IMC 2018: Sessions

Session 1750: Reconstructing and Conserving the Medieval Past

Thursday 5 July 2018, 14.15-15.45

Moderator/Chair:Siegrid Schmidt, Interdisziplinäres Zentrum für Mittelalter und Frühneuzeit (IZMF), Universität Salzburg
Paper 1750-aMore Medieval than Ever: Rebuilt Castles in East Central Europe
(Language: English)
Béla Zsolt Szakács, Department of Medieval Studies, Central European University, Budapest
Index terms: Local History, Medievalism and Antiquarianism
Paper 1750-bBastaxii, Bavastelz, and Kobolte: Remembering Medieval Puppet Theatre
(Language: English)
Yanna Kor, Représenter, Inventer la Réalité du Romantisme à l’Aube du XXIe siècle (RIRRA 21), Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3
Index terms: Language and Literature - Comparative, Performance Arts - General

Paper -a:
The paper focuses on the different strategies of recently rebuilt castles (postmodern, scientific, commercial etc) and their intentional or unintentional effects of modifying medieval memory. Examples include Esztergom, Visegrád, Diósgyőr and Füzér from Hungary, Viglas from Slovakia, and Medvedgrad from Croatia.

Paper -b:
‘Individual as well as collective memories are not photographs of what actually happened,’ says Umberto Eco. ‘They are reconstructions.’ But how can we reconstruct what was originally destined to sink into oblivion? The absence of special term for the puppet theater art during the Middle Ages makes the memory of it hazy and confused. As part of the cultural memory it gets lost in the wide range of medieval entertainers’ skills. The mechanism of political memory pushes it, together with magic tricks and trained animals, to the margins of history, stigmatizes it as not deserving to be remembered. This paper proposes to reconstruct the memory of the medieval puppet theater following little number of traces it left behind. It also poses the question of the possible influence of such reconstruction on the collective memory of the medieval theater.