Session 1324: Power in the World Upside Down
Wednesday 16 July 2003, 16.30-18.00
|Organiser:||Elaine C. Block, Misericordia International, Paris|
|Moderator/Chair:||Frédéric Billiet, UFR Musicologie, Université Paris IV - Sorbonne|
|Paper 1324-a||Animal Power in the Topsy Turvy World|
|Paper 1324-b||Wearing the Trousers (or Not): Gender and Authority on Medieval Choir Stalls|
|Paper 1324-c||Images of Power on a Set of 15th-Century Beams from Dijon|
The misericords on choir stalls are generally considered the proper place to depict the world upside down. One of the factors that changes places with the created world is the role of power. Animals change places with their masters, women with men, children with their parents. Similar motifs are sometimes presented elsewhere, but usually in places difficult to see, such as ceiling beams and facades of cathedrals. This session on power in the world upside down will explore some of the ways power changes hands in these images.