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IMC 2019: Sessions

Session 1139: The Material Dimension of Sensations, II: Sensorial Experiences and the Natural World

Wednesday 3 July 2019, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Queen's University Belfast
Organisers:Elisa Ramazzina, School of Arts, English & Languages, Queen's University Belfast
Irene Tenchini, School of Arts, English & Languages, Queen's University Belfast
Moderator/Chair:Marilina Cesario, School of Arts, English & Languages, Queen's University Belfast
Paper 1139-aCarving Senses, Writing Fear: From Sensoriality to Emotionality in Old English Runic Inscriptions
(Language: English)
Rafał Borysławski, Institute of English Cultures & Literatures, University of Silesia, Katowice
Index terms: Art History - Sculpture, Language and Literature - Old English
Paper 1139-bThe Tree in the Middle: Visual Images and the Creation of Natural Landscape in 'The Pardoner's Tale' and Sir Orfeo
(Language: English)
Beata Lipińska, Institute of English Studies, Uniwersytet Warszawski
Index terms: Geography and Settlement Studies, Language and Literature - Middle English
Paper 1139-cMaterial Forms, the Senses, and the Acquisition of Knowledge in Medieval Islamic Riddles
(Language: English)
Maria Pia Ester Cristaldi, Faculty of Communication, Marmara University, Istanbul
Index terms: Islamic and Arabic Studies, Language and Literature - Other

This second session on the material dimension of sensations also intends to explore the importance of reciprocity between subjectivity and materiality in the Middle Ages, yet it focuses on different perspectives which see sensations as related to material forms of the natural world. It comprises natural and handmade items, every day and fine tokens. These objects elicit varied sensations through their materiality and their symbolism both in terms of their physical shape and their corresponding displacement, as well as in terms of the sensory perception they appear to evoke. Furthermore, their potency conveys emotional states allowing to expand moralising implications and acquisition of knowledge.