Session Title

Material Histories of Exchange I: Representations of Cross-Cultural Dress in Byzantium and Beyond

Sponsoring Organization(s)

Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture

Organizer Name

Annie Montgomery Labatt, Heather Badamo

Organizer Affiliation

Univ. of Texas-San Antonio, Univ. of California-Santa Barbara

Presider Name

Heather Badamo

Paper Title 1

Monastic Dress Codes and the Secular World

Presenter 1 Name

Jennifer Ball

Presenter 1 Affiliation

Brooklyn College and Graduate Center, CUNY

Paper Title 2

Dressing the Magi: Visualizing the Persian East in Early Medieval Italy

Presenter 2 Name

Annie Montgomery Labatt

Paper Title 3

Dress Ornamentation in the Late Byzantine Period

Presenter 3 Name

Antje Bosselmann-Ruickbie

Presenter 3 Affiliation

Johannes Gutenberg-Univ. Mainz

Start Date

12-5-2017 1:30 PM

Session Location

Schneider 1160

Description

Recent work on the medieval Mediterranean has emphasized how the fragmented geography of the region promoted connectivity and exchange, creating zones of mutual intelligibility. In this work, “portable objects” have emerged as key intermediaries between Byzantine, western European, and Islamic visual traditions, with studies focusing on the role of mobility in generating “shared culture,” as well as new uses, meanings, and interpretations. This panel will build on the pioneering work of art historians such as Eva Hoffman, focusing specifically on the movement of dress and ornament – as physical objects, the subject of representation, and cultural practice – between Byzantium and neighboring regions.

Annie Montgomery Labatt and Heather Badamo

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May 12th, 1:30 PM

Material Histories of Exchange I: Representations of Cross-Cultural Dress in Byzantium and Beyond

Schneider 1160

Recent work on the medieval Mediterranean has emphasized how the fragmented geography of the region promoted connectivity and exchange, creating zones of mutual intelligibility. In this work, “portable objects” have emerged as key intermediaries between Byzantine, western European, and Islamic visual traditions, with studies focusing on the role of mobility in generating “shared culture,” as well as new uses, meanings, and interpretations. This panel will build on the pioneering work of art historians such as Eva Hoffman, focusing specifically on the movement of dress and ornament – as physical objects, the subject of representation, and cultural practice – between Byzantium and neighboring regions.

Annie Montgomery Labatt and Heather Badamo