London Society for Medieval Studies

London Society for Medieval Studies In the 2020/21 Academic Year, the London Society for Medieval Studies will be holding seminars fortnightly on Tuesdays at 5:30pm on Zoom. Please visit https://www.history.ac.uk/seminars/london-society-medieval-studies to book.

Lectures occur during three terms: Winter Term (October-December), Spring Term (January-March) and Summer Term (May). We aim to invite speakers from all disciplines of Medieval Studies, including History, Literature, Language, Art History and Palaeography and Manuscript Studies, to present recent work in their field and to promote interaction between medievalists in London and those interested in the medieval period.

Operating as usual

Join us for our final session before the summer break, with Alberto Luongo talking about the legend of Saint Francis and...
21/06/2021
The legend of Saint Francis and the wolf of Gubbio: new perspectives from a forthcoming book.

Join us for our final session before the summer break, with Alberto Luongo talking about the legend of Saint Francis and the Wolf of Gubbio and the forthcoming book about the story! ๐Ÿบ๐Ÿบ๐Ÿบ

https://www.history.ac.uk/events/legend-saint-francis-and-wolf-gubbio-new-perspectives-a-forthcoming-book

Alberto Luongoโ€™s research focuses mainly on the political-institutional and socio-economic history of the communes (city-states) of central and northern Italy between the 12th and 14th century. This paper will present the outcomes of a forthcoming book, co-edited by him and Antonio Montefusco: thi...

Join us next week to hear Dr Reyhan Durmaz's talk 'Family, Fame, and Faith: The Making of Christian Communities in Medie...
04/05/2021
Family, Fame, and Faith: The Making of Christian Communities in Medieval Northern Mesopotamia

Join us next week to hear Dr Reyhan Durmaz's talk 'Family, Fame, and Faith: The Making of Christian Communities in Medieval Northern Mesopotamia'
https://www.history.ac.uk/events/family-fame-and-faith-making-christian-communities-medieval-northern-mesopotamia

Reyhan Durmaz is assistant professor of religious studies at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research interests include Late Antiquity, Syriac Christianity, Christian-Muslim relations, and religious skepticism in the medieval Middle East. Her first monograph, Beyond Hagiography: Stories between....

We're excited to announce a great line-up for the Summer Term!11 May: Reyhan Durmaz (UPenn) - Families, Fame, and Faith:...
28/04/2021
London Society for Medieval Studies Seminar

We're excited to announce a great line-up for the Summer Term!

11 May: Reyhan Durmaz (UPenn) - Families, Fame, and Faith: The Making of Christian Communities in Medieval Northern Mesopotamia

18 May: Richard Newhauser (Arizona State) - Sensology and Enargeia

8 June: Philip Booth (Manchester Metropolitan) - An Almost Incredible Multitude: Mass Pilgrimage to the Holy Land in the 11th Century

29 June: Alberto Luongo (Siena) - The Legend of Saint Francis and the Wolf Gubbio: New Perspectives from a Forthcoming Book

Details and registration: https://www.history.ac.uk/seminars/london-society-medieval-studies

Founded in 1970/1, the London Society for Medieval Studies seeks to foster knowledge of, and dialogue about, the Middle Ages (c.500โ€“c.1500 CE)...

On Tuesday, 23 March, we will be welcoming Dr Maeve O'Donnell (Bristol), who will help us Visualise the Old Hispanic Rit...
22/03/2021
Visualising the Old Hispanic Rite in 11th Century Northern Iberia

On Tuesday, 23 March, we will be welcoming Dr Maeve O'Donnell (Bristol), who will help us Visualise the Old Hispanic Rite in 11th-Century Northern Iberia!
https://www.history.ac.uk/events/visualising-old-hispanic-rite-11th-century-northern-iberia

Maeve Oโ€™Donnell-Morales is a Research Associate at the University of Bristol. She completed her PhD at The Courtauld Institute of Art in 2018 where she wrote a thesis on thirteenth- and fourteenth-century altar furnishings and liturgical objects from the Iberian kingdom of Castile. Following her P...

Apparently, we're really popular! ๐Ÿ˜‰ As we've received a high number of applications already, we'll be moving our deadlin...
15/02/2021

Apparently, we're really popular! ๐Ÿ˜‰ As we've received a high number of applications already, we'll be moving our deadline to 1 March. Send your applications in before then, if you haven't already! Please feel free to contact us with any questions, as well!

