IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 610: (Un)Bound Bodies: Consolidating and Fragmenting Borders, II

Tuesday 7 July 2020, 11.15-12.45

Organiser:Lauren Rozenberg, Department of History of Art, University College London
Moderator/Chair:Jack Ford, Department of History, University College London
Paper 610-aBoundless Possibilities: Seeing Eunuchs in Bibliothèque nationale de France, MS Gr. 510
(Language: English)
Lora Webb, Department of Art & Art History Stanford University / Bibliotheca Hertziana Max-Planck-Institut für Kunstgeschichte Roma
Index terms: Art History - General, Sexuality
Paper 610-bAgrippina and Nero: When Parenthood Leads to Uterine Vivisection and Male Pregnancy
(Language: English)
Lauren Rozenberg, Department of History of Art, University College London
Index terms: Art History - General, Sexuality
Abstract

Ranging from 9th-century representations of eunuchs to 21st-century operatic staging of a 13th-century razo and late medieval illuminations of uterine vivisection and male pregnancy, this panel engages with the representation and enactment of bodily violence. It questions how such representations of fragmented and mutilated bodies are perceived for themselves or for their ontological status as representations. They enact something other than themselves, which fundamentally transforms them and the way they are seen.