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CANCELLED: Scandinavian courtly laws: the hirðskrá and the lex castrensis

Friday 29 November 2019

William Raybould's (Durham) seminar for the Viking Studies Research Group will be held in Spring Term. Details to follow.

Theatres of War: Status, Power, and Performance on the Eastern Crusading Frontier

Tuesday 19 November 2019

A special lecture by Prof. Nicholas Paul (Fordham University)

Performance issues in the Christos Paschon

Thursday 14 November 2019

A Centre for Medieval Literature Videoseminar by Prof. Margaret Mullett (Queen's University Belfast).

Walter de Gray and the First Archbishop's Register

Wednesday 13 November 2019

Walter de Gray was one of the longest serving and most important archbishops of York. This lecture draws on new research, including a modern edition of his register, a prototype for a new kind of record keeping. It sheds light on his family, career, and government, and on the political challenges that were faced when King John's man came north.

Byzantine Tent Poems and the 'Global' Middle Ages

Tuesday 12 November 2019

The Medieval Literatures seminar will this autumn be delivered by Prof. Margaret Mullett (Prof. Emerita QUB).

Romantic skalds and skáldskarpr: Danish reception of Old Norse literature from 1800 to 1850

Friday 8 November 2019

A seminar of the Viking Studies Research Group with visiting PhD student Lea Jørgensen (Aarhus)

A Colony Writes Back to the Empire: Rome and Constantinople in Medieval Welsh Poetry

Tuesday 29 October 2019

A Centre for Medieval Literature videoseminar by Prof. Helen Fulton (University of Bristol)

The Archbishop, the Antiquarian and the Wall Paintings of Pickering Church

Monday 28 October 2019

Dr Kate Giles discusses her recent work on the remarkably well-preserved medieval wall paintings of St Peter's church, Pickering.

A Chapter of Woe. The Anglo-Scots Battle of Myton, 1319

Thursday 24 October 2019

Paul Dryburgh, Principal Record Specialist at The National Archives, will deliver the first of a series of lectures associated with The Northern Way project.

Society for Name Studies in Britain and Ireland Autumn Conference

Saturday 19 October 2019

The provisional program on Vikings and Names covers place-names, surnames, and the ongoing legacy of Scandinavian speakers in literature and culture, with contributions from Jack Hartley, Peter McClure, Josh Neal, David Parsons, Eleanor Rye, Matt Townend, and Pragya Vohra.

Vikings in a Sea of Islands: comparative archaeologies from Oceania and the Northern world

Tuesday 15 October 2019

This Autumn, Prof. Neil Price (Uppsala) will deliver our York Medieval Lecture on comparative archaeologies from Oceania and the Northern world.

Moot, Hall and Court: a Different Approach to 'Private Justice' in Medieval England

Friday 11 October 2019

Prof. Paul Hyams would like to have an informal seminar to road test a new idea. If you have any interest in reading medieval texts, in medieval people, or in conceptual questions of how to think about human relations then do come along. This is a chance to see how ideas are made.

Holy Housewives and Classical Kings: Gendering Domestic Authority in Late Medieval England

Wednesday 9 October 2019

Part of the Department of History's Autumn 2019 research seminar series

Approaching the Nordic Past Between Source-Criticism and Identity

Tuesday 24 September 2019

This is a Medieval Literatures Videoseminar.

Digging the Black Death in your garden: public archaeology reconstructing the impact of demographic change

Friday 5 July 2019

A public lecture as part of the Society for Medieval Archaeology 2019 Annual Conference: “The Long Black Death”: New Perspectives.

'The Long Black Death': New Perspectives

Friday 5 July 2019

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

Belonging in Late Medieval Cities

Friday 28 June 2019

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.

CMS Postgraduate Conference

Thursday 27 June 2019

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

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

Wednesday 26 June 2019

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?

Space, Place, Diagram: Studying Cosmology in Medieval Byzantium

Tuesday 18 June 2019

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

Fornaldarsögur, Prosimetrum, and History-Writing in Medieval Iceland.

Friday 14 June 2019

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

Vikings: An artefact's view

Thursday 13 June 2019

The popular image of the Vikings is one of wild, violent raiders. However, an exploration of some of the most remarkable artefacts held in museum collections around the world reveals a more complex society – one comprising of pioneering explorers and master metalworkers who established a far-reaching trade network.

