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Body and Soul in Medieval Visual Culture

52nd International Congress on Medieval Studies

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Publié le jeudi 04 août 2016 par João Fernandes

Résumé

This session seeks papers that explore the range of ways in which medieval artists responded to the anthropological duality of body and soul in the visual arts of the Byzantine and Western medieval worlds.

Annonce

52nd International Congress on Medieval Studies, May 11-14, 2017, Kalamazoo, MI

Argumentaire

Medieval theologians and artists wrestled with the dual "natures" of the human form: the soul, whose indefinite substance is connected with ideas of the animate, and the body, visible and mortal. Monastic life (supposed to be essentially spiritual) was organized, according to Byzantine typika and Western monastic rules, as a way to control the passions and to master the body by regulating the most pragmatic aspects of daily life so that monks could focus on tending the soul through prayer. Medieval artists responded to this tension between the spiritual and the corporeal in various ways in the visual arts of the Greek East and the Latin West. In Genesis cycles, for example, the animation of Adam and Eve expressed this duality without picturing the soul itself, while in representations of the Dormition of the Virgin, the soul of the Mother of God was typically presented in the form of an infant or small, pale body. This session seeks papers that explore the range of ways in which medieval artists responded to the anthropological duality of body and soul in the visual arts of the Byzantine and Western medieval worlds.

Submission guidelines

Please send an abstract of the proposed paper, (300 words), a cv with current contact information, and a completed Participant Information Form (available at https://wmich.edu/medievalcongress/submissions) to Judith Soria (judith.soria@yahoo.fr) and Jennifer Lyons (jenniferlyo@gmail.com)

by September 15, 2016.

 Abstracts not accepted for the session will be forwarded to the Congress administrators for considerations in general sessions.

Organizers

  • Judith Soria (CNRS « Orient et Méditerranée »)
  • Jennifer Lyons (Ithaca College)

Lieux

  • Kalamazoo, États-Unis

Dates

  • jeudi 15 septembre 2016

Mots-clés

  • body, soul, medieval art

Contacts

  • Judith Soria
    courriel : judith [dot] soria [at] yahoo [dot] fr
  • Jennifer Lyons
    courriel : jenniferlyo [at] gmail [dot] com

Source de l'information

  • Judith Soria
    courriel : judith [dot] soria [at] yahoo [dot] fr

Pour citer cette annonce

« Body and Soul in Medieval Visual Culture », Appel à contribution, Calenda, Publié le jeudi 04 août 2016, http://calenda.org/374191