IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 702: Sacral Topography, Community, and the Material Culture of Sitting in the Church Interior

Tuesday 7 July 2020, 14.15-15.45

Organiser:Sabine Sommerer, Kunsthistorisches Institut, Universität Zürich
Moderator/Chair:Tina Bawden, Kunsthistorisches Institut, Freie Universität Berlin
Paper 702-aPoints of a New Order: Pews, Screen, Pulpit, Font, Altar, and the Transformation of the Parish Church in 15th-Century East Anglia
(Language: English)
John Burnett Mitchell, School of World Art Studies & Museology, University of East Anglia
Index terms: Archaeology - Artefacts, Architecture - Religious, Art History - General, Liturgy, Social History
Paper 702-bInterlinking the Communio Sanctorum through Time and Space: Spanish Choir Stalls of the Late Middle Ages
(Language: English)
Kirsten Lee Bierbaum, Kunsthistorisches Institut Universität Köln
Index terms: Architecture - Religious, Art History - General, Liturgy, Social History
Paper 702-cThe Pews in the Berne Minster: Signs of Ownership, Segregation, and Hierarchy
(Language: English)
Sabine Sommerer, Kunsthistorisches Institut, Universität Zürich
Index terms: Architecture - Religious, Art History - General, Liturgy, Social History
Abstract

Pews and seats have been considered to be mirrors of the communities owning and using them. However, the material and visual aspect of seating and the heterogeneity of seat design have received little attention so far. The session discusses the culture of sitting and the issue of ownership in the church interior from a visual and material perspective. The papers analyse different types of seats across late medieval and early modern Europe. They address questions regarding the way in which communities and hierarchies are established in and through spaces marked by the cultural practice of sitting.