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  • 1.
    Ahlbäck Åkestam, Maria (Mia)
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Art History. Stockholm University. Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Centre for Medieval Studies.
    For a chosen few: the annunciation motif in a Birgittine context2009In: Santa Brigida, Napoli, l'Italia: atti del convegno di studi italo-svedese, Santa Maria Capua Vetere, 10-11 maggio 2006 / [ed] Olle Ferm, Alessandra Perriccioli Saggese, Marcello Rotili, Napoli, 2009, p. 191-207Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 2.
    Ahlbäck Åkestam, Maria (Mia)
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Art History.
    Mastering Desires: Images of Love, Lust and Want in Fourteenth Century Vadstena2013In: Pangs of Love and longing: Configurations of desire in Premodern litterature / [ed] Anders Cullhed, Carin Franzén, Anders Hallengren, Mats Malm, Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2013, 500, p. 235-252Chapter in book (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Lady Birgitta Birgersdotter (ca 1303–1373), Saint Birgitta of Sweden, was born and lived in an environment with noble ideals and with extensive international contacts. She was a wife and mother of eight, and a lady at the court of king Magnus Eriksson and Magistra to Queen Blanche of Sweden. Lady Birgitta was a traveller and a pilgrim. As a widow, she chosed the spiritual life not by retreat to a nunnery, but by leaving the country with the aim of founding a new monastic order. Birgitta and her large entourage began the journey to Rome in 1349.

    Her background in the highest nobility, and a courtly culture that she highly esteemed, is reflected in her revelations. I will argue that this courtliness is also communicated in the use of imagery in Vadstena monastery the years around 1400. But pictures were not without its problems, as will become apparent in another example in the very same context.

    The Revelations were written down in Latin and in Old Swedish from the 1340s in Sweden to her death in Rome in July1373. Saint Birgitta had reason to reflect on issues like desire not only from her own private perspective, but also because her Revelations in the end formed the basis for an international monastic order. On the one hand there were bodily desires that should be mastered, on the other there was a religious desire for God.

    The revelations were widely spread. During the canonization to en elite among the clergy, kings and noblemen and later they were used in the Birgittine convents, and quoted in innumerable sermons and spread to cathedrals and the parish churces. Therefore, they can be used when the aim is to highlight the use of imagery and devotional life in the Middle Ages. These texts reached far beyond the scholarly and monastic environment.

    This paper focuses on expressions of the ambivalent relationship as indicated above. My intention is to highlight the often complex relation between text and image, and to include adopting of form between secular and spiritual imagery in the discussion. As desires involves feelings, I will pay attention to expressions of the senses. The question is if and how the presumed ambivalence between worldly and spiritual, is evident in the Revelations and imagery in Vadstena? What visual codes were used? How was imagery used, and what attitudes towards imagery can we trace through text and images?

  • 3.
    Dahlbäck, Göran
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Centre for Medieval Studies. Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of History.
    Ahlbäck Åkestam, Maria (Mia)Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Centre for Medieval Studies. Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Art History.Ekholst, ChristineStockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Centre for Medieval Studies.Nyström, StaffanNordiska språk, Uppsala Universitet.
    Medeltidens mångfald: studier i samhällsliv, kultur och kommunikation tillägnade Olle Ferm på 60-årsdagen den 8 mars 20072008Conference proceedings (editor) (Other academic)
  • 4.
    Ferm, Olle
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of History.
    Hedström, Ingela
    Lodén, Sofia
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Romance Studies and Classics.
    Pettersson, Jonatan
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Swedish Language and Multilingualism, Scandinavian Languages.
    Åkestam, Mia
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Culture and Aesthetics.
    The Eufemiavisor and Courtly Culture: A Preface2015In: The Eufemiavisor and Courtly Culture: Time, Texts and Cultural Transfer: Papers from a Symposium in Stockholm 11-13 October 2012 / [ed] Olle Ferm, Ingela Hedström, Sofia Lodén, Jonatan Pettersson, Mia Åkestam, Stockholm: Kungl. Vitterhets Historie och Antikvitets Akademien, 2015, p. 7-9Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 5.
    Ferm, Olle
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of History.
    Hedström, IngelaLodén, SofiaStockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Romance Studies and Classics.Pettersson, JonatanStockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Swedish Language and Multilingualism, Scandinavian Languages.Åkestam, MiaStockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Culture and Aesthetics.
    The Eufemiavisor and Courtly Culture: Time, Texts and Cultural Transfer: Papers from a Symposium in Stockholm 11-13 October 20122015Collection (editor) (Refereed)
  • 6.
    Förnegård, Per
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Romance Studies and Classics.
    Kihlman, ErikaStockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Romance Studies and Classics. Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Centre for Medieval Studies.Åkestam, MiaStockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Culture and Aesthetics. Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Centre for Medieval Studies.Engwall, GunnelStockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Romance Studies and Classics. Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Centre for Medieval Studies.
    Tears, sighs and laughter: Expressions of Emotions in the Middle Ages2017Collection (editor) (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In the 1990s a new interest for research on emotions and affectivity in the humanities and the social sciences began to develop. This movement, later referred to as “the affective turn”, has been a most productive and vigorous field of research in the past decades, as it opens up for new interpretations of historical source materials and enables studies of the relationship between states of mind and materiality. In addition, it prompts questions of, for example, gender, power and religiosity, thus being conducive to a fuller understanding of historical events, places and persons. This anthology is the result of the Marcus Wallenberg symposium at the Royal Swedish Academy of Letters, History and Antiquities in early spring 2014. All studies included concern the interpretation of emotional expression in medieval art and literature written by scholars representing a wide variety of disciplines.

