IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 124: New Voices in Medieval Irish Studies: Investigating Political, Linguistic, and Sexual Boundaries

Monday 6 July 2020, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Department of Early Irish, Maynooth University
Organiser:Elizabeth Boyle, Department of Early Irish, Maynooth University, Maynooth
Moderator/Chair:Elizabeth Boyle, Department of Early Irish, Maynooth University, Maynooth
Paper 124-aTerritorial Changes in Late Pre-Invasion Ireland
(Language: English)
Seán Ó Hoireabhárd, Department of History Maynooth University
Index terms: Geography and Settlement Studies, Military History, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 124-bBilingualism and the Problem of Meaning in Old Irish Glosses
(Language: English)
Viktoriia Krivoshchekova, Department of Early Irish Maynooth University
Index terms: Language and Literature - Celtic, Language and Literature - Latin, Learning (The Classical Inheritance), Manuscripts and Palaeography
Paper 124-cSetting Boundaries of Sexual Morality in Early Ireland
(Language: English)
Chelsey Collins, Department of Early Irish Maynooth University
Index terms: Gender Studies, Language and Literature - Celtic, Law, Sexuality
Abstract

This session showcases research being undertaken by ECRs in medieval Irish studies, exploring territorial boundaries, linguistic boundaries, and the borders of sexual morality in medieval Ireland. Territorial changes occurred in several provincial Irish kingdoms in the period immediately before the English invasion: the first paper investigates these changes within and between provinces. The second paper considers Irish scholars glossing Latin texts bilingually: a fine example of linguistic border-crossing, but how did the glossators reconcile the semantics of two different languages? The final paper explores sexual morality in the interplay between legal and literary texts as they discuss the same sexual topics to divergent ends. It will argue that, irrespective of genre, scholars employed a common language to debate sexual morality.