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IMC 2023: Sessions

Session 1528: Sights and Sounds: Medieval Pastimes

Thursday 6 July 2023, 09.00-10.30

Organisers:Meghan Cai, Department of Modern Languages & Literature, Grand Valley State University, Michigan
Jacquelyn Tuerk-Stonberg, Department of History, Kean University, New Jersey
Moderator/Chair:Meghan Cai, Department of Modern Languages & Literature, Grand Valley State University, Michigan
Paper 1528-aHow Magical Amulets Function: Images and Texts on Byzantine Amulets
(Language: English)
Jacquelyn Tuerk-Stonberg, Department of History, Kean University, New Jersey
Index terms: Archaeology - Artefacts, Art History - Decorative Arts, Byzantine Studies, Mentalities
Paper 1528-bRhapsodising Foreign Musical Instruments
(Language: English)
Xurong Kong, Department of History, Kean University, New Jersey
Index terms: Language and Literature - Other, Music, Social History
Paper 1528-cWine for Books: Book Borrowing Practices among 11th- and 12th-Century Chinese Literati
(Language: English)
Meghan Cai, Department of Modern Languages & Literature, Grand Valley State University, Michigan
Index terms: Daily Life, Language and Literature - Other, Social History
Abstract

People always find ways to indulge themselves. This panel highlights four distinct examples of how medieval elites entertained themselves and others, and exemplifies how material objects embody and transcend boundaries of place, community, and power. Late antique Byzantians found amusement, security, and hope through creating magic objects; early medieval central Asians brought their hybrid musical practices to China and the latter slowly converted them into their own styles; medieval Chinese delighted in music and nature; and finally 11th and 12th century Chinese men borrowed, copied, and commented on books as a means to strengthen their elite identities.