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IMC 2015: Sessions

Session 1235: Evolving Identities in Medieval England: Pots, Personal Names, and Misericords

Wednesday 8 July 2015, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Medieval & Ancient Research Centre (MARCUS), University of Sheffield
Organiser:James Chetwood, Department of History, University of Sheffield
Moderator/Chair:Charles West, Department of History, University of Sheffield
Paper 1235-aRebirth and Renewal: Medieval Pottery and the Lifecycle, c. 1240 – c. 1450
(Language: English)
Kelly Green, Department of Archaeology, University of Sheffield
Index terms: Archaeology - Artefacts, Daily Life, Sexuality, Social History
Paper 1235-bVisual Culture in Late Medieval English Nunneries: Subversion, Shock, and Scandal at Swine Priory
(Language: English)
Elizabeth Goodwin, Department of History, University of Sheffield
Index terms: Art History - General, Monasticism, Religious Life, Women's Studies
Paper 1235-cPersonal Naming and Social Identity in Medieval England, c. 850 - c. 1350: Would a Rose by Any Other Name Really Smell as Sweet?
(Language: English)
James Chetwood, Department of History, University of Sheffield
Index terms: Daily Life, Historiography - Modern Scholarship, Onomastics, Social History

What can the biographies of ceramic vessels tell us about the rhythms of medieval life and the aspirations of the people that used them? How did late medieval nuns use visual culture to represent their behaviour, their male contemporaries, and their wider community? What can patterns of personal naming tell us about the transformation of medieval communities? This session will explore evolving medieval identities through three different elements of everyday life. In doing so, they will shed new light on how medieval identities were formed, portrayed, and reproduced, and how elements such as gender, spirituality, and the family were incorporated.