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IMC 2023: Sessions

Session 1044: Sound Cultures in Medieval Scandinavia: Interdisciplinary Perspectives, I

Wednesday 5 July 2023, 09.00-10.30

Organiser:Stefka G. Eriksen, Norsk institutt for kulturminneforskning, Oslo
Moderator/Chair:Stefka G. Eriksen, Norsk institutt for kulturminneforskning, Oslo
Paper 1044-aWooden Vaults: Acoustics in Medieval Norwegian Churches
(Language: English)
Kjartan Hauglid, Institutt for filosofi, ide- og kunsthistorie og klassiske språk, Universitetet i Oslo
Index terms: Architecture - Religious, Art History - General, Religious Life
Paper 1044-b'Ear and despair': Visualising the Sound of Damnation in Medieval Architectural Sculpture
(Language: English)
Margrete S. Andås, Institutt for kunst- og medievitenskap, Norges teknisk-naturvitenskapelige universitet, Trondheim
Index terms: Architecture - Religious, Art History - General
Paper 1044-cCarving Sound: Inscriptions in Churches as a Representation of the Church Soundscape
(Language: English)
Karen Langsholt Holmqvist, Institutt for lingvistiske og nordiske studier, Universitetet i Oslo / Norsk institutt for kulturminneforskning, Oslo
Index terms: Architecture - Religious, Epigraphy
Abstract

Even though the sounds of medieval times are irreversibly gone for us, in this session we aim to unmute the past by focusing on the central function of sound for our understanding of medieval culture, and more specifically of Old Norse culture. By studying what manuscripts and texts, things, buildings, and open spaces, art and inscriptions explicitly and implicitly reveal about sound and its role, we aim to discuss the inherent multimodal and multivocal nature of medieval culture. The various papers will demonstrate how medieval materiality, textuality, and visuality simply did not have the same effect without the aural and audible aspects of the culture.