approaching medieval

'Approaching the Medieval' reading group presents LIMITS, a postgraduate conference with keynote speech by Dr Robert Mills (University College London). We are delighted to be able to offer free registration to all delegates.

Our keynote speaker, Robert Mills will give an address entitled How to Do Things with Fur. Dr Mills is Reader in Medieval Art and Director of the LGBTQ Research Network at University College London.

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09.00—09.20    Registration & Coffee

09.20—09.30    Welcome

09.30—10.30    Panel 1: Conventions & Alternatives (Chair: Nick Mayhew)

• Katherine Olley (ASNAC, Cambridge): The Limits of the Self: Dividual Identity and the Drama of Recognition in Legendary Depictions of Old Norse Kinship

• T. S. Wingard (History, York): Queering the Bestiary: The Limits of Heteronormativity in the Late Medieval World

• Millie Papworth (MML, Cambridge): Writing to poems, writing through poems: Dante and the tornata

10.30—11.30    Panel 2: Gender & Boundaries (Chair: Katie Sykes)

•     Morgan Boharski (MML, Edinburgh): Kisses on Stitches: The Fetishizing of Representational Female Bodies in Old French Literature   

•     Deborah White (History, Glasgow): The Limits of Space, Gender and Holiness in Merovingian Monasticism

•     Rosie Finlinson (MML, Cambridge): Women on the Edge: Representations of Female Piety Outside the Nunnery in Muscovite Hagiography

11.30—12.00    Coffee Break

Posters by Danielle Howarth (Media Studies, Edinburgh), Lotte Reinbold (English, Cambridge) and Jane Sinnett-Smith (MML, Warwick), for consultation and discussion throughout the day.

12.00—13.00    Panel 3: Medievalism & Modernity in Dialogue: Pedagogy  & Methods (Chair: Mel Berrill)

•     Jacqueline Cordell (Linguistics, Nottingham): Building on the Concordance: A Corpus-Assisted Approach to Style in Medieval Texts

•     Edward Mills (EFL, ENS de Lyon): Cloisters to Classroom: Using Medieval Studies in English as a Foreign Language (EFL) Teaching

•     Francesca Allfrey (ASNAC, KCL): Now We’re Going Back to the 21st Century: Understanding Medieval Poems and Objects Through Encountering On-Site Performance at Sutton Hoo

13.00—14.00    Lunch

14.00—15.15    Keynote Speech, Dr Robert Mills (History of Art, UCL): How to Do Things with Fur

15.15—15.45    Coffee Break

15.45—16.45    Panel 4: Through & Beyond the Manuscript Page (Chair: Blake Gutt)

•     Amy Jeffs (History of Art, Cambridge): Burning a Line Between Past and Present: A Medieval Reader’s Vengeance on the Villain’s Image in a Verse Life of Edward the Confessor  

•     Robert Hawkins (History of Art, Cambridge): Cloud Frills: A Thirteenth-Century Visual Device Representing the Limit of Heaven

•     Bernardo Hinojosa (English, Cambridge): Atomic Rubrication: Theologising the Mise-en-Page of Cambridge, University Library, Kk.6.26

16.45—17.00    Closing Remarks


LIMITS are generously funded by the CSAH & AHRC.

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Oxford Medieval Studies

Contact name: Olga Plocienniczak
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Audience: Open to all