IMC 2012: Sessions

Session 905: Snakes and Dragons: A Round Table Discussion

Tuesday 10 July 2012, 19.30-20.30

Sponsor:M(edieval) A(nimal) D(ata Network), Central European University, Budapest
Organiser:Alice Choyke, Department of Medieval Studies, Central European University, Budapest
Moderator/Chair:Gerhard Jaritz, Institut für Realienkunde, Universität Salzburg, Krems / Department of Medieval Studies, Central European University, Budapest
Abstract

The closeness of snakes and dragons as well as their symbolic and allegorical meanings and values play an important role in many medieval discourses on fauna. Both of them represent ‘real’ beings so that an approach of today’s research that would separate the ‘real’ from the ‘fantastic’ does not seem to be acceptable. The round table will mainly deal with this problem and will try to integrate today’s knowledge about the ‘fantastic’ with the medieval knowledge of ‘reality.’

Participants include Thierry Buquet (Institut Français du Proche Orient, Damascus), Alice Choyke (Central European University, Budapest), and Isabella Nicka (Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Krems).