• CFP: Adapting Violence in/from Classic Texts
    A 2-day online workshop to be held 24–25 March 2022, organised by Amy Brown (University of Bern) and Lucy Fleming (University of Oxford). This interdisciplinary event brings together specialists in literature, retelling, and feminist practice to consider how adaptations address various forms of violence in and from their canonical source-texts. Sources and adaptations examined may […]
  • Medieval Matters: Week 3
    Spooky happenings to report this week – not only is it, terrifyingly, Week 3 already, but we are also approaching Allhallowtide, with Sunday being All Saints’ Eve / Halloween! For this scariest of weeks, some seasonal wisdom regarding hand-standing, head-walking witches from the Old English Durham Proverbs: Ne swa þeah treowde þeah þu teala eode, […]
  • Symposium: English Perceptions of the Material Text 1300-1600
    A free, three day online symposium organised by Dr J.R. Mattison and Eleanor Baker, 9th-11th December 2021. To register, please follow this link and fill in your details: If you have any questions, please contact  Follow us @TextMedieval   PROGRAMME: Thursday 9th December: Making Material Texts                       8:00am (PCT)/ 10.00am (CDT)/ 4:00pm (GMT)/ […]
  • MedievalWiki: Training Workshop and Social Editing Session
    Fri, October 29, 2021 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM British Summer Time Online: via ZoomFREE booking required This workshop is for brand new and experienced Wikipedia editors who are interested in improving Wikipedia according to the aims of MedievalWiki (on which, see below). Lucy Moore (York) and Fran Allfrey (KCL) will be hosting. We will […]
  • Call for Papers: Reshaping the World: Utopias, Ideals and Aspirations in Late Antiquity and Byzantium
    24th International Graduate Conference of the Oxford University Byzantine Society 25th—26th February 2022, in Oxford and Online ‘There is nothing better than imagining other worlds – he said – to forget thepainful one we live in. At least so I thought then. I hadn’t yet realizedthat, imagining other worlds, you end up changing this one’. – […]
  • Medieval Matters: Week 2
    Week 2 is here, which means that term is officially in full swing! Thank you to everyone who came to the Medieval Roadshow – we loved seeing you all and hearing about your plans for the year. This week I’d particularly like to draw your attention to the fact that OMS Small Grants are now […]
  • OMS Small Grants MT 2021
    The TORCH Oxford Medieval Studies Programme invites applications for small grants to support conferences, workshops, and other forms of collaborative research activity organised by researchers at postgraduate (whether MSt or DPhil) or early-career level from across the Humanities Division at the University of Oxford. The activity should take place between November 2021 and April 2022. The closing date for […]
  • CMTC Work In Progress Colloquium
    Please join us for two online talks hosted by the Centre for Manuscript and Text Cultures at The Queen’s College in the University of Oxford. Our centre promotes inter-disciplinary discussion among scholars and students interested in manuscripts and material culture in the premodern world. So your participation is most welcome regardless of your field of […]
  • Medieval Matters: Week 1
    Week 1 is finally here, which means that it is time for our first proper Medieval Matters of the year! Contained within you’ll find details of the week’s upcoming medieval events. There is also a list of opportunities which features CFPs, essay prizes, job opportunities, and an invitation to apply for the Medieval Mystery Cycle! […]
  • New Book by Oxford Medievalist Deborah Grice
    Calling all medievalists interested in the history of the early universities or the development of doctrine…. Deborah Grice’s ‘Church, Society and University: the Paris Condemnation of 1241/4’ was originally published in hardback by Routledge in August 2019. But it is now in paperback at £36.99 (available direct from them or on Amazon). Moreover, there is […]
  • CFP: Morality, Exemplarity and Emotion in Medieval Insular Texts
    We invite papers which explore the relationship between morality, exemplarity, and the expression of emotion in medieval Insular texts, c. 700-1500. The behaviours, ideas, and emotions that medieval writers, translators, and authors present as (im)moral and exemplary naturally fluctuate depending on time, place, genre, and language. Similarly, the textual representation and expression of emotion is […]
  • Medieval Matters: Week 0 and Booklet
    Michaelmas Term is finally here, which means that our Medieval Booklet has now arrived! Inside you will find details of all of the seminars, events and reading groups happening this term, as well as some CFPs and save the dates for future events. Please do peruse and fill your calendars up! I’d also like to […]
  • Workshop on the Murbach Hymns and MS. Junius 25
    When?        17th/18th February 2022 (week 5, HT) What?         In this workshop, the fascinating Murbach hymns – a Latin hymnal with Old High German interlinear glosses from the 8th/9th century – and their manuscript (Oxford, Bodleian Library MS. Junius 25) will be carefully examined regarding their translation technique, use and function, cultural background and transmission. Expect […]
  • Script vs print vs code: the information revolution in one afternoon
    Event, 11 October 2021 Members of the Oxford Scribes and printers from the Bodleian Bibliographical Press race to produce a page of text. Settle the 500-year-old question – which is faster?
  • Region and Enmity: A RaceB4Race® Symposium
    The symposium is being held virtually from October 19-22, 2021 and will include panels, informal coffee talks, an editor roundtable, and 1-on-1 sessions with invited editors.  Enmity is a sustaining force for systemic racism, a fervent antipathy toward a category of people. Enmity exists at the nexus of individual and group identity and produces difference […]
