Next month, several PhD students from the School of English, Communication, and Philosophy will be attending the annual International Medieval Congress at the University of Leeds (4-7 July). The main theme of this year’s congress is ‘Food, Feast, and Famine’.
MEMORI will be sponsoring Session 516: ‘Myth and Identity in Medieval Britain: Nation, History, Politics’, a series of papers that builds upon the ‘Medieval Myths and British Identities’ conference that Victoria Shirley co-organised in September 2015. Victoria will also be giving a paper at this session, entitled ‘Hengist and the Foundation of England in the Galfridian Chronicle Tradition’. Melissa Julian-Jones from the School of History, Archaeology, and Religion will also be chairing this session.
Sheri Smith has organized Session 816 on ‘Transcendental Feasts’. Sheri will be presenting on ‘From Pandarus’s Board to Boethian Bliss in Chaucer’s Troilus and Crisedye’. Martha Baldon will also be giving a paper in this session, which is entitled ‘A Moment Suspended in Time: Spiritual Feasting and the Grail Tables in the Queste del Saint Graal’.
Mark Truesdale, who completed his PhD in 2015, will be speaking in Session 1024, ‘Food and Feast in the Robin Hood Tradition’, which is sponsored by the International Association of Robin Hood Studies. The title of Mark’s paper is: “Whatso þai have, it may be myne, / Corne and brede, ale and wyne’: Carnivalesque Feasting in the 15th-Century King and Commoner Tradition’.
Best of luck to Vicky, Sheri, Martha, and Mark.