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CONF: Remembering the Middle Ages? Reception, Identity, Politics

Conference & Poetry Reading: Remembering the Middle Ages?

April 5-6, 2019

2 Locations:

Bush House, Aldwych, King’s College London
The London Global Gateway, 1-4 Suffolk Street, University of Notre Dame

A partnership between the University of Notre Dame (London Global Gateway) and King’s College London, ‘Remembering the Middle Ages? Reception, Identity, Politics’ asks speakers and attendees to consider how the concept of a ‘cultural memory’ of the Middle Ages can be useful (or not) in understanding how and why scholars, artists, readers, and others have resourced or imagined the Middle Ages, in any post-medieval period. We ask participants to interrogate the linguistic, material, and social networks that have been created by medieval things over time. Haruko Momma (University of Toronto) and Sarah Salih (King’s College London) will give a keynote panel, and the event also includes a reading featuring poets Vahni Capildeo and Ian Duhig and chaired by Professor Clare Lees (Director of the Institute for English Studies). Further details are forthcoming at our website: http://sites.nd.edu/remembering-the-middle-ages.

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European History 1150-1550 Seminars @ IHR: 2017-2018 Programme

800px-1450_c2bf_carta_catalana_jpeg_copy-aEuropean History 1150-1550
Wolfson Room NB02, Basement, IHR, North block, Senate House
Thursdays 17:30

Convenors: David Carpenter (KCL), Matthew Champion (Birkbeck), Johanna Dale (UCL), David d’Avray (UCL), Serena Ferente (KCL), Andrew Jotischky (RHUL), Patrick Lantschner (UCL), Cornelia Linde (German Historical Institute), Sophie Page (UCL), Eyal Poleg (QMUL), Miri Rubin (QMUL), John Sabapathy (UCL), Alex Sapoznik (KCL), Alice Taylor (KCL), Marie Legendre (SOAS)


Autumn Term 2017

Date Seminar details
5 October


Pretenders and returners: Dynastic imposters in the Middle Ages

Robert Bartlett (University of St Andrews)

IHR Wolfson Room NB02, Basement, IHR

19 October


Hunting at the court of King John of England

Hugh Thomas (Miami College of Arts and Sciences)

IHR Wolfson Room NB02, Basement, IHR

2 November


European History 1150-1550 2 paper event

Daisy Livingston (School of Oriental and African Studies), Martin Hall (Royal Holloway University of London)

IHR Wolfson Room NB02, Basement, IHR

16 November


Trust and authority: Pragmatic literacy and communication in the royal towns of medieval Hungary

Katalin Szende (Central European University)

IHR Wolfson Room NB02, Basement, IHR

30 November


The Creighton Lecture 2017. Strangers in Medieval Cities

Miri Rubin (Queen Mary University of London)

IHR Wolfson Conference Suite, NB01/NB02, Basement, IHR

14 December


The rise of administrative lordship in medieval Flanders: New perspectives

Jean-François Nieus (University of Namur)

IHR Wolfson Room NB02, Basement, IHR

Spring Term 2018

Date Seminar details
11 January


Trustworthy men: How inequality and faith made the medieval church

Ian Forrest (University of Oxford)

IHR Wolfson Room NB02, Basement, IHR

25 January


Government and inquests from Philip Augustus to the last Capetians

Marie Dejoux (Pantheon-Sorbonne University Paris1)

IHR Wolfson Room NB02, Basement, IHR

8 February


European History 1150-1550 2 paper event

Anaïs Waag (King’s College London), Cecil Reid (Queen Mary University of London)

Room 243, Second Floor

22 February


Petrifying wealth: The southern European shift to masonry as collective investment in identity, c. 1050-1300

Ana María Rodríguez López (Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas)

IHR Wolfson Room NB02, Basement, IHR

8 March


Observing Religion: High medieval religious movements and their polemical vocabularies

Sita Steckel (University of Münster)

IHR Wolfson Room NB02, Basement, IHR

CFP: Bishops’ Identities, Careers and Networks, University of Aberdeen, 26 May and 27 May 2017

cropped-welwick-crosierCall for Papers: Conference: Bishops’ Identities, Careers and Networks
Centre for Scandinavian Studies, University of Aberdeen
26 May and 27 May 2017

Bishops were powerful individuals who had considerable spiritual, economic and political power. To be a bishop was to be a leader who might crown kings or foment rebellion. So who became bishops? What were their family backgrounds, educational attainment, social networks? What was the impact of international Church events such as the Great Schism or the Council of Basle on the types of bishop appointed in individual dioceses?

