Sunday, December 15, 2019

Subject: ESSE: CFP & Medieval English Studies Network

Dear colleagues,

We are inviting proposals for a session on relations between England and the Continent in the Middle Ages at the next European Society for the Study of English Conference (Lyon 2020, August 31-September 4).

Abstracts of 200/250 words (for 15-to-20-minute presentations) should be sent to us by January 15, 2020. We will let you know if your paper was selected in mid-February. Final confirmation of acceptance will be given a month later, after validation by the ESSE organizing committee.

The ESSE conference is open to everyone, whether they are members or not.

We would like to use this opportunity to set up a network of medievalists within ESSE. If you do not intend to attend Lyon 2020 but would like to be kept informed of this initiative, do get in touch with us.

Kind Regards,

Judith Kaup, Elise Louviot & Annina Seiler

S20: “Man utanbordes wisdom ond lare hieder on lond sohte” – Relations between England and the Continent in the Middle Ages 
This seminar will bring together papers exploring various aspects of contact and interchange between England and the Continent in the medieval period. We welcome all approaches and especially encourage contributions that move beyond disciplinary and period boundaries. Hostile, amicable and ambiguous encounters both real and imagined will be discussed. Topics may include the shaping of the English language, culture and politics through settlement, conquest, missions and the circulation of texts; the role of religion, language, ancestry, and place of birth in creating English versus Continental identities; fears of insular marginality versus pride in insular exclusiveness. 

* Judith Kaup (Universität zu Köln, Germany), judithkaup[at-sign] 
* Elise Louviot (Université de Reims Champagne-Ardenne, France), elise.louviot[at-sign] 
* Annina Seiler (Universität Zürich, Switzerland), annina.seiler[at-sign]

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