Moving the North Atlantic Beyond IONA

Dr. Mary Rambaran-Olm
Dr. Nahir Otaño-Gracia
Dr. Valerie Wilhite

Representatives of the Medievalists of Color have organized a three-panel seminar entitled ‘Moving the North Atlantic Beyond IONA.’ When we think of the medieval North Atlantic we tend to think within Anglo- or Euro-centric parameters, much to the detriment of our understanding of the entire region, its history and development. So much is lost in our discussions of the medieval past by excluding regions within or beyond the north. This session seeks 15-20 minute papers on medieval subjects that expand our understanding of the early medieval North Atlantic. Discussions may include papers on topics dealing with medieval Iberia, Africa, and as far north as the Canadian archipelagos to the far reaches of the Canary Islands. Further to this, themes might range from the inclusion of Iberian and African material in North Atlantic Studies to racism and Digital Humanities/academia, and ‘others’ in Anglo-Saxon, Celtic, Scandinavian, and Welsh studies, history, archaeology, art history and other fields. These sessions will challenge our understanding of the medieval North Atlantic and encourage thinking beyond the norm.

Please send approx. 250 word proposals to by July 15, 2018.