Keynote speakers

Anne Marie D’Arcy, ‘Island of Saints and Sages Revisited: Joyce, the Irish Middle Ages and the Post-Brexit Era.’

Anne Marie D’Arcy is Associate Professor of Medieval and Renaissance Literature and Language in the School of Arts at the University of Leicester, and Visiting Research Fellow at the School of English, Trinity College Dublin. She is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. She is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin, where she continues to lecture on occasion, but has also held lectureships in University College Dublin, and National University of Ireland, Maynooth. She has published a number of articles on Joyce’s treatment of such topics as libel law, Freemasonry, medieval Irish placelore, Dublin’s water supply, anti-Semitism, medieval Irish manuscripts (most notably the Book of Kells), the Eucharistic Congress of 1932, and ‘Araby’ as a grail quest. She was the Principal Investigator of an exhibition in Marsh’s Library, Dublin: ‘James Joyce: Apocalypse and Exile’, which ran from 23 October 2014 to 20 October 2015, and is now online. She is currently completing Joyce and the Irish Middle Ages: Saints, Sages, and Insular Culture, which is the first monograph devoted to Joyce’s engagement with the Insular period, specifically the influence of Irish learning and artistry on Britain and the Continent from the sixth to the twelfth centuries. She is the author of Wisdom and the Grail: The Image of the Vessel in the Queste del Saint Graal and Malory’s Tale of the Sankgreal (2000), and another monograph, The Artifice of Eternity: Mariology in the English Poetic Tradition, forthcoming from Oxford University Press.

Minsoo Kang, ‘East Asian Medievalism?: The Case of Hong Gildong, the Korean Robin Hood.’

Minsoo Kang is a professor of European history at the University of Missouri – St. Louis.  He is the author of Sublime Dream of Living Machines: The Automaton in the European Imagination (Harvard UP, 2011) and Invincible and Righteous Outlaw: The Korean Hero Hong Gildong in Literature, History, and Culture (U of Hawaii Press, 2000), and the co-editor of Visions of the Industrial Age, 1830-1914: Modernity and the Anxiety of Representation in Europe (Ashgate, 2008).  He is also a translator, including the Penguin Classics edition of The Story of Hong Gildong (Penguin, 2016).

Andrew Elliott on ‘Bad Medievalism.’

Andrew Elliott is Senior Lecturer in the School of Film and Media at the University of Lincoln. He is the author of Medievalism, Politics and Mass Media: Appropriating the Middle Ages in the Twenty-First Century (D. S. Brewer, 2017).