Memory and Identity in High Medieval Canterbury

deadline for submissions: 
September 15, 2017
full name / name of organization: 
paper session at the Leeds IMC 2018

From the impact of its eleventh-century rebuilding to the spread of Thomas Becket's cult across Europe and the Near East, Canterbury was an influential cultural center in the high medieval world. In keeping with the IMC theme, this session examines the role of memory and identity at Canterbury in the 11th-13th centuries. How did Canterbury's competing spiritual communities imagine themselves fitting into England's -- and Christendom's -- past and present? What insights can the manuscripts from Canterbury's scriptoria provide into the role of texts and images in articulating overlapping religious, linguistic, and political identities? How were Canterbury's identities translated beyond the British Isles? The organizers hope with this session to contribute to an ongoing interdisciplinary discussion of the complex processes of memory and identity formation in high medieval England. 

The deadline for abstracts is September 15, 2017. 

We invite proposals for 20-minute papers that approach the session themes from any relevant disciplinary perspective. Please send the following to both Alexandra Reider ( and Katie Hodges-Kluck (

  • your paper's title
  • a short abstract of approximately 100 words
  • at least two relevant index terms for your paper
  • details of your academic affiliation and position, email, and mailing postal address (include country, and specify if home or office)

This panel is sponsored by the Marco Institute for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.