Online Lecture Series: University of Kent, Centre for Medieval & Early Modern Studies Seminar Series, Autumn Term, Thursdays 6pm

The Centre for Medieval & Early Modern Studies at the University of Kent is pleased to announce their Seminar Series for the 2020 Autumn Term.

All seminars this term will take place online (either via Zoom/Teams etc), and links will be sent out in advance. All seminars will ‘take place’ on Thursdays at 6PM.

Follow & DM @MEMS_UKC on Twitter for a Zoom/Teams link, or feel free to contact MEMSDirectors@kent.ac.uk for any questions you might have.

All are welcome – across the globe!– but some seminars might have a limited number of places available.


Week 1: 1 October 2020, 6.15pm start

Whittington’s Gift: Reconstructing the Lost Common Library of London’s Guildhall, Dr Ryan Perry (Kent) & Dr Stephen Kelly (Queen’s University Belfast)


Week 2: 8 October 2020, 6pm

Strangeness & Early Modern Performance: Book Launch and Roundtable, Dr Callan Davies (Kent) with Prof Catherine Richardson (Kent), Dr Iman Sheeha (Brunel University London), & Prof Emma Smith (Oxford)


Week 3: 15 October 2020, 6pm

Ye Olde MEMS Quizze I


Week 4: 22 October 2020, 6pm

The MEMS PhD showcase: New approaches to fourteenth-century visual culture, Roisin Astell, Noah Smith, & Angela Websdale


Week 5: 29 October 2020, 6pm

Contemporary portraiture & the medieval imagination: An artist in conversation with her sitters, Lorna May Wadsworth featuring Neil Gaiman & the Rt Rev. & Rt Hon. Dr Rowan Williams

Chaired by Dr Emily Guerry (Kent)


Week 6: 5 November 2020, 6pm

Medieval textual transmission: A Dialogue, Prof Michael G. Sargent (CUNY) & Dr Michael Johnson (Purdue) Chaired by Dr Ryan Perry (Kent)


Week 7: 12 November 2020, 6pm

Picturing medieval myths & history: Making ‘Storyland’ & visualising Becket’s Shrine, Dr Amy Jeffs (Cambridge) & Dr John Jenkins (York)


Week 8: 19 November 2020, 6pm

Ye Olde MEMS Quizze II


Week 9: 26 November 2020

No Thursday event: please note that from 27-28 November 2020, the following conference is taking place: ‘Quadrivium’ event: Researching remotely– Libraries, archives, & digital resourcing


Week 10: 3 December 2020

Approaches to Early Medieval historiography: A Roundtable

Chaired by Dr Ed Roberts (Kent)


Week 11: 10 December 2020

Memory and confession: A Roundtable

Chaired by Sam McCarthy (Kent)


Week 12: 17 December 2020

Ye Olde MEMS Quizze III


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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