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Text/Image Relations in Late Medieval French Culture (14th-16th c.) is a new international research network funded by the British Academy,  organised by Dr Rosalind Brown-Grant and Dr Rebecca Dixon in the Department of French at the University of Leeds. The network brings together a group of ten scholars from universities and institutions in the UK, France, and Belgium who are specialists in either late medieval French literature or art history, in the aim of fostering an interdisciplinary dialogue on the study of the verbal and the visual in medieval manuscripts.

The network will hold three one-day meetings at the Leeds Humanities Research Institute between January 2011 and January 2012:

  • an initial symposium at which members will give short presentations on their current research that address issues of text/image relations and a round-table to examine which methodological issues will be discussed in future meetings
  • a workshop devoted to discussion of key scholarly works in the field of text/image relations chosen by the group and practical application of these readings to the study of a small corpus of images
  • a second symposium for participants to present papers on their own research that reflect on how their work has engaged with and been informed by the group’s methodological discussions, as well as a final round-table to firm up plans for dissemination and possible future collaborations.

The network will publish the fruits of its discussions in a collected volume of essays and will also produce an extensive online bibliography of secondary sources on text/image relations in late medieval culture.