Session Title

The Crusades through the Nexus of Text and Nonlinguistic Representations

Sponsoring Organization(s)

Texas Medieval Association (TEMA)

Organizer Name

Paul E. Chevedden

Organizer Affiliation

Univ. of Texas-Austin

Presider Name

Donald J. Kagay

Presider Affiliation

Univ. of Dallas

Paper Title 1

The Crusade's East-West Nexus: Toledo-Tarragona-Rome-Antioch-Jerusalem

Presenter 1 Name

Lawrence J. McCrank

Presenter 1 Affiliation

Independent Scholar

Paper Title 2

The Early Crusades Schematized: From Text to Image

Presenter 2 Name

Paul E. Chevedden

Paper Title 3

Beatus Manuscripts during the Reign of Alfonso VIII of Castile and Leonor of England: A Response to the Fall of Jerusalem?

Presenter 3 Name

Rose Walker

Presenter 3 Affiliation

Independent Scholar

Start Date

14-5-2017 10:30 AM

Session Location

Bernhard 204

Description

Ernst Cassirer reminds us that our historical knowledge does not start with “things or events,” but with “documents or monuments.” The “documents or monuments” say nothing until they are made to speak through a process of “symbolic reconstruction,” by which the “living form” embodied in the extant traces of the past can be understood in the present. The task of deciphering the symbolic language of “documents and monuments” of the Crusades is not the work of historians alone, but also of literary scholars and those in the non-linguistic fields of study, such as architecture, sculpture, painting, and music. This session explores the relationship between textual evidence pertaining to the Crusades and the nonlinguistic arts relating to the Crusades (e.g. architecture, sculpture, painting, and music), especially new connections that can be made between linguistic and nonlinguistic signifiers of crusading. It also seeks to explore whether the arts in question express a prior linguistic articulation or articulability, or whether these arts express ideas that only later were expressed linguistically.

Paul E. Chevedden

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May 14th, 10:30 AM

The Crusades through the Nexus of Text and Nonlinguistic Representations

Bernhard 204

Ernst Cassirer reminds us that our historical knowledge does not start with “things or events,” but with “documents or monuments.” The “documents or monuments” say nothing until they are made to speak through a process of “symbolic reconstruction,” by which the “living form” embodied in the extant traces of the past can be understood in the present. The task of deciphering the symbolic language of “documents and monuments” of the Crusades is not the work of historians alone, but also of literary scholars and those in the non-linguistic fields of study, such as architecture, sculpture, painting, and music. This session explores the relationship between textual evidence pertaining to the Crusades and the nonlinguistic arts relating to the Crusades (e.g. architecture, sculpture, painting, and music), especially new connections that can be made between linguistic and nonlinguistic signifiers of crusading. It also seeks to explore whether the arts in question express a prior linguistic articulation or articulability, or whether these arts express ideas that only later were expressed linguistically.

Paul E. Chevedden