Conference: Medieval and Early Modern Studies Festival, Online, 12-13 June 2020

You are warmly invited to join us for a summer celebration of all things Medieval and Early Modern. As well as a wide selection of papers highlighting new research from undergraduate and postgraduate students, early career researchers and staff, you will be able to join us for lively roundtables and workshops.

Owing to the current global health crisis, we have had to cancel MEMS Fest 2020 in its usual Canterbury-based format. However, we are excited to announce that we will be hosting MEMS Fest in a new digital format this year.

Friday 12 June

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9.30amPlenary: Welcome and opening remarks
10am – 12pmCultural Encounter and CorrespondenceEmotion and Embodiment
Benjamin Sharkey: Christian Conversion Among the Turkic Nomads of Central Asia: The Sixth to Eleventh CenturyFrancesca Saward-Read: Audience Culpability in Early Modern Drama
Kirsteen MacKenzie: Anglo-French Diplomacy Under CromwellAnna-Nadine brochet: “Spekyngly silent”: Moments of Irrationality in The Cloud of Unknowing
Gabriele Bonomelli: Political and Economic Dominium in Fourteenth Century England?Lydia McCutcheon: Familial Relationships in the Miracle Collections for St Thomas Becket and the ‘Miracle Windows’ of Canterbury Cathedral
Nat Cutter: Grateful Fresh Advice and Random Dark Relations: Maghrebi News and Experiences in British Expatriate Letters, 1660 – 1710Jordan Cook: Embodying the “Earthly” in Early Netherlandish Painting
12pm – 1pmBreak for lunch
1pm – 3pmWorkshop: Emotion and Embodiment in ‘Tis Pity She’s a WhorePatronage, Community, and civique Participation
WORKSHOPAnna Hegland: Exploring gendered expressions of emotion on the early modern stage  Eilish Gregory: We Bless the Queen, and We Invoke the Saint
Chris Hopkins: One Day in Canterbury: The Story of an Anglo-Saxon Charter
Noah Smith: Bakers, Fishmongers, and Militant Brotherhoods: Reassessing the Guild Iconography of the Leugemeete Chapel in Ghent circa 1334
Ella Ditri: Women and Landed Society in Conquest England
3pm – 3:30pmBreak
3:30pm – 5:30pmIntellectual Networks and Early Modern Knowledge CommunitiesLiterary Tradition and Criticism
Michael Harrigan: Understanding Early Modern Colonial EcologyGrace Murray: Thomas Tusser’s “Mnemonic Jingles”
Emma Hill: John Flamsteed (1646-1719): Astronomer or AstrologerFaith Acker: Beer, Sex and Life After Death in Early Modern Epitaphs
Pelayo Fernández García: Challenges of the Social Network Analysis in History: The Case of the Marquis of Santa Cruz de MarcenadoAndrew Levie: The thématique Transformation of Translation Imperii
Emily Rowe: Whetstones of esprit: Iron Wits and Cutting Words in Early Modern English ProseMitchell Perry: How to be King: The Educational Instructions of the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V and King James VI and I of Scotland and England
5:30pmClosing remarks

Saturday 13 June

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9.30amPlenary: Welcome and opening remarks
10am – 12pmStories from the National ArchivesVisual Culture and Materiality
Paul Dryburgh: More than just chips and gravy? The ‘Northern Way’: Archbishops of York and the English state in the fourteenth centuryJack Wilcox: The Mystery of the Tree of Jesse Tomb Slab in Lincoln Cathedral
Ada Mascio: The Archivist’s Tale: Extreme Cataloguing at The National ArchivesPhilippa Sissis: Humanist Aesthetics of Script: The Humanistic Miniscule of Poggio Bracciolini
Daniel Gosling: Building a Bear Garden: Deeds and Disputes Surrounding Southwark’s Bear Garden in the Early Seventeenth CenturySamantha Brown: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Material Features in the Manuscripts of an Early Modern Arabist
12pm – 12:30pmClosing remarks 

Click here to find out how to join the different panels.


Published by Roisin Astell

Roisin Astell received a First Class Honours in History of Art at the University of York (2014), under the supervision of Dr Emanuele Lugli. After spending a year learning French in Paris, Roisin then completed an MSt. in Medieval Studies at the University of Oxford (2016), where she was supervised by Professor Gervase Rosser and Professor Martin Kauffmann. In 2017, Roisin was awarded a CHASE AHRC studentship as a doctoral candidate at the University of Kent’s Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, under the supervision of Dr Emily Guerry.

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