IMC 2003: Sessions

Session 713: Power and Authority in the Architecture of the Collegiate Church, I

Tuesday 15 July 2003, 14.15-15.45

Organiser:Ellen M. Shortell, Department of Critical Studies, Massachusetts College of Art
Moderator/Chair:Ellen M. Shortell, Department of Critical Studies, Massachusetts College of Art
Paper 713-aChanging Religious Affiliations at Notre-Dame de Donnemarie-en-Montois: A Possible Cause and Effect
(Language: English)
Evelyn Staudinger Lane, Department of Art, Wheaton College, Massachusetts
Index terms: Architecture - Religious
Paper 713-bLand, Lordship and the Southwell Chapter House
(Language: English)
Jean Givens, Department of Fine Arts University of Connecticut 875 Coventry Road, U-99 STORRS CT 06269-1099
Index terms: Architecture - Religious, Local History
Paper 713-cCollegiates as Funerary Sites in 13th-Century Western Europe: The Perpetuation of Authority
(Language: English)
Xavier Dectot, Musée national du Moyen Âge, Paris
Index terms: Architecture - Religious, Social History

This session will explore the ways in which power and authority were manifested in medieval collegiate foundations in the Gothic period through art, architecture, liturgy, and local and regional politics. Major collegiate churches in western Europe have been studied as architectural monuments under the umbrella of the ‘great church’, but unlike parish churches, cathedrals and monasteries, secular collegiate churches have not been extensively studied as a separate category. This session asks whether it might not be fruitful to consider the collegiate church as an institution in its own right, with distinctive characteristics that separate it from the cathedral. As the primary basis of common ground among collegiate churches is their administrative structure and historical relationshio to the population, the focus in 2003 on concepts of power and authority provides a special opportunity to explore social relationships and their importance to art and architecture.