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IMC 2019: Sessions

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-aTo Seize a King: Materiality and Immateriality of Power in the Crown of Aragon
(Language: English)
Alexandru Stefan Anca, Lehrstuhl für Mittelalterliche Geschichte, Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg
Index terms: Political Thought, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 337-bMaterial Culture and Transfer as Viewed by Accounting: Oriental Rugs in Renaissance Europe
(Language: English)
Heinrich Lang, Department of Early Modern History, Otto-Friedrichs-Universität Bamberg
Index terms: Art History - General, Islamic and Arabic Studies
Paper 337-cEvery Stitch Will Give You Away: Time Travel Narratives and Medieval versus Medievalistic Clothes
(Language: English)
Sarah Böhlau, Institut für Germanistik, Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg
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?