IMC 2018: Sessions

Session 506: Tracing the Jerusalem Code, I: Remembering Jerusalem in Scandinavian Parish Churches

Tuesday 3 July 2018, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:Research Council of Norway Project 'Tracing the Jerusalem Code: Christian Cultures in Scandinavia'
Organiser:Kristin B. Aavitsland, Det teologiske Menighetsfakultet, Oslo
Moderator/Chair:Kristin B. Aavitsland, Det teologiske Menighetsfakultet, Oslo
Paper 506-aJerusalem as an Architectural Cue: The Chancel Arches in 12th-Century Danish Churches
(Language: English)
Line M. Bonde, Det teologiske Menighetsfakultet, Oslo
Index terms: Architecture - Religious, Art History - General, Religious Life
Paper 506-bA Wooden Golgotha: Jerusalem and Personal Commemoration in Torpo Stave Church
(Language: English)
Linn Willetts Borgen, Institutt for arkeologi, konservering og historie, Universitetet i Oslo
Index terms: Archaeology - Sites, Architecture - Religious, Art History - Painting, Religious Life

Tracing the Jerusalem Code is a Norwegian-based international collaborative research project that investigates the image of Jerusalem in the religious, political, and artistic cultures of Scandinavia. The conversion of the North (9th-12th centuries) implied the integration of this remote region into the European Christian culture through the adoption and remembrance of texts, rituals, images, and ideas transmitted through painted and written media, architectural forms, and liturgical practices. During this process, Jerusalem proved a potent topos, offering a means for shaping the new religious and political identity. In the first of two sessions, members of the research group will explore the multiple artistic and performative applications of the idea of Jerusalem in medieval Scandinavian parish churches. The second session is devoted to perceptions of historical Jerusalem as a sacred place, the power attributed to its shrines and the significance of Jerusalem as a Christian centre to which the periphery of the North could be connected