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IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 1541: Experiencing Death and Resurrection: Late Antique Initiation as a Spiritual and Embodied Frontier, I

Thursday 9 July 2020, 09.00-10.30

Organisers:Ivan Foletti, Centre for Early Medieval Studies, Masarykova univerzita, Brno
Adrien Palladino, Centre for Early Medieval Studies / Department of Art History Masarykova univerzita Brno
Moderator/Chair:Francesca Dell'Acqua, Dipartimento di Scienze del Patrimonio Culturale, Università degli Studi di Salerno
Paper 1541-aThe Womb and Women at Baptism
(Language: English)
Ally Kateusz, Wijngaards Institute of Catholic Research London
Index terms: Art History - General, Language and Literature - Comparative, Religious Life, Theology
Paper 1541-bDividing the plebs Dei: The Spatial Arrangements of the Basilica Patriarcale at Aquileia
(Language: English)
Klára Doležalová, Centre for Early Medieval Studies Masarykova univerzita Brno
Index terms: Archaeology - Sites, Architecture - Religious, Art History - General, Liturgy
Paper 1541-cA New Beginning: The Mosaics of San Giovanni in Fonte, Naples - Between Art, Architecture, and Ritual?
(Language: English)
Chiara Croci, Section d'histoire de l'art, Université de Lausanne
Index terms: Archaeology - Sites, Architecture - Religious, Art History - General, Liturgy

Symbolic death and rebirth into the new faith are one of the essential components within the process of conversion, concretised for Christians in Late Antiquity during initiation and baptismal ritual, a 'liminal' rite of passage. Nurturing this crossing of 'limes' between old and new self, outside world and community, and materialising ritual death and rebirth, was the role of material culture. This session would like to be an investigation precisely of this culture, in dialogue between material/artistic culture, rituals, and the world of ideas.