Medieval Events beyond King’s

For CLAMS events, see the King’s website.

Regular Seminars and Lecture Series

History of Liturgy Seminar 2017-2018

Monthly on Mondays 17.15-19.15

Starting Monday 2 October

John S Cohen Room N203, Institute of Historical Research, Senate House, London WC1E 7HU

Full programme here.

European History 1150-1550 Seminar

Fortnightly at 5:30pm

Starting Thursday 5 October

Institute of Historical Research, Wolfson II, Senate House, Malet Street. (unless otherwise noted on programme).

Full programme here.

Interdisciplinary Seminar on Medievalism

Saturday 7 October 2017

Institute of Historical Research, Wolfson I Room, Senate House, Malet Street.

Opening symposium:

Seminar series:

A new seminar series at the IHR, interrogating how the Middle Ages continue to live on in the post-medieval world, creatively re-imagined and restored in the art, architecture, literature, culture, and ideologies of individual and collective imaginations. The seminar series will commence on Saturday 7 October 2017 with a symposium on ‘Experiencing the Middle Ages in the Post-Medieval World’. Sarah Salih (KCL) will give the keynote paper.

The British Archaeological Association Annual Lecture Series

The BAA holds regular monthly lectures on the first Wednesday of each month between October and May in the rooms of the Society of Antiquaries of London, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BE.

Tea is served from 4.30 p.m. and the Chair is taken at 5.00 p.m. The lectures are open to all and provide an opportunity for professionals, students and independent scholars to present research that falls within the BAA’s areas of interest. We aim to cover both British and European topics that are susceptible to art-historical, archaeological, architectural, and historiographical investigation between the Roman period and the 19th century, but with a bias towards the medieval period.

Medievalists with Disabilities Network

Dear all,

I’m writing to announce the formation of a new network to connect medievalists with disabilities, and our allies. The word “disabilities” is used here in the broadest possible sense. The network ethos rests upon the creation of an inclusive, supportive, and productive community that unites medievalists living with disability in all forms.

This endeavour has grown out of the success of the #disIMC meet-up of medievalists with disabilities at Leeds International Medieval Congress this year, organised by Alex Lee and myself. At present, we are setting up the main communications for the network: a Slack.

If you’d like to join the network, please fill out this form: You will then be added to the network’s Slack in due course, where you will be able to connect with other members, discuss relevant issues, and find support. We are very aware that disclosure is a keen issue for many people, so please note that you do not have to use your real name nor work email address in the form.

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions about the network.

Dr Alicia Spencer-Hall (a.spencer-hall[at]

October 2017

Tuesday 10 October, 7pm

Lotte Reinbold (Cambridge) speaking on ‘At the still point of the turning world: Time and Place in Medieval Dream Poetry.’

The London Society for Medieval Studies. Location: Wolfson Room (NB01), IHR Basement, Senate House (located on Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU).

Caroline Bergvall presents: Oh my oh my

Tuesday 17 October, 19:00-20:00

Great Hall King’s Building Strand Campus

Part of the King’s Arts and Humanities Festival 2017

Internationally celebrated poet, artist and vocal performer Caroline Bergvall presents a new collaborative work-in-progress. This piece expands an ongoing body of work by Bergvall, which explores issues of linguistic travel and sedimentation, as well as medieval love poetry, and shines a light on linguistic and political thresholds. Booking essential.

Dream Actions – Embodied Visions: Medieval Mysticism at Somerset House

Thursday 19 October, 18:45 – 20:45

Sarah Salih (KCL) and Alicia Spencer-Hall will be in conversation with artist and Somerset House Studios resident Erica Scourti. Embodied Visions: Medieval Mysticism, is an exploration of female mystics and saints. The discussion will consider both how the interior mystical experiences of mystics and saints were externalized through visions and embodied responses, and how they negotiated the institutions which framed, legitimized and yet also persecuted them. Booking essential.

‘Neighbours and Strangers’
Medium Aevum Day Conference, 2017
October 21st, University of Southhampton


How did medieval individuals and communities engage with those around them, both locally and further afield? In what ways did textual, performative and interpretative practices serve to police, challenge or re-negotiate these relationships? And where were distinctions between neighbours and strangers unstable, ambiguous or malleable?

For more information, or to register, please visit the conference website:
Registration closes 13th October.

