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IMC 2023: Sessions

Session 1144: Sound Cultures in Medieval Scandinavia: Interdisciplinary Perspectives, II

Wednesday 5 July 2023, 11.15-12.45

Organiser:Stefka G. Eriksen, Norsk institutt for kulturminneforskning, Oslo
Moderator/Chair:Stefka G. Eriksen, Norsk institutt for kulturminneforskning, Oslo
Paper 1144-aThe Soundscape of Church Bells in the Middle Ages: An Example from Norway
(Language: English)
Alf Tore Hommedal, Norwegian Institute for Cultural Heritage Research, Bergen
Index terms: Architecture - Religious, Religious Life
Paper 1144-bCreating Sacred Sound: On the Multiple Effects of the Consecration of Church Bells in the Middle Ages
(Language: English)
Terje de Groot, Riksantikvaren, Oslo
Index terms: Architecture - Religious, Liturgy, Religious Life
Paper 1144-cAudible Children: The Reported Voices of Medieval Children in Nordic Hagiography
(Language: English)
Rakel Diesen, Institutt for historiske og klassiske studier, Norges teknisk-naturvitenskapelige universitet, Trondheim
Index terms: Hagiography, Language and Literature - Latin

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.