Session Title

Ye Nexte Generacioun: Young Scholars Look to the Next Fifty Years (A Roundtable)

Sponsoring Organization(s)

Special Session

Organizer Name

Kaitlin Heller

Organizer Affiliation

Univ. of Toronto

Presider Name

Kaitlin Heller

Paper Title 1

Back to the Future?: Medieval Literature and Fanfiction

Presenter 1 Name

Anna Wilson

Presenter 1 Affiliation

Univ. of Toronto

Paper Title 2

Creating Overlapping Communities of Practice: Digital Editing, Teaching, and Scholarship in the Hoccleve Archive

Presenter 2 Name

Robin Wharton, Elon Lang

Presenter 2 Affiliation

Georgia State Univ., Univ. of Texas-Austin

Paper Title 3

The Geographical and Conceptual Expansion of the Medieval World

Presenter 3 Name

Natalie Dawn Levin

Presenter 3 Affiliation

Indiana Univ.-Bloomington

Paper Title 4

Women in Norman Sicily and Southern Italy: Recovering Encounters and Exchanges across Religious Boundaries

Presenter 4 Name

Jennifer Jordan

Presenter 4 Affiliation

Stony Brook Univ.

Paper Title 5

After Nations

Presenter 5 Name

Paul A. Broyles

Presenter 5 Affiliation

Univ. of Virginia

Start Date

16-5-2015 10:00 AM

Session Location

Schneider 1245

Description

In honor of the 50th Congress, this roundtable proposes to take a “state of the field” snapshot from the point of view of those who hope to see the next fifty. Scholars now starting their careers face a host of disciplinary, institutional, and technological changes. Even as fields such as queer theory and gender theory are now taking their place in the canon, they are complicated and challenged by new fields, including disability studies, temporality theory, affect theory, ecocriticism, and fan studies. Hiring practices in North America and Europe have shifted in the wake of the recession, resulting in a much-reduced job pool for those seeking tenure-track careers and a much-increased field of sessional workers. The rise of digital technologies and social media, combined with the tremendous vogue of the Digital Humanities, have both increased the possible tools available to medievalists and raised urgent questions about what to do with them.

In this moment of transition, we ask: how have our goals and questions changed? What new technologies will we use? How will we carry forward the disciplinary inheritance of the past and negotiate with the practical demands of academia today? In this roundtable, young scholars will discuss a current project of theirs as a working demonstration of their perspective on the “state of the field.” Each of our five panelists will present a paper of 8-10 minutes in length, leaving 40 minutes for group discussion. Our goal is not only to share expertise and discuss the challenges we face, but to begin fostering the communities we hope to build as our careers advance.

Kaitlin Heller
University of Toronto

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May 16th, 10:00 AM

Ye Nexte Generacioun: Young Scholars Look to the Next Fifty Years (A Roundtable)

Schneider 1245

In honor of the 50th Congress, this roundtable proposes to take a “state of the field” snapshot from the point of view of those who hope to see the next fifty. Scholars now starting their careers face a host of disciplinary, institutional, and technological changes. Even as fields such as queer theory and gender theory are now taking their place in the canon, they are complicated and challenged by new fields, including disability studies, temporality theory, affect theory, ecocriticism, and fan studies. Hiring practices in North America and Europe have shifted in the wake of the recession, resulting in a much-reduced job pool for those seeking tenure-track careers and a much-increased field of sessional workers. The rise of digital technologies and social media, combined with the tremendous vogue of the Digital Humanities, have both increased the possible tools available to medievalists and raised urgent questions about what to do with them.

In this moment of transition, we ask: how have our goals and questions changed? What new technologies will we use? How will we carry forward the disciplinary inheritance of the past and negotiate with the practical demands of academia today? In this roundtable, young scholars will discuss a current project of theirs as a working demonstration of their perspective on the “state of the field.” Each of our five panelists will present a paper of 8-10 minutes in length, leaving 40 minutes for group discussion. Our goal is not only to share expertise and discuss the challenges we face, but to begin fostering the communities we hope to build as our careers advance.

Kaitlin Heller
University of Toronto