Power and Place in the Middle Ages

MSRG 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.

The 2017 spring conference will begin on Friday evening with a tour of the historic city centre, which will take in many of the city’s medieval sites, followed by an optional evening meal. Saturday’s programme consists of academic papers addressing the conference theme and lunch, this will be followed by an optional conference dinner. On Sunday, the conference will be rounded off with a trip to Northumberland National Park and the deserted medieval villages of Middleton Old Town and Hartside. The field trip will be led by the Park Authority’s archaeologist Chris Jones.

Download the conference programme here.

Registration details

To register to attend this year’s conference online please go to Newcastle University Shop. If you would prefer to pay by cheque, please see below.

Early Bird Weekend Rate – £25. This rate includes the tour of Newcastle on Friday evening, all the conference presentations as well as refreshments and lunch on Saturday and the visit to Northumberland National Park on Sunday. Please be advised that the conference dinners on Friday and Saturday evening, alongside lunch on Sunday, are not included in this rate and will need to be paid for separately by conference attendees. This rate is only available until FRIDAY 31st MARCH.

Standard Weekend Rate – £30. This rate includes the tour of Newcastle on Friday evening, all the conference presentations as well as refreshments and lunch on Saturday and the visit to Northumberland National Park on Sunday. Please be advised that the conference dinners on Friday and Saturday evening, alongside lunch on Sunday, are not included in this rate and will need to be paid for separately by conference attendees.

Accommodation

Please be advised that the cost of accommodation is paid for separately and not included in the conference fee.

Whatever your budget there are numerous places to stay in the city that are within easy walking distance of the conference venue. Information on accommodation within the city can be found at http://www.newcastlegateshead.com/accommodation.

General Info

For any further information please contact Ben Morton via email b.morton1@ncl.ac.uk. If you have access enquiries concerning any aspect of the conference, evening venues or the field-trip; or, if you have any special dietary requirements, please do contact Ben. We would like to take photographs throughout the week-end, which may be published, either on Twitter, on our website or in Medieval Settlement Research. Please let Ben know if you do not wish to be photographed.

Cheque Payments

Please send your cheque (payable to MSRG) with completed slip to Dr A. Seaman, Treasurer, MSRG, Department of History, Archaeology and American Studies, Canterbury Christ Church University, North Holmes Road, Canterbury, Kent CT1 1QU.

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