Session Title

Hell Studies: Presenting and Representing Hell

Sponsoring Organization(s)

Societas Daemonetica

Organizer Name

Richard Ford Burley

Organizer Affiliation

Boston College

Presider Name

Nicole Ford Burley

Presider Affiliation

Boston Univ.

Paper Title 1

The Devil's Monstrous Landscapes: Hell on Earth

Presenter 1 Name

Karra Shimabukuro

Presenter 1 Affiliation

Univ. of New Mexico

Paper Title 2

An Aztec Jaguar Warrior in Hell and the Dating of the Albi Cathedral Last Judgment

Presenter 2 Name

James Bugslag

Presenter 2 Affiliation

Univ. of Manitoba

Start Date

13-5-2016 10:00 AM

Session Location

Schneider 1280

Description

Representations of Hell appear throughout the Middle Ages, in textual descriptions, manuscript illuminations, portal sculpture, wall paintings - indeed, in nearly every representational medium across Europe from the 5th century to the 15th. How is Hell represented? How are its occupants characterized? From the cold and serpent-filled Hell of the Blickling Homilies to the fiery and torturous one that adorns the façade of Autun, the presentation and representation of Hell has been done in many ways and, it would appear, to many ends. This session seeks to bring scholars from various disciplines together to discuss the ways in which “the other place” is offered up to medieval audiences for consumption, and the insights which can be derived from its study.

Richard Ford Burley

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May 13th, 10:00 AM

Hell Studies: Presenting and Representing Hell

Schneider 1280

Representations of Hell appear throughout the Middle Ages, in textual descriptions, manuscript illuminations, portal sculpture, wall paintings - indeed, in nearly every representational medium across Europe from the 5th century to the 15th. How is Hell represented? How are its occupants characterized? From the cold and serpent-filled Hell of the Blickling Homilies to the fiery and torturous one that adorns the façade of Autun, the presentation and representation of Hell has been done in many ways and, it would appear, to many ends. This session seeks to bring scholars from various disciplines together to discuss the ways in which “the other place” is offered up to medieval audiences for consumption, and the insights which can be derived from its study.

Richard Ford Burley