Ikon Study Day
HOLY IMAGES OF CHRIST AND THE SAINTS:
ALTAR SCREENS AND ORTHODOX IKONS
An Illustrated Study Day
10:00-10:30 - Tea & coffee
10:30-10:45, Revd Dr Liviu Barbu: A short introduction to the Orthodox ikon
10:45-11:45, Professor John Mitchell, University of East Anglia: ‘Points of Station and Passage: Screens and Veils in the Christian Tradition’
From the Jewish Temple and the Holy Sepulchre through to the Ikonostasis in the Orthodox tradition and the Roodscreen in the late medieval churches of East Anglia, screens have played a critical part in the furnishing and articulation of liturgical spaces. In this lecture we will consider some of the ways in which screens have been used, the shapes they have taken, and the roles they have played as barriers, as manifestation-planes and as interfaces between human and divine, between the material present and a transcendent world beyond.
12:15 – 13:15, Lunch
13:15-14:15, Revd Dr Gabriel Hanganu, Oxford: ‘Orthodox Christian ikons: biography and materiality’
Ikons are often discussed from a theological or art historical perspective, with the two approaches rarely sharing a common interpretative framework. Using evidence from recent anthropological fieldwork in Romania, this talk will argue that a more inclusive approach to the study of ikons is needed, that equally accounts for their biographical and material dimensions. In addition to expanding ikon scholarship, this perspective could also help us reflect on our destiny as connected human beings.
14:30-15:00, Tea & coffee
15:00-15:45, Film and Discussion
15:45-16:30, Visit of the Joy of All Who Sorrow Orthodox church in Mettingham and Thanksgiving prayer: seeing and praying with ikons first hand
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