Appel à contribution – Power and Identity: The Reading of History in High Medieval Europe

27-29 June 2017

Chronicles, saints’ lives, and other reconstructions of the past constitute our most important and challenging set of sources for the intellectual, social, and political history of high Medieval Europe (c. 900 – c. 1300). This international workshop for postgraduates and early career scholars will focus on the following areas:

  • The use of the past as an expression of identity
  • The representation and interpretation of political power through reconstructions of the past
  • The influence of classical and early medieval intellectual, literary, and rhetorical traditions
  • The place of these renditions within wider social contexts (including networks of patronage, reception, communication, and information)


Keynote lectures will be given by:
Martin Aurell (Poitiers) Piotr S. Gorecki (Riverside/CA) Robert Ireland (Aberystwyth) Felicitas Schmieder (Hagen)

The workshop takes place under the auspices of the Centre for the Study of Historiography and Historical Culture (Aberystwyth).

Please email paper proposals (max. 300 words for 20-25 minute papers) to by 28th February 2017.

Deadline for attendance registration: 15th April 2017. Standard registration fee: £15.00, postgraduates: £12.00 (includes refreshments).

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