Desecrated - killed - buried. Vicarious action and the use of violence on coats of arms in the late Middle Ages and early modern period

6/13/24 in Greifswald

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  • Thursday, Jun 13, 202419:30 - 21:00 clock
Lecture & Science

Public evening lecture by Privatdozent Dr. Andreas Zajic (Austrian Academy of Sciences, Institute for Medieval Studies, Vienna)

as part of the international symposium "Coats of arms as weapons - heraldic symbols in political, dynastic, military and legal conflicts of the Middle Ages and the early modern period"

There has long been a consensus in heraldic research - and more recently also in cultural studies research on symbols and communication interested in pictorial sources - that coats of arms as pictorial symbols can "represent" people, groups and institutions in the broadest sense of the word. As a rule, the function of coats of arms as signs (systems) of individual self-expression and "markers" of familial relationships, the visualization of ownership and property relations and the authentication function of coats of arms seals in the context of pre-modern diplomacy are considered.
In contrast, medievalist memoria research in recent decades has shown itself to be convinced that the deceased were brought to life as legal subjects in the performance of (liturgical and social) memorial acts, and more recent studies understand a large number of image sources from the late Middle Ages (such as coats of arms and portraits) as medial strategies for keeping the absent present. The lecture draws on the concepts of substitution and representation from historical cultural studies and examines the ways in which coats of arms in the pre-modern period were symbolically, but also tangibly and physically the object of violence in place of the bearer of the coat of arms. The spectrum of sources examined ranges from illustrations to historiographical sources, letters of abuse and examples of heraldic damnatio memoriae to funeral rituals.

Andreas Zajic heads the Department of Editions and Source Research - MIR at the Institute for Medieval Studies of the Austrian Academy in Vienna and thus the Viennese part of the long-term projects of the MGH Diplomata, the German Inscriptions and the Regesta Imperii. He is also Principal Investigator and Coordinator of the SFB F 92 "Managing Maximilian" and several other FWF projects. As a private lecturer in Austrian history and historical auxiliary sciences at the University of Vienna, he primarily teaches palaeography, diplomatics, heraldry and sphragistics.

Moderation: Professor Dr. Regula Schmid Keeling

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Event dates
  • Thursday, Jun 13, 2024 19:30 - 21:00 clock
Event Location

Alfried Krupp Wissenschaftskolleg Greifswald

Martin-Luther-Straße 14
17489 Greifswald
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Alfried Krupp Wissenschaftskolleg Greifswald

Martin-Luther-Straße 14
17489 Greifswald


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