Appel à contribution – Challenging Grand Narratives: A Workshop for PhD students and ECRs in Medieval History

8-9 June 2017
Trinity College, Dublin


Historians have long recognised the problems associated with pervasive ‘grand narratives’ in medieval history. This two-day workshop, to be held in the Medieval History Research Centre in Trinity College, Dublin, on 8-9 June 2017, will allow participants to investigate associated problematic concepts and to explore different approaches to writing medieval history. The small, 15-participant workshop will follow a round-table format, designed to promote collaboration and discussion across traditional geographical and chronological divisions within medieval history. Each session will be led by two ten-minute ‘flash’ papers, delivered by participants. Professor Miri Rubin of Queen Mary, University of London, will act as the workshop’s senior academic respondent, to guide discussion and debate and to draw out common threads across the sessions. Professor Rubin will present the keynote paper on the theme of the workshop on the evening of Thursday 8 June.

PhD students and early-career researchers are invited to submit proposals for a ten-minute ‘flash’ paper and to participate in the workshop. Proposals are welcome from all scholars studying Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages in Europe (including Byzantium), including those from cognate disciplines such as archaeology, art history, or literary studies. Participants are expected to join in the discussion in all sessions, but are asked to propose a paper to fit one of the five following themes:

  • The problems of origins
  • Histories from the outside
  • The problem of continuity
  • State-centrism
  • Periodisation

For more information on the workshop’s overarching theme of ‘grand narratives’ and the individual session themes please see the Discussion Document on the workshop website. Proposals should be submitted on the Applications Page no later than Friday 17 March and should include an abstract and short biography. The workshop will be free for all participants. Financial assistance may be available for participants based outside of Dublin, but all participants are encouraged to apply for alternate funding, including from their home institutions, where possible.

Further information and contact details can also be found on the workshop’s website,

Source : Challenging Grand Narratives

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