  • 7.
    Gejrot, Claes
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Centre for Medieval Studies.
    Risberg, SaraStockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of History.Åkestam, MiaStockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Art History.
    Saint Birgitta, Syon and Vadstena: papers from a symposium in Stockholm 4–6 October 20072010Conference proceedings (editor) (Other academic)
  • 8. Gejrot, Claes
    et al.
    Åkestam, MiaStockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Art History.Andersson, RogerStockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Centre for Medieval Studies.
    The Birgittine Experience: Papers from the Birgitta conference in Stockholm 20112013Collection (editor) (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The Birgittine Experience contains a broad overview of recent scholarship on Saint Birgitta and the Birgittine Order. The nineteen papers were originally presented at an international conference in Stockholm in October 2011.The conference and the book are interdisciplinary, gathering scholars that specialise in various fields, for instance Art History, Literature, Scandinavian Languages and History. The authors represent ten countries – Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Germany, England, Poland, Estonia, the United States and Israel. Three major themes were envisaged for the conference: Birgittine art and culture, vernacular texts and literature, and Birgittine activities outside Vadstena. Although a few papers could easily have been placed in more than one group, these themes also form the structure of the printed book.

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  • 9.
    Åkestam, Mia
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Art History.
    Bebådelsebilder: Om bildbruk under medeltiden2010Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    This thesis investigates the Annunciation motif and the use of images in a medieval socio-cultural context. There are almost 400 medieval images of the Annunciation from the period 1150–1550 in Sweden today. It is found in murals, baptismal fonts, paintings, wooden sculpture, stone reliefs, liturgical vessels, textile works and altarpieces. The aim of the thesis is to present this rich and varied material, and also to relate the images to the milieus where they were used and viewed as objects of cult, and to elucidate the historical situation in which they were used for communicative purposes.  It is argued that an “image-culture” perspective and a long-term investigation can reveal other aspects than a specific study, and that it is fruitful to equally emphasize the rhetoric of the image, the beholders part and the historical context. Hence the picture analysis is based on semiotics and rhetoric analysis of pictures and reception theory. With this point of departure the thesis addresses iconographic problems and shows that text as a source and explanation of historical image can be insufficient.

    The study shows that the figures’ gestures and body language, their contenace, is crucial for our understanding, and remains the most important mark of identification. The motif can be identified even with an angel without wings. The meaning of this universal picture could then be enlarged with specific attributes and symbols with a purpose to emphasize specific ideas. In context this elucidates bishopric, monastic as well as worldly use of imagery. The image context includes motifs from classical antiquity, references to the pious Christian worshiper, as well as symbolic staging of the Gospels and Christian faith. More expected is the biblical history. The motif can also be displayed alone, and thus it can be regarded as a sign. An important outcome is that the Annunciation not is used in legendary suites or in narratives of the Virgin Mary. Hence, the relationship between image and text is not uncomplicated. The thesis shows that people in the Middle Ages were fully aware of the use of pictures and skilfully used the rhetoric of the image.

  • 10.
    Åkestam, Mia
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Culture and Aesthetics.
    Creating Space: Queen Philippa and Art in Vadstena Abbey2017In: Continuity and change: Papers from the Birgitta Conference at Dartington / [ed] Elin Andersson, Claes Gejrot, E. A. Jones, Mia Åkerstam, Stockholm: Kungl. Vitterhets Historie och Antikvitets Akademien, 2017, p. 41-63Chapter in book (Refereed)
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  • 11.
    Åkestam, Mia
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Culture and Aesthetics. Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Centre for Medieval Studies.
    I Felt Like Jumping for Joy: Smile and Laughter in Medieval Imagery2017In: Tears, Sighs and Laughter: Expressions of Emotions in the Middle Ages / [ed] Per Förnegård, Erika Kihlman, Mia Åkestam, Gunnel Engwall, Stockholm: Kungl. Vitterhets Historie och Antikvitets Akademien, 2017, p. 215-239Chapter in book (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Within a hundred years The Bjälbo- or the Folkungar-palace in Vadstena by the Lake Vättern, was built (c. 1250) and transformed from king Valdemars royal palace to the nuns´s convent in the Birgittine monastery (1360s). This paper deals with an era in Swedish history when a powerful nobility wanted to establish a courtly culture and connected to a broader European context in politics as well as in religious life. Birgitta Birgersdotter (1303–1373) was a part of, and a strong force in, this milieu. New attitudes towards smile and laughter ought to be an important factor in such a transformation. Sweden was peripheral  in relation to central cultural areas, but the ambitions to establish the aristocracy after a german/french model was taken very seriously in  13th century Sweden. This is also true for architecture and sculpture. The grand cathedrals of France, Germany and England were models and “the gothic smile” was an ideal outside the courts. By stressing the importance public spaces the paper shows how a visual culture, profane and religious, could be adopted in remote areas. The meeting with medieval faces is a challence not only for us contemporary wievers, but was also during the middle ages.

  • 12.
    Åkestam, Mia
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Art History. Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Centre for Medieval Studies.
    Kihlman, Erika
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of French, Italian and Classical Languages, Classical Languages. Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Centre for Medieval Studies.
    Lire, comprendre et mémoriser l'Éthique à Nicomaque: le rapport texte-image dans ms. Stockholm, Kungl. bibl., Va 32009In: Regards sur la France du Moyen Âge: mélanges offerts à Gunnel Engwall à l'occasion de son départ à la retraite / [ed] Olle Ferm, Per Förnegård, Stockholm: Sällskapet Runica et Mediaevalia , 2009, p. 111-153Chapter in book (Other academic)
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