Call for Participants: Medieval WaterWorks: A Roundtable, Leeds IMC 2021, deadline 18 September 2020

The last decade has seen a burgeoning critical interest in the study of water in the Middle Ages. Scholars from a range of disciplines have begun to recognise that water is not merely a catalogue of interesting tropes; it is a means or method of communication, a disruptive and radical force, and a vehicle for thinking across time, space, disciplines and languages. It carries us down diverse paths and creates unexpected intersections between people, places and things.

Our intention with this roundtable is to create a laboratory for testing the theoretical and methodological potential of water. Whilst we have lined up some speakers already, we are looking for additional participants to join us in reflecting upon how we can formulate a critical, inclusive, global and interdisciplinary water studies. Our roundtable is open to anyone interested in the study of medieval water, broadly conceived and from across disciplines, and we are particularly interested to hear from early career, minority and precarious scholars.

If you’re interested in participating, please email a short expression of interest to and by 18th September 2020. We warmly welcome creative interpretations, and would especially like to see images, objects or poems which capture your approach to water studies, accompanied by a few lines of explanation.

Published by Roisin Astell

Roisin Astell received a First Class Honours in History of Art at the University of York (2014), under the supervision of Dr Emanuele Lugli. After spending a year learning French in Paris, Roisin then completed an MSt. in Medieval Studies at the University of Oxford (2016), where she was supervised by Professor Gervase Rosser and Professor Martin Kauffmann. In 2017, Roisin was awarded a CHASE AHRC studentship as a doctoral candidate at the University of Kent’s Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, under the supervision of Dr Emily Guerry.

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