EPISCOPUS is sponsoring three sessions at the 2017 International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo and invites paper proposal submissions.
Submission Deadline: 25 aug 2016
The Secular Clergy and Laity I: Clerical and Lay Relations, Conflict
The Secular Clergy and Laity II: Clerical and Lay Relations, Cooperation
- Clergy and laity needed each other. Clergy needed lay support and laity at the least needed the sacraments. Yet these groups were often in conflict: consider, just as a start, conflict over tithes, heresy, control of ecclesiastical appointments, and, in some cases, exercise of lay lordship by ecclesiastics and ecclesiastical corporations. These sessions will explore the tensions between cooperation and conflict.
The Secular Clergy and Laity III: Becoming a Bishop
- This session will narrow the focus of the first two sessions in this thread. The importance of bishoprics to lay power meant that lay authority often, perhaps usually, had a role in making a bishop a bishop. But there were other factors, including family connections and ecclesiastical institutions. How these forces played out may be an index of larger medieval developments.
Paper proposals containing 250-word abstracts should be submitted by 25 Aug 2016 at http://goo.gl/forms/PHztLgxLQe. If you submitted a proposal in our early call for 2017 sessions, you need not submit again. Authors of accepted papers will be contacted by Sept 10 with full session submission instructions.