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IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 1519: Enclosures: Women's Religious Art and the Boundaries of Method

Thursday 9 July 2020, 09.00-10.30

Organiser:Kristina Potuckova, Independent Scholar, Bratislava
Moderator/Chair:Orsolya Mednyánszky, Independent Scholar, Massachusetts
Paper 1519-aMaterialising the Buddha through Hair Embroideries: Women's Agency and the Polluted Female Body in Premodern Japan
(Language: English)
Carolyn Wargula, Department of History of Art & Architecture University of Pittsburgh
Index terms: Art History - Decorative Arts, Folk Studies, Religious Life, Women's Studies
Paper 1519-bTransgressing Monastic Spaces: Art and Architecture in Isabelle of France's Sorores Minores
(Language: English)
Erica Kinias, Department of the History of Art & Architecture Brown University
Index terms: Architecture - Religious, Art History - General, Gender Studies, Monasticism
Paper 1519-cBroken Arms, Female Christ: Visual and Textual Evidence of the vrauken van Jheruzalem in Bruges
(Language: English)
Nadine Mai, Independent Scholar Hamburg
Index terms: Art History - Sculpture, Gender Studies, Lay Piety, Religious Life
Paper 1519-dTransparent Wombs, Holy (Mis)Conceptions: Women between the Natural and the Divine in the 'Foetus-Type' Visitation
(Language: English)
Wiktoria Anna Muryn, Department of History of Art, University of Glasgow
Index terms: Art History - General, Monasticism, Religious Life, Women's Studies

Moving beyond the boundaries of established issues and methodologies, this session investigates the art of religious women's communities across various cultural, geographic, and religious contexts. Carolyn Wargula explores the materiality and patronage of Buddhist hair embroideries and women's agency in premodern Japan's religious communities. Erica Kinias examines the architecture of Sorores minores inclusae, navigating in boundaries between patrons and the monastic communities. Nadine Mai studies the beguines' engagement with Christ's Passion in the Jerusalem Chapel in Bruges. Wiktoria Muryn explores how German nuns negotiated the puzzling duality of the natural and the divine in images of the 'Foetus-Type' Visitation.