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Medieval Textuality and its material display

La textualité médiévale et sa mise en œuvre

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Published on Wednesday, June 15, 2016 by Céline Guilleux

Summary

The International Medieval Society organizes its 13th Annual Symposium in Paris, on the theme of Words in the Middle Ages. Between the increasing use of paperless media forms and the rise in the number of digital collections, medievalists are seeking to adapt to these new means of producing knowledge about the Middle Ages. At the same time, scholars in this field are also trying to outline the methodological and historical issues that affect the study of words, which now simultaneously exist in the form of primary sources, codices, rolls, charters and inscriptions, digitally reproduced images, and the statistical and lexicographical data made possible by storage platforms and analytical tools.

Announcement

13th annual symposium of the International medieval society (IMS-Paris) in conjunction with the Laboratoire de médiévistique occidentale de Paris (LAMOP) of Paris I—Panthéon-Sorbonne university

Keynote speakers

  • Geoffrey KOZIOL (UC - Berkeley)
  • Eric PALAZZO (Univ. Poitiers)

Argument

The International Medieval Society organizes its 13th Annual Symposium in Paris, on the theme of Words in the Middle Ages. The digital humanities, while altering the landscape of Medieval Studies as a whole, have most importantly overhauled the concept, appearance, and analysis of words and texts. Between the increasing use of paperless media forms and the rise in the number of digital collections, medievalists are seeking to adapt to these new means of producing knowledge about the Middle Ages. At the same time, scholars in this field are also trying to outline the methodological and historical issues that affect the study of words, which now simultaneously exist in the form of primary sources, codices, rolls, charters and inscriptions, digitally reproduced images, and the statistical and lexicographical data made possible by storage platforms and analytical tools.

In parallel with the digital humanities, the Symposium aims to return to words themselves and to probe the intellectual, technical and aesthetic principles that underpin their use and social function in medieval graphical practices. By analysing the material and symbolic properties of a particular medium; the conditions in which texts become signs; and scribal expertise, this symposium will address questions that initially seem simple yet which define the very foundations of medieval written culture. What is a word? What are its components? How does it appear in a given medium? What is the relationship between word and text, word and letter, word and medium, word and reader? In a Middle Ages forever torn between economic and extravagant language, what is the status of the word and what kind of elements – visual or acoustic, linguistic or extralinguistic – does it contain?

Registration

Registration online

Programme

Thursday June 30th

  • 9:00-9:30 Registration / inscriptions
  • 9:30-9:45 Welcome and introduction
  • 9:45-11:15 Keynote: Geoffrey Koziol (UC - Berkeley) “From mise en page to mise en scène in West Frankish royal diplomas”
  • 11:15-11:30 Break
  • 11:30-13:00

Session 1: Page and Layout

  • Dominique Stutzmann (IRHT) “Words as graphic and linguistic structures: word spacing in psalm 101 Domine exaudi orationem meam (11th – 15th c.)”
  • Adrian R. Papahagi (Univ. of Cluj) “Des mots en marge des mots. Lire la Consolation de Philosophie du IXe au XIe siècle”
  • Anne Rauner (Univ. de Strasbourg) “Surface prévue, surface utilisée : gérer la page d’un « livre vivant ». L’exemple des obituaires paroissiaux du diocèse de Strasbourg à la fin du Moyen Âge

13:00 – 15:00 Lunch

15:00-16:00 

Session 2: The Materiality of Words

  • Caroline Schärli (Univ. of Basel) “Room-Embracing Monumental Inscriptions in Early Byzantine and Carolingian Sacral Buildings”
  • Jean-Marie Guillouët (Univ. de Nantes) “L’écrit monumental comme technologie de l’enchantement : épigraphie et virtuosité technique au dernier siècle du Moyen Âge”

16:00-16:30 Break

16:30-18:00 

Session 3:  Saying and Meaning

  • Jennifer Feltman (Univ. of Alabama) “From Priest to Confessor: A Parisian Origin for the New Terminology”
  • Arthur R. Westwell (Univ. of Cambridge) “Correction of Liturgical Words, and Words of Liturgical Correctio: Textuality, Gesture and Meaning in the Ordines Romani”
  • Cory C. Hitt (Univ. of St Andrews) “On seignier / Enseignier: Wordplay in Chrétien de Troyes’ Le Roman de Perceval”

19:30 Dîner/Dinner, remise du prix de l’IMS-Paris 2015

Friday July 1st

9.30-11:00

Session 4:  Literary words

  • Anne Levitsky (Columbia University) “ ‘Chansos, vai’: The Personification of Song in the Troubadour Tornada”
  • Lucas G. Wood (Inidiana Univ. Bloomington) “Origines du texte et autorité de la parole dans le Joseph de Robert de Boron”

11-11.30 Break 

11:30-12:30 

Session 5:  Written on Stone

  • Francisco de Asís García García (Univ. Computense de Madrid) “Création artistique et épigraphie monumentale à l’époque romane : publicité, sacralité et réforme dans l’espace aragonais”
  • Jörg Widmaier (Univ. Tübingen) “Between written and spoken words – Use and function of inscriptions on medieval baptismal fonts”

12:30 – 15:00 Lunch - Board meeting

15:00-17:30 visit – Medieval Paris

Saturday July 2nd

9:00-10:30 Keynote: Eric Palazzo (Univ. Poitiers) “Forme, image, mot: les initiales "O" du sacramentaire de Gellone”

10:30-11:00 Break

11:00-12:30 

Session 6: From letters to words

  • Amanda M. Nerbovig (Univ. of Colorado, Boulder) “The Crusader’s Vow: When Words Become Text”
  • Emma O’Loughlin Bérat (Columbia Univ. ) “Writing the Landscape in the Vies of Audrée, Osith and Modwenne”
  • Megan C. McNamee (Univ. of Michigan, Ann Arbor) “The Ambiguous Alphabet: Letters as Numbers c. 1000”

12:30 – 14:30 Lunch

14:30-15:30 Assemblée générale

15:30-16:00 Break

16:00-17:30 

Session 7:   Words and Images

  • Katja Airaksinen-Monier (IRHT) “Artists’ alphabet: from letter-strings and pseudo-writing to meaningful words”
  • Estelle Ingrand-Varenne (Univ. Poitiers) “Nommer, couper et incorporer”
  • Vera-Simone Schulz (Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz) “Polyglossy, Xenography, and the Aesthetics of Pseudo-Script ‘Orientalizing’ Inscriptions in Late Medieval Italian Painting”

17:30 Closing comments

19:30 Closing apéritif

Places

  • 9 rue Malher
    Paris, France (75004)

Date(s)

  • Thursday, June 30, 2016
  • Friday, July 01, 2016
  • Saturday, July 02, 2016

Keywords

  • mot, word, matière, material, epigraphy, épigraphie, lettre, letter, liturgie, liturgy, inscription, alphabet, forme, form, nombre, number, marge, margin

Contact(s)

  • Kristin Hoefener
    courriel : kristin [dot] hoefener [at] gmx [dot] de

Information source

  • Kristin Hoefener
    courriel : kristin [dot] hoefener [at] gmx [dot] de

To cite this announcement

« Words », Conference, symposium, Calenda, Published on Wednesday, June 15, 2016, https://calenda.org/369916

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