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IMC 2015: Sessions

Session 1407: Historical Writing in Britain and Ireland, 500–1500: Interdisciplinary Questions and Approaches - A Round Table Discussion

Wednesday 8 July 2015, 19.00-20.00

Sponsor:Centre for Medieval Literature, University of York & Syddansk Universitet, Odense
Organiser:Jennifer Jahner, Division of the Humanities & Social Sciences, California Institute of Technology
Moderator/Chair:Cynthia Turner Camp, Department of English, University of Georgia, Athens

This panel brings together select contributors to an edited volume, forthcoming from Cambridge UP, which surveys key developments and trends in British and Irish historical writing across the Middle Ages. Presenters will be asked to discuss their specific research, but also to reflect upon the methodological challenges and opportunities endemic to a large-scale, interdisciplinary project like this one. How do literature scholars and historians constitute their arguments and evidence? How do we define the parameters of 'historical writing' or 'national' historiographical traditions? The volume editors, as participants and panel organizers, welcome the questions and feedback of the larger IMC community.

Participants include Kate Ash (Liverpool Hope University), Charles F. Briggs (University of Vermont), Magali Coumert (Université de Bretagne Occidentale, Brest), Sarah Foot (University of Oxford), and Owain Wyn Jones (Bangor University).