The Early Medieval Interdisciplinary Conference Series is pleased to present its seventh conference: Stories and Storytelling in the Medieval World, taking place on 11th and 12th April in UCL.
Participants will consider how stories were used, told, and received in a range of Medieval contexts, supplemented by discussion of the stories we tell about the Medieval and the use of stories in teaching.
The shaping and sharing of narrative has always been key in the negotiation and recreation of reality for individuals and cultural groups. Some stories, indeed, seem to possess a life of their own: claiming a peculiar agency and taking on distinct voices which speak across time and space. How, for example, do objects, manuscripts and other artefacts communicate alternative or complementary narratives that transcend textual and linguistic boundaries?
As well as the stories themselves, scholarship is increasingly interested in how stories were told and received, from communal dramatic recreations to records produced for private meditation.
Papers include discussions of retellings of medieval stories in various modern media, the role of stories in shaping different communities, the encoding of stories in different objects and other medieval media, and the role of stories in shaping wider narratives and ideas across the medieval world
Keynotes will be delivered by Professors Clare Lees (Saturday) and Richard North (Sunday).
Refreshments, including a wine reception on Saturday, and sandwich lunches on both days, are included.
Saturday 11th April: 9.00 registration for 9.30 start; close by 18.30.
Sunday 13th April: 10.30-18.30.