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.