CONFERENCE: Out of the Margins: New Ideas on the Boundaries of Medieval Studies, Faculty of English, University of Cambridge (9 West Road, Cambridge), 19 – 20 September 2014.
A conference to celebrate the Tenth Anniversary of Marginalia: The Journal of the Cambridge Medieval Reading Group (click here).
From the borders of material texts to the peripheries of society, the margins of medieval culture have been brought into unprecedented prominence by several generations of scholars across a wide range of disciplines. But have we over-privileged the radical, the liminal and the subversive? Or is it only by means of the edges that the centre can be defined at all? As interested in the edges of the material text as the fringes of society, and with a unique question to ask about how the marginal relates to the central narratives of medieval studies, we intend this conference to be both interdisciplinary and metadisciplinary.
Topics of papers will include:
* TEXTUAL AND MANUSCRIPT MARGINS: What is articulated between the edge and the middle? The manuscript margins can be a site of confirmation, conversation or controversy—from the authoritative gloss to the casual doodle.
* INTELLECTUAL MARGINS: Boundaries, relations and tensions between the ‘clerical’ and the ‘lay’; the ‘latinate’ and the ‘vernacular’; the literary and the theological.
* RADICAL MARGINS: Controversial or heretical texts, individuals and groups. The question of the extent and generosity of ‘orthodoxy’ and its more or less hostile relationship to the ‘subversive’ or ‘heretical’.
* SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC MARGINS: Voices of the poor, women, of the non-elite and the ‘outcast’ in the Middle Ages, the queer, as well as those who might be considered—but need not always have been—socially ‘on the edge’?
* NEOMEDIEVALISM: How the medieval borders onto and interrogates modernity, and how postmodern critique may elucidate aspects of the pre-modern…and vice versa.
We are delighted to announce that Dr Máire Ní Mhaonaigh has confirmed that she will giving a plenary lecture at the conference, joining the Professor Mary Carruthers, who will be giving our keynote address, and Professor Helen Cooper, who will also be giving a plenary. Dr Ní Mhaonaigh is a lecturer in the Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic, and her work on early and high medieval Irish Literature and history will widen our ‘margins’ both temporal and geographical to provide an earlier British perspective on the conference’s themes.
Deadline for registration: 10 September 2014.