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‘Imitation and Innovation: Uses of the Past in the Medieval and Early Modern World’ MEMSA Conference

Dr Helen Smith (University of York, CREMS) and Dr Len Scales (Durham University, Department of History)

Durham University’s Medieval and Early Modern Student Association (MEMSA) is holding its eleventh annual postgraduate and early-career researcher conference on 11-12 July 2017. MEMSA and this conference are supported by the Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies and the Institute of Advanced Study.

This year’s MEMSA Conference will focus on how people in the Medieval and Early Modern World engaged with, understood, and interpreted the past, in order to explore the ways in which they perceived and sought to shape their own world. In doing so, we will also be able to gain a greater awareness of how past worlds still contribute to changing our own present perceptions.

Call for Papers:

Abstract submissions are welcome from postgraduates and early career researchers from any discipline engaged in the study of the Medieval and Early Modern periods, including History, Literature, Archaeology, Theology, Art, Music, Languages, and Culture. Possible presentation themes may include, but are not limited to:

  • (Re)use of landscape, architecture, artefacts, and art
  • Myths, legends and oral tradition
  • Memory, remembering and memorials
  • Perceptions of truth and authority
  • Creation and reworking of historical narratives
  • Translation and adaptation of literary texts
  • Religious and political reform
  • Reform, restoration and revolution
  • Progression, improvement and enlightenment
  • The production of knowledge and networks of learning
  • Links to the ancient world
  • Technological developments
  • Later interpretations of the period, e.g. in film, literature and education
  • Destruction and suppression of peoples and their physical presence

Please send abstracts of 200-300 words to memsaconference2017@gmail.com for papers no longer than 20 minutes by Friday 14th April 2017.

In addition to the panels, the conference will include two keynote addresses, by Dr Helen Smith (University of York, CREMS) and Dr Len Scales (Durham University, Department of History).

There will also be an opportunity to take a tour of Durham Cathedral and Castle for any interested delegates.

Please send abstracts of 200-300 words to memsaconference2017@gmail.com for papers no longer than 20 minutes, by Friday 14th April 2017.

For more information, please visit our blog, website, or sponsors’ pages:

www.durhammemsa.wordpress.com; www.dur.ac.uk/imems/memsa; www.dur.ac.uk/imems.

Contact memsaconference2017@gmail.com for more information about this event.