Call for Papers – 18th Annual Postgraduate Medieval Studies Conference


18th Annual Postgraduate Medieval Studies Conference

24th-25th February, 2012

Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Bristol, UK


Identity and Image

The University of Bristol hosts the longest-running international medieval postgraduate conference in the UK. This annual event offers medievalists the opportunity to present their research and discuss ideas in an interdisciplinary setting. The conference is now in its 18th year, and proposals are invited for papers from postgraduates and early career scholars on the theme of Identity and Image.

The aim of this year’s conference is to explore how identity was formed, expressed and understood in the Middle Ages. We are interested in the way individuals and groups constructed images of themselves and others, and how identity was affected by religious, racial, political and other social factors on an international, national or local scale. The theme ‘Identity and Image’ invites consideration of how, and if, we can interpret medieval notions of identity from the textual, visual, musical and material sources that have survived to the present day. We welcome a wide range of discussion from issues of religious and artistic patronage, devotional practice, language choice and material culture to considerations of how the self or the other is presented in literary and visual culture.

Topics may include but are not limited to:

  • Religious identities
  • National identity
  • Linguistic choice or identity
  • Autobiography and biography
  • Representation of outsiders
  • Artistic and religious patronage
  • Architecture
  • Material culture
  • Images of the self and others

Papers must be no more than 20 minutes long
Abstracts of 250-300 words should be sent by email (by preference) to:

Hannah Walters (
Or to Hannah Walters, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Bristol, Graduate
School of Arts and Humanities, 7 Woodland Road, Bristol BS8 1TB, UK

Deadline for receipt of abstracts: 10th December, 2012
Registration deadline: 21st January, 2012
For further information please visit our website:

Bursaries may be available for travel.


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