Re-voicing the Cross-cultural Networks of the North Atlantic Archipelagos, Modern and Contemporary Women's Perspectives

Beth Whalley (King’s College, London)
Fran Allfrey (King’s College, London)
Francesca Brooks (King’s College, London)

In recent decades, there has been an influx of new work on literary medievalisms across the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, attesting to a widespread recognition that the early medieval past offers a rich resource for modern and contemporary poets and artists. For the most part, however, this remains a reconstructed history of male writers reworking the early medieval past.

Yet there is a wealth of women’s work out there that we, as medievalists, are only just beginning to engage with. In this lab, we seek to ask how we might critically engage with modern and contemporary women’s voices that have been largely unexplored in early medieval North Atlantic studies. With an emphasis on forging reciprocal relationships between practitioners and critics, the lab represents an opportunity to share work and develop collaborative approaches. Discussion will be structured around pre-circulated short papers on each other’s current research or practice and a selection of published work by women scholars and artists, including Clare A. Lees, Caroline Bergvall, Mainie Jellett, and Vahni Capildeo.

The lab is open to critics and practitioners who are engaging with the early medieval past in a wide variety of media, including poetry, art, installation, music and film, and we are particularly keen to see queer, disabled and women of colour represented. We hope that bringing researchers and practitioners together will enrich our research questions, helping us to develop new methodologies for cooperative and interdisciplinary research.

Please send a 250 word statement about your current research/practice, and the ideas you would like to develop in the lab, to francesca.brooks@kcl.ac.uk by July 1.