Dr K. Ihnat (Kati)
Assistant professor - Department of History, Art History and Classics
Assistant professor - Radboud Institute for Culture and History
I'm interested in medieval religious culture, with a particular emphasis on the ways in which ritual, theology and narrative interact to shape group identities. My main geographical focus for a number of years has been medieval Iberia and what the study of religious traditions in this area can tell us about dynamics between different communities. Religious practice, and in particular the liturgy, is an especially fruitful place to look for processes of identity-building. As the combination of diverse sources (sung texts, prayers, and readings from theological treatises, stories about the saints and the Bible), the liturgy produced a particular message that was communicated to the Christian population when they attended church on religious holidays. I'm interested in exploring the liturgy's potential role in constructing religious meaning, social relationships and values and ideals, which could then go on to have a significant impact on society.
An important focus reflected in my latest research projects, one funded by the AHRC and the second by the NWO, is the cult of saints in medieval Iberia. Looking at everything from liturgical offices to miracles stories, theological treatises, prayers and art, I've been exploring the ways different saints were shaped as symbols of Christian orthodoxy and identity.
- Medieval cultures and religion
- 2013 - 2018 ERC-funded 'Old Hispanic Office project' (Post-doctoral researcher) explored the unique liturgical rite practiced in early medieval Iberia. A team of historians and musicologists has produced the first English-language introduction to the Old Hispanic office, which should be forthcoming in 2021 (with Cambridge University Press). More information
- 2019 - 2022 AHRC-funded 'Doctrine, devotion, and cultural expression in the cults of medieval Iberian saints' (co-investigator), investigates the liturgical profile of saints in early medieval Iberia, particularly looking at how the liturgy served to create saintly identities. We are an interdisciplinary team that includes musicologists, historians and art historians at the Universities of Bristol, Lincoln, Colorado and Madrid.
- 2020 - 2025 NWO-funded Vidi project 'Making a Martyr in Medieval Iberia (589-1080)' (principle investigator) will bring together an interdisciplinary team to explore how martyrdom was constructed in early medieval Iberia through ritual commemoration. We will examine how music, hagiography and material culture worked together to give martyrdom meaning over the late antique and early medieval periods, and over Christian north and Islamic south of the peninsula.