Borderlines XIII

Borderlines XIII – Building Breaches: The Negotiation of Boundary in Medieval Culture
Trinity College Dublin & University College Dublin
19th-21st March 2009


Thursday 19th March

Venue: Swift Theatre, Trinity College Dublin

9.00 – 9.45: Registration

9.45 – 11.00: Session 1

Liminality in Drama
(Chair: Dr. Anthony Harvey, Royal Irish Academy)

Alysa Procida (University of Toronto)
‘”To Master Brentberecly loke that yow redresse”: Master Brundyche and Alterity in the CroxtonPlay of the Sacrament

Eamon Kevin Byers (Queen‟s University Belfast)
‘”I’ll Be Dancing Down the Street When I Get to the Border” : The Marginality of the CornishOrdinalia

Christopher Jackson (Queen‟s University Belfast)
‘The Space Between: Mapping contemporary museological theory and notions of artistic representation’

11.00 – 11.30: Coffee Break 

11.30 – 12.45: Session 2 

Renaissance Self-Fashioning 

Cian O’Mahony (University College Cork)
‘Retainers to the Queene – Supplicants or Sycophants: Early Seventeenth Century Receptions of Spenser’s Epic Authority’

Emily Rozier (University of Birmingham)
‘The Ballad of Little John Nobody: A Neglected Gallant Poem’

Colin Lahive (University College Cork)
‘“Those who at the spear are bold and vent’rous”: Satan and the Redefining of Romance Heroism in Paradise Lost”

12.45 – 13.45: Lunch

1.45 – 3.15: Tour of Medieval Dublin

(Guide: Dr. Stephen Harris, Friends of Medieval Dublin)

3.15 – 4.30: Session 3

Religious Controversy
(Chair: Dr. Tadhg O’ Hannrachain, University College Dublin)

Louise Wasson (Queen’s University Belfast)
‘At the border of “the suicidal rhetoric of silence”: Unsaying as Knowing in Marguerite Porete’s Þe Mirrour’

Amy Kieran (Queen’s University Belfast)
‘Negotiating the ‘Orthodox-Heterodox’ Divide: The Figure of the Heretic in the Late Fourteenth –Early Fifteenth Centuries’

Marijke Rohlfs (University College Dublin)
‘Antichrist and the Apocalypse in the English Lollard Movement’

4.30 – 5.00: Coffee Break

5.00 – 6.15: Session 4

(Chair: Edel Semple, University College Dublin)

Grace Windsor (National University of Ireland Galway)
‘Divine Wrath and Child Sacrifice: The Leper in Medieval Literature’

Coirle Mooney
‘Infected Vision in Middleton and Rowley’s The Changeling

Jesse Dorrington (University College Cork)
‘“Which thing when thou haste viewed well, / good Reader do praye: / the Lorde that he from vs, / witches take away”: Protestant Propaganda in England’s First Witchcraft Pamphlet’


Friday 20th March 

Venue: Humanities Institute of Ireland, University College Dublin

9.30 – 10.45: Session 5 

(Chair: Pat O’Brien, University College Dublin) 

Megan Cavell (University of Cambridge)
‘Marginal Marsh-Walkers: The Monstrous Body in Beowulf

Dr. Sinead Connors (University College Dublin)
‘Humans and Animals in ‘William of Palerne’ or ‘William and the werwolf’’

Patrick McCafferty (Queen’s University Belfast i.a.w. the Armagh Observatory)
‘Don’t  go near the Dún!: What Caused the Fear of Irish Ring-forts?’

10.45 – 11.15: Coffee Break 

11.15 – 12.30: Session 6 

Negotiating Faith
(Chair: Professor Mary Clayton, University College Dublin) 

Pamela Morgan (Swansea University)
‘Liminal Saints: Bede, Cuthbert, Wilfrid and the Negotiation of Centre and Periphery

Niamh Wycherly (University College Dublin)
‘From Paganism to Christianity: Relics and Social Customs in Seventh Century Ireland’

Kirsty March (University College Cork)
‘The Anglo-Saxon Bride of Christ: Text and Image’

12.30 – 1.30: Lunch 

1.30 – 2.15: Quills and Ink Interlude (with prizes!) 

2.30 – 3.45: Session 7 

Border Life
(Chair: Brian Dolan, University College Dublin) 

Michael Rush (University of Birmingham)
‘Shedding Light on the Dark Ages: The Post-Roman Population of Norfolk

Rebecca Boyd (University College Dublin)
‘Good Fences Make Good Neighbours: Boundaries and Borders in Hiberno-Norse Towns’

Michael Brennan (Waterford Institute of Technology)
‘Beating the Borderline: How Insular Artists Got Round the Axis of Symmetry’

3.45 – 4.15: Coffee Break 

4.15 – 5.30: Session 8

The Politics of Language
(Chair: Professor Alan Fletcher, University College Dublin) 

Jean Price (Headland Archaeology, Cork)
‘The Liminality of Literacy in Irish Cistercian Abbeys’

Charlie Solan (University College Dublin)

7.00: Our Plenary Speaker 

‘Of Mortals, Gods and Fairies in Chaucer and Shakespeare’

Professor Helen Cooper (University of Cambridge)  


Saturday 21st March 

Venue: Humanities Institute of Ireland, University College Dublin (Morning) & Swift Theatre, Trinity College Dublin (Afternoon)

9.30 – 10.45: Session 9 

Remapping Generic and Textual Boundaries
(Chair: Professor Terrence Dolan) 

Alan J. Foley (University College Cork)
‘From foule ers to geynest under gore’: The Inseparability of Piety, Love and Lechery in British Library MS Harley 2253’

Stephen Koss (City University of New York)
‘Queering Chaucer’s Margins: A Theory of Liminal Spaces in The Canterbury Tales

Pat O’Brien (University College Dublin)
Parod-ize Lost: Towards Recovering an Older Form of Humour in the Land of Cokaygne’

10.45 – 11.15: Coffee Break 

11.15 – 12.15: Session 10 

Liminality in Irish Narrative
(Chair: Dr. Elva Johnston, University College Dublin)

Dagmar Haunold (National University of Ireland Maynooth)
‘Digitising Esnada Tige Buchet: Exploring Social, Territorial and Temporal Boundaries’

Heather Key (University College Cork)
‘Otherworld Women in Medieval Irish Narratives’

2.15 – 3.15: Session 11 

Vision Literature 

Nicole Volmering (Trinity College Dublin)
‘Visions and Visionaries in Early Medieval Literature’

Kylie Murray (University of Oxford)
‘Beating the Bounds: Scotland and Dream in The Scottish Legendary

3.15 – 3.45: Coffee Break 

3.45 – 5.00: Session 12 

Conflict and Ideology

Bláithín Ní Chatháin (Trinity College Dublin)
‘Battle on a Border (which Killed Cormac mac Cuilleanáin 908 AD’

Lorraine Clarke (Queen’s University Belfast)
‘Existing in a Medieval Christian England: Living Within and Transcending Religious Boundaries’

Elizabeth Dawson (University College Dublin)
‘Christian Beginnings: Establishing a New Order in Tírechán’s Life of Saint Patrick’

8.00: Conference Dinner 

The Brazen Head
Lower Bridge Street, Dublin


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