Language & Silence – 16th Annual Postgraduate Medieval Conference, 26-27 February, Bristol

Kerrie-Anne Hughes will be attending Language & Silence in Bristol this weekend for Ashgate. If you’re there do drop by the book display and say hello. And you can pick up a catalogue and browse through the books too! Ashgate is pleased to be one of the sponsors for this conference.

The conference includes a Master Class with Professor Bernard McGinn (University of Chicago), ‘Communicating the Incommunicable: Mystical Ineffability from Origen to Catherine of Siena’.

From the conference website:

The University of Bristol hosts the longest-running international medieval postgraduate conference in the UK. Each year we offer medievalists the opportunity to present their research, discuss ideas, and foster links bridging disciplinary and geographical boundaries.

Issues of language and silence permeate both religious and political life in the Middle Ages: from attempts to engage with and communicate spiritual experience, to the complex negotiations involved in balancing the demands of the solitary religious life with the needs of the community, to the political pressures on everyday language in times when charges of heresy are a real concern. In private life, too, the ability or authority to speak was governed by a complex array of theological, philosophical and social codes. This conference aims to address issues such as these in the context of medieval life, and also some of the broader issues of language, and its absence, raised by such debate.


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