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Durham University

Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (IMEMS)

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Urban Visual Culture(s) Two Day Workshop: ‘Productions and Perceptions of the Visual in Late Medieval and Early Modern Cities'

22nd June 2016, 11:00 to 23rd June 2016, 16:00, Williams Library, St Chad’s College, Durham University.

The Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies will be hosting the two day workshop.

The workshop is ticketed at £35.00pp (includes lunch and refreshments), places are limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Please note booking for this event has now closed.

This conference brings together an interdisciplinary and international range of speakers with a particular interest in the late medieval and early modern city as a site of the visual. The study of the forms and functions of the visual—of signs, symbols, bodies, art and architecture in their relation to ritual, space, politics and identities—has demonstrated that the visual was not only a reflection of the norms and structures of medieval and early modern society, but a means of discursive communication that was constitutive of social order. This conference approaches the city as a quasi-public stage for the visual display and communication of social groups and urban institutions, in order to illustrate the ways in which visual culture was involved in maintaining and negotiating social order in the city. As visual display in the city also became the subject of meta-discourses on the visual itself, this conference also approaches questions of how contemporaries saw and interpreted visual elements in the city, and how these perceptions interacted with the ‘reality’ of lived experience.

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