University College London, 3rd-4th June 2017
With keynote lectures from
Professor Catherine Karkov (Leeds) and Professor Susan Irvine (UCL)
This will be a two-day interdisciplinary conference invites new perspectives on the role of pattern and ornament in the medieval period, seeking to explore these themes across a range of textual, archaeological, artistic, musical, material and visual media. We are interested in papers which present new readings of medieval ornamentation and pattern, whether through the design of a single object, or the broader features which characterise an epoch or movement.
Whether we are looking at comparisons of textile working and poetry-making in Old English verse, or the elaborate musical notation of the ars subtilior, or the zoomorphic and interlace patterns of Migration Age metalwork, the patterns and ornamentation impressed upon objects create identities for both those objects and their owners, and our readings of those patterns are informed by a sense of hierarchy and value-judgement. Such judgements are especially critical for curators of modern collections who have decision-making roles in the creation of exhibitions, archives and programs of preservation.
Please email any inquiries to NEMICS2017@gmail.com
This conference is funded by the Octagon Small Grants Fund at the Institute of Advanced Studies, UCL.