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Durham University

Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (IMEMS)

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14th Annual MEMSA Conference: Crossing Borders, Contesting Boundaries

20th July 2020, 09:00 to 22nd July 2020, 17:00, Online

Borders and boundaries divided the medieval and early modern world, both its physical space and its more intangible social hierarchies and networks. Theologically, socially, domestically, and diplomatically, the medieval and early modern world sought to define its edges in order to confirm its centres. Borders and boundaries helped construct and reinforce identities, creating a sense of belonging, safety, and security; but they also partitioned, segregated, and restricted both individual and group behaviour and activity. Thus borders and boundaries, once set, invited debate, defence, and defiance.

We are delighted to announce our keynote speakers:

Dr Emma Whipday:Newcastle University, Department of English Studies will explore how brother-sister relationships on the early modern stage transgressed the boundaries of prescribed sibling behaviour.
Dr Anna Groundwater: National Museums Scotland will consider the complexity of the early modern Anglo-Scottish border as it was imagined, performed, mobilised, and crossed.

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