IMC 2017: Sessions

Session 415: Other Literacies: Communication in the Margins of Medieval Society - A Round Table Discussion

Monday 3 July 2017, 19.00-20.00

Sponsor:Utrecht Centre for Medieval Studies, Universiteit Utrecht
Organiser:Marco Mostert, Onderzoekinstituut voor Geschiedenis en Kunstgeschiedenis, Universiteit Utrecht
Moderator/Chair:Marco Mostert, Onderzoekinstituut voor Geschiedenis en Kunstgeschiedenis, Universiteit Utrecht
Abstract

Despite much attention being paid over the last decades to medieval literacy and communication, hardly any attention has been given to the ways those in the margins of medieval society communicated among themselves and with those who had established themselves at the centre of society. And yet there is information available for the study of the non-verbal, oral, and written communication by beggars and vagabonds, robbers and thieves, gypsies and lepers – to name but a few of the groups living at the edge of society. This round table discussion will address the possibilities and impossibilities of studying marginal groups from the perspective of literacy and communication and to see whether there is enough interest to organise sessions on this decidedly underdeveloped topic during the IMC in the next two or three years.

Participants include Anna Adamska (Universiteit Utrecht), Eliza Hartrich (University of Sheffield), Anti Selart (University of Tartu), and Henry Summerson (Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford).