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IMC 2023: Sessions

Session 837: Defining Subalternities, II: Theorising the Subaltern

Tuesday 4 July 2023, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:Global Medieval Peasants Research Network
Organiser:Stuart Pracy, Department of History, University of Manchester
Moderator/Chair:Stuart Pracy, Department of History, University of Manchester
Paper 837-a(Re)Conceptualising Otherness and Othering in Old Norse Literature
(Language: English)
Solveig Bollig, Institutionen för språkstudier, Umeå Universitet
Index terms: Language and Literature - Scandinavian, Mentalities
Paper 837-bCan the Subaltern Rule?: Women and the Patriarchal Triangle in Medieval Ireland
(Language: English)
Sarah Vincent, Independent Scholar, Brest
Index terms: Gender Studies, Historiography - Medieval, Language and Literature - Celtic, Women's Studies
Paper 837-cReconsidering Gramsci's 'Hegemonic Apparatus': Towards a New Approach to the Study of the Premodern Subaltern
(Language: English)
Walter Beers, Department of History, Princeton University
Index terms: Archives and Sources, Economics - General, Historiography - Modern Scholarship, Social History

Embedded conceptions of subaltern populations circumscribe our ability to identify the experiences and agency of such people in the medieval world. These sessions explore the role of academics in envisioning subaltern communities, with this second session focusing on the theoretical challenges facing our discipline. Solveig Bollig argues for a meta-perspective of Otherness which opens a possibility to reconceptualise marginality in Icelandic Saga literature; Sarah Vincent examines women in medieval Irish society within frameworks at the crossroads of Celtic Studies, Subaltern Studies, and Feminist Theory; and Walter Beers revisits the work of Gramsci and explores an alternative approach to premodern subalterity.