Session Title

"Can These Bones Come to Life?": Insights from Reconstruction, Reenactment, and Re-Creation

Sponsoring Organization(s)

Societas Johannis Higginsis

Organizer Name

Kenneth Mondschein

Organizer Affiliation

Univ. of Massachusetts-Amherst-Mt. Ida

Presider Name

Michael A. Cramer

Presider Affiliation

Borough of Manhattan Community College, CUNY

Paper Title 1

"What's in a name?": Experimental Archaeologist or Re-Enactor: Who are We?

Presenter 1 Name

Neil Peterson

Presenter 1 Affiliation

EXARC

Paper Title 2

Fifteen Shades of Brown: Making Saltpetre, Experimental Archaeology, and Being Historically Authentic

Presenter 2 Name

Axel E. W. Müller

Presenter 2 Affiliation

Institute for Medieval Studies, Univ. of Leeds

Paper Title 3

Not Only VLFBERHT: Viking Period Swords

Presenter 3 Name

Steven Blowney

Presenter 3 Affiliation

Independent Scholar

Start Date

11-5-2019 3:30 PM

Session Location

Bernhard 209

Description

Continuing our wildly popular and well-attended series of sessions, we invite archaeologists, dancers, musicians and musicologists, historical fencers, armorers, brewers, theater historians and performers, textile researchers, and scholars in other fields to submit papers for a unique interdisciplinary session on the insights into history that can be gained from attempts to reconstruct medieval arts, as well as the historiographical issues involved in such work. In keeping with our traditional theme of "Insights from Re-construction, Re-enactment, and Re-creation," proposals for papers should discuss either the interpretation of medieval material evidence or practical insights gained from reconstructing such artifacts, as well as how these insights modify existing scholarship or solve a research question and the historiographical issues involved therein — i.e., to what extent we can hope to play music, perform passion plays, weave cloth, brew mead, make armor, or wield swords as medieval people did, and why. We are also especially interested in papers that explore modern medievalism in these contexts.

Ken Mondschein

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May 11th, 3:30 PM

"Can These Bones Come to Life?": Insights from Reconstruction, Reenactment, and Re-Creation

Bernhard 209

Continuing our wildly popular and well-attended series of sessions, we invite archaeologists, dancers, musicians and musicologists, historical fencers, armorers, brewers, theater historians and performers, textile researchers, and scholars in other fields to submit papers for a unique interdisciplinary session on the insights into history that can be gained from attempts to reconstruct medieval arts, as well as the historiographical issues involved in such work. In keeping with our traditional theme of "Insights from Re-construction, Re-enactment, and Re-creation," proposals for papers should discuss either the interpretation of medieval material evidence or practical insights gained from reconstructing such artifacts, as well as how these insights modify existing scholarship or solve a research question and the historiographical issues involved therein — i.e., to what extent we can hope to play music, perform passion plays, weave cloth, brew mead, make armor, or wield swords as medieval people did, and why. We are also especially interested in papers that explore modern medievalism in these contexts.

Ken Mondschein