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Subproject B8


Staging of the Political Decision-Making Process in the Middle Ages

Department and Research Field: History of the High and Late Middle Ages, Cultural History and Religious Science

Subproject Management

Prof. Dr. Bernd Schneidmüller

bernd.schneidmueller@zegk.uni-heidelberg.de

 

Department of History

New University, South Wing

Grabengasse 3-5

69117 Heidelberg  

Phone:  +49 - (0) 6221 - 54 24 41

Fax: +49 - (0) 6221 - 54 22 67   Prof. Dr. Stefan Weinfurter

 

 

Prof. Dr. Stefan Weinfurter

Stefan.Weinfurter@urz.uni-heidelberg.de

 

Department of History

New University, South Wing

Grabengasse 3-5

69117 Heidelberg  

 

Phone:  +49 - (0) 6221 - 54 22 93

Fax: +49 - (0) 6221 - 54 24 38


Staff

Andreas Büttner M. A.
andreas.buettner@zegk.uni-heidelberg.de
Phone: +49 - (0) 6221 - 54 37 16

Thomas Haas M.A.
resigned Oct 1, 2009
thomas.haas@zegk.uni-heidelberg.de

Andreas Schmidt M.A.
andreas.schmidt@zegk.uni-heidelberg.de

Paul Töbelmann M.A.
paul.toebelmann@zegk.uni-heidelberg.de
Phone: +49 - (0) 6221 -  54 37 16

Mona Kirsch
mona.kirsch@zegk.uni-heidelberg.de


Project Program

formalization and systemization and on the historic dimension (dynamics of history) of ritual change, examining the period from the Early Middle Ages to the transition to European modern times. Furthermore, we will investigate the concurrent diversity of the respective political shaping.

 

Subject of the proposed subproject is the formation of political will and its public staging in medieval Europe.

 

The enhanced geopolitical and socio-cultural spectrum comprises three adjacent and partially overlapping research areas:

  • the processes of change in consensus building caused by increased literality and social differentiation and their public ritualization,
  • the different functions of coronation and investiture rituals as performative conclusions to complex personnel decisions, and
  • the development of new political rituals, negotiated in the free interplay of social dynamics to reconcile opposing ambitions for power in the urban communities situated in the periphery of the realm.

 

Longitudinal studies and comparisons (above all regarding the Empires France and England) will help us analyze the different development paths and rates, including their considerable impact on European history.

 

Firstly, we will investigate the ritualization of the political decision-making process as well as its publishing. In particular, we will focus on the performative design of royal audiences and assemblies of the realm's leading men.

 

Secondly, we will research coronation rituals in the flux of desacralization and juridification in the European context.

 

Thirdly, we will study rods as symbols of investiture in liturgy and politics and their use in the staging of personnel decisions.

 

Fourthly, looking at the Milanese ritual of the three Magi in 1336, we will examine the connection between ritual invention and new political strategies for persuasion. This topic is set against the background of the modernization wave in the performative and figurative arts in the early 14th century, combining historical questions with matters of religious science.


Main Topics

B8.1: Ritualization and semiological depiction of political decision-making in the Middle Ages (Researcher: Gerald Schwedler, M. A.)

 

B8.2: European coronation rituals in the flux of desacralization and juridification (Researcher: N.N.)

 

B8.3: "Rods": Symbols of investiture in liturgy and politics and their use in staging personnel decisions (Researcher: Stefan Biessenecker)

 

B8.4: Ritual ways of consensus building in 14th century urban communities: The Milanese "Ritual of the three Magi" (Researcher: Marion Steinicke)

 

 

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