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Multilingualism in Medieval England


29 November

Responsable de l'activité


Dre Juliette Vuille, UNIL


Prof. Ardis Butterfield, Yale University


This day-long CUSO workshop will give students working in the field of medieval multilingualism the opportunity to share their work. The day will comprise both a lecture and a workshop conducted by the invited speaker. It is also anticipated that PhD students in historical linguistics and in medieval cultural studies will present work in progress related to the theme. Proposals to present work from students in English medieval studies that do not directly consider multilingualism will also be considered. The proposed speaker (below) is an expert on medieval multilingualism but has published widely across the field of medieval English studies; she will thus be able to provide feedback across a number of possible topics. One aim of the workshop will be to promote work on medieval English multilingualism as a means for young scholars working outside the Anglosphere to play to their strengths.

Prof. Ardis Butterfield's research interests encompass the works of Chaucer, the literatures of France and England from the thirteenth to fifteenth centuries, and medieval music, as well as theories and histories of language, form, and genre, city writing, bilingualism, and medieval linguistic identities. Butterfield is co-founder of the Medieval Song Network, a collaborative, international project to encourage new interdisciplinary research on the medieval lyric. Butterfield's books include the prize-winning The Familiar Enemy: Chaucer, Language and the Nation in the Hundred Years War (2009), Chaucer and the City (2006), and Poetry and Music in Medieval France (2002).





Anthropole (UNIL) Room 5146


9.00-10.30 Lecture and discussion. Ardis Butterfield: 'Medieval Multilingualism in Early Songs from England: Godric and Friends'10.30-11.00 Coffee
11.00-12.30 Workshop, led by Ardis Butterfield: 'Do We Mean Lyric or Song? New Approaches to Editing Medieval Insular Song'
12.30-14.00 Lunch
14.00-15.30 Doctoral Presentations. Chair: Hazel Blair

Aurélie Blanc. Watching and Participating in the Barking Abbey Elevatio and Visitatio Sepulchri: Latin Drama or Medieval Liturgy?

Sam Röösli. With a Nose in the Air: Latin and Old English Sensory Experiences of Bad Weather.

Matthias Berger. The Nation and the Names of Things: Troubled Monolingualism in Medievalism.

15.30-16.00 Break16.00-16.30 Post-Doctoral Presentation. Chair: Ana Rita Parreiras Reis

Juliette Vuille. Ménage à Trois in Machaut's Voir Dit and Chaucer's Troilus and Criseyde

16.30 Close





Deadline for registration 22.11.2019
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