Session Title

Making Meaning: Technologies of Transformative Production and Creative Consumption I: Diachronic Redefinition

Sponsoring Organization(s)

Special Session

Organizer Name

Eric Ramirez-Weaver, Christopher Lakey

Organizer Affiliation

Univ. of Virginia, Johns Hopkins Univ./Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies

Presider Name

Christopher Lakey

Paper Title 1

What to Do with Medieval Ephemera?

Presenter 1 Name

Sonja Drimmer

Presenter 1 Affiliation

Univ. of Massachusetts-Amherst

Paper Title 2

Byzantium after Duchamp: Notes on a Certain History of Art and Its Medium

Presenter 2 Name

Roland Betancourt

Presenter 2 Affiliation

Yale Univ.

Paper Title 3

Turning an Axe on Its Head

Presenter 3 Name

Annie Montgomery Labatt

Presenter 3 Affiliation

Univ. of Texas-San Antonio

Start Date

9-5-2014 1:30 PM

Session Location

Schneider 2345

Description

In this session, discrete strategies of creative intervention emphasize the diachronic historical transformations of sites, objects, rhetoric, ideas, and the reproductive possibilities of countervailing, non-hegemonic discourses during the medieval period. Scholars such as Carolyn Dinshaw have underscored the ways that meaning is created and renewed across time through the meaningful interaction of recurring encounters with the past in an evanescent present. Taking seriously the idea that forgotten and historically recorded encounters across time establish an interlocking nexus of meanings through which individual narratives or artworks need to be (re)interpreted by modern cultural historians, this session seeks papers that address standard and atypical monuments evoking scorn or derision, propaganda, historicity, critique, ephemera, dissent, reaction, censure, or creative reinterpretation. Papers are warmly invited which grapple with the methodological impact of medieval texts and artworks, documenting creative moments of social and spiritual transformation, syncretistic exchange, and public or political challenge.

Eric Ramirez-Weaver

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May 9th, 1:30 PM

Making Meaning: Technologies of Transformative Production and Creative Consumption I: Diachronic Redefinition

Schneider 2345

In this session, discrete strategies of creative intervention emphasize the diachronic historical transformations of sites, objects, rhetoric, ideas, and the reproductive possibilities of countervailing, non-hegemonic discourses during the medieval period. Scholars such as Carolyn Dinshaw have underscored the ways that meaning is created and renewed across time through the meaningful interaction of recurring encounters with the past in an evanescent present. Taking seriously the idea that forgotten and historically recorded encounters across time establish an interlocking nexus of meanings through which individual narratives or artworks need to be (re)interpreted by modern cultural historians, this session seeks papers that address standard and atypical monuments evoking scorn or derision, propaganda, historicity, critique, ephemera, dissent, reaction, censure, or creative reinterpretation. Papers are warmly invited which grapple with the methodological impact of medieval texts and artworks, documenting creative moments of social and spiritual transformation, syncretistic exchange, and public or political challenge.

Eric Ramirez-Weaver