Session833
TitleConfession in the Middle Ages, II: After the Fourth Lateran Council, 1215
Date/TimeTuesday 4 July 2017: 16.30-18.00
 
SponsorNetwork for the Study of Late Antique & Early Medieval Monasticism / Forschungsstelle für Vergleichende Ordensgeschichte (FOVOG), Technische Universität Dresden
 
OrganiserAlbrecht Diem, Department of History, Syracuse University, New York
 
Moderator/ChairCristina Andenna, Institut für Geschichte, Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz
 
Paper 833-a Semantics of Confession: Religious Communication in Middle High German Books of Sermons
(Language: English)
Matthias Standke, Institut für deutsche Literatur, Humboldt-Universität, Berlin
Index Terms: Ecclesiastical History; Language and Literature - German; Religious Life; Sermons and Preaching
Paper 833-b Confession and Space: Considerations on Medieval loca confessionis
(Language: English)
Sebastian J. Mickisch, Forschungsstelle für Vergleichende Ordensgeschichte (FOVOG), Technische Universität Dresden
Index Terms: Architecture - Religious; Ecclesiastical History; Lay Piety; Religious Life
 
AbstractIn his History of Sexuality, Michel Foucault described confession as the predominant way of producing knowledge in Western societies. The Western individual is, as he describes it, a 'confessing animal'. Despite the increasing interest in penance and penitential literature, the medieval origins of confession, the transformation of confessional practices and the role of confession as a textual technique have hardly been studied systematically. We hope that the two sessions on confession form the beginning of a collaborative endeavour to explore the origins of confession as a religious and literary practice. Undoubtedly the Fourth Lateran Council (1215) with his famous clause Omnis utriusque sexus formed a turning point in the history of confession. The first session focuses on confessional texts and textual practices rooting in the pre-1215 world, the second session focuses on confessional practices emerging after the Council that imposed on every Christian to confess at least once every year.