‘Transition in the Medieval World’ 2012

‘Transition in the Medieval World’ is a two-day academic conference, organized for the 12th-13th May, 2012, which aims to address the broad theme of transition in its cultural and academic contexts as it pertains to the Medieval period. This conference seeks to explore, through visual and material evidence, elements of the medieval which defy clear categorisation in the face of the predominant trend to taxonomize and classify in order to recognise and know. The conference crosses various disciplines and periods, bringing together emerging scholars working across several fields of research with established academics, to provide a platform for the reconsideration of this important idea. The project aims to provide a forum for new avenues of thought around how the idea of transition is conceptualised within the medieval period, allowing for flexible, shifting and changing attitudes to the art, objects, places, ideas and histories which currently define it.

Organised by Meg Boulton and Melissa Herman

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Session 1 The trouble with taxonomies: reconsidering the scholarly necessity of classification and taxonomy

Chair: Dr Jane Hawkes – University of York

Director Colum Hourihane – Princeton University

Transitions – Observations on the Changing Middles Ages

Dr Anna Gannon – University of Cambridge

Under the influence: the shifting life of Anglo-Saxon coins

Meg Boulton – University of York

Embroidered Stones: Considering the symbolism of Anglo-Saxon Skeuomorphs and the Kirkdale grave-slab.Dr Anna Gannon – University of CambridgeCoffee break (11:15am – 11:45am)

Session 2 Expect the Unexpected: Culture, material, language, and aporia in transition

Chair: Dr Victoria Condie – University of Oxford

Dr Michael Bintley – University of Oxford

Where are the wics? Towns in Transition in Anglo-Saxon England

Dr Jane Hawkes – University of York

‘Hail the Conquering Hero’: Adventus and Transition at Ruthwell

Dr Małgorzata Krasnodębska-D’Aughton – University College Cork

Pilgrimage as a cultural and intellectual experience: A fourteenth-century Franciscan travelogue from Ireland

Session 3 Tracing Transition: Structure, Society, and landscape

Chair: Dr Tom Pickles – University of York

Dr Aleksandra McClain – University of York

Northern parish churches in the Saxo-Norman transition

Javier Martínez Jiménez – University of Oxford & Isaac Sastre de Diego – University of Oxford

The representations of power in Mérida: From a Roman capital to a vanishing Islamic centre

Ash Lenton – University of Reading

Housing in Medieval Córdoba: Diaspora Archaeology and the Problem of “Ethnic Signifiers”

Session 4 Rethinking traditions of taxonomy and transition

Chair: Dr Victoria Condie – University of Oxford

Eric Lacey – University College London

Transitory taxonomy: When is a hroc not a hroc? When it is a crawe or hrefn!

Melissa Herman – University of York

Something more than ‘man’: Re-examining the human figure in early Anglo-Saxon Art

Dr Neil Christie – University of Leicester

Becoming Christian, being Christian in early medieval Europe

Keynote given by Dr Alan Thacker – Institute of Historical Research

Chair: Dr Katy Cubitt – University of York

 Sunday, May 13, 2012

Session 1 Things in transition: objects reused and spaces remapped

Chair: Michael Carter – The Courtauld Institute of Art

Susan Youngs – University of Oxford

The Translation of a Badge: crossing two boundaries

Dr Carol Farr – Independent Scholar

In Time, Out of Time: Two Case Studies of Recycled Evangelist Pictures

Dr Diarmuid Scully – University College Cork

Ends of Empire and the Earth: Mapping the Orkney Islands in the Western Imagination from Antiquity to Gerald of Wales

Session 2 Limits and the liminal: Transition across boundaries, borders, and thresholds

Chair: Dr Neil Christie – University of Leicester

Clifford Sofield – University of Oxford

Loomweights and skulls: placed deposits as agents of transition in Anglo-Saxon settlements

Dr Michael Lewis – Department of Portable Antiquities & Treasure, British Museum

Medieval pilgrims’ badges and their function: transition from tourist souvenir to efficacious miracle working object – and back again!

Zoe Dumelow – University of York

Dreams, Descent and the Transition of Authority: The Joseph Cycle of the Salisbury Cathedral relief sculpture series, Salisbury Cathedral Chapter House.

Session 3 Rethinking transition across time, place, and scholarship

Chair: Dr Michael Bintley – University of Oxford

Dr Helen Brookman – University of Oxford, University of Cambridge

‘Perhaps Miss Jessie is not an expert in these matters’: Arguments, Authority, and Arthurian Legend in the margins of Jessie Weston’s The Legend of Sir Lancelot

Hannah McKendrick Bailey – University of Oxford

The impediment of national boundaries in the study of Old English poetry

Dr Jeanne Neuchterlein – University of York

Medieval/Renaissance? 15th-century Netherlandish art

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