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IMC 2019: Sessions

Session 144: Sparkling Brilliantly and Shining Brightly: The Role of Statement Jewellery and Material Objects

Monday 1 July 2019, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Royal Studies Network
Organiser:Zita Eva Rohr, Department of Modern History, Politics & International Relations, Macquarie University, Sydney
Moderator/Chair:Cathleen Sarti, Historisches Seminar, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz
Paper 144-aPointy Hats, Glittering Headdresses, and Audacious Demeanour as Marks of Power and Sovereignty in Carolingian, Ottonian, and Salian Dynasties
(Language: English)
Penelope Joan Nash, Medieval & Early Modern Centre, University of Sydney
Index terms: Art History - Painting, Gender Studies, Historiography - Medieval, Women's Studies
Paper 144-b'A crown to her husband': Gendered Authority and Ritual Embassy in the Sequence Ex te lux oritur
(Language: English)
Gillian L. Gower, Department of Musicology, University of California, Los Angeles
Index terms: Gender Studies, Historiography - Medieval, Music, Women's Studies
Paper 144-cIsabella's Jewels and Gaveston's Purple: Jewellery and Display by Edward II, His Wife, and His Lover
(Language: English)
Michael Evans, Faculty of Social Science, Delta College, Michigan
Index terms: Gender Studies, Historiography - Medieval, Politics and Diplomacy, Sexuality
Paper 144-dGioielli e oggetti preziosi appartenuti alla famiglia di Angilberto del Balzo, conte di Ugento e duca di Nardò (sec. XV)
(Language: Italiano)
Luciana Petracca, Dipartimento di Storia, Società e Studi sull'Uomo, Università del Salento
Index terms: Daily Life, Local History, Social History

Portable and dispatchable assets such as imposing statement jewellery, exquisite manuscripts, elaborate song cycles, and fine material objects underwrote sovereignty, diplomacy, and influence in many and varied ways during the pre-modern period. The three contributors to this session will combine to showcase their current research in examining the ways in which clothing, jewellery, and gifts of manuscripts and other material objects are critical to our understanding of the intentions of commissioners, givers, and recipients. The proposed session is multi-disciplinary in its approach to the question of materialities with contributions coming from the fields of art history, musicology, history, and literatures. Moreover, the proposed session consciously adopts a longue durée approach with its field of examination stretching from the eighth to the 14th Centuries.