Session Title

Signs of Identity, Marks of Otherness: New Approaches to Visual Culture I

Sponsoring Organization(s)

Centre d'études supérieures de civilisation médiévale (CESCM); International Medieval Society, Paris

Organizer Name

Vincent Debiais

Organizer Affiliation

Centre d’études supérieures de civilisation médiévale

Presider Name

Vincent Debiais

Paper Title 1

William Marshal and Usama ibn Munqidh: Cross-Cultural Status Markers

Presenter 1 Name

Steven Isaac

Presenter 1 Affiliation

Longwood Univ.

Paper Title 2

War on Fashion: The Use of Images and Marginalization against Fashion Phenomena in the Twelfth and Thirteenth Century

Presenter 2 Name

Tina Anderlini

Presenter 2 Affiliation

Independent Scholar

Paper Title 3

Image, Sequence, Narrative: The Marks and Signs of Identity in the Illuminated Manuscripts of the Theophilus Legend

Presenter 3 Name

Jerry Root

Presenter 3 Affiliation

Univ. of Utah

Start Date

13-5-2017 1:30 PM

Session Location

Schneider 1340

Description

This session, which is proposed in coordination with the Centre d’études supérieures de civilisation médiévale de Poitiers and the International Medieval Society-Paris will explore new avenues of research on visual signs marking the identity of social, religious, and political groups in different spaces (real or imaginary), and the ways in which these groups distinguished themselves. Recent advances in the auxiliary sciences, which take into account social phenomena in the origin, creation and usage of systems of signs, permit us to revisit questions posed by emblems, armor, inscriptions, and images that mark the landscape and establish hierarchical spaces, both separate and connected. In the dialectic of inclusion/exclusion, signs become references of identity included, integrated, claimed or rejected in reaction to historical circumstances and power relations. This session brings together specialists from different disciplines to explore how visual signs work in real spaces, such as cities, monasteries, and castles; and literary spaces where such signs appear frequently in motifs and narratives.

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May 13th, 1:30 PM

Signs of Identity, Marks of Otherness: New Approaches to Visual Culture I

Schneider 1340

This session, which is proposed in coordination with the Centre d’études supérieures de civilisation médiévale de Poitiers and the International Medieval Society-Paris will explore new avenues of research on visual signs marking the identity of social, religious, and political groups in different spaces (real or imaginary), and the ways in which these groups distinguished themselves. Recent advances in the auxiliary sciences, which take into account social phenomena in the origin, creation and usage of systems of signs, permit us to revisit questions posed by emblems, armor, inscriptions, and images that mark the landscape and establish hierarchical spaces, both separate and connected. In the dialectic of inclusion/exclusion, signs become references of identity included, integrated, claimed or rejected in reaction to historical circumstances and power relations. This session brings together specialists from different disciplines to explore how visual signs work in real spaces, such as cities, monasteries, and castles; and literary spaces where such signs appear frequently in motifs and narratives.

vincent debiais