Lecture Series: What (is) Medieval?, Wednesdays from 24th February 2021, 5pm (GMT) via Zoom

This virtual seminar series is designed to provoke thoughts on what we mean by the period and all its associated definitions and connotations. What really is “medieval”? Promoting a global and interdisciplinary perspective inclusive of academics, independent scholars, professionals and practitioners alike, the aim is to take on the much-needed challenge of breaking down the calcified disciplinary boundaries that shape medieval studies today.

All sessions are at 5pm GMT via Zoom and uploaded to YouTube thereafter.


Wednesday 24th February 2021

Professor Howard Williams, University of Chester, UK: Doctor Who and the Dark Ages

Wednesday 24th March 2021

Martine Mussies, PhD candidate, Utrecht University, Netherlands: “I’ll be back”—Neo-medieval cyborgization through the lens of Westworld’s main character Dolores

Wednesday 21st April 2021

Dr Carol L. Robinson, Kent State University, USA: Seriously Serious: The Absurd Seriousness of Neomedievalist Digital Media

Wednesday 19th May 2021

Dr Meriem Pages, Keene State College, USA: No Damsel in Distress: Sibylla and Daenerys in History, Popular Medievalism, and Beyond

Wednesday 26th May 2021

Ariana Ellis, PhD Candidate, University of Toronto, Canada: Title TBC

Wednesday 23rd June 2021

Dr Euan Mccartney Robson, University College, London, UK: Jefferson’s Middle Ages: Art, Artifice, Nostalgia

Wednesday 21st July 2021

Dr Madeleine Pelling, University of York/ Edinburgh University, UK: Gothic Historicity and Queer Temporality at Anne Hamilton’s Fonthill Abbey

Wednesday 25th August 2021

Professor Kenna Olsen, Mount Royal University, Canada: Title TBC

Wednesday 22nd September 2021

Dr Renee Ward, University of Lincoln, UK: Arthur’s Court and Gothic Spaces in E.L. Hervey’s The Feasts of Camelot

Wednesday 27th October 2021

Dr Andrew B. R. Elliott, University of Lincoln, UK: “Bad History”

Wednesday 24th November 2021


Wednesday 15th December 2021

Dr Emma J. Wells, University of York, UK & Dr Claire Kennan, Reading University, UK: A round-up of the series

Found out more here & full programme can be found here.


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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