Plenary Speakers

Christopher Baswell
Barnard College and Columbia University

Professor Baswell (Ph.D. Yale) is known for his work on the reception of classical literature in medieval vernacular cultures, especially narratives of empire and foundation. Further work on foundation narratives has led to articles and a forthcoming monograph on narratives of female foundation and their challenge to a dominant tradition of founding fathers. Baswell is also at work on new research on the cultural imagination of disability in the Middle Ages. He has held fellowships from the NEH, the ACLS, the National Humanities Center, and the Institute for Advanced Study. Baswell is co-editor of the medieval volume of the Longman Anthology of British Literature. He is General Editor of the series Cursor Mundi: Viator Studies of the Medieval and Early Modern World (Brepols).

Bruce Campbell
Queen's University, Belfast

Bruce Campbell is Professor of Medieval Economic History at The Queen’s University of Belfast, where he has taught since 1973. During that time he has belonged to the Departments of Geography, Economic History, History, and, now, the School of Geography, Archaeology and Palaeoecology. His research currently focuses upon the economic history of late-medieval Britain and Ireland, with particular reference to human-environment interactions during the fourteenth century and trends in agricultural output and productivity from the thirteenth to nineteenth centuries. He delivered the 2008 Tawney Memorial Lecture to the Economic History Society on the subject of “Nature as historical protagonist” and is a Member of the Royal Irish Academy and Fellow of the British Academy.