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  • Medieval Matters: Week 8
    Somehow we are now at the very end of Michaelmas Term! It seems to have flown by so quickly. We’ve had such a wonderful range of talks, seminars and reading groups, representing an increasing number of disciplinary approaches, languages and thematic approaches. Thank you all so much for making this such a wonderful term! This… Read more: Medieval Matters: Week 8
  • Poetry in the Medieval World
    New TORCH Network approved by Ugo Mondini Poetry in the Medieval World is a network that explores premodern literature from a global perspective. Its aim is to address broad questions and seek answers building on contemporary discussions in comparative and world literature through a cross-disciplinary approach. Our case study is currently poetry between c. 600… Read more: Poetry in the Medieval World
  • Medieval Matters: Week 7
    This coming Saturday brings us to Oxmas: Merry Oxmas to one and all! For those new to Oxford, ‘Oxmas’ refers to Christmas at Oxford, which takes place on 25 November – exactly one month before Christmas day. Here is some seasonal advice from the Epistolae project: Libenter nanque atque gratanter vestrae salutationis munuscula suscepimus […]… Read more: Medieval Matters: Week 7
  • CFP: The Fifteenth Century Conference
    St John’s College, Oxford, 5th-7th September 2024 Proposals are now invited for The Fifteenth Century Conference 2024. This annual meeting brings together established scholars and new researchers in the field, acting as a showcase for current research and a forum for encouraging new directions of enquiry. We invite proposals for research papers on any subject… Read more: CFP: The Fifteenth Century Conference
  • Oxford Medieval Graduate Conference 2024 – Call for Papers
    The Oxford Medieval Graduate Conference is back on April 8-9, 2024 with the theme of ‘Signs and Scripts’! We are delighted to announce this call for papers and invite proposals relating to all aspects of the broad topic ‘signs and scripts’ in the medieval world. Submissions are welcome from all disciplinary perspectives, whether historical, literary,… Read more: Oxford Medieval Graduate Conference 2024 – Call for Papers
  • Medieval Matters: Week 6
    The academic year is now well underway, and I am sure that everyone is feeling extremely busy. The days are getting very dark and cold, and at this point in term things can feel rather overwhelming. Here is some solidarity from the Epistolae project to remind us that even the greatest minds in history sometimes… Read more: Medieval Matters: Week 6
  • Medieval Matters: Week 5
    This week is, of course, the dreaded fifth week: the most notorious week of the Oxford term. The days are getting darker, workloads are building, and at this point in term many people may be feeling a little frazzled! If you feel in need of some cheering up, we have a stellar roundup of delights… Read more: Medieval Matters: Week 5
  • Writing in the Mud: Studying Majapahit ‘Piggy Banks’ as a Historian of Medieval Europe
    By Ryan Mealiffe, MPhil Medieval History, Wolfson College, Oxford Material Culture Shock Enjoying a peruse through the Ashmolean Museum on a drizzly February day in Oxford, I stumbled upon two tiny pigs. Fuming with puffed-up cheeks, adorable in stature yet fierce in countenance, I locked gazes with one boar’s red terracotta eyes before reading its… Read more: Writing in the Mud: Studying Majapahit ‘Piggy Banks’ as a Historian of Medieval Europe
  • Medieval Matters: Week 4
    This week marks All Hallows’ Eve! As if this wasn’t scary enough, we are now half way through term – what a frightening thought! If you are feeling terrified by all of the things you told yourself you would have achieved by this stage of the year, here is a snippet of eleventh-century solidarity from… Read more: Medieval Matters: Week 4
  • Oxford’s Medieval Meadow
    by Jocelyn Wogan-Browne Hinksey Meadow is first on record in a grant by Henry I to Abingdon Abbey 1102 x 1110, and it’s still there, in West Oxford in walking distance of Oxford Railway Station, one of the rarest, most species-rich meadows in Britain. But it’s threatened with destruction – by the Environment Agency.  The… Read more: Oxford’s Medieval Meadow
  • Tolkien 50th Anniversary Seminar Series
    The last three talks will be of special interest to medieval graduates working in Old English (or Old Norse): Grace Khuri (Nov. 8) will look at compound personal names starting with Ælf- (‘Elf’) that Tolkien encountered in his set texts as an undergraduate (c. 1913-1915) and how these contributed to building (what Tolkien himself later called) his… Read more: Tolkien 50th Anniversary Seminar Series
  • CfP: Transgression in Late Antiquity and Byzantium
    26th International Graduate Conference of the Oxford University Byzantine Society:Transgression in Late Antiquity and Byzantium 24th-25th February 2024, Oxford We are pleased to announce the call for papers for the 26th Annual Oxford University Byzantine Society International Graduate Conference on the 24th – 25th February, 2024. Papers are invited to approach the theme of ‘Transgression’ within the… Read more: CfP: Transgression in Late Antiquity and Byzantium
  • Medieval Matters: Week 3
    Term is now well and truly underway! We have already enjoyed so many excellent seminar papers, social opportunities, and special exhibitions and events. Such a lot of work goes into organising and taking part in these things, and so here is a quote from the Epistolae project that sums up our gratitude for your contributions to our medievalist… Read more: Medieval Matters: Week 3
  • Early Medieval Britain and Ireland Network Fieldtrip
