IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 1416: Channelling Relations in Medieval England and France: A Round Table Discussion

Wednesday 8 July 2020, 19.00-20.00

Organisers:Jennifer Alberghini, Department of English Queens College City University of New York
Stephanie Grace-Petinos, Institute for Research in the Humanities, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Moderator/Chair:Stephanie Grace-Petinos, Institute for Research in the Humanities, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Abstract

Universities often distinguish departments based on geographic regions, such as the designations of ‘English’ and ‘French’. Yet for Medieval Studies, these two regions were not completely separate entities, but deeply entwined with culture, land, language, and even leadership, frequently changing hands or uniting them together. This round table brings together scholars that work in an interdisciplinary, cross-Channel capacity to demonstrate the necessity of crossing the borders of English/England and French/France. The particiants will discuss cross-channel relic trade networks; Anglo-Norman Crusade songs; Muslim assassins in Arthurian Romance; an original digital mapping project that plots women book owners across the Channel; and an early modern German text that engages with a narrative tradition and historical event traditionally associated with the Channel; the calumniated queen and the Hundred Years War, respectively.

Participants include Terrence Cullen (New York University), Funda Hay (Ankara University), S. C. Kaplan (Rice University), Antonia Murath (Freie Universit├Ąt Berlin), Sarah Wilma Watson (Haverford College, Pennsylvania), and Elizabeth A. Wiedenheft (Independent Scholar, Nottingham).