IMC 2009: Sessions

Session 616: Postcolonial Theory and Medieval Art: Heretical Approaches to an Orthodox Discipline

Tuesday 14 July 2009, 11.15-12.45

Organisers:Eva Frojmovic, Centre for Jewish Studies, University of Leeds
Catherine E. Karkov, School of Fine Art, History of Art & Cultural Studies, University of Leeds
Moderator/Chair:Catherine E. Karkov, School of Fine Art, History of Art & Cultural Studies, University of Leeds
Paper 616-aPost-Cosmopolitical Theories: Sexual Difference, Vernacularisation, and Art after Angkor
(Language: English)
Ashley Thompson, School of Fine Art, History of Art & Cultural Studies, University of Leeds
Index terms: Art History - General, Political Thought
Paper 616-bCrumbling Empires, Nostalgia, and the Politics of Ornament in Islamic Spain
(Language: English)
Lara Eggleton, School of Fine Art, History of Art & Cultural Studies, University of Leeds
Index terms: Art History - General, Islamic and Arabic Studies
Paper 616-cHybrid Strategies
(Language: English)
Eva Frojmovic, Centre for Jewish Studies, University of Leeds
Index terms: Art History - General, Hebrew and Jewish Studies, Islamic and Arabic Studies
Abstract

One of the topics discussed at the 2008 IMC round table on postcolonial theory and medieval art was the continued dominance of orthodox constructions of disciplinarity, periodization, and methodology in the study of medieval art. Medieval art, especially early medieval art, remains a passive other in terms of its chronological boundaries, its subject matter, and its continued reliance on iconographic and stylistic study. This papers in this session use postcolonial theory to intervene in our construction of the medieval past and our understanding of medieval images.