This year's colloquium will be focused around the concept of 'accessibility,' its connotations, and consequences in the medieval world. The Middle Ages are conventionally seen as static and hierarchical, marked by impermeability of social, geographic, and cultural boundaries. This conference seeks to foreground the dynamism and fluidity of the Middle Ages by focusing upon the points of access by which these borders were negotiated and blurred.
We very much look forward to welcoming Professor Jonathan Hsy, George Washington University, as our keynote speaker whose talk will explore how digital media enable new modes of crafting disability history.
In addressing our theme, papers may consider topics including (but not limited to):