IMC 2017: Sessions

Session 1604: Deploying the Dead, II: Problems of Burial, Disturbance, and Authenticity

Thursday 6 July 2017, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:HERA Project 'Deploying the Dead: Artefacts & Human Bodies in Socio-Cultural Transformations'
Organiser:Philip Schwyzer, Department of English, University of Exeter
Moderator/Chair:Patricia Murrieta-Flores, Digital Humanities Research Centre, University of Chester
Paper 1604-aMalory's Shipping News: Watery Graves with a Difference
(Language: English)
Andrew James Johnston, Institut für Englische Philologie, Freie Universität Berlin
Index terms: Archaeology - Artefacts, Language and Literature - Middle English, Language and Literature - French or Occitan
Paper 1604-bWith Clean Hands and Hearts: Physical Examinations of the Sacred Dead in Medieval England
(Language: English)
Ruth Nugent, Department of History & Archaeology, University of Chester
Index terms: Archaeology - General, Mentalities, Monasticism, Science
Paper 1604-cBones Real and Bones Imagined: Problems of Authenticity in Accounts of Medieval Relics and 21st-Century Excavations
(Language: English)
Miriam Edlich-Muth, Institut für Englische Philologie, Freie Universität Berlin
Index terms: Archaeology - Artefacts, Archaeology - Sites, Hagiography
Abstract

The interdisciplinary ‘Deploying the Dead’ project examines encounters with human remains and funerary artefacts in England and Central Europe in order to shed light on their cultural uses and social agency. This second session will explore problematic interments and disturbances of the dead in Arthurian romance, reliquaries, and reopened graves.