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IMC 2023: Sessions

Session 1245: Seams of Time: Medieval Object Narratives and Their Temporalities

Wednesday 5 July 2023, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:DFG Netzwerk 'Zeitfugen'
Organiser:Anja B. Rathmann-Lutz, Departement Geschichte, Universität Basel
Moderator/Chair:Anja B. Rathmann-Lutz, Departement Geschichte, Universität Basel
Paper 1245-aA Break in Time: Competing Concepts of History in the Crypt Frescoes at Anagni
(Language: English)
Armin Bergmeier, Fakultät für Geschichte, Kunst- und Orientwissenschaften, Universität Leipzig
Index terms: Art History - General, Art History - Painting, Ecclesiastical History, Philosophy
Paper 1245-bDrinking Horn Reliquaries at the Interface
(Language: English)
Adeline Schwabauer, Graduiertenkolleg 2212 'Dynamiken der Konventionalität (400-1550), Universität zu Köln
Index terms: Archaeology - Artefacts, Art History - General, Lay Piety, Religious Life
Paper 1245-cChivalrous Appearance and Crude Jokes: On Dealing with the Glorious Past at the End of the Middle Ages
(Language: English)
Cornelia Logemann, Institut für Europäische Kunstgeschichte, Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg
Index terms: Art History - General, Daily Life, Heraldry, Mentalities
Paper 1245-dStately Ruins: Forms, Motifs, and Potential Interpretations of Ancient Spolia in Medieval Cities
(Language: English)
Henrike Haug, Kunsthistorisches Institut, Universität zu Köln
Index terms: Art History - General, Daily Life, Local History, Political Thought

In our sessions we aim to re-describe how the Middle Ages (c. 800 to c. 1500) dealt with different pasts, more specifically: with artefacts of preceding times. We would like to discuss constructions and conceptions of temporality associated with the practice of using 'old' objects for political and religious purposes. The phenomena we want to address have been discussed under various terms within the disciplines. On the one hand, there are historical conceptions such as renovatio, auctoritas, or translatio. Modern concepts on the other hand, such as copy, quotation, adaptation, reception, or 'retro-style', with which the humanities try to grasp the conscious reflection of the past in their own present, are also part of our considerations. In a DFG funded network we discuss these and other questions since May 2022. To grasp the various comparable phenomena, the network uses the ambivalent notion of the concept of 'gaps' or as we put it here 'seams' in time (Zeitfuge: the German allows a play with the ambivalent meaning of Fuge as both fugue, gap, and connection), since it can be used to describe fractions and yet signify cohesion. We are interested in questions of aesthetic perception and appreciation expressed in the conscious actualisation and constant visibility of the old and the potentiality that lay in the connections and adaptations thus created. These gaps in time are to be analysed in an interdisciplinary approach and placed within their own theoretical framework.