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Graduate Early Medieval Seminar (GEMS)


GEMS is a workshop covering every aspect of Early Medieval European, Byzantine, and Mediterranean History in roughly the period 500 AD–1050 AD. GEMS welcomes post-graduate students who wish to present papers and works in progress to their peers for practice and friendly feedback.

Sessions take place at 4pm in Room 5 of the Faculty



Robert Evans: rae32

Claire Burridge: cpsb2

Easter 2019

May 9th

No seminar – apologies from your convenors, we’re both away!

We’ll make up for this absence with our May Week Walk – details below


May 23rd

Dr Caroline Goodson (History, Cambridge)

Honourable Horticulture: The Cultural Values of Farming in Early Medieval Italy


June 6th

Dr Jesse Harrington (History, Cambridge)

Two Fifth-Century Island Conversions Compared: Saints and Struggles in the Epistles of Bishop Severus of Menorca and St. Patrick of Ireland


MONDAY June 24th - 3pm

End-of-Year Event with CALM:


**NOTE the date and time! MONDAY @ 3pm
We'll meet at Quayside (by Magdalene Bridge) - walk to take roughly 2 hours - followed by picnic/pub!




Previous Term:  Lent 2019

January 24th

Sam Leggett (Archaeology, Cambridge)

Cryptic Kent – Anglo-Saxon Identities, Graves and Stable Isotopes


February 7th

Dr Debby Banham (ASNC, Cambridge)

The Staff of Life in Early Medieval England: The Making and Meaning of Bread


February 21st

Calum Platts (ASNC, Cambridge)

Bishops, Bede and the Bible


March 7th

End-of-term Balloon Debate with CALM