Authority and Power: Religion, Society and Politics in Central Europe

Workshop: March 24, 2018

This workshop explores some of the strategies that medieval authorities, both religious and secular, used in projecting, exercising, and defending their legitimacy. Examples of art and architecture deployed in this endeavor will be considered, as well as other ways in which religious and political communities enforced their rules, resolved competing claims, and minimized conflict. The seminar brings together graduate students from several disciplines who are working on dissertations related to this general theme.


Breakfast and Introduction: Howard Louthan

Morning Session 1: 9-10:30
Luke Fidler: “The Unfree Patron: Henry the Lion’s Ministeriales and the Making of Art”
Respondent: Jan Volek

Kevin Lord: “Law, Custom, and Honor in King Ludwig IV of Bavaria’s Nuremberg Appellation of 1323”
Respondent: Lisa Scott

Break: 10:30-11:00

Morning Session 2: 11:00-12:30
Amelia Kennedy: “Growing Old in a Cistercian Monastery”
Respondent: Hannah Elmer

Peter Dobek: “The Public Houses of Cracow”
Respondent: Bryan Kozik

Lunch and Greeting: 12:30-1:30

Prof. Gary Cohen, Emeritus Director of the Center for Austrian Studies

Afternoon Session 1: 1:30-3:00

Lisa Scott: "Participation and Non-participation: Religion and Estates in the Bohemian Assemblies, 1478-1503”
Respondent: Kevin Lord

Jan Volek: “The Curious Case of Jindřichův Hradec: Recatholization on the Eve of the Reformation, 1450–1510”
Respondent: Luke Fidler

Break: 3:00-3:30

Afternoon Session 2: 3:30-5:00
Hannah Elmer: “Reanimating the Dead in Central Europe: The Infants at Oberbüren”
Respondent: Amelia Kennedy

Bryan Kozik: “Revitalizing Catholic Ministry in Early Reformation Royal Prussia”
Respondent: Peter Dobek