IMC 2004: Sessions

Session 502: Debates in the Historiography of Medieval Architecture

Tuesday 13 July 2004, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:International Center for Medieval Art, New York
Organiser:Janet T. Marquardt, Department of Art, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston
Moderator/Chair:Janet T. Marquardt, Department of Art, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston
Paper 502-aMedieval Art Wars: French-American Academic Conflict in the 20th Century
(Language: English)
David Walsh, Department of Art & Art History, University of Rochester, New York
Index terms: Architecture - Religious, Art History - General, Historiography - Medieval, Historiography - Modern Scholarship
Paper 502-bConstructing a National Identity: Alexandre Lenoir and the Origin of the Pointed Arch
(Language: English)
Mary B. Shepard, International Center for Medieval Art, New York
Index terms: Architecture - Religious, Art History - General, Historiography - Medieval, Historiography - Modern Scholarship
Paper 502-cBranner's 'Court Style' and the Anxiety of Influence
(Language: English)
Meredith Cohen, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds / University of Oxford
Index terms: Architecture - Religious, Art History - General, Historiography - Medieval, Historiography - Modern Scholarship
Abstract

The field of medieval architecture has had its share of duelling scholars and provocative theories. More than historiographic footnotes, extended debates have both shaped our discipline and spurred innovative scholarship. Some arguments were simply a matter of varying approaches or interpretation of evidence. Others acan be linked to ideological or national differences. Most these can be linked with key names in the field and many of the best-argued positions have affected our subsequent understanding of monuments for generations.
In this session we will discuss opposing stands, the reasons for them, and the resulting developments in scholarship that the battles produced.