Conference in Durham: Darkness and Illumination – The Pursuit of Knowledge in the Medieval and Early Modern World

640px-Durham_castleThe Medieval and Early Modern Student Association (MEMSA) will hold its ninth annual postgraduate conference on 15 – 17th July, 2015. The call for papers (still open until Friday 17th April) reads:

This year’s Medieval and Early Modern Student Association conference will focus upon aspects of knowledge, learning, and control over information in the medieval and early modern periods and in doing so broaden perspectives not just about how people perceived their world, but also how they interpreted the past and the idea of progress.

We welcome abstract from postgraduates and early career researchers on all aspects of this topic in medieval and early modern archaeology, history, literature, theology, art, music, and culture. Presentation topics may include, but are not limited to:

• The ‘myths’ of the Dark Ages and the Renaissance
• The limits of archaeological, literary, and historical evidence
• The creation of the ‘primitive’ past
• Ideas of spiritual progression and improvement
• The growth of networks of learning
• Historical characterisations of race
• Scientific knowledge and discovery
• The expansion of the known and unknown world
• Gendered control of knowledge
• Urban and rural centres of learning
• Heretics, mystics, and conflicts over belief
• Publication, translation, and the availability of texts
• Artistic, musical, and cultural innovation


This seems to be a fine opportunity especially for young, aspiring scholars in the field of Medieval and Early Modern studies.