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  • Call for Papers: Memorial Symposium for Nigel F. Palmer
    What: Literary, religious and manuscript cultures of the German-speaking lands: a symposium in memory of Nigel F. Palmer (1946-2022) When: 19/20 May 2023 Where: Oxford, Bodleian Library, Taylor Institution Library, St Edmund Hall To celebrate the life and scholarship of Nigel F. Palmer, Professor of German Medieval Literary and Linguistic Studies at the University of […]
  • New Book by Oxford Medievalist
    OMS is delighted to announce a new publication by Byzantine scholar Dr Lucy Parker (Christ Church): Symeon Stylites the Younger and Late Antique Antioch: From Hagiography to History Oxford Studies in Byzantium Offers the first detailed modern study of the cult of Symeon Stylites the Younger Tackles barely-known texts including Symeon’s sermons and the Life […]
  • Oxford Medieval Mystery Plays 2023
    Would you like to take part in a medieval dramatic experiment? Directors, actors, costume makers and musicians wanted! More information and apply at https://www.seh.ox.ac.uk/mystery-cycle The next performance of the Medieval Mystery Plays is held on Saturday 22 April 2023 at St Edmund Hall. These plays were a very popular form of drama in the Middle […]
  • Medieval Matters: Is It Nearly Term Yet?
    0th Week is approaching at a rate of knots, which means that this is the final announcement email before Medieval Matters resumes in full force! I’m excited to more formally welcome everyone back to Oxford and, of course, to unveil which manuscript will be gracing your inboxes every week, but for now, here are a […]
  • Workshop ‘Cultures of Use and Reuse. Towards a Terminological and Methodological Framework of Reframing and Recycling’
    When?          3-6 April 2023 What?            In recent years, various terms and concepts have emerged to analyse the phenomena of use and re-use of medieval objects. This workshop will work towards a common terminological and methodological framework, starting with two key approaches: recycling and reframing. An interdisciplinary group of scholars will offer insights into their own […]
  • Graduate Students: OMS is hiring!
    OMS is one of the largest forums in the world for interdisciplinary research on the Middle Ages, bringing together over 200 academics and a large body of graduate students. If you would like to be involved behind the scenes, we have three exciting (paid) opportunities to get involved! Though these are advertised as three separate posts, […]
  • Middle High German Lecture Series
    During Michaelmas 2022, Dr Nikolaus Ruge (Universität Trier) will be in Oxford as Visiting Lecturer in German Historical Linguistics at the Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages and will deliver a lecture series on Middle High German. This is mainly designed as an introductory course for students of the German Paper IV ‘Historical Linguistics’ but […]
  • Outgoing OMS Social Media Officer: Llewelyn Hopwood
    After two years as Oxford Medieval Studies’s first dedicated social media officer, Llewelyn Hopwood shares his experiences and a few tips and tricks about social media usage in academia. Before starting this role, I had only a basic knowledge of Facebook and Twitter, and only really for personal use. However, as it was the summer […]
  • OMCN lectures now online
    Trinity Term 2022 saw a lecture series at Christ Church on the medieval commentary tradition, organised by the Oxford Medieval Commentary Network. Video recordings of the lectures by Madalena Brito, Maria Czepiel, and Zachary Giuliano are now available to watch online, along with an extensive video archive of papers from last year’s OMCN workshop. The […]
  • Outgoing OMS Events Coordinator: Tom Revell
    The primary reason I threw my hat into the ring two years ago (as a first-year DPhil student) to help OMS run their events was because I was passionate about trying to help increase the access to and reach of the great variety of outstanding events that OMS was hosting. Especially in the deep-pandemic, when […]
  • Medieval Matters: sigelbeorhte dagas
    Trinity Term has ended, and with it, the academic year! Since this is the final Medieval Matters of the year, on behalf of everyone at OMS I would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone who has enabled our many wonderful seminars, reading groups and events this year to happen. The Medievalist community at […]
  • Early Text Cultures Workshop: Translating Cultures in Contact
    Early Text Cultures Workshop: Translating Cultures in Contact (online) 5th July, 9-16 BST
  • Call for Papers: Early Book Society
    Early Book SocietyUniversity of Limerick11th-15th July 2023  Meaning, Memory, and the Making of Culture: Manuscripts and Books, 1350–1550  The 18th biennial conference of the Early Book Society will be hosted by Carrie Griffin and Eleanor Giraud at the University of Limerick from 11th to 14th July 2023, with an excursion on 15th July. Confirmed keynote speakers include John Thompson, […]
  • Call for Papers: Christian Political Cultures in Late Antiquity 
    University of Liverpool Wednesday 21st-Thursday 22nd June 2023 Deadline for Proposals: 30 June 2022, to robin.whelan@liverpool.ac.uk We invite papers for a conference (and planned edited volume) on Christian Political Cultures in Late Antiquity. The remarkably homogeneous ways of thinking about Christian political authority across the Roman world in late antiquity (c. 250-700 CE)—so carefully reconstructed in classic mid-20th century […]
