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.
|The Slave Queens of the Merovingians: (Un)Freedom, Gender, and Political Agency in Early Medieval Francia||The first of our autumn research seminars on 'Late Antique and Early Medieval Royalty' will be delivered by Dr Erin Dailey, of the School of History, Politics and International Relations, University of Leicester.||Tuesday October 23 2018|
|Brixworth Lecture: King Æthelstan and the Making of England||In this illustrated talk, historian and broadcaster Michael Wood looks at the life of Æthelstan, the first king of England, who died on this night, 27 October, in 939. He will take us into the mind of a man who only ruled for fourteen years, but was long remembered as ’the most just and learned of all who ruled the English state’.||Saturday October 27 2018|
|The Men Who Would be King: Moorish Rulers in Late Antiquity||The second of our autumn research seminars on 'Late Antique and Early Medieval Royalty' will be delivered by Dr Andy Merrills, of the School of Archaeology & Ancient History, University of Leicester.||Tuesday November 6 2018|
|The Elephant in the Room: Harun al-Rashid and the Carolingians||The third of our autumn research seminars on 'Late Antique and Early Medieval Royalty' will be delivered by Dr Samuel G. Ottewill-Soulsby, of the University of Cambridge.||Tuesday November 20 2018|
|Troublesome Elements||A one-day conference at the Medieval Research Centre at the University of Leicester presenting critical and creative responses across all disciplines to the various difficulties that the four elements presented to medieval culture.||Friday November 23 2018|