CFP: Medieval War and Memory at International Medieval Congress (Leeds 2021), deadline 10 September 2020

Remembering war in the 21st century tends to focus on the loss and sacrifice regardless of the outcome. Memorials are built to remember the common soldier, events are held to honour the war dead, and the memories of veterans respected. While many are aware that this is how modern society chooses to remember war, when thinking about how medieval society remembered war the picture is not as clear. In the time of chivalry and the crusades, how did their way of remembering war differ from ours? This panel hopes to discuss questions such as: How was war remembered in the medieval period? Did remembering focus on the glory of the war leaders? How did medieval society record memories of war? How does modern society remember medieval war?

We encourage submissions on any aspect of medieval war and memory. Suggestions for topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Soldier’s memories of war
  • Warfare and memory in medieval texts
  • Memories of medieval military leaders
  • Memorialisation of medieval warfare, or the use of medieval military imagery in modern memorials
  • Heritage and the memory of medieval warfare
  • Memories of peace-making
  • Memory and the commemoration of warfare in medieval culture
  • Loss and memories of war

Please submit abstracts of no more than 300 words to or by 10 September 2020. We are particularly keen to attract sibmissions form PGR researchers and ECRs.


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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