Session Title

"Can These Bones Come to Life?": Insights from Re-construction, Re-enactment, and Re-creation

Sponsoring Organization(s)

Societas Johannis Higginsis

Organizer Name

Kenneth Mondschein

Organizer Affiliation

Societas Johannis Higgensis

Presider Name

Kenneth Mondschein

Paper Title 1

Part of the Whole: Deciphering Medieval Stage Techniques through Performance

Presenter 1 Name

Lydia Craig, Richard Gilbert

Presenter 1 Affiliation

Loyola Univ. Chicago, Loyola Univ. Chicago

Paper Title 2

Extant Damage On Late Medieval Edged Weapons and Armours: Initial Findings and Interpretations

Presenter 2 Name

James Hester

Presenter 2 Affiliation

Univ. of Southampton

Paper Title 3

The Battle of Nations: Prowess, Politics, and Parallels in a Re-created Deed of Arms

Presenter 3 Name

Michael A. Cramer

Presenter 3 Affiliation

Borough of Manhattan Community College, CUNY

Start Date

13-5-2016 10:00 AM

Session Location

Bernhard 106

Description

Continuing our wildly popular and well-attended series of sessions, we invite archaeologists, dancers, musicians and musicologists, historical fencers, armorers, brewers, theater historians and performers, textile researchers, and scholars in other fields to submit papers for a unique interdisciplinary session on the insights into history that can be gained from attempts to reconstruct medieval arts, as well as the historiographical issues involved in such work. In keeping with our traditional theme of "Insights from Re-construction, Re-enactment, and Re-creation," proposals for papers should discuss either the interpretation of medieval material evidence or practical insights gained from reconstructing such artifacts, as well as how these insights modify existing scholarship or solve a research question and the historiographical issues involved therein—i.e., to what extent we can hope to play music, perform passion plays, weave cloth, brew mead, make armor, or wield swords as medieval people did, and why. This year's paper include papers on modern politics in a recreated medieval deed of arms, reconstructions of how weapons were used from battlefield forensics, and reconstructing medieval stage techniques.

Kenneth C. Mondschein

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May 13th, 10:00 AM

"Can These Bones Come to Life?": Insights from Re-construction, Re-enactment, and Re-creation

Bernhard 106

Continuing our wildly popular and well-attended series of sessions, we invite archaeologists, dancers, musicians and musicologists, historical fencers, armorers, brewers, theater historians and performers, textile researchers, and scholars in other fields to submit papers for a unique interdisciplinary session on the insights into history that can be gained from attempts to reconstruct medieval arts, as well as the historiographical issues involved in such work. In keeping with our traditional theme of "Insights from Re-construction, Re-enactment, and Re-creation," proposals for papers should discuss either the interpretation of medieval material evidence or practical insights gained from reconstructing such artifacts, as well as how these insights modify existing scholarship or solve a research question and the historiographical issues involved therein—i.e., to what extent we can hope to play music, perform passion plays, weave cloth, brew mead, make armor, or wield swords as medieval people did, and why. This year's paper include papers on modern politics in a recreated medieval deed of arms, reconstructions of how weapons were used from battlefield forensics, and reconstructing medieval stage techniques.

Kenneth C. Mondschein