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Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies

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:

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

View the Call for Papers.

We're excited to announce the CfP for the MEMSA Conference 2018, which this year is being held here in Durham on 9 - 10 July, on the theme of 'Humour and Obscenity in the Early Medieval and Modern World'.

The theme is open to broad interpretation and we welcome submissions from postgraduate students and early career researchers at any stage. Please see the attached call for papers for full details and suggested themes.

Any queries, and abstracts of 200-300 words, for twenty-minute papers, should be sent to for the attention of Hannah and James.

The deadline is Monday 16th April 2018.

Conference Programme to follow shortly.

MEMSA Conference 2015: ‘Darkness and Illumination: the pursuit of knowledge in the medieval and early modern world'

15th July 2015, 09:00 to 17th July 2015, 15:00

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Durham University’s Medieval and Early Modern Student Association (MEMSA) is holding their ninth annual postgraduate and early-career researcher conference on 15-17 July 2015. MEMSA and this conference is supported by the Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies.

MEMSA is a grassroots forum where interdisciplinary research lies at the heart of our biweekly discussions and seminars, welcoming postgraduates and early-career researchers and providing a platform to present and discuss their research.

This year’s conference aims to broaden perspectives of the medieval and early modern periods by focusing upon aspects of knowledge, learning, and control over information and examining how people perceived both themselves and the world around them. A particular focus is upon the acquisition, interpretation, and dissemination of information.