IMC 2012: Sessions

Session 313: Body and Law: Embodiment of Law

Monday 9 July 2012, 16.30-18.00

Organisers:Kristin Böse, Kunsthistorisches Institut, Universität zu Köln
Susanne Wittekind, Kunsthistorisches Institut, Universität zu Köln
Moderator/Chair:Matthew Sillence, Faculty of Arts & Humanities, University of East Anglia
Paper 313-aTaking Oath on the Code of Law: The Book as Embodiment of Law
(Language: English)
Susanne Wittekind, Kunsthistorisches Institut, Universität zu Köln
Index terms: Law, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Paper 313-bThe Image of the Corporate Body and the Individual Fingerprint: Designing Legal Authentification in 13th-Century Common Seals
(Language: English)
Markus Späth, Institut für Kunstgeschichte, Justus-Liebig-Universität, Gießen
Index terms: Art History - General, Charters and Diplomatics
Paper 313-cPunishment and Execution in Late Medieval German Art: The Suffering of Christ and the Saints
(Language: English)
Daria Dittmeyer, Landesmuseum für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte, Schloss Gottorf
Index terms: Art History - Painting, Hagiography

The second session of ‘Body and Law: Embodiment of Law’ intends to expand the term of the medieval body by focussing on their signa as intermediary for concepts of justice and legal systems. The papers will analyze how the signa by referring to the natural body reclaim legal validity through ruler garments as the second skin or through the individual fingerprint within a common seal. Thus, their role in authentication will be furthermore discussed within ritual enactments such as the sealing of charters or the oath amended by touching the gospels as well as legal codifications on which this session has a focal point. Both symbolic effects of legal issues as well as their performances in order to legitimize law are pushed into the spotlight of the second part of the ‘Body and Law’ session.