IMC 2019: Sessions

Session 1411: Brexit and the Future We Want for Medieval 'Modern Languages' in the UK: A Round Table Discussion

Wednesday 3 July 2019, 19.00-20.00

Sponsor:IMC Programming Committee
Organiser:Bettina Bildhauer, School of Modern Languages - German, University of St Andrews
Moderator/Chair:Bettina Bildhauer, School of Modern Languages - German, University of St Andrews
Abstract

What is the post-Brexit future we want for medieval studies in so-called ‘modern languages’ departments? As we are expecting a reduction of European students coming to the UK and a potential further reduction of interest in European languages among Brits, what does that mean for the already beleaguered teaching and research of the medieval variants of these ‘modern’ languages, literatures, and cultures? Will a turn away from Europe allow a greater engagement with the global and planetary? What are our fears for the future? What can we do to bring about the post-Brexit future we want?

Participants include Nadia Altschul (University of Glasgow), Sarah Bowden (King’s College London), Emma Campbell (University of Warwick), Henrike Lähnemann (University of Oxford), Christopher Liebtag Miller (Queen Mary, University of London), and Christoph Pretzer (King’s College London).