The aim of this two-day conference, funded by an AHRC Early Career Research Grant, is to stimulate discussion on how individuals achieved a bishopric in Europe, including Scandinavia and the British Isles. An edited volume is the planned outcome for the conference.

Topics for the conference include, but are by no means limited to:

  • Family origins
  • Education
  • Pre-episcopal careers
  • Social networks
  • Spiritual networks
  • Political networks
  • the centralisation of the Papacy
  • international Church events
  • Diocesan patrons
  • Election of bishops

We invite proposals between 250-300 words for individual 20 minute papers relating to the conference theme. Please send abstracts to bishopscareersnetworks@gmail.com.

Please send abstracts by Friday 27th January 2017.

Please direct any queries to Sarah Thomas and Michael Frost at bishopscareersnetworks@gmail.com.



Conference: Heraldic Badges: From Miniature to Monumental, 1300–1500, Courtauld Institute of Art, Thursay 29 September, 2016

wilton-d-1-2-600x600Conference: Heraldic Badges: From Miniature to Monumental, 1300–1500, Courtauld Institute of Art, Thursay 29 September, 2016

The question of how to represent a person was of great importance to artists and patrons in the later Middle Ages. While much attention has focused on the development of facial likeness in portraiture, the concurrent fashion for expressing identity through symbolic codes has been comparatively ignored. Heraldic badges – a form of symbolic representation whereby individuals are represented through objects, plants, animals, letters or mythological beings – were extremely popular in the royal and aristocratic courts of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, proliferating across a wide range of artistic media and contexts.

This one-day conference brings together experts from across Europe, and aims to stimulate cross-cultural conversations on the display, function and circulation of heraldic badges in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. The theme ‘Miniature to Monumental’ focuses on the size and context of badges, interrogating why these devices were represented in radically different scales, and the shifts in meaning incurred in these transformations.


10:00 – 10:15 REGISTRATION (Research Forum Seminar Room)

10:15 – 10:40 Jessica Barker (University of East Anglia) and Jana Gajdošová (University of Cambridge), What is a Badge and What are its Meanings?

Session 1: What is a Badge?

10:40 – 11:05 Laurent Hablot (Université de Poitiers), English and French Secular Badges 1350-1450, Interaction and Comparison

11:05 – 11:30 John Goodall (independent), Beasts and Badges in the Lancastrian Court.

11:30 –11:55 Jessica Berenbeim (University of Oxford), Chivalry in the Cloister.

11:55 – 12:10 Discussion

12:10 – 13:20 LUNCH

Session 2: Miniature

13:20 – 13:30 Lloyd de Beer (University of East Anglia/British Museum), The Digital Badge and the Potential of Miniature Things.

13:30 – 13:55 Maria Theisen (Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften), The Badge of the Royal Order of Wenceslas IV and its use in the King’s Willehalm manuscript (Vienna, ÖNB, Cod. Ser. n. 2643).

13:55 – 14:20 Hanneke van Asperen (Radboud University Nijmegen), Secular or Sacred? The Secular Design of Some Religious Badges in the Low Countries.

14:20 – 14:45 Milada Studničková (Institute of Art History, Czech Academy of Sciences), ‘Signum draconis’: Visual sources, Written Documents and Legends behind Sigismund of Luxembourg’s Badge of the Monarchical Order.

14:45 – 15:00 Discussion

15:00 – 15:30 TEA/COFFEE BREAK

Session 3: Monumental

15:30 – 15:55 Michael Carter (English Heritage), Azure, three horseshoes or: The Arms of Fountains Abbey, An Enduring Puzzle.

