Charlemagne's Ghost: Legacies, Leftovers, and Legends of the Carolingian Empire
44th Annual New England Medieval Conference
Massachusetts Intitute of Technology, Cambridge, MA
Saturday, October 7, 2017
Building E51, Room 315,
2 Amherst Street, Cambridge, MA
Keynote Speaker: Simon MacLean, University of St. Andrews
"What Was Post-Carolingian about Post-Carolingian Europe?"
It is well known that the Frankish emperor Charlemagne (768-814) and his dynasty – the Carolingians – played an important role in the formation of Europe. Yet scholars still debate the long-term consequences of the collapse of the Carolingian empire in 888 and the diverse ways in which Charlemagne’s family shaped subsequent medieval civilization. This conference invites medievalists of all disciplines and specializations to investigate the legacies, leftovers, and legends of the Carolingian empire in the central and later Middle Ages. We welcome papers that consider a wide array of Carolingian legacies in the realms of kingship and political culture, literature and art, manuscripts and material artifacts, the Church and monasticism, as well as Europe’s relations with the wider world. We urge participants to reflect on the ways in which later medieval rulers, writers, artists, and communities remembered Charlemagne and the Frankish empire and adapted Carolingian inheritances to fit new circumstances. In short, this conference will explore the ways in which Charlemagne’s ghost haunted the medieval world.