We are recruiting! Are you a postgraduate or early career medievalist, interested in co-convening a lively and international seminar series based (when possible!) at the Institute of Historical Research? Let us know! More info:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1k74Xa3ifjqlM6nJPkqYYL3lcE4_NDF3S/view

We are recruiting! Are you a postgraduate or early career medievalist, interested in co-convening a lively and internati...
03/02/2021

We are recruiting! Are you a postgraduate or early career medievalist, interested in co-convening a lively and international seminar series based (when possible!) at the Institute of Historical Research? Let us know! More info:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1k74Xa3ifjqlM6nJPkqYYL3lcE4_NDF3S/view

We are recruiting! Are you a postgraduate or early career medievalist, interested in co-convening a lively and international seminar series based (when possible!) at the Institute of Historical Research? Let us know! More info:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1k74Xa3ifjqlM6nJPkqYYL3lcE4_NDF3S/view

Our first seminar of 2021 will be with Dr Gabrielle Storey on the exercise of queenly power in the twelfth and thirteent...
06/01/2021
Co-Rulership and Competition: The Exercise of Queenly Power in the 12th and 13th Centuries

Our first seminar of 2021 will be with Dr Gabrielle Storey on the exercise of queenly power in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries ๐Ÿ‘ธ๐Ÿ‘‘ ๐Ÿฐ

https://www.history.ac.uk/events/co-rulership-and-competition-exercise-queenly-power-12th-and-13th-centuries

The partnerships of the Angevin rulers and their consorts has been examined primarily from the perspective of how the king ruled, and the ways in which they did or did not utilise their partners to effectively wield power across the Angevin domains. Biographies of the kings and consorts tend to focu...

We've updated our programme for the Spring Term! Join us for a series of fascinating papers, held online on Tuesdays at ...
06/01/2021
London Society for Medieval Studies Seminar

We've updated our programme for the Spring Term! Join us for a series of fascinating papers, held online on Tuesdays at 17:30 (with the exception of 23 February: 10:00). All welcome, but please remember to register in advance!

https://www.history.ac.uk/seminars/london-society-medieval-studies

Founded in 1970/1, the London Society for Medieval Studies seeks to foster knowledge of, and dialogue about, the Middle Ages (c.500โ€“c.1500 CE)...

We're really excited to host an informal, virtual Christmas gathering on the 15th of December! Come one, come all! We're...
01/12/2020
LSMS Postgraduate (and beyond) Christmas Social

We're really excited to host an informal, virtual Christmas gathering on the 15th of December! Come one, come all! We're keen to hear your thoughts about what we can do for medievalists in the coming year!
Details and registration:
https://www.history.ac.uk/events/lsms-postgraduate-and-beyond-christmas-social

In 2021, LSMS is hoping to expand our contribution to the medievalist community beyond offering our usual wide-ranging, fortnightly seminars. We would like to invite medievalists in and around London to join us online to discuss โ€“ over BYO mulled wine and mince pies โ€“ what else you would like to...

Join us next Tuesday (24 November) to hear Dr Lara Frentrop from the University of Heidelberg talk about Heroes, Hunters...
16/11/2020
Heroes, Hunters, and Hunchbacks: Tableware and Its Meaning in Medieval Byzantium

Join us next Tuesday (24 November) to hear Dr Lara Frentrop from the University of Heidelberg talk about Heroes, Hunters, and Hunchbacks... through the prism of Byzantine tableware! ๐Ÿท๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿฅฃ

Register online: https://www.history.ac.uk/events/heroes-hunters-and-hunchbacks-tableware-and-its-meaning-medieval-byzantium

Laraโ€™s research and teaching explore the visual and material culture of the Byzantine Empire in the medieval period. She is currently a research fellow at Heidelberg University. Lara has published articles in Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies and Word & Image and is working on her first monograph...

Join us tomorrow to hear Dr Ben Allport's talk 'A Tale of Two Norways: Viking Age Norse and West-Saxon Perceptions of Sc...
09/11/2020
A Tale of Two Norways: Viking Age Norse and West-Saxon Perceptions of Scandinavia in The Voyages of Ohthere

Join us tomorrow to hear Dr Ben Allport's talk 'A Tale of Two Norways: Viking Age Norse and West-Saxon Perceptions of Scandinavia in The Voyages of Ohthere'

Register here: https://www.history.ac.uk/events/a-tale-two-norways-viking-age-norse-and-west-saxon-perceptions-scandinavia-voyages-ohthere?fbclid=IwAR0N2maRsHQhiAQYAvan6Btc4tOm1I4OFnI2RakQY6ZlbQRiKu4q13m-E9c

Ben Allport is a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Linguistic, Literary and Aesthetic Studies at the University of Bergen. Having previously worked on regional communities in Viking Age Norway in the tenth and eleventh centuries his current project focuses on producing a social network an...

