Thirteenth Annual MEMSA Conference 2019:
Defying many difficulties and dangers, wayfarers, travellers and explorers traversed land and sea, fostering innovation, invention and cultural exchange throughout the medieval and early modern worlds. Travel and movement influenced contemporary understanding of place and belonging, defining human experience throughout Europe and beyond. Travel for adventure, profit, or necessity transcended social divisions, manifesting itself in material culture, literary works, networks of trade and the machinations of kingdoms and empires.
This year’s MEMSA conference will focus on travel, the experiences of travellers, and the contributions they made to the cultural, social and intellectual lives of the communities they encountered. We will explore the effect of these exchanges on people’s perceptions of travel, and the wider world, whilst considering the impact of movement on both the individual and group experience.
Dr. Eleanor Barraclough (University of Durham, Department of History)
Dr. Margaret Small (University of Birmingham, Department of History)
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