• Literary, religious and manuscript cultures of the  German-speaking lands:  a  symposium  in memory of Nigel F. Palmer (1946-2022) 
    Friday 19 – Saturday 20 May 2023 Venue: Taylor Institution and Weston Library Admission:  Free for symposium and reception; dinner to be charged. Please register to attend by 30 April 2023. To celebrate the life and scholarship of Nigel F. Palmer, Professor of  German  Medieval Literary and Linguistic  Studies at the University of Oxford, Faculty, College and academic community […]
  • Late-Medieval German Love Songs. Concert and Talk
    Tuesday week 8, 7 March 2023 5:30pm Pre-concert talk in the Old Dining Hall at St Edmund Hall: music editor and viol player David Hatcher, Professor of German Literature & Linguistics Henrike Lähnemann, and singer James Gilchrist in conversation, discussing music, literature and culture in early 16th century Germany. The pre-concert talk includes tea at […]
  • Medieval Matters: Week 3
    Welcome to week 3! We have another exciting programme of events this week. As I write these emails I am always amazed by the wealth of opportunities that we have at Oxford: this week we have offerings ranging from the Encaenia of Hagia Sophia to Mamluk-Venetian relations! So here, courtesy of Alcuin, is a celebration […]
  • Working Group on Race & Gender in the Global Middle Ages
    Emory University and the Medieval Academy of America are pleased to announce the launch of a Zoom working group on Race & Gender in the Global Middle Ages. The aim is to bring together scholars from various disciplines (history, art history, and literary studies) who work on Europe and the Mediterranean, the Islamic world, Africa, […]
    “Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University of IaşiInstitute of Interdisciplinary Research – Department of Social Sciences and HumanitiesCentre for Biblical and Philological Studies “Monumenta linguae Dacoromanorum”,Romanian Association of Philology and Biblical HermeneuticsMetropolitanate of Moldavia and Bukovina“A. Philippide” Institute of Romanian Philology are pleased to invite you to the “INVESTIGATIONS INTO ROMANIAN AND EUROPEAN BIBLICAL TRADITIONS”INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM 12th […]
  •  Predicting the past with deep neural networks
    We are pleased to announce the Hilary Term Lecture of the Centre for Manuscript and Text Cultures (CMTC). The lecture will take place on WED 1 March, 5-6.30 (UK time) in the Memorial Room at The Queen’s College in the University of Oxford.  Our speaker will be Yannis Assael, Intelligence Research Scientist at Google DeepMind Title: Predicting the past with deep neural networks […]
  • Interdisciplinary Conference ‘Trust in the Premodern World’: An Overview
    Written by Annabel Hancock (St John’s College, Oxford) Lead Organiser @annabel_hancock  @PremodernTrust After over a year of preparation, the conference took place on 13-14th January 2023 in the Oxford History Faculty, and it was a great success! We were thrilled to welcome five eminent keynote speakers as well as 26 speakers and 20 attendees. Attendance was truly international […]
  • Piers Plowman Performance at St Edmund Hall
    The Fair Field of Folk. Piers Plowman: A Potted Adaptation of the B Text When: 11 February 2023, 2–3pmWhere: Broadbent Garden (behind the library church of St-Peter-in-the-East) at St Edmund Hall, Queen’s Lane, OX1 4AR Oxford. Part of the National Garden opening day 2-5pm. The performance ticket is included in the charity donation of 4GBP […]
  • Medieval Matters: Week 2
    I hope that you have all settled back into the rhythms of Oxford life. It’s terribly cold this week, with a thick layer of fog covering Oxford’s spires. Here’s some advice from Alcuin on how to wrap up warm: Nullatenus capitis cura obmittenda est; levius est pedes dolere quam caput[Care of the head should never […]
  • The Oxford Seminars in Cartography (TOSCA)
    We’d like to draw your attention to the first of the TOSCA seminars, details below! ‘Please use the postcode’: navigating the past, present, and future conservation needs of the Hereford Mappa Mundi  -who: Andrew Honey, Bodleian Library, University of Oxford and Conservation Inspector to the Mappa Mundi Trust -when: Thursday 2 February 2023, 4.30–6pm (GMT) […]
  • Comparative Philology Seminar: Old High German and Germanic Reading Group
    There are two opportunities this term to discuss medieval Germanic languages: the Comparative Philology Graduate Seminar and the Germanic Reading Group. Comparative Philology Seminar: Old High German We will present general aspects of the language and delve into specialist topics. All are welcome, basic linguistic knowledge is assumed. The seminar will take place on Tuesdays […]
  • ETC Research Seminar on Anthropology and Religion (HT23)
    The Early Text Cultures Research Seminar for Hilary Term 2023 will be on the theme of Anthropology and Religion. We hope that the seminar will enable us to explore ways in which traditional anthropological questions can (or cannot) help us elucidate key literary texts as sources for ancient religion. Speakers will address Old Norse, Classical […]
  • Oxford Medieval Visual Culture Seminar
    Where: St Catherine’s College, Arumugam BuildingWhen: Thursdays 5.15 p.m. Convenors: Elena Lichmanova ( and Gervase Rosser The Oxford Medieval Visual Culture Seminar series is exploring visual aspects of medieval knowledge: from anatomy to alchemy, from geometry to the concepts of time and space. We hope that the programme may appeal to audiences beyond those studying the medieval period […]
