Medieval Materials Matter Research Day at University of Warwick (18 July 2016)

This one-day interdisciplinary research day aims to cultivate research links between medievalist postgraduate communities, and the conference will be a free public event. The theme of the event – Medieval Material Matters – has been chosen as a means of focusing discussion. A plenary lecture by an international established academic working on questions of materiality, will be delivered in the morning. In order to maximise opportunities for exploratory conversation following the plenary, there will be 2 sessions for short presentations (10-15 minutes) based on pre-circulated papers in the morning and afternoon, followed by a session discussing a piece of secondary reading in seminar format. The final part of the day will be used to think about future collaboration.

Keynote Speaker: Professor Catherine Brown, University of Michigan.
Abstract submission
The conference will seek to address the following questions:

How might ‘materiality’ be understood – and critiqued – in medieval contexts? How does textual materiality fit into this understanding? What is the role of objects (material or otherwise) within this context?

  • What perspectives can research in Medieval Studies offer on discussions/theorisations of materiality in other periods?
  • How might the digital environment in which medieval research increasingly takes place affect our thinking about the materiality of cultural artefacts, objects, and spaces?

Abstracts of 200 words are welcomed from postgraduate medievalist students working within any department. Please submit these to by 1st May 2016.  It is anticipated that the final papers of between 3000 – 3500 words will subsequently be submitted to the organisers by the deadline of 18th June 2016, for pre-circulation to registered delegates. Speakers will then be expected to present a summary of their paper, lasting 10-15 minutes, on the day, before discussion of their paper begins.
To send us an abstract, please send your word or PDF file to

The deadline is 1st May 2016.

Please visit the website here.


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