The Leicester Medieval Research Centre


Many events are organised by or affiliated with the Medieval Research Centre, and these events are open to all scholars and students interested in the medieval period. We also initiate our annual Richard III Public Lecture, which is held in the city's award-winning King Richard III Visitor Centre.

The Medieval Research Centre regularly sponsors high profile panel sessions at the International Congress on Medieval Studies at Kalamazoo, MI and at the Leeds International Medieval Congress.

In the past, a series of specialist interdisciplinary graduate workshops have been organised, designed to expose graduate students and early career fellows of medieval studies to different disciplinary approaches to evidence and interpretation. Past speakers have included: Dr Chris Fern (Staffordshire Hoard Project); Professor Faith Wallis (McGill, Canada); and Dr John Goodall (Country Life). We hope to initiate these again from the Autumn, to include visits to the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge for a coins session. Do send us ideas for workshops you might like.

2023 events

The University of Leicester Centre for Medieval Research is pleased to announce this Autumn Term’s schedule of Tuesday Research Seminars from 5.00 to 6.00pm, centred on the theme of ‘War, conflict, martial display and defence’

7 November – Frontier? Who Says? (Early) Medieval Classifications and Exploitations of Frontier Spaces in Iberia and Elsewhere, Dr Jonathan Jarrett (School of History, University of Leeds)

14 November – Warhorse. A Medieval Revolution? Equestrian Landscapes, Material Culture and Zooarchaeology in Britain, AD800-1600, Prof Oliver Creighton (Dept of Archaeology, University of Exeter)

21 November – Appetite for Destruction? The Role of Castle Slighting in the Middle Ages, Dr Richard Nevell (Dept of Archaeology, University of Exeter; Wikipedia)

28 November – Musical Warfare: Crusade Songs and Arabic anti-Frankish Poetry, Kate Arnold (Nottingham Trent University); Writing War and Conflict in Historical Fiction, James Aitcheson (Department of Culture and Media, Sheffield Hallam University)

5 December – Kings, Conflict and Peacemaking in Medieval Norway, Harriet Clark; Longphuirt, Wintersetlu, and Gorodišče: A Comparison of Viking Overwintering Sites, William Pidzamecky (both with the Centre for the Study of the Viking Age, University of Nottingham)

12 December – Winning the Information War: Acquiring and Sharing Intelligence in Europe, 700-1200, Dr Jenny Benham (School of History, Archaeology & Religion, Cardiff University)

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2022 events

In cooperation with the Northern Network for the Study of the Crusades (NNSC) 

Slavery and Slave Trade in the Later Medieval Mediterranean: A Round Table Discussion

Date: 25 January 2022
Chair: Professor Em. Norman Housley (Leicester)
Contributors: Dr Hannah Barker (Arizona State), Dr Erin T. Dailey (Leicester), Ariana N. Myers (Princeton), Dr Craig Perry (Emory) 

Society for the Medieval Mediterranean Local and Global Perspectives webinar

The Mediterranean Diet: New Perspectives on the Foodways of the Medieval Mediterranean

Chair: Dr Caroline Goodson (Cambridge)
Speakers: Dr Michelle Alexander (York), Dr Tarek Oueslati (Lille), Dr Daniel Fuks (Cambridge)

Whose Middle Ages?

A panel discussion about the use, abuse, and reinventing of the Middle Ages in modern times

Contributors: Dr Mike Horswell (Royal Holloway), Dr Jose Carvajal Lopez (Leicester), Dr Jan Vandeburie (Leicester) 

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