You may, by now, have had enough of my conference reporting from a year ago, and believe you me, by the time summer 2014 ended I had had enough of conferences for a bit. But, there is one more to go, which was the 53rd Summer Meeting of the Ecclesiastical History Society, which took place at the University of Sheffield from 22nd-24th July, and I was there. The EHS publishes most of its proceedings and I liked the theme, which was ‘Doubt’, so I pitched a paper and they accepted it and so there I was. Now, in the event my paper was not sufficiently doubt-full to be accepted for publication, but it was still a good conference and slightly off my usual beat, which is generally good for one. Still, because I have less to say about most of the papers than usual, I’m going to get the three days done in one post, and because that will likely be large, I will just give you the list of what I saw and heard, and then stick my commentary below a cut so that those of you reading the actual front page can choose to skip on by if you like. Here’s that list, then:
- Frances Andrews, “Doubting John”.
- Aideen O’Leary, “Devotion to St Andrew in Scotland and Anglo-Saxon England”.
- Stephen Sharman, “Bede and the Credible Witness: a response to doubt”.
- Christine Walsh, “Faith and Authenticity: eleventh- and twelfth-century concerns about the cult of saints and their relics”.
- Christine Oakland, “‘A Box Full of Hay?’ Doubt and Truth in the Diocese of Sens”.
- Jan Vandeburie, “When in Doubt, Give Him the Finger: Ugolino di Conti’s loss of faith and Jacques de Vitry’s intervention”.
- Janet Nelson, “Carolingian Doubt?”
- Kimberley-Joy Knight, “Lachrymose Holiness and the Problem of Doubt in Thirteenth- and Fourteenth-Century Hagiographies”.
- Anik Laferrière, “Doubting Monica: the deletion of Monica from fourteenth-century Vitae Augustini in the Augustinian Order of Hermits”.
- Steven Watts, “Demons and Doubt: the peculiar account of Brother Bernard’s possession in Jordan of Saxony’s Libellus“.
- Ian Forrest, “Trust and DOubt: the late medieval bishop and local knowledge”
- Emily Ewing Graham, “Heresy and identity: late medieval friars and the kingdom of Aragón”.
- Patrick Zutshi, “Evidence and Doubt: the beginning of the Great Schism according to the testimony collected at Medina del Campo in 1380-1”.
- Jonathan Jarrett, “The Anger of St Peter: the effects of spiritual sanctions in early medieval charters of donation”.
- Thomas Smith, “Investigating the Pope’s Doubts: the validity of petitions from thirteenth-century England”.
- Enrico Veneziani, “Doubting the Authority of Peter: the trial of Pontius of Cluny”.
- Kirstie Blair, “Unforming Faith: poetry, doubt and the Church of England in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.”
Tuesday 22nd July
Plenary Session 1
Wednesday 23rd July
Plenary Session 2
Plenary Session 3
Thursday 24th July
Plenary Session 4
And this is (some of) what I thought about it all… Continue reading