Valerie Wilhite & Robert Rouse: Mon. 25 March 2013

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12:00 noon
Buchanan Tower 826


Valerie Wilhite
(Department of Romance Languages, University of Oregon)

“Unmappable Kingdoms: The Curious Case of Identity along the Medieval Mediterranean, or, People with No Name”

mediterranean sans frontières: spliced coins (Toulouse/Aragon)

This talk is part of a project on rethinking and remapping Lemosi identity, weaving together two Troubadour threads. It retraces the fast and furious allegiances and shifting identities that would be necessary to trobadors and joglars traveling from their homeland to the lands, cities, and courts of flip-flopping friends & foes. The project also presents a panoramic (over-/re-)view of Catalunya/Aragon as a troubadour ghostland where the tems c’om era jays haunt the projects of kings, poets, and philosophers.


Robert Rouse
(Department of English, UBC)

“Medieval Maps, and why they lead us astray”

Ebstof map

We live, today, in an increasingly map-rich culture. The technological dominance of cartography structures our normative understanding of space, place, and the relationships that lie between. Prior to the assumption of this cartographical straightjacket at the very end of the fifteenth century, the European medieval spatial imagination operated in pluralistic modes. In this short paper I will be discussing how our current scholarly fascination with medieval ‘maps’ has imposed an unhelpfully anachronistic hermeneutic on attempts to understand the medieval geographic imagination.


All are welcome; we will also be going to lunch after (and to continue) post-talk discussion, and interested parties would be welcome to join us and continue the conversation in a more leisurely setting.

PDF poster (click on image):

mappings poster

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