  • Medieval Matters: Is It Term Yet?
    The days are getting colder, the leaves are getting crisper and Bodleian is getting busier… Michaelmas term is almost here! 0th week is just on the horizon, and I’m sure you can’t wait for the medieval events that lie in store. The Durham proverbs advise us that ‘geþyld byþ middes eades’ (‘patience is half of […]
  • Call for Papers: Spirits and Spirituality in Medieval Britain and Ireland C. 600 – 1400
    An Interdisciplinary Online Conference at the University of Nottingham. Wednesdays, 9th, 16th and 23rd March 2022 Call for Papers We invite papers which explore representations of spirits and spirituality in the medieval period from c. 600-1400 in Britain and Ireland, including, but not limited to, the following suggestions: The influence of Eastern and / or […]
  • Conference Report: Hyggnaþing
    by Natasha Bradley Hyggnaþing (‘Meeting of Minds’): A Graduate Conference in Old Norse Studies took place on the 11th of August 2021. A brand-new conference co-organised by Natasha Bradley, a DPhil student at Lincoln College, Oxford, and Ben Chennells, a PhD student at University College London, Hyggnaþing attracted speakers and attendees from across the globe […]
  • Medieval Matters: Pre-Term
    It brings me great joy to welcome you to the start of a new academic year at Oxford! I’m honoured to be taking over the role of OMS Communications Officer from Caroline Batten, the wonderful scribe and would-be-medieval-poet of last year’s Monday emails. I’m looking forward to bringing you all the latest Oxford Medieval news […]
  • Seminar on the History of Domestic Violence
    The 5th Seminar in History of Domestic Violence and Abuse series, organized by Juliana Dresvina & Anu Lahtinen, University of Oxford & University of Helsinki. October 1, 2021 at 10am GMT Elena Chepel, ‘How to complain about violence if you are a woman: language and gender in Ptolemaic papyrus petitions’ Despina Iosif, ‘Populus Exasperatus: The violent […]
  • Call for Papers: Oxford University Numismatic Society Graduate and ECR Colloquium 2021 (Tuesday 30th November 2021)
    Oxford University Numismatic Society is delighted to announce its call for papers for an online colloquium on the afternoon of Tuesday 30th November 2021. This virtual event held over MS Teams will aim to explore various aspects of base metal coinage(s) and the motives behind its production. We invite contributions from postgraduate students and ECR researchers from any institution on any period or coinage.
  • Hold the Date – Workshop on the Murbach Hymns and MS. Junius 25
    When?           17th/18th February 2022 (week 5) What?            In this workshop, the fascinating Murbach hymns – a Latin hymnal with Old High German interlinear glosses from the 8/9th century – and their manuscript (Oxford, Bodleian Library MS. Junius 25) will be carefully examined regarding their translation technique, use and function, cultural background and transmission. Expect an […]
  • Register now for “Hyggnaþing: Old Norse Graduate Conference”, 11 August
    Registration is now open for Hyggnaþing: An Old Norse Graduate Conference, co-organised by DPhil in English student, Natasha Bradley, and funded by the OMS Small Grants fund. Register here! Hyggnaþing, meaning ‘Meeting of Minds’, is a one-day conference in Old Norse studies that will take place online, with socialisation opportunities offered using Wonder. Hyggnaþing will be […]
  • (7-8 January 2022) Identity Abroad in Central and Late Medieval Europe and the Mediterranean (Cambridge(venue TBC))
    *Keynote Speakers: Prof. Miri Rubin (Queen Mary University, London); Prof. Roser Salicrú i Lluch (Institució Milà i Fontanals,CSIC,Barcelona); Prof. Teresa Shawcross (Princeton University) Life in the central and late Middle Ages was characterised by high levels of mobility and migration. Shifts in political, economic, cultural and religious life encouraged and sometimes forced individuals and groups […]
  • Workshop: Oxford Medieval Commentary Network
    Saturday, 9 October 2021, Christ Church, Oxford Sign-ups for the workshop are now open. Sign-up closes 15 July 2021. Sign-up form The first workshop and initial meeting of the Medieval Commentary Network will take place at Christ Church, Oxford, on 9 October 2021, from 9am – 5pm. A buffet lunch will be provided. The workshop […]
  • Manuscript journeys: from German lands to digital libraries
    When? 7 July 2021, 5.30-6.45pm (BST) Where? Online, via zoom Free, book in advance (Registration closes at 5pm on 5 July)

    This event marks the completion of a three-year digitization project delivered by the Bodleian Libraries, Oxford and the Herzog August Bibliothek in Wolfenbuttel. The ‘Manuscripts from German-Speaking Lands’ project, funded by The Polonsky Foundation, has digitized hundreds of medieval manuscripts from collections at The Herzog August Bibliothek and the Bodleian and made these freely available online to scholars and the public.

    The panel discussion will explore the journey of these manuscript collections from their origins in the religious houses of medieval Germany, their acquisition by the libraries in Wolfenbüttel and Oxford and their digitization and publication online.

  • Manuscripts Live: Singing from Medieval Sources in the Bodleian Library
    Building on the success of Gregorian chant workshops  with manuscripts from the Bodleian Library (Singing Together, Apart 1  and Singing Together, Apart 2 ), a group of Oxford medievalists are offering insights into working with manuscripts during lockdown. Meet some of the manuscripts from the Abbey of Medingen, recently digitized through the Polonsky German project, and sing along to chants […]