aliens-foreigners-strangers-medieval england

Aliens, Foreigners and Strangers in Medieval England

Aliens, foreigners and strangers are not just a modern phenomena. Meeting “the others” was also a frequent medieval occurrence

This conference aims to address the issue of how, and how profoundly, the movement of people into and within England helped to shape English society and culture over the ‘medieval millennium’. The conference will explore issues concerning how we study the nature and extent of migration, the continuing diasporic relationship with migrants’ homelands, and frameworks that were set up to structure newcomers’ presence. It will examine the way we study the impact that this mobility has left on the identities of people living in England, on the development of local economies and official regulation, and on its cultural and biological DNA.

Immigration, its causes and its consequences, is a contentious topic with profound political, social, economic and cultural effects both for individual migrants and for the host and donor communities. It is not a new phenomenon. This conference will take a multidisciplinary approach to the presence and treatment of foreigners in England across the medieval millennium. It will provide deep historical and cultural context to discussions among policy-makers and the general public about ethnicity, multiculturalism and the evolution of national identity in modern Britain.

The conference will profile three major current projects at York, Leicester and Odense:

Speakers include:

  • Dr John Baker, University of Nottingham
  • Professor Michael Bennett, University of Tasmania (respondent)
  • Dr Jayne Carroll, University of Nottingham
  • Professor Julia Crick, King’s College London
  • Professor Matthew Davies, University of London
  • Professor Christopher Dyer FBA, University of Leicester (respondent)
  • Dr Martin Findell, University of Leicester
  • Professor Dawn Hadley, University of Sheffield
  • Professor Mark Jobling, University of Leicester
  • Professor Maryanne Kowaleski, Fordham University
  • Dr Bart Lambert, Durham University
  • Dr Andrew Millard, Durham University
  • Dr Simon Myers, University of Oxford
  • Professor Mark Ormrod, University of York
  • Professor Walter Prevenier, Ghent University
  • Dr Philip Shaw, University of Leicester
  • Professor Joanna Story, University of Leicester
  • Professor Elizabeth Tyler, University of York
  • Professor Jocelyn Wogan-Browne, Fordham University

Aliens, Foreigners and Strangers in Medieval England AD 500-1500

The British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AH
Thursday 26 & Friday 27 March 2015, 9.30am – 5.00pm
Convenors: Professor Mark Ormrod, University of York; Professor Joanna Story, University of Leicester; Professor Elizabeth Tyler, University of York

Registration required