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IMC 2019: Sessions

Session 1127: Presence and Representation of Materiality in Epigraphic Discourse

Wednesday 3 July 2019, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Collaborative Research Centre 933 'Material Text Cultures', Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg
Organiser:Wolf Zöller, Historisches Seminar, Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg
Moderator/Chair:Paul Schweitzer-Martin, Institut für Frankisch-Pfälzische Geschichte und Landeskunde, Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg
Paper 1127-aInscribing Sacred Space in Early Medieval Rome: The Lateran Basilica Reconstructed
(Language: English)
Wolf Zöller, Historisches Seminar, Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Epigraphy
Paper 1127-bNaming Materials: The Self Referential Inscription
(Language: English)
Wilfried E. Keil, Institut für Europäische Kunstgeschichte, Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg
Index terms: Architecture - Religious, Art History - General
Paper 1127-cThe Material Is the Message: Reflections of Inscribed Artefacts in Medieval Literature
(Language: English)
Sarina Tschachtli, Deutsches Seminar, Universität Zürich
Index terms: Epigraphy, Language and Literature - German

The Heidelberg CRC Material Text Cultures focuses on the theme of materiality and the presence of writing in the premodern Euro-Mediterranean world. Its methodological framework centers on the idea that all writing and related social practices are bound by an irrevocable connection determined by the material conditions of inscribed artefacts. One major field of interest concerns the study of inscriptions and epigraphic cultures. To which degree do inscribed objects and contemporary sources give insight into the choice between different writing surfaces? And do the latter carry any specific semantic capabilities? How do inscriptions relate to their spatial contexts?