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Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies

IMEMS Seminars 2012-13

IMEMS Seminar Series 2012 - 13

Culture, Imagination and Memory: Medieval Narratives of Time

This seminar series builds on and extends the theme of the IMEMS’s 2010-11 Seminar Series, ‘Through a glass darkly’, particularly the last strand of that series, which centred on the themes of time, art and memory, and via a series of papers by visiting speakers, began to explore the process of past, present and future; the necessary placing of the concept of the future within the larger notion of time; and the relation of temporal and eternal worlds. 

The new series which will run across 2012-13, has two chronological points of focus: the first the extraordinary efflorescence of cultural activity in the central medieval period, 1000-1250, the second the equally extraordinary cultural pre-conditions of Northumbrian society in the seventh century. One of the most iconic productions that stemmed from this internationally recognised period of imaginative intellectual and artistic output was the Lindisfarne Gospel book. Exploring the construction and interpretation of cultural narratives in relation to confronting and making sense of time, both in the past and in the present, this seminar series will include visual narratives (books, images and artefacts); narratives mapping the mind and memory; theological, astrological and cosmological narratives; historical narratives (past and present); and literary narratives. The role of the imagination and memory – individual and cultural - in shaping narratives will be of particular interest. 

This project links closely to the three month period in which the Lindisfarne Gospels will be housed at Durham, and the IMEMS’s activities in relation to the exhibition. The specialist knowledge of invited external speakers and members of the IMEMS, combined with the particular emphasis of the IMEMS on interdisciplinary research, dialogue and collaboration, the profound relevance of the theme to the remit of the Institute, and the exciting synergies with ongoing projects, will ensure that the seminar series yields exciting new collaborations and research outputs that are at the forefront of their field. Contributors have been chosen for their wide-ranging and interdisciplinary interests, which span archaeology, social and cultural history, literary studies, theology, art history and history of the book.

Michaelmas Term 2012

Tuesday, 16th October, 5.30 pm. Venue TBC
Title tbc
Dr Luke Sunderland, Durham University

Tuesday, 23rd October, 5.30 pm. The Birley Room, Hatfield College
Time and the Body in the 12th Century
Professor Faith Wallis (McGill University, Montreal)

Wednesday, 7th November, 5.30 pm. The Senate Suite, Durham Castle
Annual History of the Book Lecture 2012: ‘Time and the Man: Authorship in the High Middle Ages’
Dr Greti Dinkova-Bruun, Pontfical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, Toronto
Monday, 19th November, 5.30 pm ER142, Elvet Riverside
5th Wilhelm Levison Memorial Lecture: ‘Anselm in the Anchorhold: the influence of Anselm of Canterbury on the English Anchoritic Tradition’
Dr Susanne Schenk, Eberhard Karls University Tübingen
Tuesday, 27th November, 5.30 pm The Birley Room, Hatfield College
Money and its use in the periphery of Europe: Innovation,
conservatism and time
Prof. Svein H. Gullbekk, University of Oslo
Tuesday, 4th December, 5.30 pm The Birley Room, Hatfield College
Marking Time: Canon Law Reform in the 12th Century
Dr Danica Summerlin, Stephan Kuttner Institute for Medieval Canon Law, Munich

Epiphany Term 2013: IMEMS Events

Series: Lindisfarne: The Imagination of Time

Tuesday, 22nd January, 5.30 pm. The Birley Room, Hatfield College
The Archaeology of Anglo-Saxon Lindisfarne
Dr David Petts , Durham University
Tuesday, 5th Fabruary, 5.30 pm. The Birley Room, Hatfield College
The Irish Tradition in Northumbria after the Synod of Whitby
Dr Clare Stancliffe, Durham University
Tuesday, 19th February, 5.30 pm. The Birley Room, Hatfield College
Northumbrian book production in the seventh and eighth centuries
Prof Richard Gameson, Durham University
Tuesday, 5th March, 5.30 pm. The Birley Room, Hatfield College
Conundrums of text and language in the Lindisfarne Gospels
Prof Richard Marsden, Nottingham
Tuesday, 12th March, 5.30 pm. The Birley Room, Hatfield College
The secondary decoration AND/OR The Evangelist symbols
Dr Heather Pulliam, Edinburgh University

Easter Term 2012: IMEMS Events

Series: Lindisfarne, Time and Memory: Legacies and Narratives

Tuesday, 30th April, 5.30 pm. The Birley Room, Hatfield College
‘THE LINDISFARNE GOSPELS: ALDRED’S GLOSS for God and St Cuthbert and all the Saints Together who are in the Island’
Prof Eric Stanley, Oxford
Tuesday, 21st May, 5.30 pm. The Birley Room, Hatfield College
The Lindisfarne Gospels and the Performative of Manuscript Decoration
Dr Carol Farr, Independent Scholar, London
18th June, 5.30 pm. The Birley Room, Hatfield College
The apparatus and canon tables of the Lindisfarne Gospels
Prof Thomas O’Loughlin, University of Nottingham

Michaelmas Term 2013: IMEMS Events

Series: Lindisfarne, Time and Memory: Legacies and Narratives

Tuesday, 15th October, 5.30 pm The Birley Room, Hatfield College
The Book of Durrow and Lindisfarne Gospels
Prof. Nancy Netzer, Boston College
Wednesday, 30th October, 5.30 pm, The Senate Suite, Durham Castle
Annual History of the Book Lecture 2013
Prof. Michelle Brown, University of London
Tuesday, 5th November, 5.30 pm The Birley Room, Hatfield College
Lindisfarne Gospels and Frankish MSS: contrasts and comparisons
Prof. David Ganz, Emeritus Professor of Palaeography
Tuesday, 3rd December, 5.30 pm ER 142, Elvet Riverside
6th Wilhelm Levison Memorial Lecture: Northumbria and the Continent around the time of the Lindisfarne Gospels
Prof Jo Story, University of Leicester