For the last eight years the interdisciplinary research group (Graduiertenkolleg) ‚Gesellschaftliche Symbolik im Mittelalter’ focused on analysing pre-modern cultures from the Early Middle Ages to the end of the Holy Roman Empire with an emphasis on various aspects of social symbolism. According to this particular field of research the conference raises questions concerning the semantic and formal changeability of symbols in times of change and crisis. We would like to approach this issue by concentrating on rites de passage and tracing these in long-term developments, since they contribute to stabilising social order and at the same time communicate norms and values of those involved. As a working hypothesis we would suggest that in addition to acts and speech, material symbols function as an agent of social change.
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