IMEMS seminar, April 16th 2013

Two of Swansea University’s medievalists will be presenting on their research at the next IMEMS video-linked seminar this April:

Liz Cox: “Cyning sceal mid ceape cwene gebicgan, bunum ond beagum [A king has to procure a queen with a payment, with goblets and with rings]”: The Commodification of Women in Old English Poetry.
Kathryn Loveridge: A Wicked Merchant and a Monstrous Christ: a Girardian Reading of a sermon from John Mirk’s Festial.
5.15pm on Tuesday 16 April 2013, James Callaghan Building video conference suite (room 222.)
All are welcome!

MEMO trip to Hereford

Message from Professor Dan Power about this year’s MEMO trip to Hereford:

Each year, there is a MEMO trip to Hereford for a workshop in the cathedral archives and library.  It is an excellent chance to have some “hands-on” experience with the cathedral’s splendid collection of medieval manuscripts and early printed books. The trip includes free entry to the Mappa Mundi exhibition (to see the world-famous Hereford World Map) and to the unique Chained Library. There will be the chance to visit the cathedral itself as well.

 There are 15 places available for the workshop, which will take place on Friday 24 May. Please contact for details or to express interest.

MEMO discussion group

The second meeting of the 2013 MEMO reading group will take place on Wednesday 6 March at 1:00pm, in James Callaghan B-04.  

Speaker: Dr John Law.

Topic: ‘The despots: for and against!’

Dr Law has kindly offered to share some source material from Later Medieval Italy, offering differing views of the ‘despots’; sources which are strongly for or against rulers, and will provoke discussion of how the peoples of later medieval Italy perceived authority.

(Reading materials can be found on the MEMO Blackboard site)

‘Affective Piety’– upcoming IMEMS Research Seminar

More information on the upcoming IMEMS video-linked research Seminar, via Alison Williams:

The next video-linked research seminar with IMEMS will take place on Tuesday 26 February, 5.00 for 5.1.5 start in the James Callaghan video-conferencing suite. It is being hosted by Aberystwyth and the speaker is:

Nicholas Watson (Harvard University) who will be delivering a paper on ‘Affective Piety’

Nicholas Watson is Professor of English at Harvard University. A former fellow of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies, he is an expert on expressions of piety in late medieval England, and is completing a study of vernacular religious texts written between the mid eleventh century and the fifteenth. Further details can be found at

Hope to see many of you there!

The 7th Annual Symposium by the Sea, 14th June 2013

‘Alcohol in Medieval and Early Modern Culture’

14th June 2013, Swansea University

Swansea University’s Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Research (MEMO) invites expressions of interest and paper proposals for its 7th Annual Symposium by the Sea, on the theme of Alcohol in Medieval and Early Modern Culture. Papers may address any medieval and/or early modern material related to this theme, from a literary, historical, or linguistic perspective. Topics to be considered might include:

  • Alcohol and food
  • Alcohol’s relationship to violence and criminality
  • Alcohol as ingredient, preservative, or medicine
  • Commercial and/or domestic production of alcohol
  • Containers for storing, serving, and consuming alcohol
  • Distribution and consumption of alcohol
  • Forms of drinking culture and sociability
  • the genderedness of alcohol production and consumption
  • Laws concerning alcohol production and consumption
  • Medical and philosophical theories about alcohol and its effects
  • Recipes for the production of alcoholic drinks
  • Religious communities and alcohol
  • Sobriety and/or drunkenness
  • Taverns, inns, and other sites of alcohol consumption
  • Trade and taxation of alcoholic goods

For further information, to express an interest in attending, or to submit a paper proposal, please contact Dr Adam Mosley (

Proposals should be no more than 500 words in length, and submitted before 31 March 2013.

‘The physics of resurrection: science, soul and early modern prose’

More information on the upcoming IMEMS video-linked research seminar, via Alison Williams:

Kevin Killeen (University of York) will speak on ‘The physics of resurrection: science, soul and early modern prose’, James Callaghan video conference suite, room 222, (through postgrad computer room).

Dr Killeen is one of the editors of the AHRC-funded project, ‘Oxford Works of Sir Thomas Browne’ (General Editor, Claire Preston). His publications include ‘Biblical Scholarship, Science and Politics in Early Modern England’ (2009) and ‘Biblical Exegesis and the Emergence of Science in the Early Modern Era’ (2007)

All are welcome!

Next Tuesday 12th February, at 5.00 (for 5.15 start)