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Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (IMEMS)

MEMSA Conference

The finale of MEMSA's academic year is its own postgraduate conference in Durham which attracts a wide variety of postgraduates and academics from across the UK and beyond. Previous conference themes have included: Being Human (2008), Authority (2009), Time and Memory (2010), Recognizing Beauty (2011), and The Mutilated Body (2013).

Each year, the conference has welcomed a wide variety of highly original and engaging postgraduate papers, and has enjoyed the privilege of hearing internationally regarded keynote speakers, including Prof. Helen Cooper, Dr John Watts, Prof. Miri Rubin, and Prof. Mary Carruthers, present their research.

Journals from previous conferences can be found on the MEMSA WordPress site by clicking this link:

Thirteenth Annual MEMSA Conference, Senate Suite, Durham University, 9-10 July 2018.

This year's conference was held here in Durham on 9 - 10 July, on the theme of 'Humour and Obscenity in the Early Medieval and Modern World'.

View Conference Programme here.

MEMSA Conference 2012: 'Transition and Transformation in Medieval and Early Modern Cultures'

5th July 2012, 09:00 to 6th July 2012, 17:00, Durham University

Keynote Speakers: Professor David Cowling, Institute of Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Durham and Professor Margaret Cormack, College of Charleston, South Carolina

The Medieval and Early Modern Student Association of Durham University is holding its annual interdisciplinary conference for postgraduates and early career researchers and seeks papers on the theme of "Transition and Transformation in Medieval and Early Modern Cultures". Attached please find the complete call for papers.

The conference will also feature a special exhibition of the Durham manuscript collection by Professor Richard Gameson, to be hosted in Durham Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

This year's Medieval & Early Modern Student Association conference will explore the liminal and transformative aspects of the medieval and Early Modern periods in a multidisciplinary forum. We welcome abstracts from postgraduates and early career researchers working in the fields of archaeology, history, literature, theology, art, music, and culture. Presentation topics may include, but are not limited to:

 --Linguistic change and textual transformation

--The parameters between the terrestrial and the celestial

--The historical effects of transition and transformation

--Appropriation and evolution in genres of narrative

--Fluctuating boundaries and perceptions in landscape

--Agency and motivation for innovation

--(Dis)continuities between orthodoxy and heterodoxy

--Shifts in material culture and images of transformation

Please send abstracts of no more than 300 words to by no later than 31 March, 2012. Registration for attendance and the conference banquet will be sent in May.

Contact for more information about this event.