Conference: Animals: Aspects & Approaches, 2018 Oxford Medieval Graduate Conference, University of Oxford, 28 June 2018

Thursday June 28th, 2018, Harris Manchester College, Oxford.

OMGC 2018 Animals_Programme_1

9-9.20am Registration
9.20-9.30am Welcome
9.30-11am Joint Keynote Address
Humans and Animals: A Defining Relationship?
• Timothy Bourns (St Edmund Hall, Oxford), ‘Animals in Norse Mythology’
• Lesley MacGregor (Oriel College, Oxford), ‘Humans and Animals: Defining the
11-11.30am Break with Hot & Cold Drinks
11.30am-1pm Animals in A Human World – Chair: Claire Macht (Kellogg College,
• Alexander Thomas (University of Bristol), ‘Animals, Archaeology and the Danelaw
• Allison Treese (University of York), ‘Reading the Relationship between Hawk and
Handler in The Boke of St. Albans’
• Tim Wingard (University of York), ‘“By the Temptation of the Devil”: Narratives of
Bestiality in the Registre criminel du Châtelet de Paris’
1-2.15pm Lunch (provided)
2.15-3.45pm Blurring Boundaries – Chair: Emilie Lavallée (St Cross College,
• Amy Brown (University of Geneva), ‘Cross-Dressing and Cross-Species Sex: The
Obscene Spectacle of the Sow and the Lions in the Prose Merlin’
• Maialen Maugars (Warburg Institute), ‘Animal Masks and Costumes in Late Medieval
Court Culture: Exploring the Boundary between Civilisation and Wilderness’
• Alexander Peplow (Merton College, Oxford), ‘Do Animals Have Souls? Adelard of Bath
and non-Aristotelian Natural Philosophy’
3.45-4.15pm Break with Hot & Cold Drinks
4.15-5.45pm Motif and Metaphor – Chair: Susanna Markert (Jesus College, Oxford)
• William Brockbank (Jesus College, Oxford), ‘Wild Weather and Washed-up Whales: The
“Whale on the Beach” Motif in the Íslendingasögur’
• Aylin Malcolm (University of Pennsylvania), ‘“For They Kan Nat the Craft”: Art(ifice)
and Chaucer’s Robotic Horse’
• India Morris (Merton College, Oxford), ‘“As Bartholomew the Bestiary bablith on his
bokes,”: The Sources of the Apian Metaphor in Mum and the Sothsegger’
5.45-6.45pm Keynote Address: Eric Stanley (Professor Emeritus, Pembroke
College, Oxford)
docga, frocga, hogga, pic[g]-bred, staggon (acc. pl.), birds sugga and hrucge,
insect wicga.
6.45-7.30pm Drinks Reception at Harris Manchester College (included)
7.30pm Conference Dinner (optional – location tbd)


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Anastasija Ropa holds a doctoral degree from Bangor University (North Wales), for a study in medieval and modern Arthurian literature. She has published a number of articles on medieval and modern Arthurian literature, focusing on its historical and artistic aspects. She is currently employed as guest lecturer at the Latvian Academy of Sport Education. Anastasija’s most recent research explores medieval equestrianism in English and French literary art and literature, and she is also engaged as part-time volunteer horse-trainer. In a nutshell: Lecturer at the Latvian Academy of Sport Education Graduate of the School of English, University of Wales, Bangor. Graduate of the University of Latvia Passionate about history, particularly the Middle Ages A horse-lover and horse-owner

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