Session313
TitleBody and Law: Embodiment of Law
Date/TimeMonday 9 July 2012: 16.30-18.00
 
OrganiserKristin Böse, Kunsthistorisches Institut, Universität zu Köln
Susanne Wittekind, Kunsthistorisches Institut, Universität zu Köln
 
Moderator/ChairMatthew Sillence, Faculty of Arts & Humanities, University of East Anglia
 
Paper 313-a Taking Oath on the Code of Law: The Book as Embodiment of Law
(Language: English)
Susanne Wittekind, Kunsthistorisches Institut, Universität zu Köln
Index Terms: Law; Manuscripts and Palaeography
Paper 313-b The Image of the Corporate Body and the Individual Fingerprint: Designing Legal Authentification in 13th-Century Common Seals
(Language: English)
Markus Späth, Institut für Kunstgeschichte, Justus-Liebig-Universität, Gießen
Index Terms: Art History - General; Charters and Diplomatics
Paper 313-c Punishment and Execution in Late Medieval German Art: The Suffering of Christ and the Saints
(Language: English)
Daria Dittmeyer, Landesmuseum für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte, Schloss Gottorf
Index Terms: Art History - Painting; Hagiography
 
AbstractThe second session of 'Body and Law: Embodiment of Law' intends to expand the term of the medieval body by focussing on their signa as intermediary for concepts of justice and legal systems. The papers will analyze how the signa by referring to the natural body reclaim legal validity through ruler garments as the second skin or through the individual fingerprint within a common seal. Thus, their role in authentication will be furthermore discussed within ritual enactments such as the sealing of charters or the oath amended by touching the gospels as well as legal codifications on which this session has a focal point. Both symbolic effects of legal issues as well as their performances in order to legitimize law are pushed into the spotlight of the second part of the 'Body and Law' session.