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Conference Programme: Minority Influences in Medieval Society, St Catharine’s College, Cambridge, November 25-26, 2016

tumblr_mpkos7mo2o1ssmm02o1_1280Conference Programme: Minority Influences in Medieval Society, St Catharine’s College, Cambridge, November 25-26, 2016.

Friday 25 November

9.45 Welcome (Nora Berend)

Session 1. 10-11.15

Nikolas Jaspert (Heidelberg) Influences of mudejar spirituality on majority Christian religious life

Teresa Shawcross (Princeton) Ethno-religious Minorities and the Shaping of Byzantine Society during the Crusades


Session 2. 11.30-12.45

Annette Kehnel (Mannheim) Minority language, minority culture, minority tradition: Who exactly cares?

Amira Bennison (Cambridge) The Berber imprint on the medieval Maghrib


Session 3.  14.15-15.30

Ana Echevarría (Madrid) Reinventing law codes under foreign conditions: influence, adaptation or endurance in the Iberian peninsula

Eduard Mühle (Münster)  Real and perceived influence of minority groups in medieval Poland (12th-13th c)


Session 4. 16-18 Eva Haverkamp (München) Jews in the high medieval economy: how to evaluate their role

István Petrovics (Szeged) The Role of “Latin”  Guests in the Economic Life and Urban Development of Medieval Hungary

James Barrett (Cambridge) Northern Peoples and Medieval European Trade: Locating Agency


Saturday 26 November

Session 1. 9.30-10.45

Przemysław Wiszewski (Wrocław) Cultural turn in 12th-14th c. Silesia: how the German-speaking minority became the cultural majority

Luciano Gallinari (Cagliari) Catalans in Sardinia and the transformation of Sardinians into a political minority


Session 2. 11.15-12.30

Matthias Hardt (Leipzig) Western immigrants in High Medieval Bohemia

Katalin Szende (Budapest) Iure Theutonico? German settlers, local rulers, and legal frameworks for immigration to medieval East Central Europe  LUNCH

Supported by the DAAD Cambridge Research Hub with funds from the German
Federal Foreign Office (FFO)

How to register: To register for the conference, please email Dr Nora Berend, nb213@cam.ac.uk and send a cheque for £ 7 (or the appropriate cost for one day; an optional charge for lunch can also be added, see below) to her to St Catharine’s College, Cambridge CB2 1RL. Cheques must be made payable to St Catharine’s College. Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Registration is £4 for Friday and £3 for Saturday; this is to cover the cost of refreshments during the day. Coffe, tea and biscuits will be available.

Lunch will ONLY be provided for those who order and pay £12 by 10 November, but it will be possible instead to leave during the lunch break to get some food in town.


Conference: Robert Willis: Science, Technology and Architecture in the 19th Century

report16-17 September 2016

This two-day conference explores the extraordinary life and work of the Cambridge academic Robert Willis (1800-1875). Willis was a famous Cambridge polymath. A Fellow of Gonville and Caius, he was Jacksonian Professor of Natural and Experimental Philosophy and taught engineering in the early years of that subject.

His research and teaching was spread over a wide range of interests. He was in particular a pioneer of the study of Medieval vaulting and did extensive research on Gothic Cathedrals and Medieval architectural nomenclature. In Cambridge, he is best known as the originator and author of The Architectural History of the University and Colleges of Cambridge which was put together from his papers and additional material by his nephew John Willis

This conference, set in the beautiful surroundings of Willis’s own college, will look at the whole range of his interests, with lectures on the first day and tours of the buildings he discussed on the

Further details and booking:

From the local to the global

James Campbell Willis and Cambridge architecture
Alex Buchanan Willis and his networks of knowledge

Willis and science

Jacques Heymann The teaching of engineering in Cambridge
Ben Marsden Willis and science
Robin Maconie Willis, speech, sound and music

