IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 107: Affected Bodies in the Age of Joan of Arc

Monday 6 July 2020, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Jean Gerson Society
Organisers:Matthew Vanderpoel, Divinity School, University of Chicago, Illinois / Histoire de la philosophie médiévale, Collège de France
Geneviève Young, Department of French & Italian, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Moderator/Chair:Blake Gutt, Department of French, University of Cambridge
Paper 107-aThe Genius of France: Joan of Arc and the Nation
(Language: English)
Geneviève Young, Department of French & Italian, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Index terms: Language and Literature - French or Occitan, Philosophy
Paper 107-bEpistemologies, Bodily and Verbal, in the Trial of Joan of Arc
(Language: English)
Matthew Vanderpoel, Divinity School, University of Chicago, Illinois / Histoire de la philosophie médiévale, Collège de France
Index terms: Gender Studies, Philosophy, Theology
Paper 107-cMarginal Faces in Late Medieval Manuscripts: Affect and the Unknowable
(Language: English)
Alice Hazard, Department of French, King's College London
Index terms: Language and Literature - French or Occitan, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Abstract

How were bodies – often taken as a material given – enacted, affirmed, and verified in the later Middle Ages? In this same vein, how were bodies interrogated, challenged, and disavowed? In this panel, we question the ways in which bodies, as affected sites, become objects of force, emotionalized entities, or adopted performances. We ask how Joan of Arc’s (or others’) embodiment is framed, questioned, or mobilized, whether in her inquisitorial trial or in later scholarship. In probing the tensions that arise between the apparent given-ness of the body and its many contestations we aim to prompt new investigations of late medieval theorizations and epistemologies of the body, gender, and discernment.