International Medieval Congress in Kalamazoo - Reading Multimedia: Interdisciplinary Approaches

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International Medieval Congress in Kalamazoo - Reading Multimedia: Interdisciplinary Approaches

Post by bewitched on Mon Jun 29, 2009 10:12 am

Reading Multimedia: Interdisciplinary Approaches
International Medieval Congress in Kalamazoo, Michigan
13-16 May 2010
Session Sponsored by Fordham University Center for Medieval Studies

The "Reading Medieval Multimedia: Interdisciplinary Approaches" session
seeks papers across the disciplines of medieval studies that explore avenues
for understanding medieval multimedia works, that is, works which utilize
multiple forms of media as a way of appealing to the minds and senses of
their reader-viewers and thereby shape reception. The goal of these
sessions is to bring into dialogue approaches from a variety of fields that
acknowledge the interdisciplinary demands of studying multimedia but
otherwise tend to direct their discussions to monodisciplinary audiences.

Scholars have increasingly attended in recent years to what Stephen G.
Nichols terms the "manuscript matrix" of literary texts. For example,
Jessica Brantley uses the manuscript context of an illustrated Carthusian
miscellany to argue for the intersections between reading and performance,
group and private study in late medieval devotional culture. For this
session, we want to expand the discussion beyond manuscript contexts to
address the varieties of media a single work might engage with to shape
cultural experience. What did it mean to the viewer, in terms of visual and
bodily experience, to walk through a manor hall bordered about with images
and/or words, as in the Great Hall at Longthorpe Tower? How was the singing
of mass inflected by standing in choir stalls decorated with images drawn
from the story of Reynard the Fox, as at Gloucester Cathedral? How can we
reconstruct or conceive of the import of the absent painted cloths on which
some of John Lydgate's verses were painted, or the intersection of food and
verse in subtleties presented at feasts? How was the juxtaposition of
image, text, music, spoken word, and taste used to stir the mind, the
senses, and evoke affective and participatory responses in their audiences
of these multimedia works? These sessions invite proposals that offer
interdisciplinary approaches to further our understanding of the effects,
contexts, and ramifications of medieval multimedia.

Please send proposals of 350 words to Heather Blatt at blatt@fordham.edu by
September 15, 2009.

Organizers: Maija Birenbaum (Fordham), Heather Blatt (Fordham), Janice McCoy
(University of Virginia)

Maija Birenbaum
Fordham University
English Department
441 Fordham Road East
Bronx, NY 10458


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