Sessions of the IKGF at the International Congress of the European Middle Ages (c. 300-1500), Leeds


At the University of Leeds, UK
July, 09-12, 2012

Organized by

Institute for Medieval Studies - University of Leeds

The International Medieval Congress (IMC, International Congress of the European Middle Ages, c. 300-1500) the largest of its kind in Europe, is organized annualy by the Institue of Medieval Studies at the University of Leeds. In 2012, the Ikgf sponsored officially the Sessions 1509, 1609 and 1709 on the Topic “ Apocalypticism and Prognostication in the Early and High Medieval West; I: The Early Middle Ages; II: Around the Year 1000; III”: Themes amd Approaches. From the IKGF particiated Researsch Fellows (Hans-Christian Lehner, Dr. Erik Niblaeus), future Visiting Fellows (Dr Anke Holdenried), and two of our former guests (Dr. Levi Roach and Katharina Enderle).
Apocalypticism and prognostication, though essential aspects of medieval religious belief, have not generally recieved the attention they deserve from modern historians. The reasons for this seem to be twofold: firstly, already in the Middle Ages contemporaries were wary about such beliefs, which were often dangerously heterodox and tended to be treated with suspicion by the ecclesiastical hierarchy; and secondly; scholars have often been reluctant to admit that the objects of their study may have been influenced by what seem to us to be such "irrational" beliefs. These sessions seek to challenge such presumptions by re-examining the central role of apocalyptic thought and prognostication in Western Europe in the early and high Middle Ages.

Contributions on the Topic: ''Apocalypticism and Prognostication in the Early and High Medieval West  ''

    I - The Early Middle Ages

  • Levi Roach (University of Cambridge): Organizer/Chair
  • Katharina Endrerle (Tübingen): Apocalyptic Traditions in the Western Empire in Late Antiquity
  • Veronika Wieser (Wien): Narrative Time: Different Perspectives of End-Time in the Works of Augustine, Jerome and Sulpicius Severus
  • Peter Darby (University of Leicester): Bede's History of the Fure

  • II - Around the Year 1000

  • Levi Roach (University of Cambridge): Organizer
  • Peter Darby (University of Leicester): Moderator/Chair
  • George David House (University of Exeter): Gebert of Aurillac and Gregorian Eschatology
  • Joanna Thornborough (University of St. Andrews): The Whore of the Apocalypse and Kaiserkritik around the Year 1000
  • Levi Roach (University of Cambridg): New Approches to an Old Problem: Otto III and the End of time

  • III - Themes and Approaches

  • Levi Roach (University of Cambridge): Organizer
  • Erik Niblaeus (University of Cambridge): Moderator/Chair
  • James Palmer (University of St. Andrews): Cognitive Dissonance and Unfalsifiable Prophecies in the Early Middle Ages
  • Joanna Thornborough (Friedrich - Alexander - Universität Erlangen - Nürnberg ): The Prevalence and Function of Prognosis in Historical Works from Germany in the 12th and 13th Centuries
  • Anke Holdenried (University of Bristol): Prophecy as a Medieval Category of Knowledge

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