This event spans multiple dates:
19 January 202213:00-14:30Faculty of English, S-R 24 / OnlineBook Now
9 February 202213:00-14:30Faculty of English, S-R 24 / OnlineBook Now
2 March 202213:00-14:30Faculty of English, S-R 24 / OnlineBook Now
27 April 202213:00-14:30Faculty of English, S-R 24 / OnlineBook Now
18 May 202213:00-14:30Faculty of English, S-R 24 / OnlineBook Now
8 June 202213:00-14:30Faculty of English, S-R 24 / OnlineBook Now

Description

Convenors

  • Miranda Griffin (MMLL)
  • Máire Ní Mhaonaigh (ASNC)

Summary

Although the word ‘landscape’ entered English in the sixteenth century, the concept of the land as it shapes and is shaped by human activity is much, much older. 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 revealed as playing an active part in narrative, power, and knowledge. A focus on landscape allows us to ask questions about the division between culture and nature; the boundaries between countries and cultures; the agency of the nonhuman and more than human; the role of the supernatural and the imagination in shaping history; and the ethics of landscape management, naming, and ownership. This seminar series comes at a time in which we are all, individually and collectively, rethinking our relationship to the spaces we live in and with, and our responsibility to them: we therefore anticipate a dynamic and stimulating series of conversations.

This seminar series brings together scholars from the Faculties of MMLL, English, and Classics; and from universities in the UK, Europe, and the US – we hope to elicit further interest and engagement from colleagues in other disciplines and in other locations. Although our focus is on medieval landscape (Máire Ní Mhaonaigh’s research concentrates on the history of Ireland’s literary landscapes; Miranda Griffin works on literary representations of landscape in medieval French), we aim to open out this perspective to engage colleagues working on periods both before and after the Middle Ages; and in areas beyond Northern Europe.

Booking can be made using the registration links for each seminar, on the program section of this listing.

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Programme

Wednesday 19 Jan,
13:00-14:30

Landscape as cosmology
Faculty of English, S-R 24  / Online

Shifting Landscapes of the Medieval World: An Introduction
Miranda Griffin and Máire Ní Mhaonaigh

‘Cosmographies and Sacrificial Landscapes in Greek Sanctuaries’ Renaud Gagné (Faculty of Classics and Pembroke College, Cambridge)

Registration 

Wednesday 9 Feb,
13:00-14:30

Landscape as history
Faculty of English, S-R 24  / Online

Emily Lethbridge (Árni Magnússon Institute, University of Iceland)
Heide Estes (Department of English, Monmouth University)

Registration

Wednesday 2 March,
13:00-14:30

Landscape as knowledge
Faculty of English, S-R 24  / Online

Mary Franklin-Brown (Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages and Linguistics and Christ’s College, Cambridge)

Máire Ní Mhaonaigh (Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse, and Celtic and St John’s College, Cambridge)

Registration

Wednesday 27 April,
13:00-14:30

Landscape as literature
Faculty of English, S-R 24 / Online

Miranda Griffin (Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages and Linguistics and Murray Edwards College, Cambridge)

Leo Mellor (Faculty of English and Murray Edwards College, Cambridge)

Registration

Wednesday 18 May,
13:00-14:30

Landscape as theory
Faculty of English, S-R 24 / Online

Marilynn R. Desmond (Department of English, General Literature and Rhetoric, Binghamton University)

Matt Lampitt (St John’s College Cambridge)

Registration 

Wednesday 8 June,
13:00-14:30

Shifting landscapes of the medieval world
Faculty of English, S-R 24  / Online

Response led by Jane Gilbert (School of European Languages, Culture and Society, University College London)

Registration

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