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Birkbeck Annual Medieval Seminar 2016-17, Medieval Textiles: Meaning and Materiality

When? 25 November 2016, 10 am - 5 pm
Where? 30 Russell Square, Room 101

On the occasion of the V&A Museum’s unprecedented exhibition of opus anglicanum, this one-day interdisciplinary conference brings together leading and emerging scholars working on questions of meaning and materiality in medieval textiles, both real and imaginary.

Programme

  • 10.00 Introduction
  • 10.10 Session I. Clothing power
    -- 10.10 Clare Vernon: The Mantle of King Roger II of Sicily
    -- 10.30 Pippa Salonius: Gifts of Silk and Gold: finance, diplomacy and fashion at the courts of England and Rome in the thirteenth Century
    -- 10.50 Julian Gardner: Moving Pictures : cardinals in copes
    -- 11.10 Discussion
    -- 11.25  Tea and coffee
    -- 11.45 Session II.  Unravelling meaning
    -- 11.45 Lisa Monnas: Textiles in the Paintings of Rogier van der Weyden
    -- 12.05 Joanne Anderson: Unfinished Threads and Ragged Edges in Medieval Art
    -- 12.25 Katherine Harvey: The Man Behind the Mitre: Textiles and the episcopal body in medieval England
    -- 12.45 Discussion
    -- 1pm Lunch (not provided)
    -- 2.30 Session III. The long lives of clothes
    -- 2.30 Gale Owen Crocker: Clothing the Past I: recycling, refitting, repairing
    -- 2.50 Elizabeth Coatsworth: Clothing the Past II: circumstances of survival; sets and collections
    -- 3.10 Laura Jacobus: The Marchesa and the Madonna: costume and continuity in sacred performance
    -- 3.30 Discussion
    -- 3.45 Tea and coffee
    -- 4.05 Glyn Davies:  An introduction to the ‘Opus Anglicanum: Masterpieces of English Embroidery’ exhibition at the Victoria and Albert
    -- 4.25 Final summing up.  Wine and refreshments

Following the conference, participants will be invited to visit the Opus Anglicanum exhibition at the V&A, which is open until 9.30pm, (last entry, 8.15pm). Vouchers for discounted entry and exhibition catalogues have been generously provided by the V&A and will be available at the conference.

This event is free, and all are welcome. Space is limited, however, so places must be reserved via https://medtex.eventbrite.co.uk

The Birkbeck Medieval Seminar is an annual one-day seminar in which leading scholars present thought-provoking papers on a current research theme in the history and culture of the Middle Ages. It is an environment for accessing and debating current research themes across disciplines. This year it is co-organised with Birkbeck’s Department of History of Art and is supported by The Murray Bequest, established in memory of Professor Peter Murray, the department’s founder.