The animation of medieval images and spaces comes to life through the agency of voice, light, incense, and movement. The confluence of such triggers can give rise to a sensually saturated phenomenon, which can in turn lead to the disintegration of the divide between real and oneiric, terrestrial and celestial.

This symposium explores three topics: first, animation as a temporal phenomenon in medieval art; second, the role of digital technology in staging an encounter with the past; and third, the role of modern performance and the aesthetic act in shaping a direction in museum display practices, cultural heritage, and historical preservation.

Symposium Details

Saturday, November 5, 2016
Oshman Hall, McMurtry Building


Gudrun Bühl Curator and Director of the Byzantine Art Collection at Dumbarton Oaks Research Institute, Washington, D.C.
Ivan Foletti University of Lausanne and University of Brno
Deborah Howard University of Cambridge
Alexander Nemerov Stanford University
Christina Maranci Tufts University
Eric Palazzo University of Poitiers
Bissera Pentcheva Stanford University
Francisco Prado-Vilar Director of Cultural and Artistic Projects at Real Colegio Complutense at Harvard University

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Campus co-sponsors

Department of Art & Art History
Center for Medieval and Early Modern Studies
Center for Russian, Eastern European, and Eurasian Studies
Department of History
Cantor Arts Center
Global Studies
Department of Religious Studies
School of Humanities & Sciences Dean's Office
Department of Music
Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies
Mediterranean Studies Forum


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