IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 904: Great Expectations?: Medieval Literacy 25 Years On - A Round Table Discussion

Tuesday 7 July 2020, 19.00-20.00

Sponsor:Utrecht Centre for Medieval Studies, Universiteit Utrecht
Organiser:Marco Mostert, Onderzoekinstituut voor Geschiedenis en Kunstgeschiedenis, Universiteit Utrecht
Moderator/Chair:Marco Mostert, Onderzoekinstituut voor Geschiedenis en Kunstgeschiedenis, Universiteit Utrecht
Abstract

Over the last decades the Leeds IMC has paid much attention to the topic of medieval literacy and communication. From 1996 onwards, when the five-year project on (early) medieval literacy started there, Utrecht University has developed into one of the major centres of medieval literacy studies worldwide. Among other things, we have published a successful series of publications on all kinds of aspects of what might be termed the social history of communication. In 2020, we expect volume 50 in the series Utrecht Studies in Medieval Literacy to be published by Brepols Publishers. We would like to use the occasion to reflect on the development of the study of medieval literacy and communication, its achievements over the past half-century, and its promises and challenges for the decades to come. To this end, apart from a session ‘Whither the Study of Medieval Literacy?’ we are organising an accompanying round table on ‘Great Expectations?: Medieval Literacy 25 Years On’. Questions to be discussed include: What has the study of medieval literacy done for Medieval Studies generally? Is the study of medieval literacy still as exciting as it was 25 years ago? How can we increase its appeal to new generations of scholars? The round table will be followed by a reception kindly provided by Brepols Publishers.

Participants include Anna Adamska (Universiteit Utrecht), Isabelle Bretthauer (Archives Nationales de France, Pierrefitte), Katalin Szende (Central European University, Budapest/Wien), Mark Vermeer (Universiteit Utrecht), and DuĊĦan Zupka (Comenius University, Bratislava).