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IMC 2019: Sessions

Session 1534: Minds and Matter, I: Landscapes of the Medieval Mind - Beyond Metaphor

Thursday 4 July 2019, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:Centre for Medieval & Renaissance Culture, University of Southampton
Organiser:Catherine A. M. Clarke, Faculty of Humanities, University of Southampton
Moderator/Chair:Merel Veldhuizen, Centre for Medieval & Renaissance Culture / Department of English, University of Southampton
Paper 1534-aExogrammar, the Extended Mind, and the Early Medieval Material Environment
(Language: English)
Michael Bintley, School of Humanities, Canterbury Christ Church University
Index terms: Language and Literature - Old English, Mentalities
Paper 1534-b'Turn your attention on the dwelling-place of the world': Ecomaterialism, Ecological Psychology, and Medieval Memory
(Language: English)
James Smith, Centre for Medieval & Early Modern Studies (CMEMS), University of Western Australia
Index terms: Language and Literature - Latin, Mentalities
Paper 1534-cA 'Saxon Warrior' on Salisbury Plain: Medieval(ist) Encounters, Materiality, and Narratives of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
(Language: English)
Catherine A. M. Clarke, Faculty of Humanities, University of Southampton
Index terms: Language and Literature - Old English, Medievalism and Antiquarianism, Mentalities

One of a pair of sessions investigating intersections between medieval minds and materialities, this session brings together new theoretical approaches to mental landscapes medieval and medievalist. The papers explore topics such as exogrammars of landscape and the ‘extended mind’ in early medieval English texts; connections between medieval memory and environmental history, and the possibilities of ecomaterialist readings (or a ‘cognitive ecology’) of the medieval mind; and story-making in the British media about the discovery (by Afghanistan veterans recovering from PTSD), of a 'Saxon Warrior' on Salisbury Plain, as a way into exploring representations of mental trauma in medieval sources, and uses of the medieval in present-day explorations of PTSD.