Session Title

Discourses of Memory: Medieval Perspectives on the Past

Sponsoring Organization(s)

Institute for Collaborative Research in the Humanities, Queen's Univ. Belfast

Organizer Name

Margaret Tedford

Organizer Affiliation

Queen's Univ. Belfast

Presider Name

Duncan Berryman

Presider Affiliation

Queen's Univ. Belfast

Paper Title 1

In Defense of the "Old Dirty Past"? John Dee’s Library as Monument to History

Presenter 1 Name

Rachel Reid

Presenter 1 Affiliation

Queen's Univ. Belfast

Paper Title 2

"For þer ys euer a batell betwyx þe soull and þe body": Apathy and Medieval Depictions of a Biblical Past

Presenter 2 Name

Natalie Calder

Presenter 2 Affiliation

Queen's Univ. Belfast

Paper Title 3

A Space for the Past: Locating Memory in Landscape in Anglo-Saxon England

Presenter 3 Name

Margaret Tedford

Start Date

15-5-2015 1:30 PM

Session Location

Bernhard 159

Description

In discussing historiography, Geoffrey Cubitt argues that:

"In social and historical discourse (if not strict philosophical necessity), the past is always the past of something – a group, a community, a state, a nation, a race, a society, a civilization ... the past in question is our past, the past that ... belongs to us as a constituitive element in our common identity. Representations of the collective past hinge, in other words, on backward projections of current perceptions of identity" (2007: 199-200).

This quotation demonstrates the significance of how a person or society engages with their past. Any historical discourse is not simply a re-telling of the past but a re-imagining of it that is heavily influenced by the perspectives and concerns of those articulating it.

This session will explore medieval perspectives on the past and how various medieval communities use and interpret elements of their history, for example through textual translation, works of historiography, and the re-use of landscapes and monuments of past societies.

Margaret Tedford

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May 15th, 1:30 PM

Discourses of Memory: Medieval Perspectives on the Past

Bernhard 159

In discussing historiography, Geoffrey Cubitt argues that:

"In social and historical discourse (if not strict philosophical necessity), the past is always the past of something – a group, a community, a state, a nation, a race, a society, a civilization ... the past in question is our past, the past that ... belongs to us as a constituitive element in our common identity. Representations of the collective past hinge, in other words, on backward projections of current perceptions of identity" (2007: 199-200).

This quotation demonstrates the significance of how a person or society engages with their past. Any historical discourse is not simply a re-telling of the past but a re-imagining of it that is heavily influenced by the perspectives and concerns of those articulating it.

This session will explore medieval perspectives on the past and how various medieval communities use and interpret elements of their history, for example through textual translation, works of historiography, and the re-use of landscapes and monuments of past societies.

Margaret Tedford