IMC 2017: Sessions

Session 122: Other Materials: The Role of Art and Architecture in Identity Formation in North-East Asia, 5th-13th Centuries

Monday 3 July 2017, 11.15-12.45

Organisers:Jonathan Dugdale, Centre for the Study of the Middle Ages, University of Birmingham
Geoffrey Humble, Department of History, University of Birmingham
Eiren Shea, Department of Art & Art History, Grinnell College, Iowa
Moderator/Chair:Geoffrey Humble, Department of History, University of Birmingham
Paper 122-aDeath and Division on the Mohe-KoguryƏ Border, 5th- to 7th-Century Manchuria
(Language: English)
Jean Young Hyun, Faculty of Oriental Studies, University of Oxford
Index terms: Archaeology - Artefacts, Archaeology - Sites, Historiography - Modern Scholarship
Paper 122-bArchitects of Their Own Identity?: Looking for the Liao in Their Extant Pagodas, 907-1125
(Language: English)
Jonathan Dugdale, Centre for the Study of the Middle Ages, University of Birmingham
Index terms: Archaeology - General, Architecture - Religious, Historiography - Modern Scholarship
Paper 122-cImperial Hunting Garb and the Formation of Political Identity in Liao, Jin, and Yuan China
(Language: English)
Eiren Shea, Department of Art & Art History, Grinnell College, Iowa
Index terms: Architecture - General, Art History - General, Language and Literature - Other
Abstract

Medieval North-East Asia’s myriad groups and polities have suffered from existing on the periphery of areas with established historiographical traditions, reinforced by later political pressures. Our understanding of these groups’ identities has therefore been limited to those ascribed to them within these textual traditions. This session will challenge these accepted narratives by pitting them against material evidence across a diverse temporal range (5th – 13th Centuries). Exploring and integrating evidence from art and architecture, we prize out both the beginnings of self-ascribed North-East Asian identities and the connections underlining this ‘marginal’ region’s recurring centrality to broader networks and developments.