Schedule of Speakers
UCSB Medieval Studies is proud to present this year's collquium
on the topic of sin and forgiveness. In the past few years, a number
of scholars working on premodern Europe have turned to the history
of the emotions: anger, grief, fear, guilt and contrition. This
is part of a borader turn towards new ways to think about subjectivity
in the past. Sin and forgiveness are particularly revealing of medieval
understandings of emotion because the Church required that sinners
experience contrition, an inner transformation, in order to be forgiven
and have a chance at salvation. Represenations of sin and forgiveness
allow glimpses of the complex ways in which late medieval people
understood interior experience. The speakers are a historian of
theology and popular religion, on the history of the Church's teaching
on deathbed forgiveness; an Anglo-Saxonist, on the dynamics of forgiveness,
understood as an exchange; an Italianist, on public representations
of the sins, performed by the boys in a late medieval Florentine
confraternity; an art historian on sixteenth-century wax devotional
images of sinners in hell and Purgatory. The format will be lectures
and then comments by UC faculty from different perspectives, including
psychoanalysis and gender studies.
Friday, January 24 2003
McCune Conference Center, IHC, 6th Floor HSSB
Thomas N. Tentler - 9:00 am
"Deathbed forgiveness from Abelard to Luther."
Professor Emeritus, History Department, University of Michigan.
Konrad Eisenbichler - 10:30 am
"Confratelli and Compagnacci: Sin, Boys, and Confraternities in Renaissance
Professor of Italian Studies and Director, Centre for Reformation and
Renaissance Studies, University of Toronto.
Allen J. Frantzen - 1:00 pm
"Pardon Me: The Scene of Confession in Anglo-Saxon England."
Professor, English Department, Loyola University of Chicago.
Christine Göttler - 2:30 pm
"Shaping the soul: Giovanni Bernadino Azzolino's wax figures of the Four
Last Things and their aristocratic owners."
Associate Professor of Art History, University of Washington.