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IMC 2019: Sessions

Session 1729: The Bits Between: Swords, Armour, Riding Tack, and Household Goods as Material Intermediaries

Thursday 4 July 2019, 14.15-15.45

Organiser:Isabelle Schuerch, Historisches Institut, Universität Bern
Moderator/Chair:Daniel Jaquet, Musée militaire, Château de Morges / Centre d'Etudes Supérieures de la Renaissance, Université François-Rabelais, Tours
Paper 1729-aBits and Pieces: Horse Riding in Late Medieval Spain
(Language: English)
Isabelle Schuerch, Historisches Institut, Universität Bern
Index terms: Political Thought, Social History, Technology
Paper 1729-bThe Materiality of Fighting: Bodies, Weapons, and Fight Books as Materialized Knowledge
(Language: English)
Eric Burkart, Abteilung Mittelalterliche Geschichte, Universität Trier
Index terms: Military History, Technology

The panel assembles three papers on specific forms of intermediary materialities. By focusing on social relationships that consist of duos of co-acting such as duelling partners in late medieval Germany and Switzerland, rider and riding horse in 15th-century Spain, but also master/mistress and slave relationships in 14th-century Venice, intricate material forms come into view. The papers take up current agency concepts such as assemblage and intermédiaire (Bruno Latour) to discuss forms of materiality (armour, sword, riding tack, household goods) and their modes of facilitating, mediating, transforming, or even hindering these social configurations.