Winter Seminar 2016

Celebrating the Medieval Settlement Research Group’s 30th Birthday

Winter Seminar at the University of Leicester, 10 December 2016wp_20161210_14_50_43_pro

2016 marked the first thirty years of the MSRG in its present incarnation (it originated as the Deserted Medieval Village Research Group in 1952) and it seemed a good idea to the committee to celebrate this milestone in the life of the longest-established special interest group in the country. We thought it would be interesting to look both backwards and forwards at the development of medieval settlement studies and with this in mind we asked five eminent specialists to tackle different aspects during the afternoon. Between fifty and sixty members and friends gathered to hear five talks in what is often perceived to be the spiritual home of the MSRG, the university of Leicester, and to partake of birthday cake at the mid-afternoon break. Continue reading

Call for papers – Power and Place in the Middle Ages

Medieval Settlement Research Group Spring Conference 2017.

Hosted by the School of History, Classics and Archaeology, Newcastle University, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, 29-30 April, 2017.

The events of the past year have been a reminder of the importance of power and its unpredictability as an agent of social and material change. How societies choose to govern themselves, or how those in power choose to govern, has consequences which pervade all levels of society. This conference therefore seeks to examine the role of power in the history of medieval settlements and landscapes. We invite proposals for individual papers of 30 minutes in length examining the conference theme of ‘Power and Place in the Middle Ages’. The conference will be an interdisciplinary event and the conference organisers welcome proposals from across the full range of academic disciplines.

Possible topics for inclusion (although we are also happy to receive additional papers on the broader subject of Power and Place):

  • The role played by secular and religious power and institutions in the formation and history of medieval settlements and landscapes.
  • Power and the formation of social and individual identity within medieval communities.
  • Representations of, and the construction of, power through the manipulation of settlement and landscape.
  • The role played by material culture and literary and visual culture in the social construction of power in the Middle Ages.
  • Theoretical approaches to understanding power and the formation of social and individual identity in pre-modern societies.

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