  • Medieval Matters: Week 1
    Welcome back to Oxford, and to Hilary term! I hope that you all had a peaceful and enjoyable vac, and are returning to Oxford well rested and ready for an exciting and busy term. Since many of you have newly returned to Oxford, here is some wisdom for Alcuin about returning: ex pietatis vestre apicibus […]
  • Seminar in Manuscript Studies and Palaeography
    All seminars will take place in the Weston Library, Horton Room, 2.15 – 3.45. For further information contact or 16 Jan. (week 1): Laure Miolo (University of Oxford), “Astronomy and astrology in fourteenth-century Oxford: MS. Digby 176 in context” 30 Jan. (week 3): Laura Saetveit Miles (University of Bergen), “The Influence of St. Birgitta of Sweden’s Revelationes in Late-Medieval […]
  • OMS Small Grants HT 2023  
    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 the beginning of Hilary term 2023 and end of […]
  • CFP: Bristol CMS Postgraduate Conference
    IDENTITIES, COMMUNITIES AND ‘IMAGINED COMMUNITIES’14-15 April 2023POSTGRADUATE CONFERENCE 2023 After the success of the 2022 ‘Transitions’ Conference, we invite you to the next instalment of the longest-standing medievalist PGR conference series. This year’s theme of Identities, Communities, and ‘Imagined Communities’ marks the 40-year anniversary of the publication of Benedict Anderson’s book on national identity. Observing […]
  • CPF: Old Norse Poetry in Performance
    Old Norse Poetry in Performance: Inheritance and Innovation Following its covid-induced hiatus, the third iteration of the triennial Old Norse Poetry in Performance conference will take place at St Hugh’s College, Oxford, on the 21st and 22nd of June 2023. Building on the successes of the conferences in 2016 and 2019 – which resulted in […]
  • Workshop: Staging & Enacting Medieval Mystery Plays
    Friday 3 February 2023 (Week 3), 5–6.30pm, at St Edmund Hall, Old Dining Hall Join this workshop for tips and guidance on how to adapt medieval mystery plays for modern performance, a workshop for directors and actors alike. Whether you have already signed up to this year’s Medieval Mystery Cycle on 22 April 2023 or […]
  • Trust in the Premodern World: Interdisciplinary Conference
    When: 13-14 January, 2023 Where: Faculty of History, Oxford / Online (a hybrid event with virtual attendance option) Virtual attendance registration is still open (deadline 23:00 12 January 2023). Virtual registration fee is £15 and you can sign up here.
  • Seminars in Medieval and Renaissance Music
    All Souls College, Oxford Hilary Term, 2023Led by Dr Margaret Bent (Convenor, All Souls College, Oxford) and Matthew Thomson (University College Dublin) The seminars are all held via Zoom on Thursdays at 5 p.m. GMT. If you are planning to attend a seminar this term, please register using this form. For each seminar, those who have registered will […]
  • OMCN Interdisciplinary Seminar Series 2023
    The Oxford Medieval Commentary Network is delighted to announce an upcoming Seminar Series for Hilary Term 2023. We will welcome four distinguished speakers from different disciplines, who will share their insights into different aspects of the commentary tradition. Seminars will take place on Thursdays of weeks 2, 4, 6, 8, at the Thatched Barn at […]
  • TEAMS Middle English Texts Series Digital Redesign User Survey
    Over its thirty-two years of publishing, METS has published and provided free online access to hundreds of digital editions of medieval texts, many of which would otherwise be rare, prohibitively expensive, or nonexistent as traditional print editions. These open-access editions have made it possible for instructors, students, and researchers alike to teach, learn, and advance […]
  • Remembering Medieval Memory Experts
    The end of the year and the start of a new one traditionally are opportunities for remembering the time that has passed. For medieval holy women, too, memory mattered. In fact, medieval holy women were experts in remembering the year round, being trained in memoria, the art of memory. In particular, their minds were saturated […]
  • E  A  Lowe Lectures in Palaeography 2023: Professor Niels Gaul 
    Manuscripts of Character: Codex, Ethos, and Authority in Byzantium and Beyond Professor Niels Gaul will deliver the E A Lowe Lectures at 5pm on the following days in the MBI Al Jaber Auditorium, Corpus Christi College. Niels Gaul is A G Leventis Professor of Byzantine Studies and Director of the Centre for Late Antique, Islamic and […]
  • CfP: Postgraduate Conference 2023 (University of Bristol): Identities, Communities and ‘Imagined Communities’
    When: 14-15 April 2023 Abstracts and enquiries: 10 February 2023 After the success of the 2022 ‘Transitions’ Conference, we invite you to the next instalment of the longest-standing medievalist PGR conference series. This year’s theme of Identities, Communities, and ‘Imagined Communities’ marks the 40-year anniversary of the publication of Benedict Anderson’s book on national […]
  • CfP: Oxford Medieval Graduate Conference 2023
    The Oxford Medieval Graduate Conference committee are very excited to announce that the theme for the 2023 conference will be: ‘Names and Naming’ The conference will be held in person (with limited measures for online papers) at Ertegun House, Oxford, on the 20th and 21st of April, 2023. We are thrilled to announce this call […]