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IMC 2023: Sessions

Session 1125: Silence and Silencing, II: Silencing and Racialising

Wednesday 5 July 2023, 11.15-12.45

Organisers:Brittany Orton, Department of History, University of York
Basil Price, Department of English, Arizona State University
Moderator/Chair:Brittany Orton, Department of History, University of York
Paper 1125-aFilling in the Gaps: Absence as Gain in Copenhagen Cod. Arab. 99's Ibn Faḍlān
(Language: English)
Tonicha Upham, Faculty of Icelandic & Comparative Cultural Studies, University of Iceland, Reykjavík
Index terms: Archives and Sources, Islamic and Arabic Studies, Manuscripts and Palaeography, Medievalism and Antiquarianism
Paper 1125-bThe Indigenous Turn of Medieval Studies: A Comparative Case Study
(Language: English)
Solveig Marie Wang, Centre for Scandinavian Studies University of Aberdeen
Index terms: Historiography - Modern Scholarship, Language and Literature - Scandinavian, Social History
Paper 1125-cConfronting Silences: Rethinking Medieval Race, Gender, and Class in Haft Paykar, an 'Interracial' Romance between a Persian King and His Chinese Musician Slave Girl
(Language: English)
Amanda Caterina Leong, School of Social Sciences, Humanities & Arts, University of California, Merced
Index terms: Gender Studies, Islamic and Arabic Studies, Language and Literature - Other, Social History

This is the second panel in a series on 'Silence and Silencing', which aim to interrogate absences, silences, and gaps within medieval sources and the discipline of Medieval Studies itself, in order to further our understanding of global networks in the Middle Ages. Building from our first panel on archival silences, this panel closely interrogates how racialised figures and texts are silenced within the canon of medieval studies and in what ways intersectional and interdisciplinary methodologies are necessary to 'hear' these unheard voices. By attending to the intersection between racialising and silencing, this panel reflects on the urgency of challenging the territorial and linguistic boundaries of the discipline of Medieval Studies.