Literature and Learning

7th-9th June 2013, University of St Andrews

The Unsleeping Angel: Literature and Learning in the mid twelfth century conference aims to provide a platform for inter-disciplinary discussion and debate on the intellectual activity taking place in mid twelfth-century Europe.  This has traditionally been viewed as a time of introspection in the fields of literature and learning.  In particular from an English perspective, this has in the past been viewed as a period of anarchy, and little attention has been paid to development in intellectual life. 

We wish to create the opportunity to explore a number of themes, including, but not limited to, the development of the use of the vernacular; historical writings and their audience, for example chronicles, short histories and poetry; the expansion of law; provision of education in the Schools; peregrinations of scholars and therefore the dissemination of knowledge and ideas across Europe; and the changing cultural climate in the years c.1120 to 1189. 


Provisional Programme

Friday 7th June

3.00 pm – 5.00 pm         Registration/Meet and Greet over coffee
5.00 pm                        Keynote Lecture       Professor David Crouch 'Lay Literacy in England'

6.30 pm                        Wine Reception in the Undercroft
7.30 pm                        Informal Dinner

Saturday 8th June 2013
9.30-11.00                         Session 1
John Slevin: The Chronicle of Alfred of Beverley
Henry Gough-Cooper :The state of the Welsh Latin Chronicles in the Twelfth Century
Jane Edwards: Chronicles within Chronicles
11-11.30                           Coffee
11.30-12.30 pm                 Session 2
Dr Thomas Gobbit: The Liber Legis Langobardorum in the Long-Twelfth Century
Francesco Marzella: Walter Map and His World
12.30-2.00 pm                   Lunch
2.00-3.30 pm                     Session 3
Dan Murphy: Crisis? What Crisis? The Concept of Necessitas in the Writings of Bernard of Clairvaux, John of Salisbury, and the Victorines’
Matthew Mesley: Whipping the Bishop: The Vita Roberti Bethune and the Augustinian Order in Mid-Twelfth-Century England
Alessandra Foscati Marian Texts (TBC)
3.00-4.00 pm                     Coffee
4.00-5.30 pm                     Session 4: Professor David Luscombe 'John of Salisbury and Courtiers' Trifles'
7.00 pm                            Conference Dinner

Sunday 9th June 2013

10.00 am                              Brunch

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