Medieval Graduate Seminar


These advanced research talks, followed by discussion, are aimed at graduate students, senior members and visiting scholars.

Michaelmas Term 2018

10/10/2018 -5.30pm start in the Faculty of English, S-R24. Tea from 5pm
Caroline van Eck (University of Cambridge)

'Objects without a History and the Problem of Style'

Candelabra are an old, widespread type of artefact, with the oldest surviving specimens in the West dating back to 700 BCE. They were produced in large quantities in the late Republic and Roman Empire, continued to develop during the Middle Ages, and survived well into the 20th century. Yet they are singularly understudied, despite their prestige, conspicuous presence in churches, costliness, and the interest of major artists such as Giovanni Bellini, Michelangelo or Piranesi in them. In my paper I will discuss some of the problems that arise when entering this unknown territory: how to find a suitable longue durée narrative that spans both Antiquity, the Middle Ages and the Renaissance for these rather disparate artefacts that in spite of all their variety do share some common ancestors? How to explain stylistic continuities and changes? To what degree are they exemplary of the problems that arise when trying to write a history of objects that transcends chronological boundaries between Antiquity, the Middle Ages and the Renaissance?

After the paper we will be taking the speaker for dinner in The Copper Kettle on King’s Parade - all welcome to join.

24/10/2018 - Drinks reception from 5.30 with 6pm start in G-R04

Roundtable: Elizabeth Tyler (University of York), Simon Gaunt (KCL), Olenka Pevny (University of Cambridge), Julian Weiss (KCL).
Chair: Máire Ní Mhaonaigh (ASNC)

Medieval European Literature After the ‘Global Turn’

21/11/2018 - 5.30pm start in the Faculty of English, room to be confirmed. Tea from 5pm
Orietta da Rold (University of Cambridge), title TBC