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Jiazhu Hu Gives Paper at ICLS Conference

On 10 April 2017 Jiazhu Hu gave a paper entitled ‘Messengers in Late Middle English Literature’ at the ‘At the Margins of the Court’ conference (the 2017 meeting of the British Branch of the International Courtly Literature Society). Jiazhu’s paper, ‘Messengers in late Middle English Literature’, drew on research into the role of the messenger in late medieval England undertaken for her MPhil thesis.

Bettina Bildhauer Awarded Leverhulme Research Fellowship

Professor Bettina Bildhauer has been awarded a Leverhulme Research Fellowship in the amount of approximately £49,000 for 11 months. This Fellowship is for the academic year 2017-18 for her project The Untold Stories of Medieval Things. This project aims to analyse some of the medieval conceptions of materiality and thing-ness as transmitted in literary narratives in German, set in their global context.

John Hudson Awarded European Research Council ‘Advanced Grant’

Professor John Hudson has been awarded a European Research Council ‘Advanced Grant’ of over two million Euros for a project entitled ‘Civil Law, Common Law, Customary Law: Consonance, Divergence and Transformation in Western Europe from the late eleventh to the thirteenth centuries’. The project will employ four post-doctoral fellows and two PhD students. For more information, visit the Institute of Legal and Constitutional Research website.

Ian Johnson to speak at conference on ‘The Medieval Translator’

From 15th to 18th March 2017 Ian Johnson will be attending the Eleventh Cardiff Conference on the Theory and Practice of Translation in the Middle Ages, The Medieval Translator: Medieval Translations and their Readership, hosted by the Austrian Academy of Sciences/ÖAW, Institute for Medieval Research, Vienna. Ian will be speaking on “Rendering Readers’ Soulscapes: Variant Translation of Interiority in Late Medieval English and Scottish Literary Culture”. This paper addresses the issue of how in late medieval English and Scottish literary culture each choice of translation […]

Medieval French Research Seminar 20th April

Prof. Bill Burgwinkle (Cambridge): “Thirteenth-century troubadour poetry and the rise of post-evental thinking” Thursday 20th April (week 11), 5.15pm, Buchanan Building, Room 216 (TBC) The importance that is claimed for troubadour poetry often involves its status as the ‘first’: first vernacular lyric poetry preserved in Europe; earliest vernacular poetry composed by a woman; earliest preserved melodies for a ‘secular’ composition; first explicitly non-religious verse, and plenty of it (some 2500 songs from a period of roughly a century); first to deal […]