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Touching Troy – Mediation, Materiality, Intermediality

Aug 25, 2022 - Aug 27, 2022
Touching Troy

Touching Troy
Image Credit: Image detail: First destruction of Troy. Miniature from the Histoire ancienne jusqu’à César, second redaction (folio 36r), between 1335 and 1340, http://www.bl.uk/manuscripts/Viewer.aspx?ref=royal_ms_20_d_i_f036r

Workshop in cooperation with the DFG-Research Group 2305 “Discursivisations of the New: Tradition and Innovation in Medieval and Early Modern Texts and Images”

As writers like Dares, Dictys, Benoît de SainteMaure, Guido delle Colonne, Giovanni Boccaccio, Geoffrey Chaucer, William Shakespeare and as scribes, illustrators, and printers translate, adapt, illuminate, and transform the Troy story—in different languages, genres, media—the reception history of Troy becomes, amongst other things, a history of touch. The Troy story serves as an imaginative site where cultural and literary relations are structured by contiguity, proximity, and materiality, as readers and audiences attempt to get in touch with Troy. Touch is understood here as an affective and transformational epistemological category, as a way of knowing, of apprehending, of understanding entities, but also as one of forming new relations, of producing new knowledge, of generating innovation and of expressing a desire for bridging the gap between past and present.

“Touching Troy” aims to explore this tactile dimension of—and within—the Troy story and its medieval and early modern transmission, to study how Troy touches medieval and early modern subjects—and how medieval and early modern subjects touch Troy: How do experiences of material objects, tactile or otherwise, as well as visual and narrative representations of such experiences structure relations between texts, artifacts, and audiences? What kind of affective responses are generated by way of touch? How do tactile experiences and representations of tactile experiences unfold across time, that is, within and across different temporalities, different periods?


Thursday, 25 August 2022

14:00–14:15 Opening Remarks
Bernhard Huß, Speaker Research Group 2305 (Freie Univerität Berlin) 
14:15–14:30 Introduction
Andrew James Johnston (Freie Universität Berlin)
Wolfram Keller (Freie Universität Berlin)
Henry Ravenhall (University of Cambrifge) 
14:30–15:30 Witness to the Trojan War: The Material Agency of Dares and Dictys
Marilynn R. Desmond (Binghamton University) 
15:30–16:00 Coffee
16:00–17:00 Touching the Ruins of Troy: Where the Past becomes Present
Rosa M. Rodríguez Porto (Universidade de Santiago de Compostela)
17:00–18:00 On Nearly Touching Troy – Achilles and Franks Casket
Andrew James Johnston (Freie Universität Berlin) 

Friday, 26 August 2022

10:00–11:00 Touch and the Materiality of the Roman de Troie
Henry Racenhall (University of Cambridge) 
11:00–12:00 Touching Texts: Troy Stories in Later Medieval Mauscripts
Venetia Bridges (Durham University) 
12:00–14:00 Lunch
14:00–15:00 Trojan Nobodies: Uncarnal Knowledge in Troilus and Criseyde
Timothy Arner (Grinnell College)
15:00–16:00 ‘Re-Making’ Hector in John Lydgate’s Troy Book
 Wolfram Keller (Freie Universität Berlin)
16:00–16:30 Coffee
16:30–17:30 Get in Touch with Troy in 15th-Century France: The first Mise en Prose of Benoît de Sainte-Maure’s Roman de Troie in Some of Its French Manuscripts
Anne Rochebouet (Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines) 
17:30–18:30 The Hand that Touched Troy: Using Maniculae in Latin and French Manuscripts
Florence Tanniou (Université Paris-Nanterre)

Saturday, 27 August 2022

10:00–11:00 Aeneas at the Temple of Juno: Marlowe, Surrey, and Shakespeare
Heather James (University of Southern California) 
11:00–12:00 Touching the Shield of Achilles: Ekphrasis and/as Re-Mediation
Lauren Shohet (Villanova University) 

Time & Location

Aug 25, 2022 - Aug 27, 2022

Freie Universität Berlin
Collaborative Research Centre “Episteme in Motion”
Schwendenerstraße 8
14195 Berlin