The Leicester Medieval Research Centre

Research seminars


Spring term theme - Imagery, signs, messages

  • 23 February 2021: Christopher Rouse (M4C PhD Candidate, School of History, University of Birmingham)
  • 16 February 2021: Elisabeth Magin (M3C PhD, Schools of History/Archaeology, University of Nottingham) - From Object to Screen: Deciphering Runic Voices
    Jasmin Higgs (M4C PhD PhD Candidate, School of English, University of Nottingham)
  • 9 February 2021: Dr Anna Gannon (History of Art Department, University of Cambridge) - Early Anglo-Saxon Reliquary Boxes: a license to heal?
  • 26 January 2021: Dr Heather Pulliam (History of Art, University of Edinburgh) - Time, Motion and Bodies: Reframing Ireland's High Crosses


Summer term theme - Medieval Plague, Pestilence and Mortality

  • 14 May 2019: Dr Chris Callow (University of Birmingham) - Plague in a Cold Climate: The Black Death and Icelandic Exceptionalism
  • 30 April 2019: Steve Baker and Deirdre O’Sullivan (University of Leicester) - Plague and Mortality in Medieval Leicester: The Archaeology of Waterside and St Peter’s Church
  • 26 March 2019: Dr Hugh Willmott (University of Sheffield) - Plague at the Abbey: Excavation of a 14th-century Mass Grave at Thornton Abbey, Lincolnshire

Spring term theme - Medieval travel and travellers

  • 26 February 2019: Dr Nick Millea (Map Librarian, Bodleian Library, University of Oxford) - The Gough Map: getting about in medieval Britain
  • 12 February 2019: Prof Chris Dyer (University of Leicester) - Were medieval roads better than ours?
  • 29 January 2019: Prof Chris Woolgar (University of Southampton) - Elite and royal households and travel in medieval England

Autumn term theme - Late Antique and Early Medieval Royalty

  • 20 November 2018: Dr Samuel G. Ottewill-Soulsby (University of Cambridge) - The Elephant in the Room: Harun al-Rashid and the Carolingians
  • 6 November 2018: Dr Andy Merrills (University of Leicester) - The Men Who Would be King: Moorish Rulers in Late Antiquity
  • 23 October 2018: Dr Erin Dailey (University of Leicester) - The Slave Queens of the Merovingians: (Un)Freedom, Gender, and Political Agency in Early Medieval Francia


Summer term theme - Texts, Textiles and Teaching: Reading Medieval Narratives

  • 22 May 2018: Dr Joanna Martin (University of Nottingham) - Editing the Findern lyrics
  • 8 May 2018: Dr Michael Lewis (The British Museum, Portable Antiquities) - Myths and mysteries of the Bayeux Tapestry
  • 24 April 2018: Dr Ben Parsons (University of Leicester) - Coming of age, coming to blows: Punishment, masculinity and maturity in medieval education

Spring term theme - The Islamic World

  • 20 March 2018: Dr Jose Carvajal Lopez (Archaeology and Ancient History, University of Leicester) - Islamisation and trade in the Arabian Gulf in the age of Muhammad and Charlemagne
  • 6 March 2018: Professor Marijke van de Veen (University of Leicester) - Fact or fiction? The Islamic agricultural revolution
  • 20 February 2018: Dr Jan Vandeburie (History, Politics and International Relations, University of Leicester) - 'The Pope and the Prophet': Western knowledge of Islam and perceptions of shared sacred space in the 13th century


  • 20 May 2013, MRC Seminar: Steve Ling (History) - Reforming or Forming the Regular Clergy: The Eighth and Ninth Century Regulation of Canons.
  • 3 May 2013, Digital Humanities Seminar: Dr Orietta Da Rold (English) - Digital Encounters and Cultural Exchanges: Medieval Manuscripts Online
  • 2 May 2013, MRC Research Seminar: Daniel Reynolds (University of Birmingham) - "The Jerusalem above wept for the Jerusalem below": the sack of Jerusalem (614 AD) in Melkite liturgical memory


  • 15 October 2009: Gareth Williams (British Museum) - The Conquest of the Northern Danelaw in the light of the Vale of York hoard


  • 25 March 2009: PJC Field (University of Wales, Bangor) - The Holy Grail and Sir Thomas Malory: How to Talk about Things that Words Can’t Describe
  • 11 March 2009: Sarah Macmillan (University of Birmingham) - "Þe spaces of time": Mystical Space and the Canonical Hours
  • 4 February 2009: Mary Swan (University of Leeds) - Post-Conquest Interactions: Old English Texts and their Twelfth-Century Users


  • 3 March 2008: Alfred Hiatt (University of Leeds) - Reading medieval maps
  • 28 February 2008: Denis Renevey (University of Lausanne) - Out of Darkness, or Why and How the Fifteenth-Century Middle English Doctrine of the Heart Matters
  • 28 January 2008: David Clark (University of Leicester) - Self-abuse: Blurring/Defining Sexual Difference in Medieval Texts

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