IMC 2018: Sessions

Session 332: British Archaeological Association, III: Conceptual Memory - Remembrance through Objects, Paintings, and Church Architecture

Monday 2 July 2018, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:British Archaeological Association
Organiser:Harriet Mahood, Graduate Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Reading
Moderator/Chair:Harriet Mahood, Graduate Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Reading
Paper 332-aMaterial Mnemonics in Later Medieval England
(Language: English)
Anna Boeles Rowland, Merton College, University of Oxford
Index terms: Archaeology - Artefacts, Archaeology - General, Lay Piety, Social History
Paper 332-bFormal Memory: Commemorating John the Baptist
(Language: English)
Ann Montgomery Jones, Sarum Seminar, California
Index terms: Archaeology - Sites, Art History - General, Art History - Painting, Ecclesiastical History
Paper 332-cPenetrale amplum et infinitum: Memory as Metaphysical Refrain in English Medieval Architecture
(Language: English)
Caroline Novak, Department of History of Art, University of Bristol
Index terms: Archaeology - Sites, Architecture - Religious, Ecclesiastical History, Theology
Abstract

Objects themselves link us to memories of people and events and this concept is explored in this final session in three ways. Our first paper explores the topic within the context of later medieval England through objects that were given. Examining the way in which the process of giving, receiving and understanding the object strengthened a memory associated with it. The second paper focuses this theme upon the concept and memory of an individual, John the Baptist, and how this was cemented through images of him across Europe. Finally, memory is conceptualised through a range of metaphysical attributes. Memory itself is a construct, and the different ways in which theologians conceived of memory in cosmological terms concludes this session.