American Conference for Irish Studies CFP: Material culture of medieval Ireland: uniting with the world, or worlds apart?

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Call for Papers
November 5, 2015
Indiana, United States
Subject Fields: 
Archaeology, British History / Studies, Environmental History / Studies, European History / Studies, Medieval and Byzantine History / Studies

CALL FOR PAPERS: Material culture of medieval Ireland: uniting with the world, or worlds apart?

American Conference for Irish Studies, University of Notre Dame, 30 March-3 April 2016

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Deadline: 5 November 2015

Proposals are invited for 20-minute papers from any field or theoretical approach relating to the material culture of medieval Ireland. Potential papers can relate to any of the issues made in the CFP below, or may consider a related topic. Please send abstracts of around 100 words and a brief bio to session organizer Vicky McAlister, Southeast Missouri State University, by 5 November 2015.

Paper proposals are sought from all academic disciplines relating to any aspect of material culture from medieval Ireland. In keeping with the series of linked panels considering ‘Medieval Ireland in its Transnational Contexts’, we are especially interested in papers that use material culture to examine the interactions medieval Ireland had with the outside world. This could be close to home, such as the interconnectedness of the Irish Sea zone, or drawing larger-scale comparisons. The session will not just consider archaeological artefacts as evidence (although submissions relating to this area are of course welcomed), but will take an inclusive approach to the physical evidence. This includes buildings, physical alterations to the landscape, and historical documentation of physical remains. Papers might also consider the role of medieval material culture in connecting modern Ireland with the rest of the globe, such as in heritage tourism or in reaching out to the Irish diaspora. Those papers that take interdisciplinary approaches to analyse medieval material culture are similarly encouraged. While these are some suggestions, all paper proposals relating to material culture in medieval Ireland will be gratefully received and we are open to other suggestions.

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Contact Info: 

Session organiser:

Dr. Vicky McAlister

Department of History, Southeast Missouri State University, 1 University Plaza, Cape Girardeau, MO 63701 

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