"Rethinking Scholastic Communities across Medieval Eurasia I: Scholastic Communities"
a VISCOM Serial Workshop
27 March 2018
Venue: Room 49, Hollandstr. 11-13, 1st floor, A-1020 Vienna
The first workshop “Scholastic Communities” tackles the sociohistorical formation of scholastic communities by probing issues of stabilization and dynamization, orthodoxy and heterodoxy, and situating intellectualist movements in a broader spectrum within religious traditions. How do such self-reflective, highly systematic intellectual groups as scholastics form in particular social settings? Is scholasticism meaningfully approached as an intervention in a situation that its advocates judge to be defective (involving inside or outside challenges to erstwhile authority)? Are the agents pursuing the formation of scholastic movements unequivocally religious „conservatives“ aiming to restore lost orthodoxy? What are potential „others“ against which scholastic communities define themselves?