Talk by Suzanne Conklin Akbari
Video in EnglishFormat: mp4
First published on: https://www.ici-berlin.org/events/the-shape-of-return/
Part of the Conference
This conference will explore the ways in which medieval literary, artistic, musical, philosophical, and theological texts perform, interrogate, and generate value from the complexities of return, with particular reference to its formal and temporal qualities. Reconsidering the practical and theoretical implications of return — a movement in time and space that seems to shape medieval culture in a fundamental sense — we will investigate the following questions: What shapes does return take, and how does it shape cultural artifacts of the Middle Ages? How does return (as fact or possibility) regulate the flow of time and the experience of human life? How can return as a final goal and return as a problematic repetition coexist? Is repetition simply identified with a state of sin, or can it lead somewhere? Reiteration, after all, can disrupt linear and teleological progress, but also empower it.
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Suzanne Conklin Akbari (University of Toronto)
Elizabeth Eva Leach (University of Oxford)