Multilingualism and Exchange in the Ancient and Medieval World [2014-15]

From 2014 to 2015


'Multilingualism and Exchange', a Research Group taking place in 2014-15, will conduct seminars and roundtables throughout the academic year. It will unite scholars of different disciplines to discuss the intellectual and commercial trajectories of goods, travellers and texts which enabled contact between early languages in western Europe and the Mediterranean (c.1000 B.C. - c.1500 A.D.). We intend to explore how far multilingualism was affected by mobility and exchange, considering the phenomenon in the light of the varying international structures of trade, religion, scholarship,and diplomacy which underpinned it. The seminar series will interrogate the nature and extent of linguistic contact involved in the transmission of material culture, seek to reconstruct the networks which permitted this transmission to take place, and examine the impact of mobility on cultural identity.



Tekla Bude (Junior Research Fellow, Newnham, Faculty of English)
Sara Harris (Junior Research Fellow, Sidney Sussex, Faculty of English)
Philippa Steele (Bristish Academy Postdoctoral Fellow, Magdalene, Faculty of Classics)

Faculty Advisors

Bill Burgwinkle (Professor of Medieval French and Occitan Literature, Department of French)
Paul Russell (Professor of Celtic, Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic)
Robin Osborne (Professor of Ancient History, Faculty of Classics)

Past events

Multilingualism Exchange AMW
1414-2014: Literary Internationalism in the Year of 3 Popes
09 October 2014, Room SG2, Alison Richard Building (NB different day)

David Wallace (Pennsylvania) at Multilingualism

Writing in South Italy: Adaptation, Exchange and Identity
21 October 2014, Room SG2, Alison Richard Building

Katherine McDonald and Nick Zair (Cambridge) at Multilingualism

Langtoft's Chronicle: Multilingualism of the Other
04 November 2014, Room SG2, Alison Richard Building

Jane Gilbert (University College, London) at Multilingualism

Pots, Languages and Peoples: Ancient Western Europe
18 November 2014, Fac of Classics, Room 1.04 (NB. Different venue*)

Alex Mullen (All Souls College, Oxford) at Multilingualism

Welsh Poetry and English Politics in the Wars of the Roses
02 December 2014, Room SG2, Alison Richard Building

 Helen Fulton (York) at Multilingualism

From the Severn to the Rhine, c.850-c.1150
27 January 2015, Room SG2, Alison Richard Building

Elizabeth Tyler (York), Thomas O’Donnell (Fordham) -Multilingualism & Exchange

Languages in Contact: Greek and Anatolian
17 February 2015, Room S2, 2nd floor, Alison Richard Building. NB: Different date, time and room*

José Luis García Ramón (Cologne) -Multilingualism & Exchange

Michele Savonarola as Self-translator
24 February 2015, Room S3, 3rd Floor, Alison Richard Building. NB different room today*

Gabriella Zuccolin (Cambridge) -Multilinmgualism & Exchange

Round table: The Greek Dialects
05 March 2015, Room SG2, Alison Richard Building. NB Different date*

Stephen Colvin (UCL), Matthew Scarborough and Rupert Thompson (Cambridge) -Multilingualism & Exchange

Visibility and Multilingualism
05 May 2015, Room SG2, Alison Richard Building.

Philippa Steele (Cambridge)~ Multilingualim & Exchange

Round table: Byzantium
19 May 2015, Room SG2, Alison Richard Building.

Round table - Multilimgualism & Exchange