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Neighbours and Strangers: Society for the Study of Medieval Languages and Literatures Conference

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Date of Event
21st October 2017
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13th October 2017

Neighbours and Strangers

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.

Papers by leading scholars in Medieval Studies will cover topics ranging from formations of Anglo-Scandinavian identity in early eleventh-century Wessex to later-medieval rhetorical parallels between ‘denization’ and linguistic borrowing; from writing Calais as a frontier town in the Hundred Years War to depictions of insular neighbours and invaders in Arthurian literature; from new research on England’s medieval immigrants to an exploration of defamation and libel culture in medieval drama.

The day will end with a round table discussion on ‘Working with our International Neighbours: Research Opportunities, Strategies and Projects’ – a forum to identify challenges and opportunities for international collaboration, led by medievalists who have been involved with large-scale and prestigious international projects.

For a full programme and speaker details, please visit the conference website


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