A 'Divided' Kingdom: Poetics of Difference in the Medieval British Isles

deadline for submissions: 
September 15, 2016
full name / name of organization: 
Medieval Makars Society

Sponsored by the Medieval Makars Society


Call for Papers

Kalamazoo, May 11-14 2017


A 'Divided' Kingdom: Poetics of Difference in the Medieval British Isles


In studying the work of the medieval Scottish makars, the consideration of the relationship between Scotland and England is a crucial part of establishing a distinctly Scottish expression of nationhood.


Though there is much to discuss regarding the tensions that arise between these two countries in particular, this panel aims to explore the notion of difference within the British Isles on a broader scale, encouraging the study of resistance to the English literary hegemony, as articulated by voices of other bordering nations.


In addressing this critical lacunae, submissions would be encouraged to include, but not be limited to Welsh, Irish, Breton, Manx and further Celtic expressions of identity in the medieval period. Drawing together notions of nationhood, self-determination and common cultural heritage through opposition, this panel would allow critical focus to pull away from the notion of a specifically English medieval era and towards a sense of community between distinctive surrounding nations.



We invite abstracts of up to 250 words and completed Participant Information Forms (http://tinyurl.com/pif2017kzoo) to be sent to medievalmakarssociety@gmail.com by 15th September 2016. Please include your name, academic affiliation and title in all proposals. Any proposals not selected for the panel will be forwarded on to the ICMS organising committee for their consideration.