From medieval Poland we're moving north next week - to Viking Age Scandinavia with Ben Allport! ๐Ÿ”๐Ÿ›ถ๐Ÿงญโš”๏ธRegister online at:...
04/11/2020
A Tale of Two Norways: Viking Age Norse and West-Saxon Perceptions of Scandinavia in The Voyages of Ohthere

From medieval Poland we're moving north next week - to Viking Age Scandinavia with Ben Allport! ๐Ÿ”๐Ÿ›ถ๐Ÿงญโš”๏ธ

Register online at:
https://www.history.ac.uk/events/a-tale-two-norways-viking-age-norse-and-west-saxon-perceptions-scandinavia-voyages-ohthere

Ben Allport is a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Linguistic, Literary and Aesthetic Studies at the University of Bergen. Having previously worked on regional communities in Viking Age Norway in the tenth and eleventh centuries his current project focuses on producing a social network an...

Join us tomorrow!https://www.history.ac.uk/events/mysterious-disappearance-polish-bishops-medieval-battle-fields?fbclid=...
02/11/2020
The Mysterious Disappearance of Polish Bishops from the Medieval Battle Fields

Join us tomorrow!

https://www.history.ac.uk/events/mysterious-disappearance-polish-bishops-medieval-battle-fields?fbclid=IwAR24FY_hSdlc3SbP81jUNdjOCmEKqORTvWLNzvb58W9bF1w0_ibkaYPYBXs

Jacek Maciejewski is Professor of Medieval History at the Kazimierz Wielki University in Bydgoszcz, Poland. His research interests are the formation and functioning of the episcopate, as well as the participation of clerics in acts of violence. His paper will look at the perceptible disappearance of...

Join us this coming Tuesday to hear Jacek Maciejewski's talk on violent (?) clerics in medieval Poland! โš”๏ธ๐Ÿ™…โ€โ™‚๏ธโœ๏ธโ“Please ...
28/10/2020
The Mysterious Disappearance of Polish Bishops from the Medieval Battle Fields

Join us this coming Tuesday to hear Jacek Maciejewski's talk on violent (?) clerics in medieval Poland! โš”๏ธ๐Ÿ™…โ€โ™‚๏ธโœ๏ธโ“

Please remember to register online before the talk!

https://www.history.ac.uk/events/mysterious-disappearance-polish-bishops-medieval-battle-fields

Jacek Maciejewski is Professor of Medieval History at the Kazimierz Wielki University in Bydgoszcz, Poland. His research interests are the formation and functioning of the episcopate, as well as the participation of clerics in acts of violence. His paper will look at the perceptible disappearance of...

Our first seminar is TOMORROW! Book here: https://www.history.ac.uk/events/moria-dei-bianchi-bianchi-1399-and-plague-139...
12/10/2020
The Moria dei Bianchi? The Bianchi of 1399 and the Plague of 1399-1400

Our first seminar is TOMORROW! Book here: https://www.history.ac.uk/events/moria-dei-bianchi-bianchi-1399-and-plague-1399-1400

Alex Leeโ€™s research focuses on the intersection between popular religion and epidemic disease in late medieval Europe. She currently teaches at UCL and NYU London. Her paper will consider the plague at the end of the fourteenth century in the context of the Bianchi processions, a popular religious...

Our first seminar is in two weeks! Join us on Zoom to learn all about the Bianchi of 1399 with Dr Alexandra R.A. Lee (UC...
29/09/2020
The Moria dei Bianchi? The Bianchi of 1399 and the Plague of 1399-1400

Our first seminar is in two weeks! Join us on Zoom to learn all about the Bianchi of 1399 with Dr Alexandra R.A. Lee (UCL, NYU London). Remember to book online, using the link provided.

https://www.history.ac.uk/events/moria-dei-bianchi-bianchi-1399-and-plague-1399-1400

Alex Leeโ€™s research focuses on the intersection between popular religion and epidemic disease in late medieval Europe. She currently teaches at UCL and NYU London. Her paper will consider the plague at the end of the fourteenth century in the context of the Bianchi processions, a popular religious...

25/08/2020

Our committee has been very busy over the summer in planning the seminars for the upcoming academic year! We're all looking forward to resuming all things medieval come autumn!

As can be expected, most of our seminars will be virtual for the forseable future. This is an exciting opportunity for us, since it means more people will be able to attend, and that we have the opportunity to invite speakers from all over the world!

Once we have more details, we will make sure to post them to this website. Booking for seminars will be essential, since this is how you will receive your access links.

To give you a taste of what's to come, here are some of our confirmed speakers:

Dr Alexandra Lee on Bianchi devotions and responses to the Plague ๐Ÿณ๏ธ ๐Ÿ˜ท
Prof Jacek Maciejewski on violent clergy ๐Ÿคผ โ›ช๏ธ
Dr Lara Frentrop on Byzantine dining objects ๐Ÿด ๐Ÿฅฃ
Dr Ben Allport on community and identity in the Norse world ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ด ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ธ ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช ๐Ÿค—

Watch this space!

