Presentation of GEMCA

Through various Belgian and international projects and networks GEMCA studies the 16th and 17th centuries - a period when symbolic, emblematic and allegorical representations occupied a leading place in the range of both textual and visual products. These representations conform to a principle of figured expression and hence constitute many concrete instances of the notion of the figure. GEMCA’s activities revolve around this figura - which is at one and the same time theological, rhetorical and plastic – with a view to identifying its nature and its uses. The aim is to define and describe it from a cognitive, poetic and aesthetic point of view. The exploration of this specific mode of representation enables us to contribute to an epistemology of representation as well as to an anthropology of the imaginary in the early modern period. Taking figured expression as the point of view on the period in effect contributes to the rediscovery not only of little explored corpuses but also of ways of thinking that have been little studied. These projects and activities will thus initiate a cultural cartography of this period.

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