Session Title

The Construction of "Cultural Landscapes" in Medieval Images and Texts

Sponsoring Organization(s)

Dept. of Medieval Studies, Central European Univ.

Organizer Name

Gerhard Jaritz

Organizer Affiliation

Central European Univ.

Presider Name

Gerhard Jaritz

Paper Title 1

Viewing Constantinople: Land, Sea, and City

Presenter 1 Name

Floris Bernard

Presenter 1 Affiliation

Central European Univ.

Paper Title 2

Sacred Places: Rethinking the Evolution of Medieval Urban Spatiality (the Example of the "Cubas" in Southern Portugal)

Presenter 2 Name

Luis Ferro

Presenter 2 Affiliation

Univ. de Évora/Univ. do Porto

Paper Title 3

"Been There, Seen That": Arnold von Harff's Literary Portrayals of Foreign Cultural Spaces

Presenter 3 Name

Mareike Reisch

Presenter 3 Affiliation

Stanford Univ.

Start Date

12-5-2018 3:30 PM

Session Location

Schneider 1335

Description

Following the UNESCO World Heritage Guidelines (2005) cultural landscapes “represent the combined work of nature and man.” Today as well as in the past they, as well as images depicting them and texts describing them, are to be seen as expression of meanings. They could be used to evoke emotions and to construct symbols of positive, but also of negative, values, of oneself or of others. They are to be seen in context with social and economic relationships, with success, good governance (see Lorenzetti’s famous Siena) or security, and in connection with a sense of place and identity: individual and family’s identity, local identity, regional and territorial identity, or a society’s identity. Analyzing the variety of respective source types and sources requires an awareness of the symbolic systems of norms and order.

The session is intended to investigate, discuss, and compare examples of medieval textual and visual source evidence on such “cultural landscapes” and to investigate to what extent any patterns of construction and evaluation can be detected in different source corpora.

Gerhard Jaritz

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May 12th, 3:30 PM

The Construction of "Cultural Landscapes" in Medieval Images and Texts

Schneider 1335

Following the UNESCO World Heritage Guidelines (2005) cultural landscapes “represent the combined work of nature and man.” Today as well as in the past they, as well as images depicting them and texts describing them, are to be seen as expression of meanings. They could be used to evoke emotions and to construct symbols of positive, but also of negative, values, of oneself or of others. They are to be seen in context with social and economic relationships, with success, good governance (see Lorenzetti’s famous Siena) or security, and in connection with a sense of place and identity: individual and family’s identity, local identity, regional and territorial identity, or a society’s identity. Analyzing the variety of respective source types and sources requires an awareness of the symbolic systems of norms and order.

The session is intended to investigate, discuss, and compare examples of medieval textual and visual source evidence on such “cultural landscapes” and to investigate to what extent any patterns of construction and evaluation can be detected in different source corpora.

Gerhard Jaritz