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Images relating to the following International Medieval Congress session for 2004 are currently being posted here. The first is up.
Title: DOING INTERDISCIPLINARITY, I: EXPERIENCING OBJECTS
Sponsor: 'Doing Interdisciplinarity' Medieval Studies
Group Organiser: Mary Swan, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Moderator: Mary Swan
Purpose: This session will be an active experiment in interdisciplinary approaches to a number of objects. Participants are encouraged to bring their own comments on how they would set about responding to the objects from their own (inter)disciplinary perspectives. Panel members will open the session by outlining their own responses to the objects, and will then invite contributions from everyone present. Images of the objects to be discussed will be made available before and during the IMC on www.alarichall.org. Participants include Catherine J. Batt (University of Leeds), Alaric Hall (University of Glasgow), and Elisabeth E. Salter (University of Kent).
Object 1: The Ribe Healing Stick North Jutland, Denmark, c. 1300, c. 30cm long. Click on the image for a larger picture (slightly larger than actual size); click here for a transcription and English translation.
Image from Erik Moltke, Runerne i Danmark og deres oprindelse (Copenhagen: Forum, 1976), p. 399.
Object 2: Portrait of a Young Man Petrus Chritus, Bruges (?), 1450-60, oil on oak. Click on the image for access to more details and a larger picture; and here for comments from Elisabeth Salter, the session participant who suggested this piece.
Image from www.nationalgallery.org.uk.
Object(s) 3: Illustrations to John Arderne's Treatises of Fistula in Ano, Hæmorrhoids, and Clysters
Click on the images for access to larger pictures.
Images from John Arderne, Treatises of Fistula in Ano, Hæmorrhoids, and Clysters, ed. by D'Arcy Power, Early English Text Society, o.s. 139 (London: Kegan Paul, 1910), plates 1, 2 and 3.
Object 4: Prayerbook image
Note also our sister session:
Title: DOING INTERDISCIPLINARITY, II: POLITICS AND POSSIBILITIES
Sponsor: 'Doing Interdisciplinarity' Medieval Studies Group
Organiser: Mary Swan, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Moderator: Wendy Scase, Department of English, University of Birmingham
Purpose: Our research and teaching are inevitably undertaken within (or in relation to) the structures of our institutions. Everyone attending this session is invited to think in advance about how they perceive the nature and operation of institutional politics in relation to interdisciplinarity in their place of work or study, and its impact on how they work in their own field, and also about the relationship of interdisciplinarity to the sessions they have attended at the IMC. Panel members will open the session with very short position papers, and discussion will follow from these. Participants include Catherine J. Batt (University of Leeds), Andrew F. Butcher (University of Kent), Alaric Hall (University of Glasgow), Elisabeth E. Salter (University of Kent), Philip A. Shaw (University of Leeds), Mary Swan (University of Leeds), and Helen E. Wicker (University of Kent).