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


Imperialising Old English: The Battle of Brunanburh

The latest in the York Medieval Lecture Series.


‘“We come with passports instead of swords” unpacking the 1926 Mediterranean Pilgrimage of the Order of St John’

Research seminar by Mike Horswell (Visiting Tutor, Oxford), discussant: Harry Munt (History). Co-organized with the Department of History and the York Asia Research Network. All are welcome to attend.


Writing en route in the Middle Ages

A Centre for Medieval Literature Videoseminar.


Interpreting and Preserving the Cultural Heritage: A Conference in Honour of David Park

Keynote speakers: Christopher Norton and Sharon Cather Other speakers include: Jessica Barker, Michael Carter, Anna Eavis, Eric Fernie, Sandy Heslop, Francesca Piqué, Stephen Rickerby, Lisa Shekede, Géraldine Victoir, Paul Williamson, Christopher Wilson, and Richard Marks.

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)