Invitation to the conference ‘Papal Communications: Responses and Receptions (c.1100-1300)’
A crucial instrument of maintaining and extending papal authority in the Central Middle Ages was the ability of popes and the papal curia to effectively communicate with a wide and diverse range of peoples, institutions, and cultures.
28.06.2018 - 29.06.2018
This conference examines this important and expansive topic from the perspective of the recipients and focuses on the ways in which different local communities responded to and engaged with these papal messages.
Our conception of papal communications is broad and varied. We encourage submissions that analyse papal messages in a range of media, verbal and non-verbal, from a variety of disciplines, and in a broad set of geographic contexts that include the Byzantine and Islamic worlds as well as Latin Christendom between the years 1100 and 1300.
Several questions and issues will be central to this conference. For example, to what extent did the papacy modify its communications according to the type of audience? Or did the medium of the message trump issues of receivership? Equally, how did recipients respond to different modes of papal communication? How did various groups imitate, mock and reject papal messages?
Above all, we are interested in the patterns that may emerge concerning different types of communities and cultures, and in varying geographic locales across the period in question. Our aim is for individual papers to work on a precise, local-scale that will allow us to trace wider strands in the communication and response to papal messages during this period.
Please submit abstracts of no more than 400 words to Dr Iben Fonnesberg-Schmidt (firstname.lastname@example.org) by 15 February 2018. We request that all papers are delivered in English. The conference will be held in Aalborg, Denmark, on 28-29 June 2018. The number of conference spaces is limited; abstracts are by the organisers who will inform you of their decision no later than 15 March 2018.
This conference is hosted by the Department of Culture and Global Studies at Aalborg University; it is part of a collaborative and interdisciplinary project (‘Papal Communication and Authority in the Central Middle Ages’) supported by the Danish Research Council for Independent Research (DFF-YDUN grant). Accommodation will be provided as well as some financial support for travel.
Thursday 28 June 2018
|12.00-13.00||Lunch and registration|
|13.00-13.10||Welcome: Iben Fonnesberg-Schmidt (Aalborg University)|
Studying papal communication and its reception
A general framework for studying papal communication in the Middle Ages
Chair: Nora Berend (University of Cambridge)
Gifts and gift-giving
Difficult gifts: gifts to and from the popes in thirteenth-century England
Papal textile gifting in the late thirteenth century – actors, objects, responses
Respondents: Brenda Bolton (University of London), Kim Esmark (Roskilde University), and Iben Fonnesberg-Schmidt (Aalborg University)
Chair: Lucy Donkin (University of Bristol)
Papal letters and seals: uses and responses
A letter from the pope – what next?
Papal bulls, Paris masters, and crusade preaching, c.1187-c.1221
Getting an impression: thirteenth-century curial seals and their reception
Chair: Barbara Bombi (University of Kent)
Friday 29 June 2018
Constructing and questioning papal authority I
Communication and the construction of papal authority in twelfth-century France
The chaplains of Gregory IX in the struggle against Frederick II in Lombardy and Patrimonium Petri
Chair: Jessika Nowak (Universität Basel)
Constructing and questioning papal authority II
The rhetoric and reality of Roman authority in bishops’ books, c.980-c.1150
Popes and peace at Augsburg cathedral chapter during the investiture contest: the marginalia of Munich, Bayerische Staatsbibliothek Clm 3739
Chair: Maureen Miller (University of California Berkeley)
The popes and the papacy seen by medieval historians
Papal communications and historical writing in Angevin England
Respondents: Torben Kjersgaard Nielsen (Aalborg University) and Emil Lauge Christensen (Aalborg University)
Chair: Gesine Oppitz-Trotman (Aalborg University)
Responses to papal rituals and ceremonies
The view from the edge: extra-curial clerics’ interpretations of ritual and law in late-twelfth century papal assemblies
Rome’s new pope: King Ladislaus of Naples and the cooptation of papal ritual during the Great Western Schism
Chair: Pascal Montaubin (Université de Picardie-Jules Verne, Amiens)
Papal sermons: performance and responses
Christoph Maier (Universität Zürich)
Chair: Jan Vandeburie (University of Leicester)
Concluding remarks and discussion
Chair: Iben Fonnesberg-Schmidt (Aalborg University)
Department of Culture and Global Studies at Aalborg University
First Hotel Aalborg, Rendsburggade 5, 9000 Aalborg, Denmark