Beer and Beowulf

Tuesday 11 June 2019

Beer and poetry often went together in Anglo-Saxon England and the hall was celebrated as the place of community and creativity. Come and join us in the beorsele or beer-hall of the Duke of York pub for our annual evening of Anglo-Saxon beer and poetry.

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

Tuesday 11 June 2019

Phil Knox delivers our Summer Medieval Literatures Seminar.

Medieval Magic: Transformations and transmutations

Sunday 9 June 2019

From alchemy to the healing properties of plants, protective charms to stories about shapeshifters, explore different ideas about magic and the supernatural in the medieval period.

Chaucer's Pardoner and the Rhetoric of Metafiction and Metalepsis

Wednesday 5 June 2019

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

Postgraduate Virtual Open Day

Tuesday 4 June 2019

Interested in postgraduate study here at the Centre for Medieval Studies? Why not join us for our Virtual Open Day on 4 June?

Thinking with Mysticism (from medieval to early modern)

Friday 31 May 2019

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.

Norse in the North 2019

Saturday 25 May 2019

This year's Norse in the North event is hosted by the University of York.

Viking Age Vestfold: Urban Vikings and Rural Fashionistas

Friday 24 May 2019

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

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

Thursday 23 May 2019

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

Which came first: the romance or the ballad?

Tuesday 21 May 2019

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

Approaches to the Medieval Bible

Tuesday 7 May 2019

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.

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

Friday 3 May 2019

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

In the next leyf: the edge of the material text

Thursday 2 May 2019

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

Historical Memory Culture and the significance of the 1453 Ottoman Conquest of Constantinople

Wednesday 17 April 2019

This event is part of the CModS Research Strand "Medievalism and Imperial Modernity", and is co-organized with the York Asia Research Network, Department of History and Centre for Renaissance and Early Modern Studies.

Displaying the Bayeux Tapestry, now and then

Monday 11 March 2019

A History of Art Research Seminar

Frisia in the North Sea World of the Viking Age

Friday 8 March 2019

Nelleke IJssennagger from the National Trust will talk to the Viking Studies Research Group on the position and role of Frisia in the Viking Age.

Who’s Afraid of the Big, Bad Wolf? And Why?

Monday 4 March 2019

A History of Art Research Seminar. Analysing medieval and Early Modern visual and textual representations, this paper will explore how, when, and why the wolf has been demonized so effectively and enduringly.

Materials from the margins: A Seljuk horizon and pre-Mongol ‘globalism’

Friday 22 February 2019

An Islamic Art Circle lecture.

Family and kinship in medieval Europe: where are we now?

Wednesday 20 February 2019

A Department of History Research Seminar

Memory, Emotion and Truth: The Posthumous Trial of Joan of Arc

Tuesday 19 February 2019

In our Spring York Medieval Lecture, Dr Craig Taylor will re-evaluate the reliability of these witness statements in reconstructing the story of Joan of Arc, and also investigate their value as windows into wider issues like gender, religion, politics, warfare and emotions in mid-fifteenth century France.

Did a little birdie talk to Odin? The Theory of Old Norse Gods’ Minds

Friday 15 February 2019

Declan Taggart will deliver our second Viking Studies Research Group seminar of the term.

MA Taster Day

Friday 15 February 2019

Interested in MA study at the Centre for Medieval Studies? Come along to our Taster Afternoon to find out more...

The Shadow of Faux Semblant: Fiction, Deception, and Truth in Late Medieval Allegorical Poetry (France, England, and Italy)

Tuesday 12 February 2019

This talk will explore one aspect of a much wider project concerned with reassessing the profound and transformative impact of the popular Roman de la Rose on European literary and intellectual culture during the period 1280–1600.

Rebels Without a Cause: The Importance of Being Unwanted in Kormáks saga and Hallfreðar saga

Friday 25 January 2019

Alex Wilson will deliver our first Viking Studies talk of the term, focussing on two of the Icelandic Sagas: Kormáks saga and Hallfreðar saga.

Converting pagans and feeding babies in early medieval England

Wednesday 16 January 2019

A Department of History Research Seminar.