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Durham University

Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (IMEMS)

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Annual MEMSA Conference: Travel, Movement, and Exploration in the Medieval and Early Modern World

11th July 2019, 09:00 to 17:00, Pemberton Rooms PG20, Various

Defying many difficulties and dangers, wayfarers, travellers and explorers traversed land and sea, fostering innovation, invention and cultural exchange throughout the medieval and early modern worlds. Travel and movement influenced contemporary understanding of place and belonging, defining human experience throughout Europe and beyond. Travel for adventure, profit, or necessity transcended social divisions, manifesting itself in material culture, literary works, networks of trade and the machinations of kingdoms and empires.

This year’s MEMSA conference will focus on travel, the experiences of travellers, and the contributions they made to the cultural, social and intellectual lives of the communities they encountered. We will explore the effect of these exchanges on people’s perceptions of travel, and the wider world, whilst considering the impact of movement on both the individual and group experience.

Venue: Pemberton Rooms PG20
Timings: Thursday 11th July 9am-5pm and Friday 12th July 10am-5pm

Draft Conference Programme

For any queries please contact Rachael Harkes and Rhiannon Snaith at

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