IMC 2018: Sessions

Session 115: DISTAFF, I: Dress, Faith, Identity, and Memorialisation

Monday 2 July 2018, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Discussion, Interpretation & Study of Textile Arts, Fabrics & Fashions (DISTAFF)
Organiser:Gale R. Owen-Crocker, Department of English & American Studies, University of Manchester
Moderator/Chair:Gale R. Owen-Crocker, Department of English & American Studies, University of Manchester
Paper 115-aEgyptian Monks and Nuns: Different Garments for Different Occasions in Late Roman, Byzantine, and Early Medieval Arab Periods
(Language: English)
Maria Mossakowska-Gaubert, Saxo-Instituttet, KĂžbenhavns Universitet
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Language and Literature - Greek, Monasticism
Paper 115-bFrom Archbishops to Administrators: Donors of Vestments in the 1295 Inventory of St Paul's Cathedral and Memory Construction
(Language: English)
Lara Howerton, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Toronto, Downtown
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Liturgy, Religious Life
Paper 115-cJewish Garments Intended to Instill and Maintain Religious Memory
(Language: English)
Nahum Ben-Yehuda, Department of Land of Israel Studies & Archaeology, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat Gan
Index terms: Daily Life, Hebrew and Jewish Studies, Religious Life

The first paper considers Augustinian Friars and the controversies they encountered (especially with the Franciscans) around their habits, and how they constructed their identities around them. The second examines the meticulously detailed entries in the 1295 inventory of St Paul’s Cathedral, investigating named donors of liturgical textiles, asking questions about textile patronage, gift-giving and memory construction. The third discusses the daily donning of a small under-garment intended to instill and maintain Jewish religious memory instituted by Rabbi Meir of Rothenburg (Worms, 1215 – Wasserburg am Inn, 1293) after historical modes of dress changed, and wrapped garments like the himation became obsolete.