Online Conference: ‘Memory’, Oxford Medieval Graduate Conference, April 22nd-23rd, 9:30am-5:30pm BST

Organised by Anna Begley, Megan Bunce, James Cogbill, Sigrid Koerner, Mary O’Connor, Keoni O’Reilly, Martin Stuart and Eugenia Vorobeva

Sponsored by the Society for the Study of Medieval Languages and Literature and the Oxford Centre for Late Antiquity

Register here for free.

Thursday 22nd April 2021

09.30: Opening Remarks (Eugenia Vorobeva)

09.40: Session 1 – Memory of Other Lands (Chair: Keoni O’Reilly)

Benjamin Sharkey (Magdalen College, Oxford), Remembering Jerusalem: Christian Storytelling at a Silk Road Oasis, Ninth to Twelfth Centuries

Zainab Wani (Jawaharlal Nehru University), Remembering Iran, Valorising Kashmir: Different Ways of Memorialising Homeland

Matthew Firth (Flinders University), Memories of England in the ‘Sagas of Icelanders’

11.00: Break

12.00: Session 2 – Archives and Legal Memory (Chair: Mary O’Connor)

Harry Platts (Independent Scholar), Forgetting the Hundred Moots: How did the Practise and the Memory of Late-Saxon Assembly Transform in Late Medieval England?

John Merrington (All Souls College, Oxford), Forgetting the Archives? The Early Medieval Transmission of Gregory of Tours’ ‘Histories’ Reconsidered

Riya Gupta (Jawaharlal Nehru University), Dynastic Memory and Identity Experiments in Mughal Lower Bureaucracy: A Case Study of Qayamkhani Mansabdars

James Miller (University College, Oxford), ‘Haec carta, lecta atque audita’: Public Performance and Memory of Disputes in Twelfth-Century Brittany

13.40: Break

15.00: Keynote Lecture (Chair: Eugenia Vorobeva)

Professor Hannah Skoda (St. John’s College, Oxford), ‘The Former Age rebukes the new’: Genealogies of Nostalgia in the Long Fourteenth Century

16.00: Session 3 – National Memory (Chair: Martin Stuart)

Ruth Rimmer (University of York), Constructing Collective Memory in ‘The Ruin’

David Lees (Aberystwyth University), Geoffrey of Monmouth and the Construction of Cornwall in Twelfth-Century Literature

Sara Moure López (Universidad de Santiago de Compostela), Grieving, Mourning and Remembrance. The Role of Emotions in the Construction of Memory of Defeat in Castile around 1200

17.20: Break

19.00: Social Event

Friday 23rd April 2021

09.30: Session 4 – Memory and Physical Objects (Chair: Sigrid Koerner)

Rowan Wilson (St. Hilda’s College, Oxford), ‘Then he turnes to þe toumbe and talkes to þe corce’: Encountering the Bodies of Historical Memory in Medieval Literature

Woo Ree Heor (Graduate Center—City University of New York), ‘As freshe as any rose newe’: Hector’s Corpse and the Desire for the Past in the ‘Troy Book’

Hubert Leponika (Podlasie Museum, Białystok), Lost Memory Told Once More. Stele Cemeteries in the Podlasie Region (North-Eastern Poland)

George Beckett (University of Leeds), Manuscript Memory: Reading ‘Beowulf’ as ‘Intratext’

11.10: Break

12.00: Session 5 – Memory and the Church (Chair: Megan Bunce)

Joseph Hopper (University College London), Memory and Salvation in Hugh of St. Victor’s ‘De sacramentis christianae fidei’

Harry Spillane (Peterhouse, Cambridge), ‘A Matter Newly Seene?’: Matthew Parker, English Bibles, and the Anglo-Saxon Church

Richard Asquith (Royal Holloway, University of London), ‘Be yt remembred’: The Construction and Maintenance of Memory in the Records of London’s Pre-Reformation Parishes

13.20: Break

15.00: Keynote Lecture (Chair: James Cogbill)

Dr Graeme Ward (Jesus College, Oxford), Memory, Textual Authority, and the Distance of the Past: The Case of Amalarius of Metz, c. 800-1100

16.00: Session 6 – Interpretation of Memory (Chair: Anna Begley)

Aline Douma (Rijksuniversiteit Groningen), Forgotten, Not Forgiven? Repressed Memories of the Wars of the Roses in George Ashby’s ‘Active Policy of a Prince’

Brian Egede-Pedersen (Independent Scholar), ‘Templars, Fight or Fall!’ – Remembering the Knights Templar in Power Metal

Madeleine S. Killacky (Bangor University), Memory and Emotion in Malory’s ‘Tale of the Death of Arthur’

17.20: Closing Remarks (James Cogbill)


Published by Ellie Wilson

Ellie Wilson holds a First Class Honours in the History of Art from the University of Bristol, with a particular focus on Medieval Florence. In 2020 she achieved a Distinction in her MA at The Courtauld Institute of Art, where she specialised in the art and architecture of Medieval England under the supervision of Dr Tom Nickson. Her dissertation focussed on an alabaster altarpiece, and its relationship with the cult of St Thomas Becket in France and the Chartreuse de Vauvert. Her current research focusses on the artistic patronage of London’s Livery Companies immediately pre and post-Reformation. Ellie will begin a PhD at the University of York in Autumn 2021 with a WRoCAH studentship, under the supervision of Professor Tim Ayers and Dr Jeanne Nuechterlein.

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