November 2017

1 November: Gender and Mysticism Through the Ages
Corinna Deppner (University of Erfurt): ‘Mystic Traditions in the Modern Period: Gender and Femininity in the Work of Clarice Lispector and Teresa of Ávila’
Stephen Hart (UCL): ‘Santa Rosa de Lima: Peru’s Unofficial Mystic’
Chair: Tyler Fisher

The Department of Spanish, Portuguese, and Latin American Studies at UCL. All welcome. Room 314, Foster Court, 1pm.

‘The Black Prince: Man, mortality and myth’
16th and 17th November 2017

This is an opportunity to hear from those who have undertaken research into the Black Prince, his life, his legacy, artefacts and tomb. Delegates will have opportunities to visit the Cathedral Archives and Library, to view documents and records relating to the Black Prince and to take part in special tours with access to rarely seen parts of the Cathedral.

Tickets are on sale now!

For more information please visit the Cathedral website.

Saturday 18th November 2017

“Astronomy Across the Medieval World” One-Day Conference

10.30 am – 5.00 pm

St Cross College, University of Oxford – Martin Wood Lecture Theatre, Department of Physics

The celestial sky has been a source of fascination since ancient times with astronomy being the oldest of the natural sciences. During the medieval period, astronomy flourished in many cultures across the world, some of which followed on from earlier models created by Ptolemy. The motions of the celestial bodies were investigated, early astronomical observatories were built and some cultures constructed remarkable monuments inspired by astronomical insights. This conference will draw together the different strands of medieval astronomy from across the world and will examine how they interfaced and paved the way for the scientific developments later in the Renaissance.

Registration to attend this conference is free, but must be confirmed using the Conference booking form by midday on Friday 10th November 2017.

Call for Participants

Workshop: Women’s Voices: Medieval and Early Modern

Application deadline – Monday 6th November

Event date – Saturday November 11th, 12:30-6pm, Queen Mary University of London

The medieval and early modern periods saw repeated attempts to theorise and regulate the female voice across a variety of different spheres, from the political and religious, to the judicial and domestic. However, recent research has revealed a number of ways in which women defied the established ideal of the silent woman in these periods. This one-day workshop will create a dialogue across historical periods and creative and academic disciplines to consider the ways in which women’s voices were heard, recorded and mediated.

The event will include papers from Dr Sue Niebrzydowski (Bangor University) and Professor Jennifer Richards (Newcastle University), and a roundtable discussion with and readings by the playwrights Dr Emma Whipday (Shakespeare’s Sister), Sarah Anson and Maírín O’Hagan (Lady Percy and Marge and Jules), who have reimagined medieval and early modern women’s voices for the modern stage. It will also serve as a forum for discussion of the challenges and barriers to researching women’s voices during these early periods, and a springboard for creating an ongoing research network on sound and voice in relation to medieval and early modern women.

This event is organised by Dr Hetta Howes (City, UoL) and Dr Clare Whitehead (KCL) and is kindly supported by the Strategic Research Initiative at Queen Mary University of London. Tea and coffee will be provided during the afternoon, and the workshop will conclude with a drinks reception. Places are limited so please email by Monday 6th November to reserve your place.


The Body Politics of Mary Magdalen conference

23 Nov 2017, 10:00 to 24 Nov 2017, 20:00
Warburg Institute, Woburn Square, London WC1H 0AB
See the whole programme and book your place on the School of Advanced Study website.

Discovering Collections, Discovering Communities 2017

What: The Cultural Value of Collections and the Creative Economy

When: 27-29 November 2017

Where: The Lowry, Pier 8, Salford Quays, Manchester, M50 3AZ

Cost: from £30 (+ VAT & Eventbrite booking fees)

Full programme:


Deadline: 31 October 2017

Twitter: #DCDC17

The National Archives and Research Libraries UK are delighted to announce that registration is now open for this year’s Discovering Collections, Discovering Communities (DCDC) Conference – The Cultural Value of Collections and the Creative Economy.

January 2018


Palaeography Study Day – 20 January 2018

An intensive training day dedicated to developing palaeographical and codicological skills. Students can select one of the following courses:

Introduction to Anglo-Saxon Palaeography

Introduction to Codicology

Introduction to English Palaeography

Introduction to Latin Palaeography

Senate House, London, WC1E 7HU

20 January, 10:00-17:00

£80 (students) | £100 (standard)

Book here: