Well, for medievalists, anyway…
University of St Andrews, UK, 25-28 June, 2013
Carolyn Dinshaw (New York University): The Green Man and the Modern World
Patrick Geary (Princeton): European ethnicity: Does Europe have too much past
Seamus Heaney (Nobel Prize-winning Poet): Translating medieval poetry
Bruce Holsinger (University of Virginia): The politics of medievalism
Felicitas Hoppe (Author and Translator): Adapting medieval romance
Terry Jones (Author and Broadcaster): Columbus, America and the flat earth
– Did the Middle Ages ever end?
– Did the Middle Ages ever happen?
– Is there a difference between medievalism and medieval studies?
– Does the medieval past hold the key to understanding modern nations?
– What does “medieval” mean to non-medievalists?
– How has medievalism developed over the past 600 years?
– periodization and the invention of the Middle Ages;
– modern misconceptions of the Middle Ages;
– the politicization of the Middle Ages and neo-medievalism;
– twenty-first century medievalisms;
– revivalism and re-enactment;
– medievalism, science fiction, fantasy and cyberspace;
– translating medieval texts;
– the legacy and influence of the University of St Andrews and other medieval institutions
– a special celebratory 600th anniversary session on the reception and representation of St Andrew himself.
Organisers: Dr Chris Jones, School of English and Dr Bettina Bildhauer, School of Modern Languages, University of St Andrews.