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IMS Events 2022-23

IMS events during 2022-23 will be hybrid events unless stated otherwise. If you’d like to attend online, please register via our Eventbrite page.

Tue, 31 January 2023, 5:30pm, Parkinson Building, room B.09: Foteini Spingou (University of Leeds), Charles Barber (Princeton University), and Justin Willson (Cleveland Museum of Art), ‘Sources for Byzantine Art History: Current Status and Future Steps’.

Sat, 4 February 2023, 10:30am – 3:30pm, Treasures of the Brotherton Gallery: A Special Kind of Stowaway: Piecing together our Fragmented Heritage. This is a day event of unique talks and workshops on the Ripon Cathedral Fragments, Treasures of the Brotherton Gallery. Please click on Eventbrite for more details

Tue, 14 February 2023, 5:30pm, Parkinson Building, room B.09: Adam Cohen (University of Toronto), The Jewish Bible: Toward a Visual History. (Joint event with the Leeds Centre for Jewish Studies)

Tue, 21 February 2023, 5:30pm, York Centre for Medieval Studies, room TBA: Danica Summerlin (University of Sheffield), Antipopes and the Law: Jurisdiction and Legal Practice During the Schisms of the Twelfth Century. (White Rose medievalists event)

Tue, 28 February 2023, 5pm, venue TBA: Kivilcim Yavuz and Paul White (University of Leeds), Exploring the Universal Library: Hernando Colón’s Book of Epitomes. (annual joint IMS-Classics research seminar)

Tue, 21 March 2023, 5:30pm, Online event only: Iurii Zazuliak (Ukrainian Catholic University in Lviv), Revisiting Robert Bartlett’s The Makings of Europe. The Case of Late Medieval Galicia (Red Ruthenia).

Tue, 28 March 2023, 5:30pm, Parkinson Building, room 1.08: Megan Cavell (University of Birmingham), Before Attenborough: Early Medieval Natural History, Animal Diversity and ‘Edutainment’.

Tue, 9 May 2023, 5:30pm, Online event only: Chergui Khedidja (Ecole Normale Supérieure de Bouzaréah (Alger)), ʿĀʾishah al-Bāʿūniyyah of Damascus and St. Teresa of Ávila: Concurrent Histories and Ascetic Traditions.

Tue, 23 May 2023, 5:30pm, Baines Wing, room G.36: Elizabeth Tyler (University of York), Reading Imperial Geographies with the Old English Orosius: Territory and Language

And don’t forget the 2023 International Medieval Congress!

More events for 2023 will be listed soon.

Past Events


2 June: Dr Fozia Bora, Writing History in the Medieval Islamic World: The Value of Chronicles as Archives (London: I B Tauris, 2019)
For information on the publication, you can visit the publisher’s page here.

9 June: Alaric Hall, Útrásarvíkingar! The Literature of the Icelandic Financial Crisis (2008–2014) (Earth, Milky Way: punctum, 2020).
For information on the publication, you can visit the publisher’s page here.

16 June: Eva Frojmovic (ed.), Postcolonising the Medieval Image (London: Routledge, 2017)
For information on the publication, you can visit the publisher’s page here.

23 June: Catherine Karkov, Imagining Anglo-Saxon England: Utopia, Heterotopia, Dystopia (Woodbridge: Boydell, 2020) and (ed.), Slow Scholarship: Medieval Research and the Neoliberal University (Woodbridge: Brewer, 2019)
For information on the publication, you can visit the publisher’s pages here:
Imagining Anglo-Saxon England, Slow Scholarship.

30 June: Rosalind Brown-Grant, Visualizing Justice in Burgundian Prose Romance: Text and Image in Manuscripts of the Wavrin Master (1450s-1460s), Burgundica, 29 (Turnhout: Brepols, 2020)
For information on the publication, you can visit the publisher’s page here.

29 October: Marta Cobb (University of Leeds): ‘A Guide to Survival in Medieval Fairy Tales’ (in the Treasures of the Brotherton Library series).

30 October 2020: Jonathan Hui (University of Hong Kong): ‘Jin Yong and J. R. R. Tolkien: Modern Medievalism East and West’.

17 November: Jamie Doherty (University of Leeds): ‘Count Hugh of Troyes and his Charters’.

19 November: Melanie Brunner (University of Leeds): ‘Friar Tuck’s Brothers: Poverty and Wealth in the Medieval Church’ (in the Treasures of the Brotherton Library series).

