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IMC 2019: Sessions

Session 1410: Medieval Romance Relationships, V: Early Career Scholars and the Field - A Round Table Discussion

Wednesday 3 July 2019, 19.00-20.00

Organiser:Hannah Piercy, Institute of Medieval & Early Modern Studies, Durham University
Moderator/Chair:Hannah Piercy, Institute of Medieval & Early Modern Studies, Durham University

This round table discussion follows on from the series of panel sessions on Medieval Romance Relationships, but opens up the topic to broader interpretation, providing the opportunity for reflection on medieval romance studies as a field. Postgraduate and early career scholars will share their perspectives on methodologies for studying romance literature, including the intersections between romance and disability studies and the demands of studying romance across different languages. We will also discuss some of the problems with medieval romance research (and teaching), including issues that affect medieval studies more broadly: the lack of diversity represented in texts and in the field, the frequent representation of sexual violence in literary texts, and the struggles faced by early career romance scholars in academia today. Everyone is welcome to attend and participate in the discussion.

Participants include Maia Farrar (University of Michigan), Rachel Fennell (Durham University), Stephanie Grace-Petinos (Western Carolina University), Inigo Purcell (Independent Scholar, Chiswick), James T. Stewart (University of North Georgia), and Minjie Su (University of Oxford).