Willis and archaeology

Chris Elliott Willis and Egyptian architecture
Martin Biddle Willis and the Holy Sepulchre Church in Jerusalem
Toby Huitson Circular stairs, Norman galleries and polychrome stonemasonry: Willis’s work on Worcester Cathedral
Tim Tatton‐Brown Willis and Chichester Cathedral

Willis, vaults and drawing

Santiago Huerta Willis and gothic vault studies before 1850
Antonio Becchi Drawing proofs: The tangible worlds of Robert Willis and Oliver Byrne
Javier Girón Willis and the constructive drawing in architecture
Nick Webb Digital re‐presentation of Willis’s work on medieval vaults

Willis’s influence

David Wendland Robert Willis and Germany: Gothic Revival and research on mediaeval architecture
Simone Talenti Willis’s influence in 19th-century Italy
Martin Bressani Willis and Viollet‐le‐Duc
Adrian Forty Willis and the Modernists

The programme will conclude with a celebratory dinner at Caius College. Day 2 will comprise a walking tour of sites with Willis interest in Cambridge and a coach trip to Ely.

Upcoming Event: Mapping the Miraculous: A Medieval Hagiography Conference (Cambridge, 2 May 2014)

The Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic is delighted to announce a one-day victors-wedding-035conference focusing on saintly miracles and their roles in medieval hagiography. Speakers include Robert Bartlett, Dorothy Ann Bray, Thomas Clancy, Catherine Cubitt, Barry Lewis, Rosalind Love and Christine Rauer.

Find the Conference poster here. For more information and the full programme, visit ‘Mapping Miracles‘.

Exhibition: The Moving Word (Cambridge University Library)

Running until 17 April 2014, in the Milstein Exhibition Centre, Monday to Friday 09.00–18.00, Saturday 09.00–16.30 (Sunday closed). Admission free.manpic3

The Moving Word: French Medieval Manuscripts in Cambridge looks at the enormous cultural and historic impact of the French language upon life in England, Europe, the Middle East and beyond at a time when French – like Latin before it and English today – was the global language of culture, commerce and politics.

The exhibition, curated by Bill Burgwinkle and Nicola Morato, is part of a wider AHRC-funded research project looking at the question of how knowledge travelled in manuscript form through the continent and into the Eastern Mediterranean world, freely crossing linguistic and cultural boundaries at a time when France was a much smaller political entity than it is today.

– See more at: http://www.cam.ac.uk/research/news/conquering-a-continent-how-the-french-language-circulated-in-britain-and-medieval-europe#sthash.XaG3t8hj.knVHip0u.dpuf

For more information, see the exhibition website.

Job: University Lectureship in Early Ottoman History, c. 1300-c.1800 University of Cambridge, Faculty of History

CamrbdiSalary: £37,756-£47,787
Reference: JJ02030
Closing date: 02 April 2014

Applications are invited for a University Lectureship in Early Ottoman History (c.1300-c.1800). The successful candidate will be part of a lively and intellectually stimulating research community in Early Modern History, which performs to the highest international levels in research and publications, and will have access to the excellent research facilities which Cambridge offers, in particular through the Skilliter Centre for Ottoman Studies. The post is available from 1 October 2014, or as soon as possible thereafter.

The appointee must hold a PhD (or equivalent) and will be an outstanding scholar and teacher in their field.  Research of international standing will be expected. The Faculty welcomes both early career scholars and those who already have established careers. The post-holder will be encouraged to build collaborative research programmes as well as to conduct their individual research. He or she will teach at all levels from undergraduate to PhD and will be expected to examine at all levels, and to take a fair share of administration.

The annual pensionable stipend for a Lecturer is on a scale from £37,756 to £47,787 with the possibility of market supplementation where appropriate. Appointments will be for a probationary period of 5 years with appointment to the retiring age thereafter, subject to satisfactory performance. The Lecturer will be based in central Cambridge.