24 November: Estelle Ingrand Varenne (Centre d’études supérieures de civilisation médiévale, Poitiers): ‘Writing in the Holy Sepulchre: The “Crusader Epigraphy”.

1 December: Rodrigo Laham Cohen (Universidad de Buenos Aires): ‘The Rabbinization of Europe. A Late Ancient or Medieval Phenomenon?’.

8 December: David Petts (Durham): ‘New Light on the Archaeology of Early Medieval Lindisfarne’.


14 January: Northern Network for the Study of the Crusades Seminar. Nicholas Paul presents groundbreaking work on the performance of crusader status, and Louis Pulford discusses his fascinating PhD research

26 January: Maroula Perisanidi (University of Leeds): Animals and Masculinities in the Letters of Ioannes Tzetzes

9th February: Yoichi Isahaya (Hokkaido University): A Cross-Cultural “Astronomical Dialogue” between a Muslim Polymath and Chinese Sage in Thirteenth-Century Eurasia.

18 February: Amy Jefford Franks: ‘Why We Should Care About Queer Vikings’ (Medieval Society LGBT History Month talk).

22 February: Kit Heyam: ‘Beloved Edward II…tortured to a painful death’: Epitomising Medieval Queer History (Medieval Society LGBT History Month talk)

23rd February: Nina Safran (Penn State): Reading Fatwas into History: ‘Let Every Religious Community Have its House of Worship’

9 March: Emma Cayley (University of Leeds): ‘Beyond the Page’: Rethinking Medieval Materiality in the Digital Age

23 March: The IMS is co-hostied the Selig Brodetsky Memorial Lecture 2021. Prof. Asa S. Mittman (California State University-Chico): Far From Jerusalem: The Exclusion of Jews on Christian Maps

27 April 2021: Emilia Jamroziak (University of Leeds): The Time of Medieval Monks/nuns and the Time of Medieval Historians: How was the Concept of Monastic Origin Historically Constructed?

4 May 2021: Miri Rubin (Queen Mary’s University): Sister, Interrupted. Continuity and Change in the Meanings of ecclesia and synagoga

25 May 2021: Felege-Selam Yirga (Tennessee, Knoxville): The Chronicle of John of Nikiu

12 October 2021: Santiago Barreiro (National Scientific and Technical Research Council (CONICET), Buenos Aires), ‘Thoughts on the notion of labour in medieval Iceland’.

Tue, 26 October 2021: Francesca Petrizzo (University of Leeds), ‘”Dead faces laugh”: medievalist hungers and Irish republican time, 1917-1981’.

Tue, 2 November 2021: Clare Burridge (University of Sheffield), ‘Crossroads: The Evolution of Early Medieval Medicine in Global and Local Contexts’.

Tue, 23 November 2021: Natasha Bennett (Royal Armouries), ‘Islamic arms and armour (focusing on the Near East during the Mamluk era)’.

Tue, 30 November 2021: Tim Wingard (University of Leeds), ‘Animals, sex, catastrophe and Noah’s Ark in late medieval England’.


Tue, 25 January 2022: Toshio Ohnuki (Tokyo Metropolitan University), ‘The Cistercian liturgy and the crisis of the order on the eve of the Fourth Lateran Council’.

Tue, 8 February 2022: Lisa Fagin Davis (Medieval Academy of America), ‘Hidden treasures: manuscript fragments at Leeds’.

Thu, 12 May 2022: Wolfram Drews (Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster), ‘Mozarabic Christians as cultural brokers between al-Andalus and Northern Spain’.

Tue, 11 October 2022: Delphine Demelas (Aberystwyth University), ‘Medieval Intercomprehension: Intelligibility, Translation and Adaptation in Twelfth- to Fourteenth-Century Anglo-Norman Literature’.

Tue, 25 October 2022: Katy Dutton (University of Leeds), ‘The Cartulary of the Cistercian Abbey of Kirkstead, Lincolnshire’.

Tue, 8 November 2022: Adam Simmons (Nottingham Trent University), ‘Rethinking and Re-dating the Fall of the Nubian Kingdom of Dotawo: Are We a Century Out?’.

Wed, 16 November 2022: Alaric Hall (University of Leeds), ‘A Hairy Woman Gives Birth to a Bald Child … Eggs, Birds, Mothers, and More in (Mostly) Early Medieval Arabic, Hebrew, Norse, Latin and Greek riddles’.

Tue, 22 November 2022: Valentina Mele (University of Leeds, ‘Dante’s Reception in Twentieth-Century American Poetry’. (shared event with the Leeds Centre for Dante Studies).