IMC 2016: Sessions

Session 704: The Materiality of Love

Tuesday 5 July 2016, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions / Centre for Medieval Studies, University of York
Organiser:Kimberley-Joy Knight, Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions, University of Sydney
Moderator/Chair:Henry Bainton, Department of English & Related Literature, University of York
Paper 704-aTowards an Archaeology of Love: Intimate Gifts in Viking-Age Europe
(Language: English)
Steven Ashby, Department of Archaeology, University of York
Steven Ashby, Department of Archaeology, University of York
Flo Laino, L – P: Archaeology, London
Flo Laino, L – P: Archaeology, London
Index terms: Anthropology, Archaeology - Artefacts
Paper 704-bLove on a Stick: The Role of Runic Twigs in Constructing and Maintaining Relationships in Medieval Scandinavia
(Language: English)
Kimberley-Joy Knight, Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions, University of Sydney
Kimberley-Joy Knight, Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions, University of Sydney
Index terms: Archaeology - Artefacts, Language and Literature - Scandinavian, Social History
Paper 704-cLove and Marriage?: Gifts after Marriage in Late Medieval England
(Language: English)
Anna Boeles Rowland, Merton College, University of Oxford
Anna Boeles Rowland, Merton College, University of Oxford
Index terms: Archaeology - Artefacts, Gender Studies, Social History
Abstract

This panel will explore love and its material traces in the medieval past. The subject of materiality has become increasingly important in recent historical inquiry, yet the nexus between materiality and emotions remains under-explored. The papers in this session will explore the role that emotionally charged gifts played in constructing and maintaining relationships. By examining gift-exchanges in intimate relationships, the papers will reflect on the central role that material culture played in practicing and conceptualising love.