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Forthcoming Events

Date & Time Event Location
18/02/2018 2018 Richard Hall Symposium: A Great Heathen Army? Belief and Ritual in the Viking World
Jorvik Viking Festival,
York, England
10/03/2018 The London Anglo-Saxon Symposium
Senate House, London
16/03/2018 Parker Library on the Web 2.0: New Opportunities and Future Directions
10/04/2018 Rethinking the Medieval Frontier.
CFP Deadline: 1 February 2018
University of Leeds
04-06/05/2018 Medieval Bodies Ignored: Politics, Culture, and Flesh
CFP Deadline: 28 February 2018
University of Leeds
31/05 – 01/06/2018 The Future of Medieval Studies symposium University of Leeds
Birkbeck Medieval Seminar – The Productive Medieval Body
Birkbeck, London
02-03/06/2018 ‘Transmissions and Translations in the Medieval World.
CFP Deadline: 2 Feb 2018
University of York
28/06/2018 Animals: Aspects and Approaches.
CFP Deadline: 15 April 2018
University of Oxford
28-30/06/2018 International Anchoritic Society Conference
University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK
 07/07/2018 Medieval Weathers 
King’s College London


February 2018

6 February 2018, 5:30pm
Institute of English Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London
Medieval Manuscripts Seminar

Matthew Collins FBA, Niels Bohr Professor at the University of Copenhagen and Professor of Biomolecular Archaeology at the University of York, Director of the CodeX project

Parchment: The Animal Turn

Most medieval writings were on the skins of animals, parchment.  Our research begins with the premise that parchment is the largest biological tissue bank ever assembled.   I will discuss how, working with conservation studios we have started to explore this archive, examining the range of animals used to contract codices and the patterns we are seeing in production.  To what extent do these results have relevance for manuscript studies and how can we advance this type of highly interdisciplinary research?

Dr Seng T Lee Centre for Manuscript and Book Studies,
Senate House Library, University of London,
Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

All meetings at 5.30 p.m., Tuesdays, followed by a wine reception.

Organiser: Julia Crick, King’s College London

The Richard Hall Symposium
York, England
Sunday 18th February 2018
Part of the annual JORVIK Viking Festival (

2018 Richard Hall Symposium: A Great Heathen Army? Belief and Ritual in the Viking World

De Grey Lecture Theatre, York St John University, 9.45am – 5pm (registration and hot drinks from 9am). £30 (£25 concessions / Friends of YAT). Lunch and refreshments included.

The 2018 Richard Hall Symposium welcomes an international line-up of speakers to discuss this year’s theme of ‘Belief and Ritual in the Viking World’

This year’s speakers include:
Thomas Smaberg, Malmo University
Gareth Williams, British Museum
Ailsa Mainman, University of York / YAT
Declan Taggart, University College Cork
Allison Fox, Manx National Heritage
Amanda Doviak, University of York

See the Festival website for a full programme. Pre-booking essential.

March 2018

Seventh London Anglo-Saxon Symposium
10 March 2018, 2:00-6:30pm
Senate House
Drawing on literary, archaeological, and historical sources, this year’s London Anglo-Saxon Symposium (10 March 2018) will consider how London was created both as a physical and conceptual place in Anglo-Saxon England. This year also features performances based on readings from Old English poems by students from Royal Holloway, University of London. Tickets are £20 standard | £10 concessions (students/unwaged/retired). The day will end with a wine reception.

Find out more or register.

Parker Library on the Web 2.0: New Opportunities and Future Directions
Corpus Christi College
The Parker Library of Corpus Christi College is pleased to invite you to
a symposium celebrating the launch of its newly redesigned digital
platform. The conference will be an occasion to reflect on the impact of
the digital humanities on manuscript studies, bringing together graduate
students, researchers, and library professionals who work with or on
manuscript books.Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, attendance at the conference
is free of charge. Depending on numbers, the conference will be held
either in the historic Parker Library itself, or in the McCrum Lecture
Theatre of Corpus Christi College. We therefore assume that your booking
represents your confirmation of attendance.To view the complete programme and register, please visit the Eventbrite.

