CfP: Priest and his church
Material aspects of the ministry of late antique and early medieval clerics
IMC Leeds 2019
At the forthcoming International Medieval Congress in Leeds (1-4 July 2019) the Presbyters in the Late Antique West project is organising a session on material aspects of the ministry of late antique and early medieval clerics.
Clerics were obviously responsible for the cult or, more generally, spiritual care. But that was only part of late of their usual activity. It was so not only because most of them had to pursue a non-ecclesiastical profession in order to provide for their families. It was also because running the church required taking care of all sort of mundane issues:
- church buildings (dilapidation, leaking roof, a place to live for church staff)
- necessary consumables: oil for lamps, chrism, bread, wine, books, church linens
- church property
- financial resources and financial relations with the bishop.
We will take a closer look at these spheres of clerical activity seeking to understand how the local church functioned from the material, organizational and financial point of view. Those interested in presenting a paper at these sessions are requested to send the title and short abstract (up to 200 words) to Robert Wiśniewski (firstname.lastname@example.org) before 15 September.
These sessions will be sponsored by the Presbyters in the Late Antique West project,
based at the University of Warsaw (https://projectpresbyters.wordpress.com). Please note that the project, sadly, the project cannot cover conference fee and travel expenses.
At the forthcoming Medieval Congress in Leeds (2-5 July 2018) the team of the ‘Presbyters in the Late Antique West’ Project, based at the University of Warsaw, together with Lisa Bailey of the University of Auckland, organizes a strand on the everyday life of clergy. We would like to have a glimpse of what was happening inside the houses of the clerics, especially in the period when they were still running large family households.
This session will seek to answer the following questions:
- What was the legal status of the wives and children of clerics, both from the ecclesiastical and civil point of view?
- What was the position of the servants and slaves in the households of clerics?
- How did the relations with their familiars and neighbours influence the opinions and preaching of the clerics?
- What do archaeology and epigraphy tell us about the living conditions of the clergy in the first millennium?
Those interested in presenting papers on such and similar topics are requested to send the title and a short abstract (ca 100 words) to Stanisław Adamiak (email@example.com) and Lisa Bailey (firstname.lastname@example.org) by 20 September 2017. Please note that unfortunately the project is unable to fund speakers’ expenses.
On the forthcoming International Medieval Congress in Leeds our project organises two sessions about the income and property of clerics in Late Antiquity.
Late antique clerics had diverse sources of income. Some of them were rich when they got ordained, but others had to earn their life. These sessions will seek to answer the following questions: How much did the clerics rely on church property and revenues? What were other sources of their income, either those linked with their religious expertise or unconnected with ecclesiastical activity? How were the frontiers fixed between not only private property and revenues of clerics and those of the church, but also between the resources of diverse groups of clergy?
The schedule is as follows:
Wednesday, 5 July, 9.00-10.30
Income and Property of Clerics in Late Antiquity, I (session 1031)
chair: Ralph W. Mathisen, Department of History, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
- David Hunter, Department of Modern & Classical Languages, Literatures & Cultures, University of Kentucky, Ambrosiaster and the Problem of Clerical Profit
- David Natal Villazala, Departamento de Prehistoria, Historia Antigua y Arqueología, Universidad de Salamanca, Church and Private Property in Ambrose of Milan (d. 397)
- Marta Szada, Instytut Historyczny, Uniwersytet Warszawski, The Workman Is Worthy of His Meat?: Economic Status of the Local Clergy in 7th-Century Spain
Wednesday, 5 July, 11.15-12.45
chair: Ralph Mathisen, Department of History, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
- Isabelle Mossong, Kommission für Alte Geschichte und Epigraphik, Deutsches Archäologisches Institut, München, Income and Property of Late Antique Clergy: Epigraphical Realities
- Claire Sotinel, Centre de recherche en histoire européenne comparée (CRHEC), Université Paris-Est Créteil Val de Marne, Financial Issues Concerning Presbyters in Papal Correspondence
- Robert Wiśniewski, Instytut Historyczny, Uniwersytet Warszawski, Not a Grand Scandal, but Little Embarrassment: Paying Clerics for Ritual Expertise in Late Antiquity
See also at the IMC website: session 1, session 2
At the forthcoming Medieval Congress in Leeds (3-6 July 2017) the team of the ‘Presbyters in the Late Antique West’ Project, based at the University of Warsaw, organises a strand on the income and property of clergy. In most literary and normative sources, we usually see clerics entirely dependent on diverse types of subsidies related to their ecclesiastical office.
But some casual remarks and documentary evidence show that the reality was more complicated. The actual sources of income of clerics were diverse. This session will seek to answer the following questions:
- How much did the clerics rely on church property and revenues?
- What were other sources of their income, either those linked with the religious expertise or unconnected with ecclesiastical activity?
- How the frontiers were fixed between the private property and revenues of clerics and those of the church, but also between the resources of diverse groups of clerics?
Those interested in presenting papers on such topics, particularly if focused on the period before c. 900, are requested to send the title and a short abstract (c. 100 words) to Robert Wiśniewski (email@example.com) by 20 September. Please, note that unfortunately the project is unable to fund speakers’ expenses.