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IMC 2009: Sessions

Session 325: Modernism, Postmodernism, and the Medieval Grand Narrative, II: From Postcolonial to Pre-Modern

Monday 13 July 2009, 16.30-18.00

Organiser:Carol Symes, Department of History, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Moderator/Chair:Jeff Rider, Department of Romance Languages & Literatures, Wesleyan University, Connecticut
Paper 325-aPost-Roman, Post-Colonial?
(Language: English)
Michael Kulikowski, Department of History, Pennsylvania State University
Index terms: Historiography - Modern Scholarship, Mentalities
Paper 325-bDecolonising Andalusia: Jaén and Jérez, 1275
(Language: English)
Simon Doubleday, Department of History, Hofstra University, New York
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Historiography - Modern Scholarship, Language and Literature - Spanish or Portuguese
Paper 325-cWas there a Medieval Public Sphere?
(Language: English)
Carol Symes, Department of History, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Index terms: Historiography - Modern Scholarship, Literacy and Orality, Mentalities, Political Thought

One of a pair of sessions devoted to exploring the implications of postmodern critical theory for medieval studies and, more specifically, its impact on medieval history - and part of a larger series to be featured at the meetings of the American Historical Association and the Medieval Academy of America in 2009. How have medieval metanarratives been built up in response to modern agendas? To what extent is our work still embedded in grand narratives inherited from the past? How, methodologically, can we advance into the future, using both our newfound theoretical awareness of textual mediation, on the one hand, and the scholarly paradigms of our venerable disciplines on the other?