17/03/2020

It is with regret that the Committee has decided that the next LSMS seminar (24th May) has been cancelled due to ongoing concerns regarding the coronavirus outbreak. We hope that we will be able reschedule the speaker, Dr Maeve O' Donnell (Bristol), for a later date.

It has also been agreed that all LSMS events, including the AGM, will be postponed for the foreseeable future. Until we can gain a stronger hold over the extent to which such gatherings are considered safe, and not an unnecessary potential contribution to the spread of the virus, it does not seem sensible to continue. We will, however, ensure that, once we're back, we'll have a great line up of speakers to make up for the down time.

With all best wishes and hopes for your safety and health,

The LSMS Committee

18/02/2020

We regret to announce that, in response to the forthcoming UCU strike action, the next LSMS seminar, due to be held on Tuesday March 10th, has been cancelled. We very much hope to invite the speaker, Dr Ali Bonner, to speak at a later date and should the situation change, we will let you know as soon as possible.

06/02/2020

We are delighted to announce the next LSMS seminar, this coming Tuesday (11th Feb), at 7pm in the usual room (Wolfson I). The paper will be:

Samuel Holmes (UEA) - Unbinding Archbishop Wulfstan's Commonplace Book

All are welcome and we look forward to seeing you there.

21/01/2020

The London Society for Medieval Studies Committee is delighted to announce the second paper of this semester's London Society for Medieval Studies seminar, in the usual place (Wolfson II, IHR) and time (7pm) on Tuesday 28th January.

Sihong Lin (University College Dublin) - Remembering the Post-Roman West in Early Byzantium

We look forward to seeing you all there.

08/01/2020

The London Society of Medieval Studies is delighted to announce the programme for this coming semester, with our first meeting this coming Tuesday (14th January) with Helen Birkett from Exeter. All seminars are, as usual, at the IHR in Wolfson II at 7pm.

14/01/2020
Helen Birkett (Exeter) - News and History c.1200

28/01/2020
Sihong Lin (University College Dublin) - Remembering the Post-Roman West in Early Byzantium

11/02/2020
Samuel Holmes (UEA) - Unbinding Archbishop Wulfstan's Commonplace Book

10/03/2020
Ali Bonner (Cambridge), Title TBA

24/03/2020
Maeve O'Donnell (Bristol) - Visualising the Old Hispanic Rite in 11th Century Northern Iberia

We look forward to seeing you all at the seminars.

28/11/2019

The LSMS Committee are delighted to circulate a reminder of the next LSMS seminar, which will be this coming Tuesday (3rd December) at 7pm at the IHR in Wolfson I. The speaker will be Dr Ben Guy (Cambridge) and the paper will be entitled 'The Origins and Growth of the Insular Tradition of Genealogy in the Early Middle Ages'.

All are welcome and, because this is the last paper before Christmas, there will be wine and mince pies to celebrate. We look forward to seeing you all there.

14/11/2019

The LSMS committee are delighted to circulate a reminder of the next LSMS seminar, which will be this coming Tuesday (19th November) at 7pm at the IHR in Wolfson I. The speaker will be Prof Andrew Jotischky (Royal Holloway, University of London), and the paper is entitled ' Monks and Muslims: Reform Monasticism and Islam in 10th-11th Century Italy'.

All are welcome and we look forward to seeing everyone there.

30/10/2019

We are delighted to announce the next LSMS IHR session (5th Nov, 7pm, IHR Wolfson 1): Dr Alixe Bovey (Courtauld) will speak on 'Loquacious Monsters: Geoffrey of Monmouthโ€™s Giants Learn to Speak'. All welcome, so please do come along.

09/10/2019

Hello everyone

The London Society for Medieval Studies is delighted to announce the Autumn 2019 programme of papers. All papers - unless prior notice is given - will be held in the usual place (IHR Wolfson 1 Room) and at the usual time (7:00pm).

22/10/2019

Speaker: Maria Romera (UCL)

Paper: Popular Control in Late Medieval Cities: From the Kingdom of Castile to an Italian Commune

05/11/2019

Speaker: Alixe Bovey (Courtauld)

Paper: Loquacious Monsters: Geoffrey of Monmouthโ€™s Giants Learn to Speak

19/11/2019

Speaker: Andrew Jotischky (RHUL)

Paper: Monks and Muslims: Reform Monasticism and Islam in 10th-11th Century Italy

03/12/2019

Speaker: Ben Guy (Cambridge)

Paper: The Origins and Growth of the Insular Tradition of Genealogy in the Early Middle Ages

We look forward to seeing everyone there.

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