Wednesday, September 29, 2010



A session on method and medieval art research, IMC 2011

Sponsored by the AHRC Research Network “Postcolonising the Medieval Image”

Twenty years ago, the Index of Christian Art hosted a conference
titled, in an ironic homage to Panofsky, “Iconography at the
Crossroads”. More recently art historians have begun to question both
the value and meaning of terms such as “iconography” and “influence”.
The convenors of the IMC session “Post-Iconography, Beyond
Influence”, Catherine Karkov and Eva Frojmovic, invite papers that
explicitly interrogate and probe the limits of iconographic research
on medieval art. What are the limitations of a text-centred approach
to medieval art? What are the alternatives? We would welcome both
theoretical papers and case studies showcasing colleagues’ own
current research “beyond iconography”. In addition, what exactly do
we mean when we use terms like “influence”? Are encounters between
cultures, artists or works of art really as passive and
unidirectional as the term implies?

We invite paper proposals (title, short abstract) to be received by
email to by
29 September 2010.

Eva Frojmovic & Catherine Karkov (University of Leeds)

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