IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 1641: Experiencing Death and Resurrection: Late Antique Initiation as a Spiritual and Embodied Frontier, II

Thursday 9 July 2020, 11.15-12.45

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 1641-aPurifying Body and Soul: Combing as Ritual and Apotropaic Act
(Language: English)
Adrien Palladino, Centre for Early Medieval Studies / Department of Art History Masarykova univerzita Brno
Index terms: Anthropology, Archaeology - Artefacts, Art History - General, Liturgy
Paper 1641-bPlace of Radical Transformation: Rebirth, Space, and Limits
(Language: English)
Katarína Kravčíková, Centre for Early Medieval Studies / Department of Art History Masarykova univerzita Brno
Index terms: Architecture - Religious, Art History - General, Liturgy, Religious Life
Paper 1641-c'Accessing the Sacred': Liminal Spaces of Devotion in Georgian Church Architecture, 5th-11th Centuries
(Language: English)
Thomas Kaffenberger, Institut für Kunstgeschichte, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz / Centre for Hellenic Studies, King's College London
Index terms: Architecture - Religious, Art History - General, Liturgy, Religious Life
Abstract

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.