Annual Guest Lecture

We are delighted to announce that our 2014 annual guest lecture will be given by:

Professor Robert Swanson

‘Pastoral Care, Pastoral Cares, Pastoral Carers: Configuring the Cura pastoralis in Late Medieval England’

The guest lecture will take place on:

Tuesday 3rd June
at 4.30pm
in Lecture Room 3, Arts Building, University of Birmingham

The lecture will be followed by an opportunity to ask questions and to discuss the paper further over wine and nibbles.

Everyone welcome!

Please click here to view the poster as a PDF.

Annual Summer Trip

W. Lloyd MacKenzie, via Flickr @ http://www.flickr.com/photos/saffron_blaze/

W. Lloyd MacKenzie, via Flickr @ http://www.flickr.com/photos/saffron_blaze/

Join us for a day trip to the historic cathedral town of Gloucester, where we will visit the cathedral and see, among other things, the tomb of Edward II and the effigy of Robert Curthose, eldest son of William the Conqueror.

This year’s annual EMREM summer excursion will take place on:
Friday 13th June 2014

We intend to catch a train directly from University Station to Gloucester (we aim that our outgoing trip will leave University at approximately 10.30am and that we will return to University at approximately 5.30pm – more detailed instructions will follow soon).

This is a fantastic opportunity to explore and appreciate the rich heritage of Gloucester, along with a friendly group of like-minded postgraduates.

The EMREM Forum has been granted funding for this trip from the University’s Postgraduate Research Development Fund, which allows us to subsidise the cost of travel and food. As a result, places will be limited and reserved on a first-come first-served basis. Booking is essential – please email us by midday on Thursday 12th June 2014 to reserve your place (emremforum@googlemail.com).

We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Please click here to view the poster as a PDF.

EMREM Annual Postgraduate Symposium 2014

The EMREM Forum are pleased to announce that registration is now open for the EMREM Annual Postgraduate Symposium 2014.

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(De)Constructing Medieval and Early Modern Perceptions

Thursday 22nd & Friday 23rd May 2014
Lecture Room 3, Arts Building
University of Birmingham

Registration is free, however places are limited. If you would like to attend, please return the registration form below to emremforum@googlemail.com as soon as possible.

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EMREM Symposium 2014 Registration Form

Troubleshooting Teaching (26th March 2014)

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Wednesday 26th March 2014, 2.30 – 3.30pm in the Fage Library, Arts Building.

Are you worried about starting to teach undergraduates? Are you currently teaching and would like some advice on helping quiet groups to talk in seminars, or engaging modern history students with the Medieval/Early Modern period? Our own Dr Elaine Fulton will be giving her top tips for successful seminar teaching and preparation. There will be plenty of opportunity to ask questions in an informal environment. As always, all are welcome and refreshments will be provided.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Research Presentation Session (12 March 2014)

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We warmly invite you to attend EMREM’s second Research Presentation session of 2014! Two of the University of Birmingham’s postgraduates will be presenting on topics which promise a great interdisciplinary session. This will take place on Wednesday 12 March, 2.30pm – 3.30pm in the Fage Library, which is located on the second floor of the Arts Building.

We are pleased to announce that our speakers will be:

Gemma Norman (Birmingham) - Stranger than Fiction: Medieval Monsters
Julie Tanner (Birmingham) – ‘Ffor Lakke of Syght Nere Am I Sleyn’: Love-sickness as a Physical Affliction in the Findern Manuscript (CUL MS. Ff.I.6)

As always, the papers will be followed by a Q&A-style discussion over drinks and nibbles. This is a great opportunity to engage in lively cross-discipline debate in a friendly atmosphere. We look forward to seeing you there!

Sources Workshop with Prof. Ann Hughes (Keele)

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Wednesday 5th March, 2.30pm-3.30pm
Fage Library, Arts Building

Join EMREM and Professor Ann Hughes (Keele University) for a workshop on the subject of sermons in mid-seventeenth-century England. In this session Professor Hughes will introduce a range of sources from the period and will provide her expertise on such issues as locating and using extant documents, and the relative merits of regional vs. national studies.

