Medieval History Graduate Workshop

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The Medieval History Graduate Workshop is a friendly space for graduate students working on any aspect of medieval history to present and share ideas, receive and offer feedback, and get to know each other.

We host presentations on the cultures, economies, literature, material cultures, politics, thought, religions, and reception of the medieval world, which we define as broadly as possible as the global period between c.500 and c.1500. We welcome interdisciplinary scholarship. We encourage submissions which stretch our conception of "medieval" in time or space, from late antiquity to modern reception and from Scandinavia to the Middle East and beyond, or which deal with the methodological or historiographical practice of medieval history. 

Who can submit?

Graduate students at any stage of research are welcome to submit and we particularly encourage submissions from students who have not presented before. The workshop is a low-pressure environment for practising the art of giving papers. Our papers are either 20 or 40 minutes in length, designed to accommodate initial ideas or works-in-progress as easily as draft thesis chapters or journal articles.

We welcome submissions from students at other institutions, as well as current Cambridge students.

We publish a call for papers three times per year, in advance of each Cambridge term. You can find the calls on this page and on our social media. 

Format

We meet at 4pm every other Thursday during term. This academic year, our meetings may take place on Zoom, in person, or in a hybrid format (subject to University policies and national guidance). Our meetings consist of one long or two short papers, each followed by up to 20 minutes of questions, feedback, and discussion. 

Blog

We host a blog for "relevant medievalism", Camedieval. The blog is a platform for writing about the political and personal dimensions of doing medieval history, and we encourage all our speakers and attendees to consider submitting to the blog as well as to the seminar.

Contact

All information about the seminar as well as links for joining any Zoom meetings will be sent out over our mailing list, to which you can subscribe yourself. We also publish calls for papers, termcards, blog posts, and reminders of sessions on our Facebook and Twitter.

Conveners: Fiona Knight (flk27@cam.ac.uk), Jake Stattel (jas309@cam.ac.uk), Kate Falardeau (krb50@cam.ac.uk), and Matthias Bryson (mab253@cam.ac.uk)

Image: Eadwine, scribe of the Eadwine Psalter, hard at work. Cambridge, Trinity College, MS R.17.1, fol. 283v (Christ Church Canterbury; c. 1150). 

Our Current Termcard

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