Space and Settlement 2017 Programme

Space and Settlement in the Middle Ages VIII
Friday 24th and Saturday 25th March 2017
Trinity Long Room Hub Arts and Humanities Research Institute, Trinity College Dublin

The eighth Space and Settlement in the Middle Ages conference will be held on Friday 24th & Saturday 25th March 2017 in the Long Room Hub, Trinity College Dublin.  This year the conference will consider the changing dynamics of medieval society and settlement through an exploration of changing landscapes.  The conference will provide rich discussions on the following themes: Royal landscapes; Food consumption and production; Maritime landscapes; Religious landscapes; and Urban & Rural landscapes.  Mark Gardiner, Queen’s University Belfast, will deliver the keynote address ‘New light on the late medieval houses of rural Ireland’ on Friday 24th March 2017.

Day 1: Friday 24th March 2017
Hoey Lecture Theatre, Trinity Long Room Hub, Trinity College Dublin

09.00 – 09.30 Registration

09.30 – 09.45 Opening Remarks
David Ditchburn, Head of School Histories and Humanities, Trinity College Dublin

09.45 – 11.00  Session 1: Royal landscapes
Session Chair: Roseanne Schot (Discovery Programme)

      • Edel Bhreathnach (Discovery Programme)
        ‘The greater Tara landscape: a palimpsest of landscapes’
      • Gordon Noble (University of Aberdeen)
        ‘Identifying royal landscapes without historical sources: Recent research in Northern Pictland’
      • Patrick Gleeson (Newcastle University)
        ‘Cult and Kingship in the first millennium AD: Ireland and Northern Europe’

11.00 – 11.30 Coffee Break
Ideas Space, Trinity Long Room Hub

11.30 – 13.00  Session 2: Food Production and Consumption
Session Chair: Terry Barry (Trinity College Dublin)

      • Maeve L’Estrange (University College Dublin)
        ‘Medieval bread – did we knead sourdough? Perspectives from experimental archaeology’
      • Fiona Whelan (University of Oxford)
        ‘Testing the truth: examining a twelfth-century courtesy text through the lens of archaeology, zooarchaeology, and archeobotany’
      • Fiona Beglane (IT Sligo)
        ‘Emerging themes in diet, status and ethnicity in Medieval Ireland’
      • Al Matthews, Patrick Hayes, Dara Fleming-Farrell, & Poul Holm (Trinity College Dublin)
        ‘Archaeological and historical data for fish consumption’

13.00 – 14.00  Lunch
Ideas Space, Trinity Long Room Hub

14.00 – 15.30  Session 3: Maritime landscapes
Session Chair: Poul Holm (Centre for Environmental Humanities, Trinity College Dublin)

      • Ramona Harrison (University of Bergen)
        ‘Fish and Ships: Regional research in medieval Iceland’
      • Aoife Daly (University of Copenhagen)
        ‘Defining the quality of Northern Europe’s timber supply – playing with some ideas’
      • Konrad Smiarowski (City University New York)
        ‘Marine Resource Use in Norse Greenland: Changing Importance of Large Scale Seal Hunting ca. 1000-1450CE’

15.30 – 16.00  Coffee Break
Ideas Space, Trinity Long Room Hub

16.00 – 17.30  Keynote Address
Mark Gardiner (Queen’s University Belfast)
‘New light on the late medieval houses of rural Ireland’



Day 2: Saturday 25th March 2017
Hoey Lecture Theatre, Trinity Long Room Hub Trinity College Dublin

09.30 –10.00   Registration

10.00 – 11.30  Session 4: Religious landscapes

      • Danielle O’Donovan (Irish Heritage Trust)
        Title TBC
      • Lynda Mulvin (University College Dublin)
        ‘Religious landscapes, identity and entangled decoration: a question of colonialism?’
      • Yvonne McDermott (Galway-Mayo IT)
        ‘Franciscans in the landscape: The First and Third Orders in late medieval Connacht’

11.30 – 12.00  Coffee Break
Ideas Space, Trinity Long Room Hub

12.00 – 13.30  Session 5: Urban and Rural landscapes
Session Chair: Mark Hennessy (Trinity College Dublin)

      • Niall Brady (Archaeological Diving Company)
        ‘Rethinking the medieval rural landscape and its relevance to the 21st century: the Ballintober Castle project’
      • Nicoletta Giannini (University of Rome)
        ‘Water management as a marker of landscape changes in Medieval society: Methodology and case studies’
      • John Tighe (Trinity College Dublin)
        ‘Trading networks, kinship structures and the rural landscape in early medieval Ireland’
      • Cóilín Ó Drisceoil (Kilkenny Archaeology)
        ‘Yet nothing is more certaine than death, nor more uncertaine’: landscapes of medieval death at St Mary’s parish church, Kilkenny’

13.30 – 13.45  Closing remarks: Terry Barry, Trinity College Dublin

The Space and Settlement in the Middle Ages 2017 organising committee wishes to acknowledge the generous support of the Faculty of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, Strategic Fund; the Discovery Programme Centre for Archaeology and Innovation Ireland; and the ERC funded NorFish project at the Centre for Environmental Humanities, Trinity College Dublin, for helping make this year’s conference possible.