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IMC 2023: Sessions

Session 635: Entangled Histories: Participatory Medievalism and the Invisible Worlds Project

Tuesday 4 July 2023, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:AHRC Project 'Invisible Worlds: Exploring the Legend of Alderley Edge'
Organiser:Victoria Flood, Department of English Literature, University of Birmingham
Moderator/Chair:Victoria Flood, Department of English Literature, University of Birmingham
Paper 635-aAn Emotional History of Place: The Contested Medievalisms of Alderley Edge
(Language: English)
Victoria Flood, Department of English Literature, University of Birmingham
Index terms: Language and Literature - Middle English, Medievalism and Antiquarianism
Paper 635-bImagining the Site-Specific: Medieval as Subject, Theory, and Praxis
(Language: English)
Catherine A. M. Clarke, Faculty of Humanities, University of Southampton
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Medievalism and Antiquarianism, Performance Arts - General, Technology
Paper 635-cEntangling the Audience, the User, and the Historian
(Language: English)
Andrew Elliott, Lincoln School of Film & Media, University of Lincoln
Index terms: Historiography - Modern Scholarship, Medievalism and Antiquarianism, Technology

Drawing on research undertaken as part of the Arts and Humanities Research Council-funded Invisible Worlds project, this session explores intersecting methodologies applied to the study of invisible medieval, and medievalist, heritage. It reflects on these approaches (including community response, creative practice, and crowd curation) as a means of examining, and excavating, the entangled and contested medievalisms associated with the mythologically resonant landscape of Alderley Edge in north-east Cheshire (UK). This session is intended to present Alderley Edge as a transferable case study, examining the ways in which the medieval is entangled with contemporary understandings of place and heritage.

The session will be chaired by the project's Principal Investigator Victoria Flood, who will introduce the parameters of the project in her paper, and the session will conclude with an open conversation between Catherine A. M. Clarke, Andrew B. R. Elliott, and Victoria Flood and the audience.