This appointment is subject to a health assessment. Whether an outcome is satisfactory will be determined by the University.

Further particulars and application forms for the post can be downloaded from the Faculty’s website (http://www.hist.cam.ac.uk/jobs) or may be obtained from the Secretary of the Appointments Committee, Faculty of History, West Road, Cambridge CB3 9EF (telephone number 01223 335350, e-mail: jobs@hist.cam.ac.uk), to whom completed applications (comprising a cover letter, CHRIS/6 form, CV and writing sample) should be e-mailed by 5.00pm on Wednesday 2 April, 2014.

Informal enquiries may be made either to the Chair of the Faculty, Professor David Reynolds (histchr@hermes.cam.ac.uk), or to the Faculty’s HR Clerk, Mrs Joanne Pearson (e-mail: jobs@hist.cam.ac.uk, telephone: 01223 335350).
Please quote reference JJ02030 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.
The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity.
The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

Conference: People, Texts and Artefacts: Cultural Transmission in the Norman Worlds of the Eleventh and Twelfth Centuries.

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Emmanuel College, Cambridge 23-25 March 2014 


Sunday 23 March

12.00-2.00pm Registration and informal lunch Queens’ building, Harrods Room

2.00pm Welcome by Professor Elisabeth van Houts (Cambridge) Queens’ Building, Lecture Theatre  page1image7880 page1image8040 page1image8200 page1image8360

2.15-3.45 Session 1

David Abulafia (Cambridge), ‘The transformation of the Norman kingdom of Sicily’

Edoardo d’Angelo (Naples) ‘A Norman school in the Holy Land?’

3.45-4.15 Tea/coffee

4.15-5.45 Session 2

Paul Oldfield (Manchester), ‘The Bari charter of privileges of 1132: articulating the culture of a new Norman monarchy’

Alice Taylor (King’s College, London), ‘Homage in Norman law and chronicles’

7.00 Dinner

Monday 24 March

9.30-11.00 Session 3

Tom Licence (East Anglia), ‘Historical writing at St. Vincent’s, Metz and its influence in the Anglo-Norman world’

Mario Zecchino (Bologna) ‘Weights and measures in the Norman- Swabian world’

11.00-11.30 Tea/coffee

11.30-1.00 Session 4

Giuseppe Mastrominico (Ariano Irpino), ‘Law and literature in the Courts of Love’

Lindy Grant (Reading), ‘Angevin princesses as agents of cultural transmission’

1.00-2.30 Lunch

2.30-4.00 Session 5

Anna Laura Trombetti (Bologna) ‘Attività legislativa di Guglielmo I e di Guglielmo II’

Robert Liddiard (East Anglia), ‘The Landscapes and the Material Culture of the Anglo-Norman Empire: Chronology and Cultural Transmission’

4.00-4.30 Tea/coffee

4.30 Exhibition Emmanuel College Library Medieval Manuscripts

7.00 Conference Dinner

Tuesday 25 March

9.00-10.30 Session 6

Graham Loud (Leeds),’The medieval archives of the abbey of S.Trinità, Cava’

Teofilo de Angelis (University of Cassino-Basso Lazio)‘The manuscript tradition of Petro of Eboli’s De balneis Puteolanis: recensio and stemma codicum’

10.30-11.00 Tea/coffee

11.00-11.45 Session 7

Marie-Agnès Avenel (Caen), Ecrire la conquête: une comparaison des récits de Guillaume de Poitiers et Geoffrey Malaterra

11.45-12.15 Session 8

David Bates (East Anglia/Cambridge) Concluding remarks Editors’ information about plans for publication

12.30 departure

The conference can be booked from 17 January 2014 (until 15 March 2014) through the University of Cambridge conference e-sales facility and then look for ‘Conferences’ and ‘History’.

For six graduate students’ bursaries (a reduction of £50), please contact Elisabeth van Houts (emcv2@cam.ac.uk)