A Conference of the University Seminar on Medieval Studies
Faculty House, Columbia University, May 3, 2013
Although sound is probably the most difficult component of the past to reconstruct, it was also the most pervasive, whether planned or unplanned, instrumental or vocal, occasional or ambient. This conference brings together specialists in several fields to explore the now-missing intersection of visual and aural in the experience of medieval environments and objects.
Welcome: Susan Boynton, Columbia University/Diane Reilly, Indiana University
Chair: Holger Klein, Columbia University
Roland Betancourt, Yale University: Fulfillment and the Medium: The Image-Text in Byzantine Gospel Lectionaries of the Late Eleventh Century
Henry Schilb, Index of Christian Art, Princeton University: Singing, Shouting, Crying, and Saying: Embroidered Veils and the Sounds of the Byzantine Rite
Nancy P. Ševčenko, Independent Scholar: Written Voices. The Spoken Word in Byzantine Monumental Painting
Chair: Vivian Mann, Jewish Theological Seminary
Elizabeth Valdez del Álamo, Montclair State University: Hearing the Image at Santo Domingo de Silos
Tom Nickson, Courtauld Institute of Art: Vox Domini Sonat: Conquest, Change and Continuity in Medieval Iberia
Matthew G. Shoaf, Ursinus College: The Voice in Relief: Sculpture and Vocal Surplus at the Rise of Naturalism
Lunch, Faculty House
Chair: Laura Weigert, Rutgers University
Margot Fassler, University of Notre Dame, and Jeffrey Hamburger, Harvard University: John the Baptist at Paradies bei Soest: A Newly-Discovered Office and Its Visual Program
Isabelle Marchesin, Université de Poitiers: The musica of the Jongleur in the Rhetorical Strategies of Medieval Texts and Images
Sébastien Biay, Université de Poitiers: Building a Church with Music: The Plainchant Capitals at Cluny, c. 1100
Chair: Nancy Wu, The Cloisters and The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Sheila Bonde, Brown University, and Clark Maines, Wesleyan University: Performing Silence and Regulating Sound: The Soundscape of the Medieval Cloister of Saint-Jean-des-Vignes
Stephen Murray, Columbia University: The Voice of the Interlocutor in the Cathedral
5:15 pm: Discussion of all the papers
6:00 pm Dinner, Faculty House
The conference is free of charge and open to the public. There will be a buffet lunch ($16.50) and dinner ($25), both in Faculty House, both payable by check (made out to Columbia University) on the day of the conference. To register, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org indicating whether you want to sign up for one or both of the meals. Space at the meals is limited, so please make sure to reserve your place as early as possible.
Concert of Byzantine and Latin Chant on Saturday, May 4 at 3 pm, Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary (Broadway and 121st Street).
For more concert information, click here.
This conference is sponsored by the University Seminar on Medieval Studies, Medieval and Renaissance Studies, the Department of Art History and Archeology, the Department of Music, the Department of History, the Axion Estin Foundation, and the Friends of Burke Library