcome papers ranging from late antiquity to late medieval.

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Crossing Borders in Episcopal Hagiography

The borders of episcopal authority were fraught in the Middle Ages. For example, Charlemagne tried to limit each bishop’s spiritual and administrative authority to his own diocese, but not long after Charlemagne’s reform, some bishops claimed to be spiritual “watchmen” with the authority to “correct” the behavior of Christians throughout the empire. In fact, bishops often crossed borders of one sort or another. They might exercise property rights outside their dioceses, engage in missionary work and undertake political maneuvers that spanned administrative, linguistic and cultural boundaries. Saintly bishops crossed still more borders. They intervened both in other clerics’ affairs and those of secular rulers. Their miracles took no account of territorial or administrative boundaries, and even flouted the line between life and death. Their relics often traveled, and in turn inspired others to go on pilgrimage. Hagiography offers a rich perspective on the ways that borders—and their transgression—defined episcopal authority and activity. This session explores the role of borders and border-crossing in hagiography by or about medieval bishops.

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