IMC 2018: Sessions

Session 1534: Remembering Shared Rituals and Identities in the Medieval Mediterranean and Africa

Thursday 5 July 2018, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art & Culture, Hellenic College Holy Cross, Massachusetts
Organiser:Andrea Achi, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University
Moderator/Chairs:Andrea Achi, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University
Meseret Oldjira, Department of Art & Archaeology, Princeton University
Paper 1534-aDevotional Graffiti: Writing, Ritual, and Remembrance in East Christian Churches
(Language: English)
Heather Badamo, History of Art & Architecture, University of California, Santa Barbara
Index terms: Architecture - Religious, Byzantine Studies, Epigraphy, Monasticism
Paper 1534-bAntony and Macarius: The Desert Fathers - Myths and Reconstruction of the Ethiopian Monastic 'Genesis'
(Language: English)
Martina Ambu, Laboratoire de rattachement 'Orient et Méditerranée: Mondes sémitiques' (UMR 8167), Université Paris I - Panthéon-Sorbonne
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Hagiography, Monasticism
Paper 1534-cEgyptian Memory Layers in the Ethiopic Maṣḥafa Berhān
(Language: English)
Vince Bantu, Covenant Theological Seminary, St Louis, Missouri
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Language and Literature - Comparative, Monasticism

The eastern Christian churches have a long and venerable tradition of text production and manuscript illumination. The papers in this session examine the extent to which the concept of memory shapes the construction of communal, local, and religious identity in the textual and visual components of medieval writings from Egypt, Syria, and Ethiopia. Central to this examination will be the role of memory in the process of copying, editing, and transferring ideas and iconographies in books and on monuments. The session seeks to shed light on how communities on the periphery of the medieval world participated in a shared Eastern Christian heritage while remaining innovative and faithful to local concerns.