Crossing borders in the insular Middle Ages, c. 900-1500

Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Monday 3 April (14:00) - Wednesday 5 April 2017 (14:00)

For further information please contact Dr Victoria Flood at

Hereford Mappa Mundi (Northwestern Europe)
Hereford Mappa Mundi (NW Europe)
  • 2nd biennial conference

The conference series explores the role of cross-border literary translation and transmission in the construction of political, national, international, regional, and cultural identities in Britain, Ireland, and Iceland across the long period c. 900-1500. It is intended to foster discussion about contemporary methodologies in comparative literary studies by international scholars working in English, Scottish, Celtic, and Scandinavian Studies. For the 2017 conference, we are particularly interested not only in the movement of texts and ideas across the Insular regions, but also lines of connection with continental Europe.

Venue: Barber Institute of Fine Arts

Keynote speakers

  • Professor Carolyne Larrington (Professor of Medieval European Literature, St John’s College, Oxford)
  • Professor. Máire Ní Mhaonaigh (Professor of Celtic & Medieval Studies, St John’s College, Cambridge)

Other speakers include: Professor Erich Poppe (Philipps-Universität Marburg); Professor Helen Fulton (University of Bristol); Dr Sif Ríkharðsdóttir (University of Iceland); Professor Wendy Scase (University of Birmingham); Professor Keith Busby (University of Wisconsin); and Dr Emily Wingfield (University of Birmingham).

For further information please contact Dr Victoria Flood ( and Dr Aisling Byrne (

The conference is supported by the School of English, Drama, American and Canadian Studies, University of Birmingham, and the Leverhulme Trust.


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