IMC 2004: Sessions

Session 1019: You Had to Be Thereā€¦ Or Did You?: Seeking an Effective Combination of Three Radically Different Approaches to Understanding History

Wednesday 14 July 2004, 09.00-10.30

Organiser:Tara Leigh Gale, Department of Comparative Literature, Religions & Film, University of Alberta, Edmonton
Moderator/Chair:John J. Kitchen, Department of History & Classics, University of Alberta
Paper 1019-aThe Cauldron and the Estate Car: Constraints on the Public Re-Creation of the Medieval
(Language: English)
Martin C. Williams, Regia Anglorum, Durham
Index terms: Daily Life, Performance Arts - General, Performance Arts - Dance, Performance Arts - Drama, Teaching the Middle Ages
Paper 1019-cAle, Broadswords and Talking Dragons?: Students' Misconceptions Regarding Conflicts in Medieval England, and How to Retain their Interest in the Medieval World
(Language: English)
Tara Leigh Gale, Department of Comparative Literature, Religions & Film, University of Alberta, Edmonton
Index terms: Computing in Medieval Studies, Education, Performance Arts - General, Teaching the Middle Ages
Abstract

Until recently the study of history was usually confined to Academia, where mixing disciplines often resulted in conflict and non-academics were ignored. With recent threats to the Arts new approaches have been deployed to heal these conflicts. This session will demonstrate how three different approaches broaden our understanding of medieval history. One approach demonstrates how reenactments of historical events increase the profile of history. Another traditional approach discusses how interdisciplinary studies can broaden our insights into the past. The third paper deals with the issue of correcting students’ misconceptions regarding history and myths while still retaining their interest.