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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 2017: Imitation and Innovation: Uses of the Past in the Medieval and Early Modern World

11th July 2017, 09:30 to 12th July 2017, 17:00, Birley Room, Hatfield College

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

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

Please click here to view the conference programme.

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.

The conference will include panels and two key note lectures by Dr Helen Smith from the University of York, and Dr Len Scales from Durham University. There will also be an opportunity to visit Durham Cathedral and the surrounding World Heritage Site.

Contact for more information about this event.