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IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 1052: Anarchist Approaches to the Middle Ages, I: Rethinking What We Know Best - Narratives of State Building

Wednesday 8 July 2020, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:Anarchist Approaches to the Middle Ages (AAMA)
Organiser:Ian Forrest, Oriel College, University of Oxford
Moderator/Chair:Simon Stuart Yarrow, Centre for the Study of the Middle Ages, University of Birmingham
Paper 1052-aThe Inevitability of Kingship?: Models and Rulership and Acephalous Society in Early Medieval England
(Language: English)
Peter Burch, School of the Built Environment, University of Salford
Index terms: Politics and Diplomacy, Social History
Paper 1052-bMaking a Medieval Anthropocene: Strategies for State-Building
(Language: English)
Amanda Power, St Catherine's College, University of Oxford
Index terms: Political Thought, Religious Life
Paper 1052-cNarratives of 'Capitalism', 'Institutions', and 'State Building' in the Late Medieval Economy: A Critical Revision
(Language: English)
Tanja Skambraks, Historisches Institut, Universit├Ąt Mannheim
Index terms: Historiography - Modern Scholarship, Political Thought

The first session in a strand sponsored by the Anarchist Approaches to the Middle Ages group. Following a successful round table discussion on this theme at IMC 2019, attended by an international group of medievalists from all career stages, this session is an experiment in 'rethinking what we know best' (i.e. our specialisms in Medieval Studies) using anarchist ideas and approaches. The first session focuses on unravelling accepted narratives of state building and development, looking at the political structure of early medieval England, the idea of the Anthropocene, and the meta-narratives of capitalism and institutions.