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IMC 2016: Sessions

Session 1002: The Impermanence of Buildings in Anglo-Saxon England

Wednesday 6 July 2016, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:Balliol Interdisciplinary Institute
Organiser:Hannah McKendrick Bailey, Balliol College, University of Oxford
Moderator/Chair:Meg Boulton, Independent Scholar
Paper 1002-aShaping Buildings and Identities in 5th- to 9th-Century England
(Language: English)
Clifford Sofield, School of Archaeology, University of Oxford
Index terms: Archaeology - General, Daily Life, Mentalities, Social History
Paper 1002-bWilfrid's Restoration of the Church at York in Stephen's Vita Wilfridi
(Language: English)
Conor O'Brien, Churchill College, University of Cambridge
Index terms: Architecture - Religious, Hagiography, Mentalities, Social History
Paper 1002-cBuilding a House upon the Rock in Old English Literature
(Language: English)
Hannah McKendrick Bailey, Balliol College, University of Oxford
Index terms: Hagiography, Language and Literature - Old English, Sermons and Preaching

The papers in this session stem from an interdisciplinary research network on 'Architectural Representation in Early Medieval England c. 650-1350', a collaborative project investigating the various ways construction and design were conceived of, lived with, and imbued with significance in both textual and material culture. In particular, this session explores the significance of the (im)permanence of buildings in Anglo-Saxon England by examining the evidence of archaeology, Latin hagiography, and Old English literature. The archaeological evidence that some Anglo-Saxon structures were formally shaped or destroyed in ways which were socially resonant helps scholars to understand textual representations of architecture.