The ‘Limits’ conference is generously funded by the University of Cambridge’s School of Arts and Humanities, and the AHRC.


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4th May, Newnham College, Cambridge

09.00 – 09.20 Registration and coffee

09.20 – 09.30 Welcome

09.30 – 10.30 Panel 1: Conventions & Alternatives (Chair: Nick Mayhew)

Katherine Olley (Cambridge): ‘The Limits of the Self: Dividual Identity and the Drama of Recognition in Legendary Depictions of Old Norse Kinship’

Tim Wingard (York): ‘Queering the Bestiary: The Limits of Heteronormativity in the Late Medieval World.’

Millie Papworth (Cambridge): ‘Writing to Poems, Writing through Poems: Dante and the Tornata’

10.30 – 11.30 Panel 2: Gender and Boundaries (Chair: Katie Sykes)

Morgan Boharski (Edinburgh): ‘Kisses on Stitches: The Fetishizing of Representational Female Bodies in Old French Literature’

Deborah White (Glasgow): ‘The Limits of Space, Gender and Holiness in Merovingian Monasticism’

Rosie Finlinson (Cambridge): ‘Women on the Edge: Representations of Female Piety Outside the Nunnery in Muscovite Hagiography’

11.30 – Coffee Break

Posters by Danielle Howarth (Edinburgh), Lotte Reinbold (Cambridge), Jane Sinnett-Smith (Warwick) available for consultation throughout the day

12.00 – 13.00 Panel 3: Medievalism & modernity in dialogue: Pedagogy and Methods (Chair: Alex Vukovic)

Jacqueline Cordell (Nottingham): ‘Building on the Concordance: A Corpus-Assisted Approach to Style in Medieval Texts’

Edward Mills (ENS de Lyon): ‘Cloisters to Classroom: Using Medieval Studies in English as a Foreign Language (EFL) teaching’

Francesca Allfrey (KCL): ‘Now we’re going back to the 21st Century: Understanding Medieval Poems and Objects through Encountering On-Site Performances at Sutton Hoo.’

13.00 – 14.00 Lunch

14.00 – 15.15 Keynote speech: Dr Robert Mills (UCL), ‘How to Do Things with Fur’

15.15 – 15.45 Coffee break

15.45 – 16.45 Panel 4: Through & Beyond the Manuscript Page (Chair: Blake Gutt)

Amy Jeffs (Cambridge): ‘Burning a Line Between Past and Present: A Medieval Reader’s Vengeance on the Villain’s Image in a Verse Life of Edward the Confessor’

Robert Hawkins (Cambridge): ‘Cloud Frills: A Thirteenth Century Visual Device Representing the Limit of Heaven’

Bernardo S. Hinojosa (Cambridge): ‘Atomic Rubrication: Theologising the Mise-en-Page of Cambridge University Library, Kk.6.26’

16.45 – 17.00 Closing remarks