Where was the edge of Europe in the Middle Ages? Where are the religious, linguistic and cultural faultlines? Are there any common features in intercultural contact zones? How and why did medieval people cross geographical, political, and cultural frontiers?
The causes and effects of the medieval expansion of Christian Europe have long been a focus of attention for scholars in all fields. Turning away from the more traditional concepts of ‘conqueror-conquered’ interaction, this symposium will concentrate on a more complex model of movement in the peripheries; one that emphasises settlement, contact, and travel.
Central themes include:
• travel into and around the periphery
• perceptions of peoples and places on frontiers
• intercultural contact zones
• cross-cultural experience
• pilgrimage, crusade, mission
• colonialism, post-colonialism
This one-day symposium is aimed primarily at postgraduates who wish to share and discuss their recent research in an informal interdisciplinary environment. The symposium will provide a forum for interaction, discussion, and the exchange of ideas, and includes the session Within Reach: Academic Careers. This professional development workshop aims to broaden perceptions of careers in the field, with the aid of the participating academics, students, and qualified career advisors.
Zsuzsa Papp and Liz Mylod
Institute for Medieval Studies
University of Leeds
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