Session Title

Legitimacy, Imagery, and Imagination: Creating and Sustaining Identities in the High Middle Ages

Sponsoring Organization(s)

Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies, Durham Univ.

Organizer Name

Ana Oliveira Dias

Organizer Affiliation

Durham Univ.

Presider Name

Jay Diehl

Presider Affiliation

Long Island Univ.-C. W. Post Campus

Paper Title 1

The Textual Made Visual: The Illustrations of the Leonese Beatus Manuscripts and Their Meaning

Presenter 1 Name

Ana Oliveira Dias

Paper Title 2

Alchemy, Moral Exemplum, and John Lydgate's The Churl and the Bird in MS Harley 2407

Presenter 2 Name

Curtis Runstedler

Presenter 2 Affiliation

Durham Univ.

Paper Title 3

Illegitimacy and Power: Anglo-Norman and Angevin Illegitimate Royal Children within Twelfth-Century Aristocratic Society

Presenter 3 Name

James Turner

Presenter 3 Affiliation

Durham Univ.

Start Date

11-5-2017 7:30 PM

Session Location

Bernhard 212

Description

This session will explore how images governing processes of understanding were created and visualised in the High Middle Ages. Perceptions of reality were created and sustained by the fashioning of images through which the understanding of natural and supernatural phenomena could be transformed. What was originally perceived in one way could come to be given a new identity and a new function. This transformative process becomes visible on many levels: this sessions aims to investigate its socio-political, visual and literary modes. These three modes together show how ideas and identities changed throughout medieval society and its cultural artefacts, with different spheres of activity and conceptual understanding both influenced by, and influencing, each other. The session seeks to open up for discussion and debate a sense of the holistic ties that bind high medieval identity together, from the quotidian to the spiritual, and from the political to the physical.

Ana Oliveira Dias

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May 11th, 7:30 PM

Legitimacy, Imagery, and Imagination: Creating and Sustaining Identities in the High Middle Ages

Bernhard 212

This session will explore how images governing processes of understanding were created and visualised in the High Middle Ages. Perceptions of reality were created and sustained by the fashioning of images through which the understanding of natural and supernatural phenomena could be transformed. What was originally perceived in one way could come to be given a new identity and a new function. This transformative process becomes visible on many levels: this sessions aims to investigate its socio-political, visual and literary modes. These three modes together show how ideas and identities changed throughout medieval society and its cultural artefacts, with different spheres of activity and conceptual understanding both influenced by, and influencing, each other. The session seeks to open up for discussion and debate a sense of the holistic ties that bind high medieval identity together, from the quotidian to the spiritual, and from the political to the physical.

Ana Oliveira Dias