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IMC 2019: Sessions

Session 901: Annual Medieval Academy Lecture: 'The Gift of Screws': Material Un-Making in the Middle Ages (Language: English)

Tuesday 2 July 2019, 19.00-20.00

Sponsor:Medieval Academy of America
Introduction:Paul Binski, Department of History of Art, University of Cambridge
Speaker:Aden Kumler, Department of Art History, University of Chicago, Illinois

Much recent work on materials and 'materiality' in the Middle Ages has celebrated the entanglement of the human and the non-human in the period and has focused on the aesthetic and hermeneutic efficacy of materials and material works in medieval cultures. The skillful and laborious destruction involved in pragmatic and conceptual handlings of materials in the period has received comparatively less attention. This talk examines a selection of medieval objects and texts as an archive of destructive acts of un-making and explores how forceful, even violent, workings of materials powerfully shaped medieval Christian conceptions of the economy of salvation.

The Medieval Academy is pleased once again to host the Annual Medieval Academy Lecture, an opportunity for the Academy to showcase some of the important work being done by scholars in North America. We hope you will join us for a reception immediately following the lecture, where members of the Medieval Academy staff will be available to answer questions about the Academy and its work. For more information about the Academy, please see All those attending are warmly invited to join members of the Medieval Academy after the lecture for a glass of wine.

Please note that admission to this event will be on a first-come, first-served basis as there will be no tickets. Please ensure that you arrive as early as possible to avoid disappointment.