IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 836: Borderlines: Navigating the Medieval through History, II

Tuesday 7 July 2020, 16.30-18.00

Organisers:Claire Kennan, Department of History, Royal Holloway, University of London
Emma J. Wells, Centre for Lifelong Learning / Department of History, University of York
Moderator/Chair:Paul R. Dryburgh, The National Archives, Kew
Paper 836-aMining the Medieval: Digitising a 14th-Century Anti-Corruption Lincolnshire Court Roll
(Language: English)
Jack Newman, Centre for Medieval & Early Modern Studies (MEMS), University of Kent
Index terms: Archives and Sources, Law, Technology
Paper 836-bBorderlines or Barriers?: Navigating the Medieval in the Classroom
(Language: English)
Claire Kennan, Department of History, Royal Holloway, University of London
Index terms: Education, Medievalism and Antiquarianism, Teaching the Middle Ages, Technology
Paper 836-cTranscending Boundaries: Emergent Medieval(isms) via Immersive Environmental Spaces
(Language: English)
Kenna L. Olsen, Department of English, Mount Royal University, Alberta
Index terms: Language and Literature - Old English, Language and Literature - Middle English, Teaching the Middle Ages, Technology
Abstract

Despite the perennial fascination with the Middle Ages, there has been little comprehensive exploration of its historical legacy. This session aims to mediate the borders of the medieval. The intention is to address the copious ways the medieval era has been used, abused, altered, developed, and manipulated in both academia and popular culture, from its origins to the present day. We will consider how the era has been continuously reinvented to reflect cultural, political, and religious demands, from the ‘brutality’ and ‘lawlessness’ often synonymous with the term, to idealistic and ideological tropes ascribed to the broader concept of ‘medievalism’, and particularly how the 20th- and 21st centuries have witnessed an explosion of representations of the period, in print, on screen, and across mainstream culture.