Winchester Medieval Studies at the Leeds International Medieval Congress

The History, English, and Theology, Religion and Philosophy Departments have a full programme this year at the Leeds International Medieval Congress in July 2019, with eleven medievalists speaking in multiple sessions, plus two more moderating and attending. The Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Research also takes centre stage, sponsoring two sessions at Leeds in its first year as a research centre.

Here are your Winchester medievalists’ research activities at Leeds, in order of session schedule:

Monday, 1 July, 1115-1245

Dr Rob Houghton of the History Department is very busy this year at Leeds, and he hits the ground running in the first sessions of the conference starting a strand on ‘Games for Teaching, Impact and Research,’ sponsored by The Public Medievalist where Rob is an editor This first session features papers from James Neel (Arizona State University), David DeVine (Arizona State University) and Antonio César Moreno Cantano (Universidad Complutense de Madrid).

In the same session slot, recent History MA graduate Emer. Prof. Tom Watson will be presenting his Master’s research in a paper titled ‘An Examination of the Factors that Prolonged the Cults of Anglo-Saxon Saints to the 16th Century’ in session 138 alongside Agon         Rrezja (Institute of National History, Skopje) and Anna Gusakova (Lomonosov Moscow State University).

Also in the same scheduled time, Dr Katherine Weikert of the History Department will be participating in a Round Table session 140, organised and moderated by Daniel Brown (Köln) titled ‘The Materialities of Medieval Studies.’ The panel will include Dr Mateusz Fafinski (Freie Universität Berlin), Dr James Michael Harland (Eberhard-Karls-Universität-Tübingen) Dr Dolores Jørgensen (Universitetet I Stavanger), and Johannes Waldschütz (Stadtmuseum und Archiv, Stockach).

Monday, 1 July, 1415-1545

Dr Rob Houghton continues his organised strand on ‘Games for Teaching, Impact and Research’ in session 246 with Winchester History’s Dr Matthew Bennett presenting a paper titled ‘Recreating Conquests: 1016 and 1066 as Decision-Making Games.’ This session will also include papers from Prof. Owen Gottlieb (Rochester Institute of Technology, New York) and Dr Juan Hiriart (Salford), and is moderated by Dr Katherine J. Lewis (Huddersfield).

In the same session slot, Dr Katherine Weikert is this time presenting a research paper in Session 236, titled ‘Reconstituting the Middle Ages: Using Medieval Sources to Recover the Material Past II – Working with Inventories,’ organised by Dr Laura Cleaver (Trinity College Dublin) and Prof. Kate Gerry (Bowdoin College, Brunswick.) Katherine’s paper is titled ‘Things Forgotten: The Inventories of the Liber Eliensis.’ This session includes papers from Dr Judith Collard (University of Otago, New Zealand) and Prof. Marian Bleeke (Cleveland State University, Ohio).

Monday, 1 July, 1630-1800

Dr Rob Houghton’s ‘Games for Teaching, Impact and Research’ continues, with Rob presenting a research paper in this session titled ‘Beyond Education and Impact: Games as Research Tools and Outputs.’ This session includes papers from Dr Mariana Lopez (York) and Dr Laura Harrison (Edinburgh), with moderator Dr Victoria Cooper (Leeds).

Dr Katherine Weikert has organised, and will be a respondent to, a panel titled ‘Object, Memory, History’, focusing on the research ideas of her 2018-19 University Early Career Research Fellowship project. This session, 331, is also sponsored by the University’s Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Research. Prof. Bjorn Weiler (Aberystwyth) will chair papers from Dr Karl Kinsella (Oxford), Dr Jonathan Turnock (Durham), and Prof. Laura Gathagan (State University of New York Cortland).

Monday, 1 July, 1900-2000

Dr Katherine Weikert ends her Monday sessions in a Round Table, session 429, organised by Dr Martyn Lawrence of the Royal Armouries, Leeds, titled ‘Repositories of Ingenious Inventions: How can Academics, Curators and Archivists Work Together More Effectively?’ This Round Table includes Prof. Oliver Creighton (Exeter), Prof. Kelly DeVries (Loyola University Maryland), Dr Paul Dryburgh (The National Archives), Dr Sophie Harwood (Humboldt-Universität Berlin), and Malcolm Mercer (Royal Armouries Leeds).

Katherine is chairing two further panels throughout the conference on ‘Living in a Material World: Materiality and Monasticism‘, Session 632, Tuesday 1115-1245, and ‘Inside and Outside the European Castle’, Session 1305 on Wednesday, 3 July, 1630-1800.

Tuesday, 2 July, 0900-1030

Dr Carey Fleiner of the History Department will be speaking in Session 512, exploring her Carolingian roots (or slumming it with the medievalists, she says as a Classicist) in ‘Using and Not Using the Past in the Transformation of the Carolingian World I: Negotiating Carolingian Identities, c. 800-900,’ organised by Dr Alice Hicklin (Freie Universität Berlin) and moderated by Dr Charles West (Sheffield). Carey’s paper is based in her research for a book under contract with Liverpool University Press, and is titled ‘Humour in the Work of Ermoldus Nigellus: A 9th-Century Carolingian Poet.’ Carey will be speaking alongside Dr Cinzia Grifoni (Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Wien), Prof. Eric J. Goldberg (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and Prof. Maximilian Diesenberger (Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Wien).