  • Medievalist Events at Oxford Festival of the Arts
    The Art of Illumination: makers and users of medieval manuscripts Prof Michelle Brown, Patricia Lovett MBE, Dr Andrew Dunning June 25, Lecture Theatre, Weston Library, 2pm – 4.30pm “It is the brilliance of yellow gold set off by jewel colours that makes so many mediaeval manuscripts so eye-catching.” Join us for fascinating insight with our […]
  • Conference: ‘New Visions of Julian of Norwich’
    15-16 July 2022, Somerville College & Online in association with Oxford Medieval Studies, sponsored by The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH) Organisers: Antje Elisa Chan (Lincoln College, Oxford), Godelinde Gertrude Perk (Somerville, Oxford), Raphaela Rohrhofer (Somerville, Oxford), Alicia Smith (English Faculty, Oxford) This international hybrid conference, held in Somerville College (Oxford) on 15th […]
  • The 2022 Medium Ævum Annual Lecture
    The Society for the Study of Medieval Languages and Literature are pleased to announce the 2022 Medium Ævum Annual Lecture will be taking place on Saturday, 2 July (4:30-6pm BST): Dr Ryan Perry (University of Kent) will deliver the annual lecture on ‘Middle English Books of Devotion and Liturgical Privatisation in Fifteenth-century England’, as part of the […]
  • Call to Action: Medieval Mystery Cycle 2023
    Following the successful Medieval Mystery Cycle 2.0, plans are underway for the third iteration of what has fast become an Oxford tradition. Please reserve the date of 22 April 2023 (Saturday before Trinity Term) and spread the word! We are looking for actors, directors, musicians, prop makers, and above all a graduate convenor who will […]
  • CfP: Oxford Medieval Commentary Network: Second Conference, 29 September 2022
    Proposals are invited for the second conference organised by the Oxford Medieval Commentary Network, following the successful launch of the Network last year. The one-day conference will take place at Christ Church, Oxford on 29 September 2022. The Oxford Medieval Commentary Network is a multi-disciplinary network for research and discussion of medieval commentary culture and […]
  • Coffee Morning with Professor William Chester Jordan
    The Faculty of History and Oxford Medieval Studies are pleased to invite you to an informal meet and greet coffee morning with William Chester Jordan (Professor of Medieval History,Princeton University) on the occasion of his reception of an honorary degree of the University of Oxford.When? Thursday 23rd June, 10.30am-12 noonWhere? The garden of Harris Manchester […]
  • Medieval Matters: Week 8
    Somehow we are now at the final week of the academic year! It seems to have flown by – it feels like only yesterday that I met many of you at the Michaelmas Term Medieval Roadshow. This year we’ve enjoyed the return of in-person seminars, covering topics from late Byzantine Arabic and Persian poetry to […]
  • Biblical Drama in Europe from the Middle Ages to the Present
    For the full programme of the workshop with abstracts cf. https://translatin.nl/workshop-biblical-drama/ Organisers: Dr Dinah Wouters (Amsterdam), Sarah Fengler (Oxford) Liturgical drama in the Middle Ages starts by adapting the most cherished texts of European culture: Scripture. Once introduced as a common practice of dramatising the Bible, European drama kept producing scriptural plays. While there was […]
  • Dag Nikolaus Hasse (Würzburg University): What is European? Medieval, Colonial and Postcolonial Perspectives
    Friday, 10 June 2022, 5pm, in St Edmund Hall, Old Library We often talk about Europe, but our traditional ideas about European culture are questionable. This is because we carry views from the colonial and romantic periods that distort our image of history and geography and may prove a burden for future coexistence on the […]
  • Medieval Matters: Week 7
    Although the weather wasn’t always sunny, this weekend saw much celebration in Oxford, bringing both the platinum jubilee and LGBTQIA+ Pride! In honour of these events I have, of course, been on the look out for some seasonal wisdom. There is plenty of Old English guidance on kingship, but the Instructions for Christians holds some […]
  • Medieval Matters: Week 6
    June seems to have snuck up on us: already we are fast approaching the end of the academic year! One very nice aspect of this is that the days are getting so much longer and lighter. The Old English Menologium or ‘Metrical Calendar’ tells us that the reason for this is that the sun wishes […]
  • Medieval Matters: Week 5
    We are now half way through Trinity Term! Though it is one of the busiest times of year, we also get to enjoy how beautiful Oxford looks in the sunshine. The fact that everything just looks better in the summer is acknowledged in the Old English Seafarer: Bearwas blostmum nimað, byrig fægriað,wongas wlitigað [The groves […]
  • (23rd May) Botany and Zoology Treasure of New College Library
    As part of New College Library’s series of subject-themed exhibitions, on Monday, 23 May we shall have on display for you rare books and manuscripts from the library’s fabulous collections relating to Botany and Zoology.