IMC 2017: Sessions

Session 317: The Medieval Landscape / Seascape, III: Marginal and Liminal Places and Spaces

Monday 3 July 2017, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:Landscape Research Group, Oxford
Organisers:Karl Christian Alvestad, Department of History, University of Winchester
Kimm Curran, History Lab+, Institute of Historical Research, University of London
Moderator/Chair:Daryl Hendley Rooney, School of History, University College Dublin
Paper 317-aThe Poetics of Shifting Ground: Negotiated Boundaries in 'Hallmundarkviða'
(Language: English)
Katherine Rich, Department of English & Related Literature, University of York
Index terms: Geography and Settlement Studies, Local History, Social History
Paper 317-bVulnerable Margins: St Guðlac and the Fens of East Anglia
(Language: English)
Michael Baker, Department of English Studies, Durham University
Index terms: Geography and Settlement Studies, Hagiography, Language and Literature - Old English
Paper 317-cFinnar, Bjarmar, and Other Inhabitants of the North as Magic Users in the Fornaldarsögur, c. 1200-1400
(Language: English)
Peter Rivard, Faculty of Humanities, University of Turku
Index terms: Gender Studies, Language and Literature - Scandinavian, Mentalities, Pagan Religions

Writing about the medieval landscape and environment has a rich and long tradition and is an area in which many of the disciplines that comprise medieval studies have made significant contributions. Scholars working on ideas of the landscape, concepts of space and place, as well as in the developing field of environmental humanities have added to our theoretical framework for understanding people’s relationships with the environment in the past. This session focuses on the idea of liminal landscapes and places of the ‘in between’, both in settlement and geography and how liminal places could also be marginal and transient.