Scholars have long relied upon material evidence in order to understand the early Middle Ages. With the “material turn” of recent years in Medieval Studies, early medievalists of all disciplines and specialization will examine, question, and build upon recent work on materiality. The conference explores the whole world of the early Middle Ages in discussion of the ways in which early medieval people experienced, altered, and were transformed by the material—“material” includes objects, artworks, buildings, texts, and other tangible items that survived as well as the “materials” discussed in texts or found in the natural world that we know existed but have been lost to time, decay, and change. A range of papers will investigate this “world” expansively from a variety of vantage points such as the natural world, the materiality of the human body, the built environment, society, religion, and the imagination.
Dinner at Kramers Vineyard, October 7th from 6:30 to 9:30 pm
Excursion to the Oregon Coast, October 9th from 10 am to 4 pm