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Shifting Landscapes of the Medieval World – the Conference

It was a huge pleasure to meet in person and online for our conference, Shifting Landscapes of the Medieval World, which continued the work and discussions of our seminar series of the same name. On 13th, 14th, and 15th September 2022, scholars from around the world engaged in productive and stimulating dialogue around the theme of landscape, seen from the…

Conference in Cambridge and online 13-15 September 2022

We are looking forward to our conference on 13-15 September. Building on our seminar series, the conference features sessions on landscapes in history, literature, thought, and image of the medieval world. Speakers and participants will be joining us from all over the contemporary world. It will be held in the English Faculty at Cambridge and online. To register and see…

Seminar 6: Response

In our final seminar, we explored some of the many themes that emerged in our across the series. General discussion underpinned by reference to specific texts and concrete landscapes was a feature of the series as a whole. We commenced – appropriately – with the remotest of landscapes, Hyperborea, guided there by Renaud Gagné, but also with landscape as cosmography,…

Seminar 5: Landscape as Theory

What theoretical frameworks does the concept of landscape offer us? This was the question explored in the May seminar by Marilynn Desmond (Distinguished Professor of English and Medieval Studies, Binghamton University, State University of New York) and Matt Lampitt (Junior Research Fellow, St John’s College, Cambridge), in papers which took us to ancient Troy, medieval islands of ruins and mysticism,…

Call for papers: conference 14-15 September 2022

Hybrid conference in Cambridge 14-15 September 2022: call for papers From maps to chronicles, from sagas and songs to emerging cities, landscape plays an active part in shaping the medieval world. Much more than a backdrop to narrative, much more than a passive object of knowledge, much more than patches of space to be allocated and appropriated, landscape is a vital force in…

Seminar 4: Landscape as Literature

This month’s seminar focused on Landscape as Literature and was led by Dr Miranda Griffin, the seminar’s co-convenor and Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics. She was joined by her Murray Edwards colleague, Dr Leo Mellor, Roma Gill Fellow in English. Ranging chronologically from the world of medieval French romance to the Arthurian landscape…

Seminar 3: Landscape as Knowledge

The Shifting Landscapes series focusses on knowledge of and concerning the medieval landscape, and the third of our seminars, Landscape as Knowledge, brought to the fore the embodiment of the landscape itself as knowledge. Our discussion was led by scholars of medieval Scandinavia and France, Dr Emily Lethbridge of the University of Iceland, and Dr Mary Franklin-Brown of the University…

Seminar 2: Landscape as History

A series that calls itself Shifting Landscapes should of course anticipate shifts of its own, and that was the case for our second seminar, on the theme of Landscape as History: in a change to our advertised line-up, our speakers were Prof Máire Ní Mhaonaigh of the University of Cambridge, and Prof Heide Estes of Monmouth University.   Medieval depictions…

Landscape, Cosmology and Cosmography

Shifting Landscapes of the Medieval World is underway! The first seminar of the series (on Wednesday 19th January 2022) addressed Landscape as Cosmology, Prof. Renaud Gagné (Faculty of Classics, Cambridge) focussing the discussion with his thought-provoking contribution, ‘Weaving the World: Altars and Cosmography in Greek Sanctuaries’. Reading the late antique world through sacrifical landscapes, he illustrated how new sacred worlds…