TitleThe Past as Practice, c. 900-1300, I
Date/TimeTuesday 5 July 2022: 09.00-10.30
SponsorCentre for Research in Historiography & Historical Culture, Aberystwyth University
OrganiserBjörn Weiler, Department of History & Welsh History, Aberystwyth University
Moderator/ChairLevi Roach, Department of History, University of Exeter
Paper 508-a Automatic Authors?: Some Thoughts about the Development of German Historiography in the 11th Century
(Language: English)
Gerhard Lubich, Historisches Institut, Ruhr-Universität Bochum
Index Terms: Historiography - Medieval; Language and Literature - Latin
Paper 508-b Damnatio memoriae: The Art of Forgetting in High Medieval Denmark
(Language: English)
Mia Münster-Swendsen, Institut for Kommunikation og Humanistisk Videnskab, Roskilde Universitet
Index Terms: Historiography - Medieval; Language and Literature - Latin
Paper 508-c How to Prove an Invented Past
(Language: English)
Antoni Grabowski, Instytut Historii im. Tadeusza Manteuffla Polskiej Akademii Nauk, Warszawa
Index Terms: Historiography - Medieval; Learning (The Classical Inheritance)
AbstractAcross high medieval Europe, contemporaries engaged in reimagining, refashioning, recovering, and recording the past. They did so in a range of genres and media: historical writing, charters, liturgical, and legal texts, works of Biblical exegesis, even in moulding the landscape, in the design of buildings, manuscript illuminations and statues.

They did not do so in isolation. Uses and cultures of the past were as much social as they were cultural activities. Authors, informants, patrons, forebears, rivals, benefactors, peers, superiors, dependents, audiences, readers, scribes, copyists all played a part in preserving, shaping and using it.

We are concerned with these practices. How did people find out about the past? How was the past experienced? What was the role of patrons, benefactors, peers, rivals, informants, etc.? What can we say about dissemination? And what does answering these questions reveal about the broader social and cultural ferment out of which such engagements emerged?