Vortrag bei GAM, 5. Dezember 2018

Christina Lutter – Daniel Frey – Karoly Goda – Judit Majorossy (Wien): Social and Cultural Communities across Medieval Monastic, Urban, and Courtly Cultures in High and Late Medieval Central Europe

Christina Lutter – Daniel Frey – Karoly Goda – Judit Majorossy (Wien): Social and Cultural Communities across Medieval Monastic, Urban, and Courtly Cultures in High and Late Medieval Central Europe

Moderation: Wolfgang Schmale

This project focused on processes of community building within neighbouring regions in the Southeast of the Holy Roman Empire – Austria and Bohemia – and compared them with examples from the Hungarian and Polish kingdoms. Entangled relations between court/nobility, towns and monasteries have been approached 1) conceptually, in terms of overlapping social spaces wherein forms of belonging were negotiated, and 2) methodologically, by means of case studies drawing on different types of source material. We used a shared matrix of research questions for scrutinizing various (textual, pictorial, material) media and their strategies of representing community as well as the uses of the resulting cultural, spiritual, and political models of identification. The cluster Social Interaction and Distinction in Historiographies, Charters, and Literature on the one hand focussed on competing narrative offers of identification and addressed the uses of vernaculars/Latin and the relations between historiography, hagiography, and literature; on the other hand, several detailed studies related such narratives to “documents of practice” that show the variety of social interactions often cutting across discursively shaped perceptions of different communities. In the cluster Monastic Landscapes and Hagiographies the results of in-depth manuscript research on one of Europe’s largest hagiographical collections were interpreted in the context of interrelated monastic and political community building both on a regional level and by trans-religious comparison. Likewise, the cluster Urban Space and Networks comparatively analysed social interactions that fostered community building in Austrian, Bohemian, and Hungarian towns, while the cluster Forging Communities through Visual, Material, and Performative Culture complemented this approach with research on the role of symbolic representations in the formation of noble, urban and monastic communities. In this presentation we will discuss some of the main results of our research and also comment on the interdisciplinary processes that shaped our work in the framework of a large collaborative funding scheme.
Zu den Vortragenden:
Christina Lutter ist Professorin an den Instituten für Geschichte (IfG) und ö. Geschichtsforschung (IÖG) der Univ. Wien und Mitglied der ö. Akademie der Wissenschaften. Sie leitet das Forschungsprojekt Soziale und kulturelle Gemeinschaften im mittelalterlichen Zentraleuropa im SFB 42 Visions of Community (VISCOM). Buchpublikationen im Projektzusammenhang: Kulturgeschichte der Überlieferung im Mittelalter. Quellen und Methoden zur Geschichte Mittel- und Südosteuropas, mit E. Gruber, O. Schmitt (UTB 4554, Böhlau 2017); Meanings of Community across Eurasia, ed., mit W. Pohl/E. Hovden, (Brill 2016); Visions of Community. Comparative Approaches to Medieval Forms of Identity in Europe and Asia, ed. mit A. Gingrich, History and Anthropology, Thematic Journal Issue 2015).

Daniel Frey ist Mitglied des IÖG und schreibt an einer Dissertation zum Thema Soziale Beziehungen in
städtischen Räumen. Krems–Stein–Göttweig und Jindrichuv Hradec im 15. Jh. Er arbeitet zudem in der
Stiftsbibliothek Göttweig, ist Fellow der Vienna Doctoral Academy (VDA) Medieval Studies an der Hist.-
KUWI Fakultät der Univ. Wien und Associate Project Investigator im SFB VISCOM.

Judit Majorossy ist Post-Doc Assistentin am IfG und IÖG der Univ. Wien, Mitglied der ungar. Akademie
der Wissenschaften und Associate Project Investigator im SFB VISCOM. Buchpublikationen im
Projektzusammenhang: Piety in Practice: Urban Religious Life and Communities in Late Medieval Pressburg (CEU Press 2019); Practicing Community in Urban and Rural Eurasia (1000–1600), ed. mit F. Kümmeler/E. Hovden (Brill 2020).

Karoly Goda ist Projektmitarbeiter (PostDoc) im SFB VISCOM mit Schwerpunkt auf (spät)mittelalterlicher
Festkultur. Buchpublikationen im Projektzusammenhang: Processional Cultures of the Eucharist: Vienna and her Central European Counterparts, ca. 1300-1550 (OUP, 2015) und Staging the Mighty. Solemn Processions and Festive Entries in Central European Residential Capital Cities (Cambridge UP 2020).