April 2018

Rethinking the Medieval Frontier, University of Leeds

CFP Deadline: 1 February 2018
Conference date: 10 April 2018

See the full call for papers

Few topics in medieval studies have as much current relevance and activity as frontiers and borders. Yet approaches to their study in the Middle Ages are often untheorised, and compare, if at all, only to often outdated studies of the ancient or modern world. Yet medievalists are well placed, given the richness of their material and the complexity of medieval politics and society, to challenge such ‘classical’ ideas of The Frontier, whose weaknesses are now being exposed by current events. A fully comparative approach to the possibilities of what it meant to establish, live in or contest a frontier or border zone shown by the societies of late Antiquity and the Middle Ages can power the development of a new shared understanding of the processes at work where borders are laid down or transgressed.

The project Rethinking the Medieval Frontier has been exploring such ideas since 2015. Its first one-day conference, made possible by a British Academy/Leverhulme Trust Small Research Grant, will take place on 10th April 2018.

May 2018

Medieval Bodies Ignored: Politics, Culture, and Flesh
Deadline: 28th February
Conference date: 4th-6th May 2018, University of Leeds

See the Call for Papers in PDF form here.
Twitter: @bodiesignored

Information on registration, travel bursaries, and the programme will be released in due course, but any questions can be sent to

This interdisciplinary conference will concentrate upon the cultural history of the body, particularly that relating to bodies that are ignored, by either medieval society or modern scholarship. This conference is interested in building up a sensory and somatic understanding of daily corporeal existence in the Middle Ages, with a particular focus on those elements of medieval society that are both seen and unseen.

Abstract submissions from a variety of disciplines are encouraged.

Please send abstracts of no more than 300 words to by 28th February 2018.

The Future of Medieval Studies
Deadline for proposals: 1 March 2018
Conference date: Thursday, 31 May – Friday, 1 June 2018
Medieval Studies has developed enormously over the last fifty years. This symposium marks the fiftieth anniversary of the Leeds Institute for Medieval Studies by exploring current developments in the field. Of particular importance for the future of Medieval Studies is how we can enrich and expand the themes of our research, the environments and methods of our research, and the diversity of researchers. How can Medieval Studies be made more engaged and better reflect the world of the present and the future (and should it)?
This event is intended to be an innovative forum for addressing this important issue in contemporary Medieval Studies. Rather than seeking papers in a traditional format, we invite proposals from individuals or groups to run hour-long sessions of participatory activities.

June 2018

The Birkbeck Medieval Seminar – The Productive Medieval Body
1 June 2018

Kim Phillips (Auckland);
Maaike van der Lugt (Paris – Diderot);
Vincent Gillespie (Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford)
and Alicia Spencer-Hall (UCL).

Registration required.

Free and open to all scholars of the Middle Ages, the Birkbeck Medieval Seminar is designed to foster conversation and debate on a particular topic within medieval studies by providing the opportunity to hear new research from experts in the field. We are a welcoming and inclusive environment. This venue is fully accessible. Please contact Isabel Davis ( for futher information or if you need help using this registration site.

Transmissions and Translations in the Medieval World
University of York
CFP deadline: 2 February 2018
Event date: 2-3 June 2018

We are inviting the submission of abstracts for the next interdisciplinary conference in the N/EMICS series to be held at the University of York on 2-3 June 2018, on the theme of ‘Transmissions and Translations in the Medieval World.’ We have attached the Call for Papers, and a link to the website, which further outline details of the planned event which includes Professor Roger Stalley as keynote speaker.

We look forward to receiving their submissions by the deadline on 2 February 2018.

Twitter: @NorthernEMICS

Facebook: Northern/Early Medieval Interdisciplinary Conference Series


Animals: Aspects and Approaches
University of Oxford

Deadline: 15 April 2018
Conference date: 28 June 2018

International Anchoritic Society Conference
University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK

June 28-30, 2018

More information tbc.

July 2018

Medieval Weathers
7 July, 2018, held at King’s College London.

For more information 

Regular Events

Monthly on Mondays 17.15-19.15 History of Liturgy Seminar 2017-2018

Full programme here.

John S Cohen Room N203, Institute of Historical Research, Senate House, London WC1E 7HU
European History 1150-1550 Seminar

Full programme here.

Institute of Historical Research, Wolfson II, Senate House, Malet Street (unless otherwise noted on programme).
Interdisciplinary Seminar on Medievalism
Full programme here.
Institute of Historical Research, Wolfson Room NB02, Basement, Senate House, Malet Street.
First Wednesday of each month


The British Archaeological Association Annual Lecture Series The Society of Antiquaries of London, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BE.
UCL Interdisciplinary Medieval and Renaissance Seminar
G09, 25 Gordon Square, UCL History Department (unless otherwise noted on programme).