IMC 2018: Sessions

Session 945: Memory and First Encounters: A Round Table Discussion

Tuesday 3 July 2018, 19.00-20.00

Organisers:Claudia Rogers, School of History, University of Leeds
Adam Simmons, Department of History, Lancaster University
Moderator/Chair:Claudia Rogers, School of History, University of Leeds
Abstract

Considering the IMC’s 2018 thematic strand on ‘Memory’ – and in conjunction with the IMC’s new strand of Global Medieval Studies – this round table session will explore the challenges faced by scholars studying the memory of first encounters, both in terms of local and global diaspora, between indigenous peoples and others in and across the Atlantic. Thinking about how early cultural encounters are (mis)remembered and/or (mis)represented (both in historical sources and modern scholarship), the session will ask how scholars can effectively approach areas of research involving non-European peoples and geographies. Accordingly, a particular focus of the session will be given to issues surrounding Eurocentrism, selective and manipulative memory/forgetting, and ‘reading’ different visions of the past.

Participants include David Abulafia (University of Cambridge), Toby Green (King’s College London), and Iona McCleery (University of Leeds).