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IMC 2016: Sessions

Session 1535: Exploring the 14th Century across the Eastern and Western Christian World, I: Monastic Thought in Art and Literature

Thursday 7 July 2016, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:Courtauld Institute of Art, London / University of York
Organisers:Livia Lupi, Department of History of Art, University of York
Maria Alessia Rossi, Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London
Moderator/Chair:Jessica N. Richardson, Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz, Max-Planck-Institut, Firenze
Paper 1535-aHesychasm as a Pan-Orthodox Movement among South Slavs in the 14th Century
(Language: English)
Jonel Hedjan, Centre d'histoire et civilisation de Byzance, College de France, Paris
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Historiography - Medieval, Religious Life, Theology
Paper 1535-bChanging Narratives: Ecclesiological Interpretations in 13th- and 14th-Century Serbian Hagiography in its Relations to Byzantium and the West
(Language: English)
Dragoljub Marjanović, Department of History, University of Belgrade
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Ecclesiastical History, Hagiography, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 1535-cSaints from the East: Or, What Exactly is the 'Byzantine' Nature of Italian Tre and Quattrocento Thebaid Cycles?
(Language: English)
Christine Ungruh, Kunsthistorisches Institut, Freie Universität Berlin
Index terms: Architecture - Religious, Art History - Painting, Monasticism, Religious Life

The 14th century saw new developments within the Eastern and Western Church, ranging from the blossoming and affirmation of new spiritual orders, to the outbreak of religious controversies. This session challenges traditional assumptions about interactions between the East and the West by exploring possible points of contact between Orthodox and Catholic monasticism and mysticism. Combining history and art history, the session aims to illustrate the political as well as spiritual implications of the Hesychast controversy in the Orthodox world, varying stances towards the West in Serbian hagiographical narratives of St Symeon, and the depiction of Eastern Desert Fathers in Italian art.