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

Thu
2
May

In the next leyf: the edge of the material text

Daniel Wakelin (Oxford) will deliver the Annual Riddy Lecture.

Fri
3
May

Hedeby and its relations with the Danelaw in the late 9th and 10th centuries

Volker Hilberg delivers our first Viking Studies Research Group talk of the Summer Term.

Tue
7
May

Approaches to the Medieval Bible

In this talk, Prof. Frans van Liere, a visiting Professor at York St Johns, aims to explore how changes in the concept of the Bible may have changed the very shape of the book itself.

Tue
21
May

Which came first: the romance or the ballad?

Laura Ashe (Worcester College, Oxford) will deliver our Summer York Medieval Lecture.

Thu
23
May

Scribal Cultures in Late Medieval England: A Conference in honour of Linne R. Mooney

With papers from leading scholars, this one-day conference honours Linne Mooney’s contribution to the study of medieval English manuscripts.

Fri
24
May

TBC

Unn Pedersen delivers our second Viking Studies Research Group talk of the Summer Term.

Fri
31
May

Thinking with Mysticism (from medieval to early modern)

This symposium will explore how the mystical, the prophetic, enthusiastic or the apophatic were deployed, to political, scientific or artistic purposes. It willlook at what thinkers did with mysticism (broadly defined), the strategies of thought or the practices they developed, and the ways in which they then used these strategies to animate, to energise, to trouble their world.

Wed
5
Jun

Chaucer's Pardoner and the Rhetoric of Metafiction and Metalepsis

Dr Richard Walsh (University of York) talking on Chaucer's Pardoner's Tale and the Rhetoric of Metafiction and Metalepsis.

Tue
11
Jun

Afterlives of the Roman de la rose, between England and France

Phil Knox delivers our Summer Medieval Literatures Seminar.

Fri
14
Jun

TBC

Our fourth meeting of the Viking Studies Research Group this summer.

Tue
18
Jun

TBC

A seminar given by one of the Centre for Medieval Literature's postdoctoral researchers.

Wed
26
Jun

Bending Saint Augustine’s nose. Or, how to authorize sexual pleasure

Augustine’s successors did a remarkable amount of bending. They accepted that pleasure would have been experienced by Adam and Eve; for them the issue was, how much?

Thu
27
Jun

CMS Postgraduate Conference

Annual York CMS postgraduate conference (for MA students and early stage PhDs): 'New Voices in Medieval Studies'

Fri
28
Jun

Belonging in Late Medieval Cities

A two-day conference providing a forum in which both early career researchers and established academics can discuss which ideas of belonging are of use, and which are problematic, in the study of medieval urban centres.

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
  • Middle English Reading Group
  • Global Medieval Texts Reading Group
  • Academic German Reading Group
  • Old English Reading Group
  • Old French Reading Group
  • Old Norse Reading Group
  • SCRAMS (PhD weekly seminar presentations)