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IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 1515: Initiatory Journeys and Heuristic Traversals (and Backwards) From Antiquity to the Middle Ages, I: Rituals and Transitions

Thursday 9 July 2020, 09.00-10.30

Organiser:Naïs Virenque, Centre d'Études Supérieures de la Renaissance, Université François Rabelais, Tours
Moderator/Chair:Antoine Paris, Université Paris-Sorbonne, Paris / Université de Montréal, Québec
Paper 1515-aSeeking for Truth between Two Worlds: The Mantic Ritual of the Trophonion in Lebadeia
(Language: English)
Manfred Lesgourgues, Archéologies et Sciences de L'Antiquité (ARSCAN - UMR 7041) / Centre d'Études Classiques Université de Montréal
Index terms: Anthropology, Archaeology - General, Pagan Religions, Religious Life
Paper 1515-b'Between us and you there is a great gulf fixed': Passing Borders and Impassable Borders in the Story of Lazarus and the Rich Man (Luke 16:18-31) and Its Medieval Iconography
(Language: English)
Antoine Paris, Université Paris-Sorbonne, Paris / Université de Montréal, Québec
Index terms: Art History - Painting, Biblical Studies, Language and Literature - Greek, Religious Life
Paper 1515-cThe Stained Glass Window of the Childhood of Chartres and the Figuration of the Confessio: The Reliquary Shrine as a Locus of the Transitus and Change State of the Christian
(Language: English)
Mathieu Beaud, Laboratoire de Médiévistique Occidentale de Paris (LAMOP - UMR 8589), Université Paris I - Panthéon-Sorbonne
Index terms: Art History - General, Liturgy, Religious Life, Theology

What does crossing a border mean? Our session will address medieval borders through the imaginary issues of the traversal as a transformative process, and assign importance to the Ancient heritage. Is the one who crosses changed by passing through a border and backwards? How is each side of the border also transformed by one's outward and return journey? By keeping in mind that crossing borders is not necessarily a unilateral traversal, and taking into account any type of border (between two countries or spaces, but also between life and death, materiality and imaginality, sacred and profane, etc.), we will wonder to what extent crossing borders can become an initiatory journey and/or a heuristic traversal, able to change representations and to reveal the teeming reality of world and imagination.