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IMC 2023: Sessions

Session 1347: The Concertina-Fold Book across Pre-Modern Cultures

Wednesday 5 July 2023, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:International Center of Medieval Art (ICMA) / Andrew W. Mellon Society of Fellows in Critical Bibliography, Rare Book School
Organiser:Megan McNamee, Department of the History of Art, University of Michigan
Moderator/Chair:Sarah Griffin, Kellogg College, University of Oxford
Paper 1347-aA Folded Genealogy of Edward IV
(Language: English)
Sonja Drimmer, Department of Art History & Archaeology, Columbia University
Index terms: Art History - General, Genealogy and Prosopography, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Paper 1347-bGoing Up, Coming Down: Landscape, Verticality, and Time in the Mixtec Screen-Fold Manuscripts of Pre-Hispanic Mexico
(Language: English)
Jamie Forde, Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh
Index terms: Art History - General, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Paper 1347-cTibetan Buddhist Concertina-Fold Books in Qing-Era Beijing
(Language: English)
Ben Nourse, Department of Religious Studies, University of Denver
Index terms: Art History - General, Manuscripts and Palaeography

Accordion, pleated, screenfold - scholars use a variety of terms to describe the concertina-fold book format. Although not identical in structure, such books all (appear to) comprise a continuous, oblong sheet broken by creases. Just how and even what information was articulated across the surfaces of concertinas, the extent to which various folded states were meaningfully exploited by premodern people - these are among the questions to be explored. Papers consider the contents and mechanics of concertinas in different cultural contexts. By taking a comparative approach, we aim to identify commonalities that signal formal imperatives whilst sharpening our understanding of distinctions among traditions.