IMC 2018: Sessions

Session 1354: Re-Enactment and Medieval Studies, III: Problems and Potential - A Round Table Discussion

Wednesday 4 July 2018, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:School of English, University of Nottingham
Organiser:Melissa Venables, School of English, University of Nottingham
Moderator/Chair:Melissa Venables, School of English, University of Nottingham
Abstract

What is the relationship between medieval studies and re-enactment? There are many kinds of re-enactors with many different agendas, and the same re-enactment group may have different purposes at different times. Likewise, there are many academic approaches to the Middle Ages, to the point where defining ‘medieval studies’ itself is up for debate. But ultimately the core goal of re-enactment is the same as that of the most traditional academic researcher: to achieve some greater understanding of the past. Building on themes discussed in a series of two panel sessions focusing on medieval combat and examining re-enactment in specific case studies, this round table discussion will explore the problems and potential in developing the relationship between re-enactment and the academic study of the Middle Ages.

Participants include Andrea Mariani (Universidade do Porto) and Sara L. Uckelman (Durham University).