CFP: Durham University MEMSA Conference (July 2016)

durham elevation.jpgMEMSA CONFERENCE 14-15 JULY 2016

MEMSA is pleased to announce its tenth annual conference on the theme of

Identifying Identity: Ideas of Personal and Public Identity in the Medieval and Early Modern World.
This interdisciplinary conference will invite postgraduate and early career researchers to speak on all aspects of identity. We welcome papers from all disciplines studying identity in the medieval and early modern world. Identity is an increasingly important subject in academic research that transcends interdisciplinary boundaries. Identity and the methodologies we use to find and communicate evidence of identity in literary, historical, archaeological and other sources are relevant to both our own lives today, as well as the medieval and early modern world we study.

Suggestions for topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Performed identities
  • Transnational identity and conflict
  • National and local, macro and micro-identities
  • Ownership, artistry and patronage in private and public buildings
  • Mistaken identity and deception
  • Authorship and attributions in texts
  • Gender and sexual identities
  • Imagined community
  • Urban and rural identities
  • Identification with literary figures
  • Medieval and early modern ideas of the self
  • Religious identities
  • Kinship, community and neighbourhood
  • Expressions of identity in ego-documents

In addition to the panels the conference will include two key note lectures by Prof Andrew Beresford (Durham University) and Dr Fiona Edmonds (University of Cambridge) and opportunities for delegates to visit Durham Cathedral and Castle. The conference fee will be £10, which will cover costs for refreshments and lunch.

Papers should be 15-20 minutes long and will be followed by time for questions and discussion. Abstracts of 200-300 words can be sent to The deadline for the submission of abstracts is 10 April 2016.

For more information and updates, visit, our blog, and follow us on twitter @DurhamMEMSA.


Published by Meg Bernstein

Meg Bernstein is a PhD candidate in Art History at UCLA. Her thesis examines the architecture of the English parish church in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries.

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