Conferences – Neighbours and Strangers

Neighbours and Strangers Conference, 21 October 2017, Southampton, UK

Registration is now open for Neighbours and Strangers

An SSMLL/Medium Aevum One-Day Conference, hosted by the Department of English and Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Culture, University of Southampton

How did medieval individuals and communities engage with those around them, both locally and further afield? In what ways did textual, performative and interpretative practices serve to police, challenge or re-negotiate these relationships? And where were distinctions between neighbours and strangers unstable, ambiguous or malleable? In 2017, at a moment when relationships between international neighbours are the focus of intense political attention, and fraught conversations continue about how we might construct ‘neighbours’ and ‘strangers’ within our communities, this one-day conference will turn these charged, timely questions of identity and interaction back to the Middle Ages. Participants will include Joanna Bellis, Aisling Byrne, Clare Egan, Helen Fulton, Bart Lambert, Ryan Lavelle, John McGavin, Miri Rubin; see our full programme at

All are welcome to attend. Discounted rates are available for students, retired, unwaged, and members for the Society for the Study of Medieval Languages and Literature. For more information and to book your place, please visit the dedicated conference website at or contact Marianne O’Doherty ( or Catherine Clarke (

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