Medieval Conferences lists major events – check out the dates and see what is happening around the Medieval World in 2022
Many readers access medieval texts primarily through translations, and this has been the case since the early-modern period. In this conference, we seek to engage with the history of the translated medieval text, the motivations behind translations and their methods. A conference in Bergen organised by the Research Group for Law and Culture in the Pre-Modern North will specifically focus on the translation of medieval texts in post-medieval times. We welcome both papers that take as their subject early modern translations of medieval texts, as well as modern translations of medieval texts, from any geographical area, from subject areas such as law, history, literature and medicine.
Papers on any aspect of medieval culture, medieval studies, and medievalism will be considered, but presentations that consider and/or (re)evaluate the conference theme “Fashioning the Middle Ages” will be particularly welcome.
28.9.2022 – 30.09.2022 Frühmittelalterliche Mobilität – Interdisziplinäre Zugänge
Heidelberger Akademie der Wissenschaften und online via Zoom
Premodern travel was associated with all sorts of questions and uncertainties, just like any attempt to examine early medieval mobility from today’s perspective. The conference intends to explore new approaches and methods for investigating early medieval mobility from an interdisciplinary perspective and by discussing the potential and limits of possible new approaches. The aim is to discuss historical (network analysis, prosopography), archaeological (grave analysis, landscape archeology) as well as methods related to the natural sciences (historical geology, digital landscape and path reconstruction, analysis of strontium isotopes, multi-isotopic studies, DNA analysis, paleo-climatology). What means do we have to study the conditions of mobility and the knowledge of travelers? How do network analyses allow us to study the motives and necessities behind mobility? What possibilities do scientific approaches and the data acquired using related methods and means offer? A better understanding of the conditions of early medieval mobility should allow us to appreciate more fully the individual and collective achievements that were associated with every form of early medieval exchange or connectivity.
28.09.2022 – 01.10.2022 Sixth Forum: Kunst des Mittelalters: “Sinne / Senses”.
The conference is organised in cooperation with the Kunstgeschichtlichen Institut of the University Frankfurt am Main. For the sixth time the German Society for Studies in Art History invites to an international congress “Forum Medieval Art”.
On the 1000th anniversary of the inauguration of Bishop Godehard (1022-1038), the diocese of Hildesheim is planning a year of festivities that will also radiate beyond the diocese borders. Together with Gerhard Lutz (former Hildesheim Cathedral Museum, now Cleveland Museum of Art), Angela Weyer, director of the Hornemann Institute at the HAWK in Hildesheim, is using this anniversary year as an opportunity to design an interdisciplinary conference on the former Benedictine monastery church of St. Godehard.
The church celebrates its 850th anniversary of consecration in 2022. It is one of the most interesting sacred buildings of the 12th century, The conference in Bishop Godehard’s jubilee year will review the history of the church and its important historical furnishings over the centuries. It will focous on four main aspects: The foundation of the monastery and the building of the church in the 12th century, the remodelling of the church and monastery in the course of the reforms in the 15th century, the remodelling of the church in the Baroque period and its historicist redesign in the 19th century.
All lectures are in German. Simultaneous translation cannot be financed.
The EAA Annual Meetings are the highlight of the EAA year, bringing together colleagues from all over Europe to discuss important issues in research, heritage management and commercial practice, ethics and theory, and the newest results of fieldwork. With over 3.000 delegates and 150+ sessions, the EAA Annual Meetings have grown to be an essential event on European archaeological scene. The omnipresent friendly atmosphere and lively social programme provide excellent opportunities for networking.
Palaeoclimatologists believe to have identified a period of unusually warm and humid weather in Europe and the Mediterranean that expanded from roughly 200 BCE to 150 CE, which they called the ‘Roman Climate Optimum’ or the ‘Roman warm period’. Some historians have linked this overall perseverance of unusually stable and favorable climatic conditions to the expansion of the Roman Empire to its greatest height, and argue that these predominantly warm and humid conditions in large parts of the Empire enabled the delivery of sufficient supply to the growing urban population around the Mediterranean and to the Roman army. From the middle of the second century CE, climate change occurred at different rates, from apparent near stasis during the early Empire to rapid fluctuations during the late Empire. A general cooling trend coincided and, as some scholars argue, contributed to the crisis of the Empire, the Germanic migration, civil wars, and the subsequent ‘decline’ or ‘transformation’ of the Roman world. Furthermore, differences in climate conditions in the Western and Eastern Mediterranean have been hypothezised to mirror the diverging fates of the Roman West and the Byzantine Empire. More recently, other scholars based on regional datasets of climate proxies have reasoned that establishing such a connection between the climatic conditions and its consequences for the history of the Roman Empire does not do justice to the multitude of microclimates in Europe, the Balkans, the Middle East and North Africa on the one hand and the complexity of the material available on the other one.
