IMC 2015: Sessions

Session 404: Imitation as a Cultural Matrix: A Round Table Discussion

Monday 6 July 2015, 19.00-20.00

Sponsor:Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft Netzwerk 'Imitation: Mechanismen eines kulturellen Prinzips im Mittelalter'
Organiser:Melanie Brunner, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Moderator/Chair:Melanie Brunner, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds

‘Imitation: Mechanisms of a Medieval Cultural Principle’ aims to examine imitation as a conscious act of copying persons, objects, actions, or ideas; the concept of imitation therefore provides a prism for the study of medieval culture, as well as medieval concepts of authority, originality, and authenticity, the link between tradition and legitimacy, and the tension between tradition and innovation. Our project brings together scholars from a variety of disciplines, and the round table will consider acts of imitation as well as medieval reflections about imitation, discussing new approaches to Medieval Studies through the examination of imitation as a cultural matrix.

Participants include Birgit Kynast (Johannes-Gutenberg-Universität, Mainz), Irina Redkova (Lomonosov Moscow State University), Christof Rolker (Universität Zürich), Gerald Schwedler (Universität Zürich), and Jörg Sonntag (Sächsische Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Leipzig / Technische Universität, Dresden).