PIMIC at International Medieval Congress, Leeds, 2015

On Tuesday 7th and Wednesday 8th of July, PIMIC will be sponsoring 5 sessions as part of the Leeds International Medieval Congress. The Early Stage Researchers will present papers on themes from the PIMIC project, communicating the early results of their research to both the rest of the PIMIC group and the broader community of medieval historians. The themes that will be explored include the role of memory in political culture; history writing as an institution; hierarchies of power; the institutionalisation of canon law; and the use of violence to institutionalise power. The sessions have each incorporated papers exploring these themes in different geographic areas, in order to highlight the comparative nature of the larger project.


Session 525 – Tuesday 7th July, 9.00-10.30
Power and Institutions in Medieval Islam and Christendom (PIMIC), I: (Re)Writing the Past – Memory and Political Culture in East and West
Moderator: Dame Janet Nelson
Sarah Greer – Reassessing the Past in the Primordia of Hrotsvitha of Gandersheim
Paula Manstetten – Arabic Biographical Dictionaries as Archives of the Scholarly Community? Ibn ‘Asākir’s History of Damascus
Stuart Airlie – Remembering the Future: Genealogical Authority in the Carolingian World

Session 625 – Tuesday 7th July, 11.15-12.45
Power and Institutions in Medieval Islam and Christendom (PIMIC), II: Comparative Approaches to Historiography in Medieval Islam and Christendom
Moderator: Attilio Stella
Hugh Kennedy – The Road to Dandanqan: The Historiography of Really Bad Decision Making
Cory Hitt – Transmission of Social Ideals in L’Histoire de Guillaume de Maréchal
Ian D. Morris– Ardashir Doesn’t Live Here Any More: Persian Theory and Arabian Practice at the Early Islamic Court

Session 725 – Tuesday 7th July 14.15-15.45
Power and Institutions in Medieval Islam and Christendom (PIMIC), III: Power in Practice – Reproducing and Negotiating Medieval Rulership
Moderator: Hugh Kennedy
Rasmus Bech Olsen – Power and Protest in Mamluk Syria
Ana Rodríguez– Spatiality and the Power of Memory: On Kings and Places in Castile, 12th-13th Centuries
Evgeniya Shelina – Hierarchies among Equals in 13th-Century Christendom

Session 825 – Tuesday 7th July, 16.30-18.00
Power and Institutions in Medieval Islam and Christendom (PIMIC), IV: Power, Institutions, and Canon Law in Byzantine and Medieval Contexts
Moderator: Tommi Lankila
Adrian Viale – The Institutional Identity of the Papacy and the Lateran Council of 649
Jack Roskilly – Byzantine Bishops’ Canonical Questions in the 12th Century
Jasmin Hauck – Marriage Dispensations from the Diocese of Florence, 1455-1530

Session 1025 – Power and Institutions in Medieval Islam and Christendom (PIMIC), V: Controlling Violence in the Middlel Ages
Moderator: Jasmin Hauck
Attilio Stella – Vassals, Knights, and Squires: From Local Customs to Law in 13th-Century Italy
Tommi Lankila – Religion, War, and Law: Islamic Raids in the Central Mediterranean
Emanuele Conte – Quitting the Feudal Justice: How a Legal Theory Turned Vassals into Owners – Modena, 1180