IMC 2018: Sessions

Session 1631: Memory, the Material, and the Middle Ages, II

Thursday 5 July 2018, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:National Museums Scotland
Organiser:Katie Stevenson, St Andrews Institute of Mediaeval Studies, University of St Andrews
Moderator/Chair:Martin Goldberg, Department of Scottish History & Archaeology, National Museums Scotland, Edinburgh
Paper 1631-aMemory of the Unseen: Visual Accounts and Material Traces of Unicorns in Western Europe, 13th-16th Centuries
(Language: English)
Xavier Dectot, Department of Art & Design, National Museums Scotland, Edinburgh
Index terms: Art History - Decorative Arts, Economics - Trade, Manuscripts and Palaeography, Science
Paper 1631-bLost and Found: The Material Culture of Religion in Medieval Scotland
(Language: English)
Adrienne Hynes, University of Edinburgh
Index terms: Archaeology - Artefacts, Art History - General, Lay Piety, Religious Life

Objects give continuity and meaning to societies, communities, and individuals, and the study of memory is vital in examining material culture and the ways in which the past can be understood. Objects were created, reused, and repurposed during the Middle Ages and beyond, to articulate contemporary ideas, values, and ambitions. This is one of three sessions hosted by National Museums Scotland, designed to invigorate an object-focused approach to medieval studies by placing material culture as a specific source category at the heart of research to understand memory both in the Middle Ages and through the lens of medievalism.