We are excited to present this new issue of Different Visions featuring four essays that engage with the relevance of theory to medieval art history-and to art history in general-today. The essays were inspired by Gerald Guest’s session at the 2019 International Congress on Medieval Studies at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo entitled “Medieval Art History: Are We Post-Theoretical?” The four essays, as well as a conversation between the four authors, will be available June 1.
The fifth issue of Different Visions is devoted to Female Sexualities and guest co-edited by Sherry Lindquist and Mati Meyer. As Sherry states in her introduction, the papers in this issue had their origin in a session devoted to this topic at the 2010 International Medieval Congress at Leeds.
The essays in this issue are drawn from two sessions on “Active Objects” sponsored by the Material Collective at the 2012 International Congress of Medieval Studies at Kalamazoo: “Optics and Transparency” and “Agency and Phenomenology.” The papers all consider ways in which medieval objects had agency; that is, how they acted upon viewers and shaped response.
This issue presents essays on a variety of topics and a book review.
Papers drawn in part from several theme sessions organized by Asa Mittman and Debra Strickland, and sponsored by the International Center for Medieval Art and the Glasgow Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, during the 2008 International Medieval Congress at Leeds.
Special inaugural issue of Different Visions dedicated to Madeline H. Caviness’s “triangulatory”approach to medieval art and featuring papers given at the Forty-first International Congress on Medieval Studies, which took place at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, May 4-7, 2006