IONA: SEAFARING CONFERENCE 2019 (April 11-13, 2019)

Medievalists of Color is sponsoring some exciting panels at IONA: SEAFARING CONFERENCE 2019 and we’re looking for participants. The conference will be held April 11-13, 2019 at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver BC, Canada. Please spread the word and join us!

Organizers: Dr. Mary Rambaran-Olm, Dr. Nahir Otaño-Gracia, and Dr. Valerie M. Wilhite

Please send approx. 250 word proposals to maryrr@btinternet.com by July 15, 2018.

WORKSHOP: DECENTERING WHITENESS IN MEDIEVAL TEXTS, IN THE FIELD, AND THE CLASSROOM
The purpose of this two-part workshop is to encourage participants to seek out texts, themes and branches of medieval studies beyond white, Christian, Anglo-centric methodologies in research, the classroom, and within our understanding of the field. We encourage scholars from various fields and disciplines to participate in this workshop. The major feature of the workshop is ‘how to be a better ally’ which will allow participants to engage in discussion on what ally-ship means and how one can strengthen ally-ship in the workplace and classroom.

SEMINAR: MOVING THE NORTH ATLANTIC BEYOND IONA
This is a three-panel seminar. When we think of the medieval North Atlantic we tend to think within Anglo- or Euro-centric parameters, much to the detriment of our understanding of the entire region, its history and development. So much is lost in our discussions of the medieval past by excluding regions within or beyond the north. This session seeks 15-20 minute papers on medieval subjects that expand our understanding of the early medieval North Atlantic. Discussions may include papers on topics dealing with medieval Iberia, Africa, and as far north as the Canadian archipelagos to the far reaches of the Canary Islands. Further to this, themes might range from the inclusion of Iberian and African material in North Atlantic Studies to racism and Digital Humanities/academia, and ‘others’ in Anglo-Saxon, Celtic, Scandinavian, and Welsh studies, history, archaeology, art history and other fields. These sessions will challenge our understanding of the medieval North Atlantic and encourage thinking beyond the norm.

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