Session Title

Sensory Reflections: Traces of Experience in Medieval Artifacts I

Sponsoring Organization(s)

Center for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, Stanford Univ.

Organizer Name

Fiona Griffiths, Kathryn Starkey

Organizer Affiliation

Stanford Univ., Stanford Univ.

Presider Name

Beth Williamson

Presider Affiliation

Bristol Univ.

Paper Title 1

The Space of Relics and the Viewer's Approach

Presenter 1 Name

Cynthia Hahn

Presenter 1 Affiliation

Hunter College and Graduate Center, CUNY

Paper Title 2

Uncanny Vitality: Encounters with the Burgos Crucifix

Presenter 2 Name

Elina Gertsman

Presenter 2 Affiliation

Case Western Reserve Univ.

Paper Title 3

The Matter of Fear: The Harbaville Triptych and Its Staging of Judgment in Ivory

Presenter 3 Name

Ravinder Binning

Presenter 3 Affiliation

Stanford Univ.

Start Date

14-5-2016 10:00 AM

Session Location

Schneider 2335

Description

The rich potential of medieval matter (most obviously manuscripts and visual imagery, but also liturgical objects, coins, textiles, architecture, amulets, graves, etc.) to complement and even transcend purely textual sources is by now well established in medieval scholarship across the disciplines. So, too, attention to medieval sensory experiences—most prominently emotion—has transformed our understanding of medieval religious life and spirituality, violence, power, and authority, friendship, and constructions of both the self and the other. This session draws the two approaches together, plumbing medieval material sources for traces of sensory experience - above all ephemeral and physical experiences that, unlike emotion, are rarely fully described or articulated in texts.

Fiona Griffiths

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May 14th, 10:00 AM

Sensory Reflections: Traces of Experience in Medieval Artifacts I

Schneider 2335

The rich potential of medieval matter (most obviously manuscripts and visual imagery, but also liturgical objects, coins, textiles, architecture, amulets, graves, etc.) to complement and even transcend purely textual sources is by now well established in medieval scholarship across the disciplines. So, too, attention to medieval sensory experiences—most prominently emotion—has transformed our understanding of medieval religious life and spirituality, violence, power, and authority, friendship, and constructions of both the self and the other. This session draws the two approaches together, plumbing medieval material sources for traces of sensory experience - above all ephemeral and physical experiences that, unlike emotion, are rarely fully described or articulated in texts.

Fiona Griffiths