6-10 July: International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds (Virtual IMC)

The research cluster, in association with MEMC at the University of Sydney, organised three sessions at IMC 2020, the theme of which was ‘Borders’. The conference took place virtually, with two of the cluster’s sessions going ahead online. Members of the cluster were also involved with a session on the Marches of Britain and Ireland. Speakers and papers are listed here:

‘Writing Identity in Liminal Spaces I: Crafting Religious Identities’
Organiser: Helen Fulton, University of Bristol
Moderator: Jan Shaw, University of Sydney
Paper a: Emma Knowles, University of Sydney, ‘Into the Wild: Escape and Exile in the Characterisation of Hagar and Ishmael in Old English Texts’
Paper b: Robert Cutrer, University of Sydney, ‘Mapping the Monster: Redefining Space in Yngvars saga vi∂förla’

‘Writing Identity in Liminal Spaces II: Hybridity, Multilingualism, and the Politics of Location in Late Medieval Britain’
Organiser: Helen Fulton (University of Bristol) and Jan Shaw (University of Sydney)
Moderator: Helen Fulton
Paper a: Victoria Flood, University of Birmingham, ‘Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, the West Midlands, and the March of Wales’
Paper b: Ad Putter, University of Bristol, ‘A Migrant Community in Medieval London: The Hat Makers from the Low Countries’
Paper c: Jan Shaw, University of Sydney, ‘Negotiating Hybrid Leadership Identities in the Borderlands of Romance’
Paper d: Rowena McCallum, Queen’s University Belfast, ‘Literary Depictions of the Mendicant Orders in Medieval Ireland’

‘The Marches of Britain and Ireland, 1100–1400 I: Identity’
Organiser: Georgia Henley (St Anselm College) and Victoria Shirley (Cardiff University)
Moderator: Victoria Shirley
Paper a: Thomas Lee Davies, Bangor University, ‘Welsh, English, and Norman: Identity, Image and Perception in Medieval South-East Wales’
Paper b: Helen Fulton, University of Bristol, ‘Hybrid Identities: Bilingual Poetry on the March of Wales’
Paper c: Pawel Derecki, Uniwersytet Warszawski, ‘Some Remarks on Anglo-Welsh Borderlands, 9th–12th Centuries’