Session 337: The Materiality of Power and the Power of Objects: Latin Middle Ages and Beyond
Monday 1 July 2019, 16.30-18.00
|Sponsor:||Zentrum für Mittelalterstudien (ZEMAS), Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg|
|Organiser:||Christof Rolker, Institut für Geschichtswissenschaften und Europäische Ethnologie, Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg|
|Moderator/Chair:||Ingrid Bennewitz, Lehrstuhl für Deutsche Philologie des Mittelalters, Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg|
|Paper 337-a||To Seize a King: Materiality and Immateriality of Power in the Crown of Aragon|
Index terms: Political Thought, Politics and Diplomacy
|Paper 337-b||Material Culture and Transfer as Viewed by Accounting: Oriental Rugs in Renaissance Europe|
Index terms: Art History - General, Islamic and Arabic Studies
|Paper 337-c||Every Stitch Will Give You Away: Time Travel Narratives and Medieval versus Medievalistic Clothes|
Index terms: Language and Literature - German, Medievalism and Antiquarianism
Paper a – Bodily presence no doubt was important in premodern ‘face to face’ societies, and in medieval royal government in particular. The paper will take the Crown of Aragon as an example of what role the physical presence of the king, and therefore also the caputure of a king meant in the context of contemporary politics.
Paper b – Oriental rugs were important luxury objects in Renaissance culture. The paper will look at the materiality of these objects, including their representation in other media (descriptions and paintings), and the role they played in cultural relation between East and West.
Paper c – The paper will present research on the role of clothing and its materiality in the context of medievalism, in particular within the popular genre of time travel narratives. What role do clothes play for specific representations of medieval culture in such narratives, and what does this reveal about the medievalism of these novels?