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  • 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, 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 from the Easter period.  A special focus was on […]
  • Medieval Trade Study Day
    Medieval Trade Study Day, 1st July, 10am-3:30pm.There are places left for this study day, which will involve small group handling sessions at the Ashmolean in the morning, a packed lunch provided, and afternoon discussions with the group as a whole. If anyone would like to sign up, please fill in the following form: https://forms.gle/LB2wWvWdFU4gKRkXA. The Study […]
  • Medieval Matters: Week 8 TT2021
    Dear all, Unbelievably, here we are at the end of Trinity Term! The end of the year always flies by. Best wishes to all the Masters students turning in dissertations in the next few weeks. There is only one announcement today: at the end of term, I’m departing my post as Communications Officer for Oxford […]
  • Stitching Together Past and Present: Nuntastic Textiles and Victorian Medievalism
    Anyone who has strolled through Oxford and paused to look up at a college window or church tower will have noticed that the city abounds in medievalist architecture. Oxford’s Gothic Revival buildings are not the only material witnesses testifying to nineteenth-century fascination with medieval-inspired styles and with debates harking back to the medieval period. Textile […]
  • Oxford Medieval Studies Pilgrimage Day 2019
    On Saturday the 9th of March, thirty-one pilgrims (and one canine pilgrim companion) met at St Helen’s Church in Abingdon, ready to walk the twelve miles to Christ Church Cathedral in Oxford. Much like the Canterbury Tales, our party was diverse; there were students from across the UK and across disciplines and stages, porters, academics […]
  • A Puzzle of Fragments from Late Medieval Catalonia
    Our understanding of medieval culture vastly relies on fragmentary sources. Musicologists are especially well-acquainted with this —most historians working on pre-1500 music rely to a significant extent on ‘waste’ parchment as a source of information about lost musical cultures. Working with fragments is challenging; however, it can also yield extremely rewarding results when we are […]
  • Mortimer History Society Essay Prize 2021

    The Mortimer History Society is proud to announce in 2021 the sixth round of its annual essay prize

  • Medieval Matters: Week 5 TT2021
    Dear all, Week 5 and perhaps we’ll see some sun again in the next few days! Fortunately, medieval seminars are appropriate for all weather. No announcements this week, aside from a note for those of you who are interested in fantasy literature to follow the Oxford Fantasy research cluster (and podcast!) on Twitter @OxFantasyLit. Onward […]
  • Gregorian Chant Recordings on BODcasts
    During lockdown, the Bodleian library ran two Gregorian chanting workshop called ‘Singing Together Apart’. Hundreds of participants from all around the world learnt to sing along with a simple voice part from a 15th-century manuscript from the Cistercian nunnery of Medingen, in Germany, Bodleian Library MS. Lat. liturg. e. 18. You can watch the workshops […]
  • Wonder, Loss, and Strangeness: Thinking About the Medieval and the Museum with Ashmolean Teaching Curator Jim Harris
    Visiting the Ashmolean Museum is one of the many great privileges that the University of Oxford has to offer. One can travel to a myriad of different times and places within its walls, and speaking personally, I am always eager for the encounter with the medieval past made possible through its collections. Recently, Jim Harris, […]
  • Medieval Matters: Week 4 TT21
    Dear all, We’ve made it to the halfway point! Now if only it would stop raining. Take shelter from the weather in a seminar or two. Only one announcement this week – the University Bulletin is looking for research staff, especially ECRs, to write posts for the weekly Bulletin blog in which they introduce their research […]
  • Invitation to research staff to write a blog for the University Bulletin
    The Public Affairs Directorate (PAD) would like to hear from research staff who would be interested in writing a blog for publication with the University Bulletin. This is a fabulous opportunity for research staff to give insight into their area from their perspective. Those interested in writing a blog should contact Rakiya Farah, PAD. Rakiya will […]
  • Medieval Matters: Week 3 TT21
    Dear all, Week 3 already! Term is picking up steam and hopefully the weather will involve a little bit less hail and sleet going forward. A few announcements: This week, on Friday 14 May at 5 pm, we have the annual O’Donnell Lecture in Celtic Studies. This year’s speaker will be John Carey, ‘The Kindred […]
  • Medieval Matters: Week 2 TT21
    Dear all, Happy May Day! Fun fact: the first recorded use of maypoles in Britain dates to the 14th century. Meanwhile, in the present day, it’s second week already and the seminar offerings are just getting more numerous. If you want to catch up with what happened last week, here’s the link to Jim Harris’ fabulous […]
  • Overview: Reading Groups (Trinity 2021)
    Find all the reading group information you need in this blog post!
  • Pilgrimage: A female perspective– Comparing Arnold von Harff and Dorothea von Montau
    5th May 2021 will see the launch of the Taylor digital edition of MS Bodl. 972, a sixteenth-century copy of Arnold von Harff’s Reisebericht or travel account. This edition is the fruit of much hard work from Agnes Hilger and Eva Neufeind, who spent last term in Oxford as Erasmus interns with Henrike Lähnemann. In […]
  • Medieval Matters: Week 1 TT21
    Dear all, At last, after much anticipation, the new term is finally here! Trinity is beginning with a (very sunny and pleasant) bang; take a look at the intellectual banquet on offer in the booklet (newly updated!) and on our digital calendar. A few announcements to begin: First, this term’s Oxford Medieval Studies Lecture will be livestreamed on the […]
  • Arnold von Harff: Knight, Pilgrim, Guide, and Author
    This post serves as a dual introduction, both to Arnold von Harff and to late-medieval pilgrimage writing more broadly. The latter goal in particular is, admittedly, rather brave. Who was Arnold von Harff? This is a question which Harff wants his audience to answer in a particular way. As he never tires of reminding us, […]
  • Medieval Church and Culture Seminar
    Tuesdays. Meeting from 5pm; papers begin at 5.15pm. Everyone is welcome at this informal and friendly graduate seminar. This Trinity Term, as always, MCC will feature presentations from the 2020-21 Medieval Studies MSt cohort on theirupcoming dissertations.
  • 4th June, 2021: MEDIUM ÆVUM LECTURE
    Jocelyn Wogan-Browne: Et stellam matutinam vus dunra to go te bedde: Women and Multilingualism in Late Medieval England The 2021 MÆ Lecture Friday, June 4, 2021 – 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM BST (Online!) Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-2021-mae-lecture-given-by-jocelyn-wogan-browne-tickets-151792333957
  • (Tuesdays, 5:30pm): London Society for Medieval Studies Seminar
    Tuesdays, 17:30, via Zoom – 11/05: Reyhan Durmaz (University of Pennsylvania), “Family, Fame, and Faith: The Making of Christian Communities in Medieval Northern Mesopotamia”. – 18/05: Richard G. Newhauser (Arizona State University), “Sensology and Enargeia”. – 08/06: Philip Booth (Manchester Metropolitan University), “An Almost Incredible Multitude: Mass Pilgrimage to the Holy Land in the 11th […]
  • Pre-Modern Conversations: Introducing our WIP Group
    IntroductionOn a chilly Autumn day, two postdoctoral fellows (Lena Vosding and Godelinde Gertrude Perk) were conversing in their shared office. They were very fond of their group of fellow supervisees, its camaraderie, and the support it provided. Nevertheless, the two early-career researchers still struggled on occasion to improve the argument of the articles they were […]
  • OMS Small Grants TT 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 April 2021 and October 2021. The closing date for […]