Saturday, March 26th
Location: All Saturday sessions will be held on Zoom except where noted.
10 a.m. — Workshop with Sara Ritchey & Shannon Gayk (Zoom and Ballantine 003)
Experiential scholarship, as framed in this workshop, refers to the ways that scholars have drawn on personal experiences to inform their understandings and narratives of past texts and objects. Such experiences might come in the form of prayer or meditation, the performance of medieval songs or plays, the haptic attention to manuscripts or other objects, the practice of medieval forms of combat, and many other modes of physical, spiritual, and affective contact with vestiges of the medieval. In this workshop, we will discuss methods, theoretical framings, and examples of experiential approaches to scholarship in medieval studies and beyond. To get the conversation started, we will all read Catherine Brown’s “In the Middle.” We ask participants to consider the following questions in advance of the conversation: What might “experiential criticism” look like in your research? What are the challenges and opportunities that such criticism presents? What models of past relationships to the present have dominated medieval studies heretofore? Are there examples of scholarship in medieval studies that have circumvented previous models and offered new modes of relating past to present? How does affective experience complicate modernist conceptualizations of linear time and modes of historicism that have accompanied it? What does it mean to be coeval? How do we write coeval histories?
Noon — Lunch
1:00 p.m. — Narratives of Care
2:45 p.m. — KEYNOTE: “Becoming Beholden: The Backward Glance in Middle English Biblical Literature” by Shannon Gayk, Indiana University Bloomington
4:15 p.m. — Closing remarks