IMC 2008: Sessions

Session 301: Conceptualising Objects: Presentation, Responses, and Display

Monday 7 July 2008, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:University of York
Organiser:Jane Hawkes, Department of History of Art, University of York
Moderator/Chair:Jane Hawkes, Department of History of Art, University of York
Paper 301-aHigh Crosses Going Abroad: Plaster Casts at International Exhibitions
(Language: English)
Elizabeth L. McCormick, University of York
Index terms: Art History - General, Historiography - Medieval, Medievalism and Antiquarianism
Paper 301-bThe Book as 'Church' : The Illuminated Gospel Book as Conceptualized Space
(Language: English)
Meg Boulton, Independent Scholar
Index terms: Art History - General, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Paper 301-cNorthumbrian Books of the Dead: Early Medieval Name Stones
(Language: English)
Christine Frances Maddern, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of York
Index terms: Art History - General, Biblical Studies
Abstract

The emphasis of this session will be on the form and function of early medieval, especially Anglo-Saxon, material culture. All three papers build on the object-based themes of presentation, audience, and the act of contemplation. The papers are unified in their exploration of objects which take on alternative forms and additional meanings, for example the casts as cultural symbols, the manuscripts as ‘Church’ and sculpture as memorial. Broadly speaking, the session aspires to generate both an exchange of methodological ideas and to shed new light on the relationship between the form and function of early medieval objects.