This international conference will be the first that is specifically devoted to the notion of a Roman Climate Optimum and its impact on the fate of the Roman Empire.
The event is part of the research project ‘The Roman Egypt Laboratory: Climate Change, Societal Transformations, and the Transition to Late Antiquity’ (PI: Sabine R. Huebner) and is sponsored by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF), the Swiss Association of Classical Studies (SVAW/ASEA), and the Swiss Academic Society for Environmental Research and Ecology (SAGUF).
21.07.2022 – 25.07.2022 45th Battle Conference on Anglo-Norman Studies
This years conference takes place at the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, Allemagne. There is no Registration fee this year, but delegates attending the Bonn conference must still register. In order to book your place, please register via the email address stating your mode of attendance: firstname.lastname@example.org by 1 July 2022.
Interruptions & Disruptions in the Medieval Mediterranean, 400–1500
In response to the abrupt and largely unforeseen way in which the Covid-19 pandemic has thrown our world and everyday life into uncertainty since early 2020, the theme of the 7th International Conference of the Society for the Medieval Mediterranean (SMM) is Interruptions and Disruptions. Scholars are invited to explore and challenge meanings and experiences of interruptions and to reflect upon whether and to what extent interruptions prompted change or acted as ‘turning points’ in the medieval Mediterranean.
This conference aims to discuss the numerous political and symbolical constructions associated with monarchy and empire. Monarchs have often claimed they ruled over empires, either domestic or overseas, or both. But what does the concept of empire really entail or encompass? What does it take for a queen or king to become or be called an emperor or empress?
On Wednesday 22 June 2022 we celebrate the ARMA project by organising a conference on “‘The Art of Reading in the Middle Ages” (ARMA). The project (funded by EU 2020-22 has shown the importance of medieval reading culture as a European movement by bringing together digitised manuscripts produced between c. 500 and c. 1550 from across Europe, unlocking their educational potential by curational and editorial enrichment, using innovative ways for displaying and handling digital objects in an educational context. More about ARMA here
The second part of the conference will be an open online session (starting at 15:00) dedicated on the use of digitised material in primary, secondary and postsecondary education. You can access the programme here:
In case you will join the conference via Zoom, please use this link below:
(Meeting ID: 926 7868 8437)
The SMA annual conference, in collaboration with Oxford Univeristy Department for Continuing Education, will bring together an international group of scholars to talk about early medieval migrations, present new data and discuss new insight into the complex and challenging subject.
The Society for the Study of the Crusades and the Latin East is pleased to re-announce its 10th International Conference, Crusading Encounters, at Royal Holloway, University of London, 27 June – 1 July 2022. As you are all aware, we have had to postpone this event twice, but with vaccination programmes well underway and travel barriers beginning to come down, we want to signal our firm intention to hold this event in person. It is our wish that all those giving papers attend in person, although we anticipate offering an online facility (for a registration fee) for those unable to travel. The call for papers has now re-opened – deadline 1 December 2021. Registration will re-open in January 2022.
Drawing medievalists from over 60 countries, with more than 2,000 individual papers as well as public concerts, performances, excursions, bookfairs and more, the International Medieval Congress (IMC) is Europe’s largest forum for sharing ideas in medieval studies. IMC 2022 will take place from Monday 04 July to Thursday 07 July 2022 and it is our strong intention, coronavirus restrictions permitting, that there will be both an in-person and virtual component.
Hosted by the Medieval Institute at Western Michigan University, the International Congress on Medieval Studies is an annual gathering of thousands of scholars interested in medieval studies. The Congress embraces the study of all aspects of Middle Ages, extending to into late antiquity and the early modern periods, including—but not limited to—history, language, literature, linguistics, art, archaeology, religion, science, medicine, music, drama, philosophy, gender, sexuality mysticism, and technology, as well as medievalism.
