Events

The CMS hosts a lively schedule of events which runs throughout the year, bringing together medieval researchers from across the country and the world.

These include national and international conferences and workshops, as well as a busy programme of lectures and seminars, listed in our regular Diary of Events (term-time only).

Upcoming events

Tue
29
May

“Archbishop Wulfstan and the Peace of God”

Prof. Katy Cubitt will deliver the next lecture in the York Medieval Lecture Series.

Tue
29
May

Caliphs, Popes and Gold: Money and Long-Distance Connections in the Early Middle Ages

One of the most celebrated Anglo-Saxon coins is a gold piece naming Offa, king of the Mercians (757-96), which closely imitates a gold dinar of the Abbasid caliph al-Mansur. It encapsulates a fascinating series of cultural interconnections which bound Anglo-Saxon England to the rest of mainland Europe and, ultimately, to the Muslim world.

Sat
2
Jun

Transmissions and Translations, 2-3 June 2018

The latest N/EMICS conference, co-organised by History of Art postgraduate students at the University of York.

Tue
5
Jun

The Question of Middle English Romance

Questions litter the English romances, variously rudimentary, enigmatic, preposterous. And the answers they elicit are often strange or estranging.

Wed
6
Jun

The Qur’ans of Uljaytu

The Mongol Ilkhanate (1256-1353) was established in north-west Iran after the invasions led by Hulegu, the grandson of Genghis-khan. Despite the initial destruction that the conquests brought, Ilkhanid rule heralded a period where the arts of the book flourished with the production of both religious and secular texts.

Sun
10
Jun

Medieval Magical Creatures

As part of the day on Witchcraft and Wizardry in the Ron Cooke Hub, join researchers from the University of York's Centre for Medieval Studies, and Durham University in taking a closer look at the fantastic creatures and strange monsters that pop up in medieval art and literature.

Mon
11
Jun

The Afterlives of Medieval Kings

When it comes to the reputations of medieval kings, anything is possible.

Wed
13
Jun

Beer and Beowulf: Fantastic Poetry

A retinue of reciters from the Centre for Medieval Studies, led by Matthew Townend, will perform a selection of Anglo-Saxon and Norse poetry, both in translation and in the original, this year on the theme of the strange and fantastic.

Thu
14
Jun

Immigrants: An English controversy, 1250-1500

The Aylmer Lecture is a highlight of the Department of History's annual programme of events. This year, Professor Mark Ormrod will speak on 'Immigrants: An English controversy, 1250-1500.'

Fri
15
Jun

Viking Studies Research Group

Dr Nik Gunn will deliver a talk at our final Viking Studies Research Group meeting of this term.

Past events

Reading groups

There are various reading and research groups based at the centre, which bring together scholars of different disciplines who wish to explore shared interests.

Some of the groups running this year include:

  • Viking Studies Research Group
  • Latin Reading Group
  • Critical Theory for Medievalists
  • Old English Reading Group
  • Old French Reading Group
  • Old Norse Reading Group
  • SCRAMS (PhD weekly seminar presentations)