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I'm trying - in a tearing hurry - to find a third speaker for a session on colonial literatures in the central middle ages. I already have Ian Short, from Birkbeck, who does Anglo-Norman stuff, and I'm thinking of pairing him with Matt Townend, from York, who does Scandinavian lang and lit in the Danelaw, but has anyone got any thoughts on a third to go with them? It should be someone pretty high-powered and working on language or literature in colonial/contact situations anywhere in Europe - although west is probably better - and between, say, 800 and 1250 or so - the extremely long C11th, if you like. :)

Also, medieval travel: anyone know of anyone doing anything interesting on it? Central middle ages for pref, although early med or high med are probably okay too.

Oops, should add, this is for the Anglo-American Conference of Historians in the first week of July, which is the week before Leeds. So far as I know there's no money to pay for transatlantic flights or anything, unfortunately, which is a bit of a bind, but if there's someone from the States who really fits the bill, then do let me know anyway.

Any suggestions will be gratefully received.

Date: 2007-12-04 04:52 pm (UTC)
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You could try Martin Syrett - still Cambridge I think, though he's another Scandinavianist.

Date: 2007-12-04 10:55 pm (UTC)
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Oo, ta, I'll go and have a look at him.

Date: 2007-12-04 04:54 pm (UTC)
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None of the high-powered people I know work on such things. I can think of a couple less-luminary types, though!

Date: 2007-12-04 10:56 pm (UTC)
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Could be possibles! Whom had you in mind? Thanks!

Date: 2007-12-05 12:19 am (UTC)
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Well, on your side, there's Jonathan Jarrett, whom you know, but I'm iffy on whow you can get colonial out of what he does. But Matt Gabriele at VaTech might be up for it. He worked with Koziol at Berkeley and does later interpretations of things Carolingian, I think, including some early crusades stuff. He blogs at -- I'm not sure whether you met him at Kazoo last year. You could try Chris Snyder at Marymount (the DC one) -- but he might be too early, since he's sub-Roman Britain, plus he does have a tendency to go towards things Arthurian, but he's published a lot.

I will rack my brains more, because I do know some Anglo-Saxonists, and if you want a person with a lit perspective, there's Carin Ruff at Cornell, who's doing things on Asser, I think.

If you want to go as late as Anglo-Norman, I might be able to come up with some names as well.

Date: 2007-12-05 10:57 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I thought of Jon but I figured [ profile] childeric would already have thought of him. (I'm meeting him for a pint tonight, Simon, if you fancy joining us. Rising Sun on TCR, from 7pm).

Date: 2007-12-05 11:07 am (UTC)
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Tell him I said Hi!

Date: 2007-12-05 05:16 pm (UTC)
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Not tonight, I'm afraid, as I'm off to Marilyn Manson at Wembley, but say hi from me.

Date: 2007-12-04 05:39 pm (UTC)
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From me dad: "Medieval travellers: Dr Sophie Page, history, UCL, is writing a book on it."

Date: 2007-12-04 10:56 pm (UTC)
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Aha, now I very vaguely know her. Yes, that's a thought.

Date: 2007-12-04 05:46 pm (UTC)
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"Any suggestions will be gratefully received"

Develop wings, or teleportation or drill a tunnel through the centre of the earth? Oh sorry, you meant to the whole set of problems. No, I'm no help there at all I'm afraid. Oh except John Arnold, but you've probably thought of him (and I'm not in close enough touch with his work to know whether it fits your bill - it just sounds the right sort of period and he's reasonably high powered these days. But 'colonial' doesn't sound right for him. So that probably is no help at all, as first stated)

Date: 2007-12-04 11:01 pm (UTC)
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John's good stuff, but he's not really colonial enough for my needs, unfortunately.

Date: 2007-12-04 10:12 pm (UTC)
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Alison Finlay? She taught my OE class and teaches Norse and OE lit at Birkbeck, she's a dab hand with both ON and OE and rocks quite mightily.

Date: 2007-12-04 10:58 pm (UTC)
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Thanks for the suggestion, but I've already got an OE/ON type; I'm more looking for someone who can bring in somewhere else.

Date: 2007-12-04 11:00 pm (UTC)
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Ah well, nevermind then. Good luck, tho'!

Date: 2007-12-04 10:54 pm (UTC)
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If you want someone looking at Irish Material, and maybe the Anglo-Norman colonisation context, you could ask Liz White at Cambridge (you can find her via ASNAC or I can pass on her email). She's working on visionary literature but she is well connected in the 11th-12th c Irish world!

Date: 2007-12-04 10:58 pm (UTC)
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That sounds like a possibility. I'll go and check her out. Ta!

Date: 2007-12-05 12:23 am (UTC)
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Oh -- Florin Curta?? He might be too early, but I think his Slavic stuff goes as late as the Carolingians. Checked -- he does, but don't let him talk about the Amber Road!

You might also try trawling through the EME archives to see if anyone springs to mind there. Has anyone worked on the Breton March besides Julia Smith?


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