Interdisciplinary Seminar on Medievalism

Venue: North American History Room, 2nd floor, IHR, North block, Senate House

Time: Wednesdays 17:30

Convenors: Simon Trafford (IHR), Sarah Salih (KCL), Claire Pascolini-Campbell.

Medievalism, in the words of the principal scholarly society devoted to it, is ‘the study of responses to the Middle Ages at all periods since a sense of the medieval began to develop’. Such responses may range from the robustly academic and rigorous to the overtly political or nationalistic to the whimsical, frivolous and downright silly; what is significant is the way in which the idea of the Middle Ages functions as a consensually-understood tool of reference and legitimation and as a part of the modern cultural imaginary. Ideas of the medieval Other are a long-standing and arguably a formative constituent of post-medieval culture, although subject to constant appropriation, revision and re-imagining for a multitude of different purposes. Given the huge popularity of games, music, books, films and television programmes inspired by the Middle Ages, medievalism has also proved a superbly effective means of communicating scholarship to an interested public outside the academy. The Interdisciplinary Seminar on Medievalism meets regularly to consider imaginings, re-imaginings and evocation of the Middle Ages in all reaches of post-medieval culture.

Spring Term 2019
DateSeminar details
16 January
17:30
Crusade Apologists: Embodying and Exorcising the Crusades in the 1999 Reconciliation Walk
Mike Horswell (Royal Holloway)
IHR Wolfson Room NB02, Basement, IHR

13 February
17:30
Contemporary Art and Early Medieval Culture in Britain and Ireland
Clare Lees (IES)
IHR Wolfson Room NB02, Basement, IHR

13 March
17:30
Sutton Hoo and Old English poetry: local and national meanings in 1939 newspaper discourses
Fran Allfrey (KCL)
IHR Wolfson Room NB02, Basement, IHR

Summer Term 2019
DateSeminar details
24 April
17:30
Mediating the Medieval in William Morris's Calligraphic Manuscripts
Mimi Ensley (Notre Dame)
IHR North American History Room

22 May
17:30
The English landscape, national identity and the medieval past, c.1850-c.1950
Paul Readman (KCL)
IHR North American History Room

19 June
17:30
Antiquaries, Artists and Anglo-Saxons: The 18th Century Search for English Ancestry
Dustin Frazier-Wood (Roehampton)
IHR North American History Room