EMREM 2017, Powerful Objects

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Annual Symposium 2017

18-19 May 

University of Birmingham, European Research Institute, G51

Powerful Objects

Day One, 18th May

8.45 – 9.30.       Registration

9.30 – 11.00      Session 1, The Material Culture of Death. Chair: Claire Harrill

Charles Green (University of Birmingham) – The Godly Deathbed in the Early Seventeenth Century: Performance, Print and the Polemics of Dying.
Hannah Millard (University of Birmingham) – The Wyrm, Death and the Sutton Hoo Helmet
Janine Bryant (University of Birmingham) – ‘In this world nothing is certain but death and taxes’: How the corpse became an income-generator in the Late Middle Ages

11.00 – 11.30    Coffee

11.30 – 12.30    Session 2, Objects in Texts (Tales and Grails). Chair: Ruth Caddick

Dr Ben Parsons (University of Leicester) – Foolish Things: Objects and Ontology in Chaucer’s Miller’s Tale
Matt Collins (University of Birmingham) –Tales, whales and grails: Seeking the Holy Grail in Thomas Malory’s Morte Darthur

12.30 – 14.00    Lunch

14.00 – 15.30    Session 3, Texts as Objects. Chair: Ben Parsons (Leicester)

Claire Harrill (University of Birmingham) – A Powerful Book: St Margaret’s Gospel-Book Reconsidered
Cécile Decaix (Université Paul Valéry, Montpellier III) – The Eneydos (1490) as a powerful object to object: William Caxton, Dido and the Querelle des Femmes
Meryl Faiers (University of Birmingham) – Parts and Plots: Powerful Objects of the Late Elizabethan Playhouse

15.30 – 16.00    Coffee

16.00 – 17.30    Session 4, Domestic Objects.Chair: Tayler Meredith

Sophie Cope (University of Birmingham) – Powerful Times: Astrology and Dated Material Culture in Early Modern England
Lindsey Cox (University of Kent) – Small Objects in Early Modern Britain
Agnieszka Dziki (University of Warsaw) – How Cabinet Sculptures Shaped Their Circle: Active Objects in Early Modern Collectors’ Possession

17.30 – 18.30    Wine Reception

19.00 – 22.00    Conference Dinner, Bacchus Bar

Day Two, 19th May

9.00 – 10.30      Images of Research Exhibition

10.30 – 12.00    Session 5, Church Architecture. Chair: Charles Green

Christopher Heginbotham (University of York) – Text as Object-Object as Text: Reading the bronze panels on the west façade doors of San Zeno Maggiore, Verona
Susan Orlik (University of Birmingham) – Pulpits, Pews, Potency and Power: The Material Culture of the English Parish Church, 1560-1640
Ian Styler (University of Birmingham) – Communicating by Other Means: Material Culture as a Mechanism for Shrine Promotion

12.00 – 13.00    Lunch

13.00 – 14.30    Session 6, Religious Objects. Chair: Ian Styler

Alexandra Marchbank (University of Nottingham) – ‘Ambre bedes that was he moders’: Prayer Beads and Gender in Lincolnshire Wills, 1507-1534
Georgie Fitzgibbon (University of Birmingham) – Relics as Powerful Objects: Bernard of Clairvaux and the Body of St Malachy
Jonah Coman (University of St Andrews) – No Strings Attached: Emotional Interaction with Animated Sculptures of Crucified Christ

14.30 – 15.00    Coffee

15.00 – 17.00    Session 7, Objects of Status and Power. Chair: Georgie Fitzgibbon

Joseph Parsonage (University of Birmingham) – Coins and Co-Emperors: Imagery and Legitimacy of Gentle Usurpation in Middle Byzantium
Katherine Lemieux (University of Birmingham) – La Surcote Ouverte; Fashion Statement or Status Symbol?
Danielle Gravon (University of Manchester) – The Persistence of Atlas
Benjamin Redding (University of Warwick) – Charles I, The Sovereign of the Seas, and the International Importance of Warship Design

17.00 – 17.30    Images of Research Prize Giving and Closing Remarks



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