39th Annual New England Medieval Conference:
“Objects of Desire: the Materiality of Medieval Culture“
When: October 13th, 2010
Where: University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Campus Center 160
Description: “Objects of Desire: the Materiality of Medieval Culture”
We inhabit a world filled with material objects. As these objects circulate through our lives, they take on different meanings at different times, affect our emotions, our desires, our fears, and our hopes. From naming cars to keeping umbrellas closed indoors, we seem to endow objects with lives of their own. “Objects of Desire” will turn to the Middle Ages to ask: what are the totemic powers of everyday things? How do things of the household, not only devotional objects per se, but also tools, furnishings, and ornaments of everyday life, intersect with literary and artistic practice? How do encounters with new objects ripple through social and literary practice? And how can we tell if and when such things have had any effect at all?
SARAH STANBURY (keynote)
DANIEL LORD SMAIL
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