The COVID-19 pandemic has shaken our world and academia is no stranger to its effects. Our sector thrives on international contacts and exchange, and has grown accustomed to much travel in pursuit of research and collaborations. Medieval urban history is a particularly ‘mobile’ research field, with its scholars visiting scattered archives, tracing ancient city networks and attending conferences all over the world. Many plans and events have recently been cancelled, many collaborations made more difficult. Prominent among these, the longstanding contacts between British and Belgian medievalists, and more specifically between Queen Mary University and Ghent University, have consequently been postponed.
Yet fascinating new research in medieval urban history continues to emerge even during the crisis. Alongside the many disruptions, we have become sued to work with sustainable digital conferencing. Hence we are able to meet again!
Sharing ideas with colleagues at welcoming, peer-to-peer conferences is especially important for early career scholars. These events offer them the opportunity to meet new people, learn about new research, receive input of various kinds, and sharpen their presentation skills. Medievalists at Queen Mary University London and Ghent University are now able to offer PhD-students and postdoctoral scholars the opportunity to do exactly that. Therefore, leading researchers in medieval urban history from both institutions have organised ‘Somewhere beyond the sea. Belgo-British Research Encounters’, a digital series that will focus on the latest (PhD) research in medieval urban history.
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Friday 25 September (16.00 CET)
Rowan Dorin (Stanford University)
‘Preachers, Crowds , and the Problem of Pentecost in the Late Middle Ages’
Friday 9 October (16.00 CET)
Charlotte Berry (Bath Spa University)
‘Community, policing and marginality in the suburbs of late medieval London’
Friday 23 October (16.00 CET)
Lisa Demets (Ghent University)
‘Multilingual Literary Dynamics of Medieval Flanders: The Production and Reception of Manuscripts in Late Medieval Flemish Towns (1200 – 1500)’
Friday 6 November (16.00 CET)
Milan Pajic (Queen’s University Belfast)
‘The Boundaries of Loyalty and Belonging: Foreign Artisans in English Army during the Campaigns Between 1356 and 1406’
Source : UGent – Henri Pirenne Institute