    Saturday 28 October 2023 40th Brixworth Lecture Helen Gittos Christianity before Conversion Brixworth Church, Northamptonshire 1pm Meet outside Ashmolean Museum, Beaumont Street 2.30/ 3pm Meet Brixworth church with Jo Storey, Rory Naismith and students from the universities of Leicester and Cambridge 3.30pm Tea in the Village Hall 5pm Lecture 7pm Dinner in Coach & Horses, Brixworth… Read more: Early Medieval Britain and Ireland Network Fieldtrip
  • St John’s Digitization Project
    (By Sophie Bacchus-Waterman, Special Collections Photographer, St John’s College) As Special Collections Photographer for the Digitization Project at St John’s College, I photograph the manuscripts and early printed books from our Special Collections. Given that we have over 20,000 early printed books and over 300 manuscripts, and it would be impossible for one person to… Read more: St John’s Digitization Project
  • CFP: Conflicts, Connections and Communities in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicles
    23 November 2023 [Australian Central Daylight Time]Online via Microsoft Teams Keynote speakers: Prof. Daniel Anlezark (University of Sydney) and Dr Courtnay Konshuh (University of Calgary) The complex series of interrelated Old English annals known as the Anglo-Saxon Chronicles (ASC) constitutes one of the richest surviving examples of historical writing from early medieval England. Compiled in… Read more: CFP: Conflicts, Connections and Communities in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicles
  • Medieval Matters: Week 2
    I hope everyone is now settled back into the rhythm of term and is enjoying the start of the new academic year. Thank you to all who came to Meet the Medievalists last week: it was lovely to see so many of you in person. A letter from the Epistolae project highlights the difficulty of… Read more: Medieval Matters: Week 2
  • Rare Jewish Languages at Oxford
    Jewish languages are essential and incorporeal parts of Jewish history, creativity, culture and identity. Most of them are currently in danger of extinction while others are already dead, known only from early writing. Various research programmes stress the immense role of vernacular languages in Jewish life and culture as well as point to their fragility,… Read more: Rare Jewish Languages at Oxford
  • CMTC research talks
    The Centre for Manuscript and Text Cultures (CMTC) is a research group based at The Queen’s College in the University of Oxford. We are scholars working in different fields of the humanities with a common interest in pre- and early modern texts, their materiality, transmission, and dissemination. For further information please visit our website: https://cmtc.queens.ox.ac.uk/. Most of our research… Read more: CMTC research talks
  • Middle High German Lecture Series
    In Michaelmas 2023, Dr Nikolaus Ruge (Universität Trier) returned to Oxford as Visiting Lecturer in German Historical Linguistics at the Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages and delivered an updated lecture series on Middle High German. This was mainly designed as an introductory course for students of the German Paper IV ‘Historical Linguistics’ but the… Read more: Middle High German Lecture Series
  • New Book: Medieval Sex Lives
    (Guest blog by Elizabeth Eva Leach) Summary Oxford, Bodleian Library MS Douce 308 preserves and re-copies the lyrics of over 500 songs, ranging from those written in the late twelfth century, to those composed only a few years before the manuscript was copied in the early fourteenth. Its lack of both musical notation and authorial attribution make it relatively… Read more: New Book: Medieval Sex Lives
  • The Trouble with Prefixes
    Consummatum est, inclinato capite tradidit spiritum.‘”It is accomplished”, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.’ (Homiliae XL in euangelia, homily 37.9, Gregory the Great) These were the last words of bishop Cassius of Narnia as recorded in Bodleian Library, MS. Laud Misc. 429. The manuscript contains Homiliae XL in euangelia by Gregory the… Read more: The Trouble with Prefixes
  • Church Monuments Society: All Hallows Lectures 2023
    The Church Monuments Society is for everyone who is interested in the art of commemoration – early incised stones, medieval effigies, ledgerstones, brasses, modern gravestones. The Society was founded in 1979 to encourage the appreciation, study and conservation of church monuments both in the UK and abroad. All are welcome. Follow this link to register… Read more: Church Monuments Society: All Hallows Lectures 2023
  • Medieval Matters: Week 1
    On behalf of everyone here at OMS, I’d like to wish you a huge welcome (or welcome back) to Oxford Medieval Studies! Whether you are returning from your vac, or joining us for the first time, we are thrilled to have you here. This newsletter, and the medieval booklet (attached as a reduced-sized pdf to… Read more: Medieval Matters: Week 1
  • Blogging Your Medieval Research
    Over the past ten years, OMS has become one of the largest communities of medievalists worldwide. There is a phenomenal breadth and diversity of research taking place at Oxford, and a wide range of exciting creative practice and public engagement activities. This year at OMS, we are hoping to feature one blog post each week… Read more: Blogging Your Medieval Research
  • OMS Small Grants Now Open!
    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 October 2023 and end of March 2024. The closing… Read more: OMS Small Grants Now Open!
  • OBS: ‘A Golden Collector of the Golden Age’: Charles Walker Clark (1871-1933) and his library of incunables
    When: Thursday 12 October at 5:15 p.m.Where: Weston Library Lecture TheatreALL WELCOME! Our programme of talks for 2023-2024 begins on Thursday, October 12th when William P. Stoneman, formerly Curator of Early Books and Manuscripts at Harvard University’s Houghton Library, will look at incunables from the library of Charles Walker Clarke (1871-1933). Clark has been described as… Read more: OBS: ‘A Golden Collector of the Golden Age’: Charles Walker Clark (1871-1933) and his library of incunables