IMC 2018: Sessions

Session 830: Visual Memory in the Late Antique and Byzantine World

Tuesday 3 July 2018, 16.30-18.00

Organiser:Nicole Paxton Sullo, Department of the History of Art, Yale University
Moderator/Chair:Nicole Paxton Sullo, Department of the History of Art, Yale University
Paper 830-aMartyrdom and Memory: The Construction of the Visual Description in the Homilies of Basil of Caesarea and Gregory of Nyssa
(Language: English)
Mattia Cosimo Chiriatti, Departament de Prehistòria, Història Antiga i Arqueologia, Universitat de Barcelona
Index terms: Hagiography, Historiography - Medieval
Paper 830-bCommenting on Aristotelian Memory: Towards a Byzantine Interpretation
(Language: English)
Daphne Argyri, Department of History & Philosophy of Science, National & Kapodistrian University of Athens
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Philosophy

In the Late Antique and Byzantine world, memory was inextricably bound to the sense of sight. As in the medieval West, concepts of memory in the eastern Mediterranean followed the Aristotelian tradition; the processes of remembering and recollection necessitated mental engagement of images within the memory faculty. This interdisciplinary session brings together historians of both art and text to consider the visual aspects of medieval memory through diverse methodologies. The papers explore facets of memory across various communities and media, from Jewish art and architecture to Byzantine commentaries and poetic anthologies. By investigating visuality in contemporary memory theories, as well as the construction of collective memory through word and image, the papers in this session contribute to a much-needed intellectual dialogue in the burgeoning field of memory studies in Late Antiquity and Byzantium.