IMC 2018: Sessions

Session 1310: Rethinking Agency, III: A Round Table Discussion

Wednesday 4 July 2018, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:Medieval Prosopography
Organisers:Charlotte Pickard, Centre for Continuing & Professional Education, Cardiff University
Rebecca Searby, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of York
Moderator/Chair:Charlotte Pickard, Centre for Continuing & Professional Education, Cardiff University
Abstract

Detecting ‘agency’ in the medieval world, in recent years, has shaped the research of historians searching for the lesser voices of the past. It is a term often attributed to unusual ‘action’ or ‘will’ beyond the scope of societal expectation. Given its vast application, there is a pressing need to consider how we detect, define, and interpret agency across medieval record collections. Are we reading moments of individual will or is this a more complicated process that requires renewed appreciation? This round table discussion aims to consider how we can tackle the complicated subject of ‘agency’ in future research.

Participants include Lindy Grant (University of Reading), Amy Livingstone (Wittenberg University, Ohio), Kathleen Nolan (Hollins University, Virginia), and Paul Webster (Cardiff University).