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Moving On: Processions and the Constitution of Urban Space in Late Antiquity

Church History seminar by dr. theol Florian Wöller from Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität

In the research seminar I will talk about a few cases of late antique processions (fourth to sixth centuries) and their contemporary interpretations by Christian and non-Christian authors. By employing different approaches to late antique processions, I will try to show that they were much more than just forms of public worship. Rather, they were used and interpreted as means to negotiate urban space more generally. Complementary to ‘static’ accounts of urban and sacred topography in Late Antiquity based on buildings, squares, landmarks and so forth, I will argue that processional movement played a pivotal role in the constitution of qualified urban space.

Professor at Section for Church History Mette Birkedal Bruun will respond.

Florian Wöller er kirkehistoriker med speciale i middelalder og oldkirke fra Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, dr. theol. på en afhandling med titlen “Theologie und Wissenschaft bei Petrus Aureoli. Ein scholastischer Entwurf aus dem frühen 14. Jahrhundert“, Studien und Texte zur Geistesgeschichte des Mittelalters, Bd. 117. Leiden: Brill, 2015.