IMC 2017: Sessions

Session 414: Chronology, Temporality, and Otherness: A Round Table Discussion

Monday 3 July 2017, 19.00-20.00

Sponsor:International Medieval Society, Paris / Société Internationale des Médiévistes, Paris
Organiser:Victoria Turner, School of Modern Languages - French, University of St Andrews
Moderator/Chair:Victoria Turner, School of Modern Languages - French, University of St Andrews
Abstract

Medieval conceptions of otherness are frequently situated in relation to time, where other figures may be integral to medieval eschatological frameworks yet also behind the times, primitive, or even pre-human. As a result, scholars continue to interrogate potential chronologies and continua and to evaluate the merits of synchronic vs. diachronic approaches to these concepts. By extension, recent work in this field has also highlighted the othering of the Middle Ages itself and questioned the grand narratives that distance medieval and modern conceptions of otherness, race, and religious identity. This round table discussion thus aims to provide a multi-disciplinary and cross-period forum within which to discuss the relationship of otherness and time and to explore new avenues for study and collaboration.

Participants include Marianne J. Ailes (University of Bristol), Amy Burge (University of Edinburgh), and James Palmer (University of St Andrews).