Barbara Schlieben (Berlin): On the Difficulty of Describing and Interpreting the Present: Atto of Vercelli’s Polypticum

16.11.2021, Vortrag, online

GHI London Lecture

After many months of living through a pandemic, we know how difficult it is to describe and interpret the present without being able to assess what the future will bring. Some idea of the future is always needed, as this talk will discuss with reference to the writings of the northern Italian bishop Atto of Vercelli in the first half of the tenth century. The lecture will begin by examining the contemporary issues that Atto responded to in his texts before looking at his assumptions regarding the history of knowledge. Finally, it will show that Atto’s understanding of the office of bishop had a substantial impact on his specific manner of describing the present.

Barbara Schlieben was awarded a Ph.D. from the Goethe University Frankfurt for her thesis on the court of Alfonso X of Castile and León. In 2009 she was appointed Junior Professor at the Humboldt University of Berlin. After an interim professorship at the University of Hamburg and a fellowship at the Historisches Kolleg in Munich, she became a Professor of Medieval History at the HU Berlin in 2017.

This lecture will take place online via Zoom. In order to register for this event, please follow this link to Eventbrite.