Thursday, May 18, 2017

English/ Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Culture, University of Southampton

The Department of English and Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Culture at Southampton are pleased to host the Medium Aevum Day Conference on the theme of 'Neighbours and Strangers', on Saturday 21 October 2017.
The conference asks: how did medieval individuals and communities engage with those around them, both locally and further afield? In what ways did textual, performative and interpretative practices serve to police, challenge or re-negotiate these relationships? And where were distinctions between neighbours and strangers unstable, ambiguous or malleable?
In 2017, at a moment when relationships between international neighbours are the focus of intense political attention, and fraught conversations continue about how we might construct ‘neighbours’ and ‘strangers’ within our communities, this one-day conference will turn these charged, timely questions of identity and interaction back to the Middle Ages. Those presenting will include Joanna Bellis, Aisling Byrne, Clare Egan, Helen Fulton, Ryan Lavelle, John McGavin, Mark Ormrod.
All are welcome to attend. Discounted rates are available for students, retired, unwaged, and members for the Society for the Study of Medieval Languages and Literature. For more information and to book your place, please visit the dedicated conference website at

Dr Marianne O'Doherty
Associate Professor in English
University of Southampton
Room 2005, Avenue Campus,
Highfield, Southampton,
SO17 1BF

+44 (0)2380 594534; m.o'

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