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Durham University

Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (IMEMS)

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"The Rise of the Visual in the Twelfth Century"

22nd June 2016, 18:30, Hogan Lovells Lecture Theatre, Palatine Centre, Durham University., Torsten Hiltmann (Munster)

This lecture is hosted by the Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies.

All are welcome and booking is not necessary.

"When looking at current research on visual culture and what is called visual history, one may easily get the impression that it was only with the invention of printed mass media and photomechanical reproduction that we entered an age of the visual. Yet has the visual not always been an important part of communication? Or has there at least been an earlier—medieval—change in the cultural and social attitude towards the visual that laid the foundation of the visual culture we encounter in the modern period?

This lecture will address this question from the perspective of medieval and early modern studies, and take into account materiality, reproducibility, and the visual beyond images. It will thus examine the role of the visual before the appearance of modern visual culture, and suggest what the study of visual communication as a research approach in medieval and early modern history may look like."

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