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


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?


CMS Postgraduate Conference

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


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.


'The Long Black Death': New Perspectives

Society for Medieval Archaeology annual conference. Please visit the Society's website for the full list of speakers and programme of events.

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)