Medieval and Renaissance Studies in ireland

Страна: Ирландия

Город: Dublin

Тезисы до: 08.11.2015

Даты: 11.03.16 — 12.03.16

Е-мейл Оргкомитета: medrenforum@gmail.com

Организаторы: University College Dublin

 

 Proposals for papers are invited for The Senses in Medieval and Renaissance Europe: Sight and Visual Perception, which aims to provide an international and interdisciplinary forum for researchers with an interest in the history of the senses in the Middle Ages and Renaissance.

The history of the senses is a rapidly expanding field of research. Pioneered in Early Modern and Modern studies, it is now attracting attention also from Medieval and Renaissance specialists. Preoccupation with the human senses and with divine control over them is evident in a range of narrative texts, scientific treatises, creative literature, as well as the visual arts and music from the pre-modern period. This conference is the first in a series devoted to the five senses √ aims to contribute to this expansion by bringing together leading researchers to exchange ideas and approaches.

 The theme of the inaugural meeting is  Sight and Visual Perception. Sight has been chosen as the first topic for investigation as it was considered the primary sense and was treated as an abstract philosophical and religious concept in many medieval texts. But the study of sight can also provide insights into various aspects of medieval society: eye-witness descriptions; sight impairment and the care of the blind; deprivation of sight as punishment or revenge; the development of spectacles and other optical aids; ideas about colours and their significance;  second sight' as manifested in visions and apparitions; the concept of  the gaze  in visual arts. The conference aims to address these and other themes and to foster interaction between established and younger scholars working in the area.

 Professor Robertson's research and publications are concerned with vernacular theology, medieval poetics, literacy in the Middle Ages, and gender and religion in Middle English literature. Her recent work has focused on vision and touch in devotional literature. With J. Jahner she edited Medieval and Early Modern Devotional Objects in Global Perspective: Translations of the Sacred for the New Middle Ages series (Palgrave MacMillan, 2010). This collection contains her important paper, Julian of Norwich's Unmediated Vision.

Веб-сайт конференции: http://eduventure.ca/TheatreConferences.htm#Mar11/16A