CFP: ‘Transitions’, Postgraduate Conference 2022, University of Bristol and online, 29-30 April 2022, deadline: 28 February 2022

After the success of the 2021 ‘Rules and Regulations’ and ‘Disruption’ Conference, the committee for the Centre for Medieval Studies Postgraduate Conference invites you to yet another highly topical conference in the longest-standing medievalist PGR conference series: the 2022 Transitions Conference.

The principle of transition management in our global pandemic has become a highly relevant approach aiming to facilitate and accelerate sustainable transitions affecting workplace, politics, social interactions, and health.

How are such principles of transitions to be observed in the manifold institutions, organisations, cultures, etc., in medieval Britain, Europe, and beyond? How are those transitions represented in the many disciplines related to medieval studies from Musicology, History, Art History, Religion and Theology, Linguistics, Literature, to Law and Medicine, and how can our society profit from those observations today?

Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Language Change and Related Phenomena
  • Translations and Genre Boundaries
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Social Mobility
  • Initiation
  • Mode and Modulation
  • Christianisation and Cultural Adaptation of Religious Systems
  • From Local and Trans-National Christian Identities to National Identities
  • Migration, Travel, and Pilgrimages
  • Dynastic and Administrative Transition
  • Stylistic Changes and Adaptation

We welcome abstracts from postgraduates and early-career researchers, exploring aspects and different approaches to the spectrum of transitions in all relevant disciplines pertaining to the medieval period, broadly construed c.500-c.1500. (300 words for 20-minute papers)

Based on current government guidelines, we are planning to hold the conference as a hybrid event online and on the campus of the University of Bristol.

Deadline for submissions: 28 February 2022.

Please send abstracts and enquiries to


Published by Dr Julia Faiers

Julia Faiers received her PhD from the University of St Andrews in 2021. She wrote her thesis on the art patronage of Louis d’Amboise, bishop of Albi from 1474 to 1503, under the supervision of Professor Kathryn Rudy. Her postdoctoral research includes the nineteenth-century reception of medieval art and architecture, and late-medieval female art patronage in France. Julia gained a First Class Honours degree in art history at the University of St Andrews (1995). She won a British Academy Award to study for her MA in German Expressionism at The Courtauld under the supervision of Dr Shulamith Behr (1997), and spent almost twenty years working as a journalist before returning to academia in 2016.

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