Index of Medieval Art

Conferences

Confirmed: FRAGMENTS, ART, AND MEANING IN THE MIDDLE AGES

The South Cerney Head, wood and gesso, ca.1130. British Museum. Reproduced under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0) license.

Saturday, November 6, 2021

10 am to 6 pm

This will be a hybrid conference. In accordance with campus health and safety guidelines, on-site attendance in Rabinowitz A17 will be limited to 50 pre-registered Princeton University students, faculty and staff; off-campus participants are cordially invited to join the conference online. A schedule and free signup links for on-site and online attendance will be shared on this page soon.

Topic

Seven speakers will consider the role played by fragments and fragmentation in the medieval and modern understanding of works of art. Their half-hour papers will address such topics as the use or reuse of fragments in the creation of new works; quotation and replication as a kind of fragmentation; fragmentation of the perceptual or conceptual experience of a work; deliberate fragmentation or fragmentariness in works such as pilgrims’ tokens or votive objects; and the modern engagement with fragments as an attempt to reconstruct lost works of art, lost visual traditions, or lost cultural practices.

Speakers (listed alphabetically):

Patricia Blessing, Princeton University

William Diebold, Reed College

Shirin Fozi, University of Pittsburgh

Gregor Kalas, University of Tennessee at Knoxville

Kathryn M. Rudy, University of Saint Andrews

Henry D. Schilb, Princeton University

Susanne Wittekind, Universität zu Köln