Conference Abstract

Borderlines XX:
Memory and Identity in the Medieval and Early Modern World

Trinity College, University of Dublin, 15th-17th April 2016

Trinity College, University of Dublin is delighted to announce the call for papers for the twentieth annual Borderlines conference. Borderlines XX is organised by TCD’s School of English, the Department of History, and the Department of the History of Art and Architecture.

St. Augustine, in Book X of his Confessions, asserts that memory (memoria) is the chief faculty of the mind, a powerful and active process that brings both the past and future into the present. Memory transcends the act of remembering, instead encompassing all of cognition, be it sensations, perceptions, experiences, emotions, imaginations, and skills. It becomes fundamental to identity,  knowledge of the self, and of the world, spiritually and physically. Identity is therefore inextricably linked with memory, as it is through the complex process of both group and individual recollection that cultural, political, religious, and gender identities are constructed and represented.   

In addition to memory and identity, this conference will also explore the connections between the two concepts in the fields of Literature, Languages, Architecture, Archaeology, Codicology, Drama, History, Philosophy, History of Art, Theology, Film Studies, Folklore, Music, Digital Humanities, Anthropology, Palaeography, Religious Studies, and Geography, dating from the Middle Ages to the Early Modern period.

We welcome papers from postgraduates, postdoctoral, and early career researchers in the above disciplines. Topics may include, but are not limited to:

nationalism and ethnicity
material/visual culture
language written/oral
mnemonic devices