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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 2016: ‘Identifying Identity: ideas of personal and public identity in the medieval and early modern world.’ MEMSA Conference

14th July 2016, 08:45 to 15th July 2016, 17:00, Birley Room, Hatfield College

Durham University’s Medieval and Early Modern Student Association (MEMSA) is holding their tenth annual postgraduate and early-career researcher conference on 14-15 July 2016. MEMSA and this conference are supported by the Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies.

The conference fee is £10.00 per person,please click here to register.

Please note limited accommodation is available via the booking site on a first-come, first-served basis.

Please click here to view the full programme for the conference

This interdisciplinary conference will invite postgraduate and early career researchers to speak on all aspects of identity. Papers can include topics from all disciplines studying identity in the medieval and early modern world. Identity is an increasingly important subject in academic research that transcends interdisciplinary boundaries. Identity and the methodologies we use to find and communicate evidence of identity in literary, historical, archaeological and other sources are relevant to both our own lives today, as well as the medieval and early modern world we study.

In addition to the panels the conference will include two key note lectures by Prof Andy Beresford from Durham University and Dr Fiona Edmonds from the University of Cambridge. There will also be opportunities for delegates to visit Durham Cathedral and Castle, for which can be signed up on the day.

Contact for more information about this event.