Call for Papers –

Postgraduate Medieval Conference
20th Annual Postgraduate Medieval Studies Conference
21-22 February, 2014
Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Bristol, UK


Keynote address by Dr. Alastair Macdonald (University of Aberdeen)

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. This year, the conference will celebrate its 20th anniversary, and proposals are invited for papers from postgraduates and early career scholars on the theme of “Dependence/Independence”.

The aim of this year’s conference is to consider the connections and relationships between people, entities, and institutions in the medieval world. We are interested in the way ideas of dependence and independence existed in the political sphere, the personal realm, the religious institutions, and beyond, as well as the influence of region, socio-economic status, gender and/or other factors upon these concepts. We welcome a wide range of discussion from a variety of disciplines and perspectives, from the literary and historic to the visual arts and the performative to explore how perception and practice of dependence/ independence influenced the medieval world and our understanding of it.

Topics may include but are not limited to:

  • Political connections- local, national, and international
  • Private relationships, public relationships
  • Community connections
  • Dependence and independence in monastic communities
  • Trade and the economy
  • Intellectual in/dependencies: schools and universities, scholars and students
  • Patronage in the arts
  • Performers and audiences
  • Text and oral traditions

Papers must be no more than 20 minutes long. Papers welcome from current postgraduates and early career researchers.

Abstracts of 250-300 words should be sent by email (by preference) to Jenny Markey (

or by post:

Jenny Markey
103 Queen’s Road
Clifton, Bristol     BS8 1LL

Deadline for applications: Friday 6th December 2013

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