This interdisciplinary conference is dedicated to objects from the medieval period that produce music, repetitive sounds, or tones – from bells and organs, musical instruments, and sounding automata to the coins in one’s wallet. Also crucial is the question of how such sounds are echoed in ornament, images, and texts. In what terms might we describe and understand the relationship of object-generated sound to sight, touch, and other senses, as well as to voice and narration? In objects and architectures, how are sounds designed, staged, and received through movements and rituals? What intentions and meanings are conveyed in this way? Submissions are welcome from history and art history, literary studies, musicology, cultural anthropology, and the fields of Sound History and Sensory Studies. The conference takes place in Paris, Hôtel Lully
This year the annual meeting in the Renaissance Society of America is held in Dublin. The Renaissance Society of America is the largest international organization devoted to the critical study of the world from 1300–1700 and its importance today. The RSA fosters initiatives that feature innovative, multidisciplinary research and pedagogical approaches together with well-established methodologies. It sponsors digital and print publications to disseminate knowledge, organizes in-person and virtual events to bring together diverse communities of inquiry and practice, and promotes the works of its members in the field of Renaissance Studies.
The ancient town of Dura-Europos, located on the bank of the Euphrates River in present-day Syria, is critically important for its extraordinary archaeological preservation. Besieged and conquered in ca. 256 CE, the city lay abandoned until excavations were begun in the early twentieth century. Dura-Europos exemplifies a multiethnic frontier town at the crossroads of major trade routes—regional and global—linking various ancient cultures and great empires to the west and east. The Coference sheds light on regional and long-distance ties in antiquity, 21st-century geopolitical entanglements, and future research
This conference will bring together an international group of scholars who have worked on Princeton’s FLAME project, as well as leading scholars on the late antique and early medieval economy worldwide. Over three days, speakers will present new findings centered on the research priorities of the FLAME project. Participants will share insights on economic, political, and social changes throughout this period, but will also reflect upon the historiographical and methodological problems posed by the project itself. The papers will involve insights from a significant global region, as FLAME’s scope ranges from Gibraltar to southeastern India. An exhibition of coins relating to the conference from the Princeton University Numismatic Collection will accompany the conference and will be on display outside of East Pyne 010 on March 18th and 19th. There is no cost to attend. Registration is required. All guests not in Princeton University’s testing protocol will need to attest to being up-to-date with COVID-19 vaccinations.
De nos jours encore, la hache de guerre tenue par un lion vient rappeler, sur le blason de la Norvège, l’action d’Olaf II Haraldsson (993-1030) en faveur de la christianisation de son pays et de l’expansion de son royaume. Formé comme son prédécesseur, Olaf Ier Tryggvason (963-1000), par les raids vikings auxquels il participa dans sa jeunesse, Olaf aurait été baptisé en 1014, sur les terres normandes, à Rouen. Il n’aura ensuite de cesse de faire la guerre, notamment contre Cnut le Grand, jusqu’à sa mort à la bataille de Sticklestad.
Cette conférence reviendra donc sur ce double aspect de saint Olaf, inspiré par une ferveur qui lui vaudra d’être canonisé mais également par un caractère belliqueux rappelant son passé viking.
Conférence par David Brégaint, Professeur associé d’histoire médiévale à l’université de Trondheim (Norvège)
Né à Rennes, David Brégaint réside depuis plus de vingt ans en Norvège, pays auquel il a depuis toujours consacré ses recherches historiques. Il est actuellement professeur associé en histoire médiévale à la Norwegian University of Science and Technology dans la ville de Trondheim, à l’extrême nord du pays.
Spécialiste de la culture politique et de l’idéologie royale en Norvège pour la période des XIIe-XIIIe siècles, il a notamment étudié la manière dont la royauté norvégienne communiquait avec ses sujets (Vox Regis, 2015) et les conflits qui ont pu émerger entre les souverains norvégiens et les membres du haut clergé (Un discours contre les évêques, 2013). Roi et saint norvégien emblématique, Olaf II tient ainsi une grande place dans ses travaux (« The Missing Saint », 2020).
Conférence inaugurale proposée par le Musée de Normandie et le Centre Michel de Boüard (CRAHAM – UMR 6273), dans le cadre de la journée d’étude “Guerriers du Nord”.
10.03.2022 – 13.03.2022
The 97th Annual Meeting of the Medieval Academy of America will take place from March 10-13. The meeting is jointly hosted by the Medieval Academy of America and the Program in Medieval Studies at the University of Virginia, with the generous support and collaboration of colleagues from Virginia Tech, the College of William & Mary, and Washington and Lee University. The conference program features a diverse range of sessions highlighting innovative scholarship across the many disciplines contributing to medieval studies. A near-final draft of the schedule of papers and sessions in PDF form is available here. The official conference site, hosted by Whova and allowing for both virtual and in-person participation, can be found here. Note that details will be filled in depending on whether the conference has an in-person component. The Medieval Academy and the Program Committee will make a decision on this matter by February 1, 2022 at the latest.