Session Title

Material Iberia I: Devotional Objects, Devoted Bodies in Christianity

Sponsoring Organization(s)

Association for Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies

Organizer Name

Jessica A. Boon

Organizer Affiliation

Univ. of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

Presider Name

Jessica A. Boon

Paper Title 1

Bodies of Letters: New Approaches to the Oviedo Arcasanta

Presenter 1 Name

Elisa Pallottini

Presenter 1 Affiliation

Univ. Utrecht

Paper Title 2

Sacred Skin: Excoriation in the Legend of Saint Bartholomew

Presenter 2 Name

Andrew M. Beresford

Presenter 2 Affiliation

Durham Univ.

Paper Title 3

Body and Soul: The Triptych Virgin in Material Iberia

Presenter 3 Name

Melissa R. Katz

Presenter 3 Affiliation

Wesleyan Univ.

Paper Title 4

Manipulating Materiality: The Role of "Likeness" in Reproducing the Sacred

Presenter 4 Name

Jessica Weiss

Presenter 4 Affiliation

Univ. of North Texas

Paper Title 5

Respondent

Presenter 5 Name

Lesley Twomey

Presenter 5 Affiliation

Northumbria Univ.

Start Date

15-5-2015 1:30 PM

Session Location

Schneider 1360

Description

Caroline Walker Bynum's most recent book, Christian Materiality, repositions the study of body in late medieval religion under the broader rubric of the study of materia, matter, in order to examine how devotional objects and adornments shape and are shaped by the bodies of devotees. Her study encompasses relics, pilgrimages, the Eucharistic elements, astrology, and even visionary experience. Bynum’s work does not draw on any medieval Iberian material, yet the study of material religion is likewise making an impact on hispanist studies of religion. For example, Lesley Twomey’s book, The Fabric of Marian Devotion, places Isabel de Villena’s 1495 devotional work on the life of Christ and Mary in its historical context, tracing the impact of certain symbols such as Mary’s shoe or the red color of her gown by examining the history of shoemaking or the production process for red dye. This session seeks to further this discussion by inviting papers on the embodied materiality of religious devotion in Christian contexts in medieval Iberia. Topics include the circulation and repurposing of objects across religious traditions, the gendered use of religious accouterments, the materiality of aniconic spirituality in the Iberian context, among others.

Jessica A. Boon

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May 15th, 1:30 PM

Material Iberia I: Devotional Objects, Devoted Bodies in Christianity

Schneider 1360

Caroline Walker Bynum's most recent book, Christian Materiality, repositions the study of body in late medieval religion under the broader rubric of the study of materia, matter, in order to examine how devotional objects and adornments shape and are shaped by the bodies of devotees. Her study encompasses relics, pilgrimages, the Eucharistic elements, astrology, and even visionary experience. Bynum’s work does not draw on any medieval Iberian material, yet the study of material religion is likewise making an impact on hispanist studies of religion. For example, Lesley Twomey’s book, The Fabric of Marian Devotion, places Isabel de Villena’s 1495 devotional work on the life of Christ and Mary in its historical context, tracing the impact of certain symbols such as Mary’s shoe or the red color of her gown by examining the history of shoemaking or the production process for red dye. This session seeks to further this discussion by inviting papers on the embodied materiality of religious devotion in Christian contexts in medieval Iberia. Topics include the circulation and repurposing of objects across religious traditions, the gendered use of religious accouterments, the materiality of aniconic spirituality in the Iberian context, among others.

Jessica A. Boon