«Wandering image: construction and transmission of iconographical types»

Deadline: 1 may 2018
Editor-in-chief: PhD Ekaterina Nosova
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Cathedrals and icons, miniatures and engravings, sealsand coins — a medieval person was surrounded byimages, multitasking and polysemantic. An image,partly considered for the unconscientious perception,referred to the world of the time-honored stereotypes. Thestereotypes in their turn referred to the mass conscience.

Choosing one or another symbol for the coin, seal orarms a medieval man depended on the formed tradition,which is widely accepted interpretation of the symbols, theancestry heritage. There were also some attempts to fill acommon symbol with a new meaning and to get beyondthe stereotypes. However, a symbol had to be clear and recognizable to exclude any misinterpretations. That iswhy something new used to be symbolized according to thesame iconography. So construction of an image was turninginto competition between the mass and the individualconscience.

This issue is aming at «decoding» the iconography andanswering the questions: where was this or that detail of animage taken from? What does it mean? What was it usedfor? Another range of questions refers to the interpretationof the completed image by the people. How a man, whosaw these images, used to react? How far his interpretationagreed with the meaning that the creator had put in them?Why sometimes public demonstration of an image led tosocial conflicts?

The following directions of research are proposed:

> Adopting and creating: process of an image forming;

> Models, clichés, patterns;

> Power and majesty: images serving politics;

> Mutual influence of different elements insidethe iconographical type;

> Polysemy: the problem of interpretation ofthe wide-spread symbols and images;

> On the cross-roads: the problem of interpretationof an image by other cultures.