Call for Papers: The Cross in Medieval Art
International Center of Medieval Art Sponsored Session (Kalamazoo 2015)
Deadline: 15 September 2014
Recent art-historical research has brought us new understandings of the central symbol of Christianity, the Cross, in different places, at different times, in different media, and with different theoretical and conceptual foci. The Cross, its representations and significations, and the appearance and materiality of those representations, features in many areas of current research, but not often as a central subject to be dealt with thematically and comparatively. This session invites considerations of images depicting, representing or referring to the Cross in any media, and across the middle ages, from early to late. The aim of the session is to consider what can be gained at this particular moment in scholarship from a common concentration on the theme of the Cross. Therefore, proposers are invited especially to consider their subject matter in light of theoretical perspectives that have been prominent in recent art-historical scholarship, such as (but not limited to) affect, emotion, movement, medium and materiality.
Please send paper proposals (consisting of a abstract of up to one page, and a completed Participant Information Form (http://www.wmich.edu/medieval/congress/submissions/index.html#Paper)) to Beth Williamson, University of Bristol (Beth.Williamson@bristol.ac.uk), by September 15, 2014.