1. The Beans contemplates Seneca as a crucial part of Dr Carey Fleiner’s research process.

Dr Rob Houghton of History continues his busy, busy Leeds, organising a second strand called ‘Playing the Middle Ages’ featuring throughout Tuesday. These sessions are also sponsored by The Public Medievalist. Rob will be chairing this session, 546, which includes a paper from Winchester History PhD student John Hopley titled ‘Historical Culture and National Identity within Assassin’s Creed.’ Further research papers will be from Dr Victoria Cooper (Leeds) and Laura Castro Royo (St Andrews).

2. Dr Rob Houghton speaking at The Interactive Pasts Conference in 2018.

Tuesday, 2 July, 1115-1245

Dr Gordon McKelvie of the History Department will be speaking in Session 606 as a part of the History of Parliament Trust celebration of the completion of its volume covering 1422 to 1461. This session, ‘The Late Medieval English Parliament II,’ is organised by Dr Hannes Kleineke (History of Parliament Trust, London) and moderated by Dr Linda S. Clarke (History of Parliament Trust, London.) Gordon will be speaking alongside Dr Sean Cunningham (The National Archives) and Dr Simon Payling (History of Parliament Trust, London).

Gordon is also chairing two additional sessions throughout the conference, in ‘England and Scotland at Peace and at War in the Later Middle Ages II’, Session 207, Monday, 1 July, 1415-1545, and ‘New Approaches to Medieval Anglo-Jewry I: The Governmental Sources’, Session 1018, Wednesday, 3 July, 0900-1030.

Dr Rob Houghton’s strand ‘Playing the Middle Ages’ continues with Session 646, with papers from I. Medel, E. Pillet and S. McPhaul, moderated by Dr Simon Trafford.

Tuesday, 2 July, 1630-1800

Dr Cindy Wood of the History Department has organised Session 842, ‘Medieval Masons,’ which will also see her speaking on her ongoing research on Winchester Cathedral with a paper titled, ‘William Vertue, Master Mason, and His Self-Portraits in Stone.’ This session also features Dr Lucy Wrapson (Cambridge) and Dr Jenny Alexander (Warwick), and will be moderated by Winchester History’s Dr James Ross. This session is sponsored by the University’s Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Research.

3. Dr Cindy Wood presents her research at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in 2018.

Dr Rob Houghton’s strand ‘Playing the Middle Ages’ continues with Session 746, with papers from M. Mindrebø, A. Bierstedt and J.M. Rubio, moderated by James Hill.

Tuesday, 2 July, 1900-2000

Dr Rob Houghton’s strand on ‘Playing the Middle Ages’ closes with this round table featuring Dr Victoria Cooper (Leeds), Dr Katherine J. Lewis (Huddersfield), Dr Simon Trafford (London), and Rob himself.

Wednesday, 3 July, 1415-1545

In this session, Dr Eric Lacey of the English Department is presenting a paper on the natural world and sensory perception in early medieval society, focusing around his research on birds.

4. Dr Eric Lacey speaking at the Early Medieval Power and Faith Symposium in 2018.

Wednesday, 3 July, 1900-2000

Dr Rob Houghton will close out his busy Leeds in this ‘lightening-round’ Round Table on ‘Brevia on Bishops and the Secular Clergy in the Middle Ages, organised by Dr Evan Gatti (Elon University, North Carolina) and sponsored by EPISCOPUS: The Society for the Study of Bishops and Secular Clergy in the Middle Ages. Rob will be speaking alongside Aneilya Barnes (Coastal Carolina University), Jae-keong Chang (Edinburgh), Sigrid Danielson (Grand Valley State University, Michigan), Paweł Figurski (Uniwersytet Warszawski) and Pippa Salonius (Monash University, Victoria).

Thursday, 4 July, 1115-1245

Gabrielle Storey of History will be speaking in Session 1631, ‘The Plantagenets: Sibling Affection, Rivalry, and Dynastic Self-Interest in the Later Middle Ages,’ organised by Dr Adrian Jobson and moderated by Prof. Louise Wilkinson, both of Canterbury Christchurch University. Gabrielle’s paper is titled ‘A Mother’s Role: Eleanor of Aquitaine and the Rebellions of 1173 and 1183,’ based in her current PhD research. The session’s two further papers are from Dr Jobson and Dr Paul Dryburgh (The National Archives.)

Thursday, 4 July, 1415-1545

Dr Toni Griffiths of History and TRP features in Session 1721, ‘New Approaches to Medieval Anglo-Jewry III: Remembering the Jews of Medieval England,’ organised by Dean Irwin and moderated by Prof. Louise Wilkinson, both of Canterbury Christchurch University. Toni will present a paper titled ‘Bristol’s Medieval Jews and 33 Jacobs Well Road: The Jewish Equivalent to ‘Tutankhamen’s Tomb’ or Simply an Abandoned Bet Tohorah?’ The overall session sees Toni speaking alongside Prof. Anthony Bale (Birkbeck, University of London), and Esther Robinson-Wild (York).

Although not speaking this year, Prof. Emeritus Michael Hicks will be out and around at Leeds as well, enjoying the papers and the conference.

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