15:55 – 16:20  Matthew Payne (Westminster Abbey), Richard II’s White Hart Badge at Westminster Abbey.

16:20 – 16:45 Joana Ramôa Melo & Begoña Farré Torras (Universidade Nova, Lisbon), Heraldic Polychromy at the Monastery of Batalha: Presentation of a Work in Progress.

16:45 – 17:10 Miguel Metelo de Seixas (Universidade Nova, Lisbon) and João António Portugal (Instituto Português de Heráldica) Under the Sign of Our Lady and St. George: Dynastic Memory and the Use of Badges in the Portuguese Royal Shrine of Batalha.

17:10 – 17:25 Discussion

17:25 – 17:30 Closing Remarks by Alixe Bovey (Courtauld Institute of Art).

17:30 – 18:30 RECEPTION

Ticket / entry details: £16 (General admission) £11 (Students, Courtauld staff, concessions). Click here to book.

CFP: Durham University MEMSA Conference (July 2016)

durham elevation.jpgMEMSA CONFERENCE 14-15 JULY 2016

MEMSA is pleased to announce its tenth annual conference on the theme of

Identifying Identity: Ideas of Personal and Public Identity in the Medieval and Early Modern World.
This interdisciplinary conference will invite postgraduate and early career researchers to speak on all aspects of identity. We welcome papers from all disciplines studying identity in the medieval and early modern world. Identity is an increasingly important subject in academic research that transcends interdisciplinary boundaries. Identity and the methodologies we use to find and communicate evidence of identity in literary, historical, archaeological and other sources are relevant to both our own lives today, as well as the medieval and early modern world we study.

Suggestions for topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Performed identities
  • Transnational identity and conflict
  • National and local, macro and micro-identities
  • Ownership, artistry and patronage in private and public buildings
  • Mistaken identity and deception
  • Authorship and attributions in texts
  • Gender and sexual identities
  • Imagined community
  • Urban and rural identities
  • Identification with literary figures
  • Medieval and early modern ideas of the self
  • Religious identities
  • Kinship, community and neighbourhood
  • Expressions of identity in ego-documents

In addition to the panels the conference will include two key note lectures by Prof Andrew Beresford (Durham University) and Dr Fiona Edmonds (University of Cambridge) and opportunities for delegates to visit Durham Cathedral and Castle. The conference fee will be £10, which will cover costs for refreshments and lunch.

Papers should be 15-20 minutes long and will be followed by time for questions and discussion. Abstracts of 200-300 words can be sent to imrs.memsa@durham.ac.uk. The deadline for the submission of abstracts is 10 April 2016.

For more information and updates, visit dur.ac.uk/imems/memsa, our blog durhammemsa.wordpress.com, and follow us on twitter @DurhamMEMSA.

Call for Papers: Embodied Identities: Figural and Symbolic Representation of the Self in Anatolia (Istanbul 2014)

Call for Papers:
Embodied Identities: Figural and Symbolic Representation of the Self in Anatolia
Istanbul, 7-8 June 2014
Deadline: Feb 10 2014

koc_logoThis two-day workshop will be hosted at the Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations, Koç University, in Taksim. The organizers invite the submission of abstracts presenting excavation data relating to identity, territoriality and artistic expression of Anatolian personalities or groups, as well as investigations into the creation and manipulation of identity through material culture. The focus of the first day will be on theoretical and methodological approaches to identity in prehistoric Anatolia, while the second day will be open to papers concerning identity and self at any time period in Anatolian studies.

The main objective of the workshop is to investigate the embodiment of identity markers in literal and representative media; such as mortuary practices, personalization of tools, location of petroglyphs, and changing contexts of settlement planning. The archaeological focus of this workshop will enhance our perspectives on the relations between the self-determination of ancient Anatolians and their material context in Anatolia.

Abstracts of 300 words or fewer should be sent to ehughes@ku.edu.tr no later than midnight on February 10, 2014.