Call for Papers: The Index of Medieval Art, Princeton University
May 7-10, 2020
55th International Congress on Medieval Studies
Location, Location, Location: In-Situ Iconography within the Medieval Built Environment
Almost all architectural components in the Middle Ages had the potential to bear images. Walls, arches, portals, domes, capitals, and other structural supports proffered surfaces for the deployment of narratives, portraits, drolleries, and ornament. Iconography in such locations not only figured prominently in relation to ephemeral occurrences, such as the performance of the liturgy, processions, and other civic rituals; it also underscored more permanent demarcations within urban cityscapes and rural landscapes by recalling specific events or established cultural or environmental conditions, both historical and legendary. This session invites proposals that explore the integration of in-situ iconography within the medieval built environment. We welcome papers that consider the relationship between the location of imagery within a monument and related external factors such as ritual, topography, patronage, institutional or civic memory, and regional identit(ies). Papers may consider specific case studies or address more theoretical concerns.
Please send brief abstracts (no more than 250 words) and a completed Participant Information Form (https://wmich.edu/medievalcongress/submissions) to Catherine Fernandez (firstname.lastname@example.org) by September 15, 2019.
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