Medieval Matters: Week 0

Welcome back to Oxford, and to the Oxford Medieval Studies Trinity Term programme! We have so many exciting things in store for you this term, and I’m really looking forward to once again being your guide for all of Oxford’s Medieval Matters. In the words of Alcuin:

nos semper suspensi de reditu tuo
[I will be continually in suspense until your return, Ep. 64]

To kick the term off to a triumphant start, we have two very special events. Firstly, the Oxford Medieval Graduate Conference: Names and Naming, takes place on April 20th and 21st, both Online & In-Person at Ertegun House, Oxford. Secondly, this Saturday, April 22nd, join us for the annual Medieval Mystery Plays at St Edmund Hall! This is sure to be a day of merriment and festivity, and a chance to celebrate the diverse languages, departments and medievalists of our community. For the short programme, see the pdf attached to this week’s email, and please see the event listings below for further details.

The full OMGC and Mystery Play programmes can be found here, along with a sneak-peek at some of the offerings in the draft of this term’s Medieval Booklet. If you have not sent in your booklet submissions yet, please do so ASAP to ensure inclusion in time for the full release on Monday.

The full newsletter will begin again on Monday, but for now, a sample of the delights in store upon our return to term time:


  • SAVE THE DATE: 26 APRIL (Wednesday week 1 of Trinity Term), 5pm UK time: In celebration of the release of vol. 2 of the Journal of Manuscript and Text Cultures (MTC) by the Centre for Manuscript and Text Cultures (CMTC), which takes an explicitly experimental approach of involving digital tools for the presentation of research in manuscript cultures, CMTC are holding a round table 26 APRIL (Wednesday week 1 of Trinity Term), 5pm UK time at the Memorial Room of The Queen’s College, Oxford. The topic of the round table will be digital publishing and future research in manuscript studies. The round table will be chaired by Richard Ovenden, OBE, Professorial Fellow and Bodley’s Librarian. More information to follow.


Thursday 20th April:

  • The Oxford Medieval Graduate Conference 2023: Names & Naming takes place at 9-6pm, both online and at Ertegun House. Attendance is free, but you must register in advance. To register to attend, either online or in person, please visit the conference website here.
  • A Special Lecture for the Churches Conservation Trust will take place at 1pm, online via Facebook Live. Shelley M. Williams will be presenting at this lecture, which will consider how the twelve signs of the zodiac were incorporated into ecclesiastical architecture between c. 1100-1250 CE. To attend, please click this link.

Friday 21st April:

Saturday 22nd April:

  • The Medieval Mystery Plays take place at 12-3:30pm at St Edmund Hall. Join us on this merry multilingual journey featuring plays dating from between the 12th and the 16th century! This highlight of the Oxford medieval calendar offers a variety of plays in different medieval and modern languages, staged at several stations in the beautiful grounds of St Edmund Hall. Cycles of plays retelling stories from the Bible were a popular form of entertainment in the Middle Ages, which we are only too happy to revive for modern audiences. Admission is free and you are welcome to turn up at any time. For more details about the programme, please see our blog post here.


  • “Noblesse Oblige? Barons and the Public Good” Network: Last Call for Associate Membership! Though there might be another call next year, if you wish to take part in this year’s conference and associated events, please email with your CV and a brief cover letter. Full details can be found at and”
  • Three-year Senior Researcher Position at the University of Oslo, Deadline May 14th: A three-year Senior Researcher position in medieval studies has been just announced at the University of Oslo with the application deadline on May 14th. The job will be available  from the fall of 2023. The position is funded by the ERC Advanced Grant project 101018645 MINiTEXTS “Minuscule Texts: Marginalized Voices in Early Medieval Latin Culture (c. 700–c.1000),”. A more detailed description of this position and the application requirements are provided at the job announcement at
  • 10 funded PhDs opportunities within the Marie Skłodowska-Curie doctoral network “From Antiquity to Community: Rethinking Classical Heritage through Citizen Humanities” (AntCom): Interested applicants will find information on the training program, on each fellowship as well as details on specific requirements and the application process on the consortium’s website: For further questions you are welcome to contact the project’s PI Aglae Pizzone (
  • The Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies is excited to hire a new postdoctoral research scholar in premodern critical race studies. This position is open to PhDs in language, history, religion, philosophy, classics, or related humanistic fields. The postdoctoral research scholar will join our ongoing Mellon Foundation-funded RaceB4Race initiative for a two-year appointment starting Fall 2023 at a stipend salary of $75,000/fiscal year. More information and how to apply can be found at our website.

I will return to your inboxes on Monday with the Medieval Booklet and the Week 1 events. In the meantime, we hope to see many of you on Saturday for the mystery plays. For those of you contributing to the plays, some words of wisdom from Alcuin:

modo vero viriliter fac et fortiter!
[Play your part powerfully and bravely! Ep. 72]

Wishing you all a week of power and bravery in all of your medieval endeavours!

[A brave and powerful performance at the mystery plays!]
Ashmole Bestiary, Bodleian Library MS. Ashmole 1511, f. 27 v.
Viewable in full at Digital Bodleian

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