IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 957: Touching, Devotional Practices, and Visionary Experience in the Late Middle Ages: A Round Table Discussion

Tuesday 7 July 2020, 19.00-20.00

Sponsor:Departament d'Història i Arqueologia, Universitat de Barcelona / Institutt for lingvistiske, litterære og estetiske studier, Universitetet i Bergen
Organisers:David Carrillo-Rangel, Institut de Recerca de Cultures Medievals (IRCVM), Universitat de Barcelona
Delfi-Isabel Nieto-Isabel, Departament d'Història Medieval, Paleografia i Diplomàtica, Universitat de Barcelona
Moderator/Chair:Delfi-Isabel Nieto-Isabel, Departament d'Història Medieval, Paleografia i Diplomàtica, Universitat de Barcelona
Abstract

Skin is the border that defines our bodily reality and, at the same time, through the sense of touch, it is the proxy by means of which we are able to perceive the materiality of the world that surrounds us. The participants of this round table, who have been involved in different ways in the forthcoming volume ‘Touching, Devotional Practices, and Visionary Experience in the Late Middle Ages’, will address the issue of how this most immediate of senses was used in the medieval period to channel the connections between the physical and the spiritual world. This session will explore how touch acted as a necessary trigger for visionary and devotional practices and will discuss the extent to which medieval spirituality can be considered a tactile experience.

Participants include Pablo Acosta-García (Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf), Jonah Coman (Glasgow School of Arts), Mads Vedel Heilskov (École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), Paris), Laura Saetveit Miles (Universitetet i Bergen), Olivia Robinson (University of Birmingham), and Justine Trombley (University of Nottingham).