TitleThe Wayfaring Scholar: Charting New Routes for Academic Pursuit in the Age of Globalization - A Round Table Discussion
Date/TimeWednesday 11 July 2012: 19.30-20.30
SponsorGraduate Student Committee, Medieval Academy of America
OrganiserSebastian Langdell, Faculty of English Language & Literature, University of Oxford
Elizaveta Strakhov, Department of English, University of Pennsylvania
Moderator/ChairMichelle Urberg, Department of Music, University of Chicago, Illinois
AbstractThis round table invites reflections on the intellectual benefits of studying and teaching medieval culture in an increasingly interconnected world. What new and exciting opportunities await the 21st-century medievalist? How can we create and nurture transnational communities of medievalists? Areas of exploration will include: the use of international databases, digitization projects, and other scholarly initiatives to facilitate teaching and the advancement of research into the medieval period; the relationship between the increasingly shrinking modern world and the increasing interest in reevaluating geographic and temporal boundaries within Medieval Studies; and the fruits of ongoing academic projects that encourage the development of transnational intellectual communities. How can one open up new and interesting routes of scholarly communication and investigation in the age of globalization? And, finally, what might one draw from the medieval past when calibrating one's own academic compass?

Participants include J. Patrick Hornbeck II (Fordham University, New York), Pavlina Rychterová (Österreichische Akademie der Wisenschaften, Wien), Peter A. Stokes (King's College London), and David John Wallace (University of Pennsylvania).