Medievalists at Warwick is a lively and active community of academic staff and postgraduates, drawn primarily from the English department and the School of Modern Languages and Cultures (French and Italian), which collaborates closely with Renaissance colleagues at the Centre. It has particular research strengths in medieval Francophone literature, including Anglo-Norman and Occitan, English and French hagiography, gender and sexuality in the Middle Ages, Dante's reception, vernacular Aristotle, crusading literature, Langland and manuscript culture, late medieval devotional and mystical writings in Middle English, and vernacular translation.
Regular events at Warwick
Medieval Seminar Series
Medievalists at Warwick runs the Medieval Research Seminar series (contacts: Louise Campion, Liam Lewis and Jane Sinnett-Smith), a regular programme of visiting speaker talks throughout the year, and the annual Medieval to Renaissance lunch. Last year's speakers included Marilynn Desmond, Adrian Armstrong, Juan Miguel Valero Moreno, and Simon Gilson. This year we will hear papers from Elizabeth Eva Leach, Kathleen Neal, Tom Hinton, Linda Paterson, Anthony Bale, Marion Turner, David Wallace and Miri Rubin.
This year's programme (2016-17) is set to include a workshop on editing medieval and early modern manuscripts.
Medieval reading group
Medieval song at Warwick
This student-led project explores medieval song, in particular French crusading songs, as part of Professor Linda Paterson's project on Lyric Responses to the Crusades. The Medieval Song at Warwick group performed at a number of events during the academic year 2014-15, including a short lunchtime concert for the 'Hearing the Voice, Hearing the Soul' symposium on Friday 5 June, and a half-hour concert for the Warwick Student Arts Festival (WSAF) on Monday 22 June, at 6pm in the Warwick Arts Centre's Ensemble Room. The group sang a selection of Crusade songs, medieval French secular songs, and the Occitan Lai Nompar. The project has a blog where you can follow progress and updates.
Warwick Medieval Society
The University of Warwick’s lively Medieval Society is open to both undergraduates and postgraduates from any department. The student-run society organises a range of events throughout the year, from talks by leading visiting academics to social activities. The talks organised are designed to be inclusive, so no expertise necessary, and all are welcome.
For more information, and this year’s programme of events, visit the society’s Facebook page.
Upcoming events and conferences
Bodies in Flux: Rewriting the Body in Medieval Literature, Art and Culture 1000-1450
This interdisciplinary conference asks what the transformation of the body means for the conception of bodies of different kinds: human, nonhuman, animal, material, divine, and how the representation of these changes in different media reflects on and inflects the boundaries conventionally associated with the body. The conference will be held on Saturday May 20, 2017, and our keynote speakers include Miranda Griffin (Cambridge), Robert Mills (UCL) and Debra Strickland (Glasgow). More information, and the call for papers, can be found on the webpage.
Medievalists at Warwick consists of:
Dr Emma Campbell (French)
Professor Simon Gilson (Italian)
Professor Peter Mack (English)
Emerita Professor Linda Paterson (French)
Ovanes Akopyan (Phd student, CSR)
Louise Campion (PhD student, English)
Marija Krnic (Theatre and Performance Studies)
Matthew Coneys (PhD student, Italian)
Merryn Everitt (PhD student, French)
Liam Lewis (PhD student, French)
Jane Sinnett-Smith (PhD student, French)
Please contact Liam Lewis (above) if you would like your name added to the list.
Reassessing Courtliness in Medieval Literature