IMC 2019: Sessions

Session 739: Materialities and the Senses

Tuesday 2 July 2019, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Forum for Medieval & Renaissance Studies in Ireland (FMRSI)
Organiser:Edward Coleman, Department of History,
Moderator/Chair:Edward Coleman, Department of History,
Paper 739-aVisio and Imaginatio: From the Materiality of the Cross to the Non-Material Reality of the Holy City
(Language: English)
Monika Veronika Eisenhauer, Independent Scholar, Koblenz
Monika Veronika Eisenhauer, Independent Scholar, Koblenz
Monika Veronika Eisenhauer, Independent Scholar, Koblenz
Index terms: Art History - Decorative Arts, Philosophy, Religious Life, Theology
Paper 739-bDivination From the Body: The Impact of Inner Vapours on True Mental Images
(Language: English)
Agnes Spengler, Fachrichtung Germanistik, Universität des Saarlandes / Department of Philosophy, National University of Ireland, Maynooth
Agnes Spengler, Fachrichtung Germanistik, Universität des Saarlandes / Department of Philosophy, National University of Ireland, Maynooth
Agnes Spengler, Fachrichtung Germanistik, Universität des Saarlandes / Department of Philosophy, National University of Ireland, Maynooth
Index terms: Medicine, Philosophy, Science
Paper 739-cWhere You Are, There You Are: Relating Ruin Experience with the Creative Process
(Language: English)
Mark Dyer, School of Composition, Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester
Mark Dyer, School of Composition, Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester
Mark Dyer, School of Composition, Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester
Index terms: Archaeology - Sites, Music
Abstract

Preoccupation with the human senses is evident in a range of narrative texts, scientific treatise and creative literature from the Middle Ages and Renaissance, as well as in the visual arts and music. Paper -a considers connections between exterior materiality and the internal senses that can be found in the early Christian jewelled crosses; precious stones reflect the light of Christ, whilst their symbolism activates the inner imagination. Paper -b investigates the scientific approach to dreams in the 13th century, particularly the relationship between dream images and inner vapours. Paper -c draws on late medieval urban chronicles from Italy to examine the power of sound as a trigger for emotional responses, and the ways in which powerful elites shaped the soundscape to consolidate their control.