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Borderlines X – Between the Lines
National University of Ireland Galway
6th-8th April 2006


Thursday 6th April

2.00 – 3.00: Registration

3.00 – 3.15: Conference Opening

3.15 – 4.00: Keynote Lecture

‘Humour and Laughter in the 12-century Vision of Mac Conglinne’

Prof. Máirín Ní Dhonnchadha (National University of Ireland Galway)

4.00 – 5.30: Session 1

Case-Studies in Medieval Literature

Stephen Hanaphy (Trinity College Dublin)
‘Peter of Blois and Juvenal: A Reassessment of the Twelfth-Century Letter-writer’s Classical Scholarship’

Stefania Stefani (University of Pisa)
‘Une Facétie Très Sérieuse, une Clôture Sans Murailles: Les Éléments Atypiques et Polysémiques de l’Abbaye de Thélème de Rabelais’

Siobhán Condron (University College Dublin)
‘Revelation, Omission and Speculation: Julian of Norwich, Augustine Baker and the Upholland Anthology’

5.30: Wine Reception and Early Music Performance


Friday 7th April

Venue A: Centre for the Study of Human Settlement and Historical Change

Venue B: Archaeology Department Seminar Room

10.30 – 11.00: Tea & Coffee

11.00 – 12.30: Session 2A

Anglo-Saxon England

Ben Snook (University of Cambridge)
‘Political Thought in Eighth- and Ninth-Century England’

Lorraine Taylor (Queen’s University Belfast)
‘”‘Oh, what a tangled web…’: The Sixteenth- and Seventeenth-Century of the Old English Bede Manuscripts’

Linda Hutton (University of Birmingham)
‘Hereford on the Border’

11.00 – 12.30: Session 2B

Territory and Identity

John Malcolm (National University of Ireland Galway
‘The ‘Anglo-Normans’ and the ‘Gaelic Irish’ in Medieval Ireland: An Archaeological Perspective’

Danielle O’Donovan (Trinity College Dublin)
‘Between the Lines: The Architectural Patronage of Thomas, 7th Earl of Kildare and Joanna Fitzgerald of Desmond’

Diramuid Ó Seaneachain (National University of Ireland Galway)
‘Lost in Translation: Research Problems of an International Archaeological Study’

12.30 – 2.00: Lunch

2.00 – 3.30: Session 3A

Politics and the Church

Beth Tovey (University of Oxford)
”Angle’ and ‘engla’: Ælfric’s Nationalist Theology and Theological Nationalism’

Frances Narkiewicz (Trinity College Dublin)
‘Responsive Architecture: The Construction of Sacred Space in Twelfth-Century Ireland’

Gillian Finan (University College Dublin)
‘Spreading the Word: The Use of Religion in Expanding the Lordship’

2.00 – 3.20: Session 3B

Philosophers and Theologians

Monika Michalowska (University of Lódz)
‘The Concept of Grammar in the Early Middle Ages’

Darragh Greene (Trinity College Dublin)
Language, Logic and Love: Truth Between Philosophy and Theology in Dante’s Convivio and Commedia

Dónall McGinley (Trinity College Dublin)
‘Henry of Ghent and William of Ockham on Time, Creation, and Necessity’

3.30 – 4.00: Tea & Coffee

4.00 – 5.30: Session 4A

Investigating Medieval Societies

Deirdre McAlister (National University of Ireland Maynooth)
”Finding’ Childhood(s) in Early Medieval Ireland: Theory, Methodology and Interpretation’

James Holloway (University of Cambridge)
‘The Life, Death and Burial of Ranulf Flambard’

Alison Spedding (University of Birmingham)
‘Later Medieval Women and the Law: The Paston Women’s Letters and Papers’

4.00 – 5.30: Session 4B

Kings and Kingdoms

Alexandra Bergholm (University of Helsinki)
‘Betwixt and Between: Exploring the Idea of Liminality in the Early Irish Tale Buile Suibhne’

Margaret Cole (University of St. Andrews)
‘Lines in the Sand: The Dealings of Llywelyn ab Iorwerth and the Earls of Chester’

Jim McKeon (National University of Ireland Galway)
‘Frontier Urban Settlement in the Plantagenet Realm 1216–1377: Studies from South Connacht’

7.30: Conference Dinner


Saturday 8th April

10.30 – 11.00: Tea & Coffee

11.00 – 12.30: Session 5

Churchmen and Visionaries

James Collins (Queen’s University Belfast)
‘The Curious Passion of the Christ: Textual and Visual Representations of Christ, Medieval to Postmodern’

Kath Stevenson (Queen’s University Belfast)
‘Piers Plowman as a Textual Authority: Reception and Rebellion’

Kylie Murray (University of Oxford)
‘Kingis Quair and the Palice of Honour: A Scottish Dream State?’

12.30 – 2.00: Lunch

2.00 – 3.00: Session 6

Political Marriage in the Middle Ages

Rose Anne de Faoite (National University of Ireland Galway)
‘The Things They Carried: Gift Exchange in Marriage Alliances in Merovingian Gaul’

Colin Veach (Trinity College Dublin)
‘Courting Disaster: The Marriage of Hugh de Lacy and ‘Rose’ Úa Conchobair’

3.00 – 3.30: Tea & Coffee

3.30 – 4.30: Borderlines Local History Paper

Paul Naessens (National University of Ireland Galway)
‘Cashels or Castles?: Lakeland Fortification in Medieval Gaelic Ireland’

4.30: Roundtable Discussion/Conclusion


Sunday, 9 April 2006


As part of the conference, an excursion is being organised to the early 15th century Anglo-Norman castle at Claregalway. At present the castle and its surrounding buildings are undergoing a complete restoration and there are ongoing excavations at the site also. There will be an expert present to give a guided tour of the excavation and buildings. As the site is located ten miles from the University, transport will be provided. The tour is expected to last an hour or so with some time allocated for looking around and discussion afterward.

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