If you’re curious about how best to approach regional or local sources, what kinds of documents might be out there, or just want to know more about the religious culture of the Civil War period then this session is for you!

As always, all are welcome and refreshments will be provided.

N.B. Afterwards, Professor Hughes will be presenting at the CREMS seminar on ‘”Begun at Westminster and ended at Wirksworth”: hearing sermons in town and country in the 1640s’, so feel free to join us there to hear what promises to be a fascinating paper!

Symposium Workshop

Wednesday 12 February 2014 – 2.30-3.30pm
**Room 141, 1st Floor, Arts Building

Writing an abstract for a conference and don’t know where to start? Or maybe you’d like to submit a panel with a group of friends but are struggling to make your papers tie together? In this session EMREM will introduce the themes of their forthcoming conference, ‘Seen and Unseen’ and give you tips in conferencing: what organisers are looking for, how best to ‘sell’ your paper, and how to produce relevant, coherent panels out of seemingly divergent topics!

All are welcome, refreshments and nibbles are provided!

**Please  note the change of venue for this EMREM meeting.

Please click here to view poster as PDF.

CfP: EMREM Annual Postgraduate Symposium 2014

CALL FOR PAPERS
The EMREM Postgraduate Forum Annual Symposium

Seen and Unseen:
(De)Constructing Medieval and Early Modern Perceptions

Thursday 22nd and Friday 23rd May 2014
University of Birmingham

Papers are invited for the 2014 EMREM two-day interdisciplinary symposium at the University of Birmingham.

This year’s theme addresses Medieval and Early Modern perceptions, with a focus on the ‘seen and unseen’. How were means of perception rationalised and represented in texts, records, rituals, art and literature? In what ways do themes concerning the visible and invisible manifest themselves in sources, and what in turn can be learnt about medieval and early modern perceptions from these? What can exploration of the seen and unseen tell us about constructions of marginalisation and social exclusion in the past?

Postgraduate speakers from all disciplines are welcome to share their research at this friendly and well-established symposium.

Possible topics might include, but are not limited to:

• Visions, dreams and religious experience
• Magic and the supernatural
• Minorities and the persecuted
• Sacred space, environment and architecture
• Texts, narratives and manuscript traditions
• Concealed and/or explicit religious and cultural identities
• Power and influence
• Ways of seeing (physical and spiritual)
• Gender roles and perceived social norms
• The implications of social exclusion
• Displays of and the vocabulary concerning emotion
• Memory and legacy
• Social status and/or community roles
• Boundaries and regionality
• Ghosts and the afterlife
• Hidden meanings of language and linguistic insinuations
• Privacy and the built environment

Papers should be 20 minutes in length. Please send proposals of approximately 300 words to emremforum@googlemail.com by Friday 21st March 2014.

Limited funding is available to help cover external speakers’ travel and accommodation expenses. Refreshments and numerous networking opportunities provided. Please indicate whether you would like to apply for a funding bursary in your email.

Please click here to view CfP as a PDF.

 

Research Presentation Session (22 Jan 2014)

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We warmly invite you to attend EMREM’s first Research Presentation session of 2014! Two of the University of Birmingham’s postgraduates will be presenting on topics which promise a great interdisciplinary session. This will take place on Wednesday 22 January, 2.30pm – 3.30pm in the Fage Library, which is located on the second floor of the Arts Building.

We are pleased to announce that our speakers will be:

Ruth Caddick (Birmingham) – ‘With the phary tane’: Older Scots Representations of the Orpheus Myth
Robert Beech (Birmingham) – The Carpenter: Unsung Hero of Medieval Architecture?

As always, the papers will be followed by a Q&A-style discussion over drinks and nibbles. This is a great opportunity to engage in lively cross-discipline debate in a friendly atmosphere. We look forward to seeing you there!

End-of-Term Workshop & Wine Reception

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Wednesday 11 December 2013
5-7pm, Fage Room*
Arts Building

Join EMREM for a festive, end-of-term workshop in which we share our experience on the ins and outs of conference procedure: from submitting an abstract, to writing a paper and fielding those questions afterwards! If you’ve never been to a conference before and would like to find out exactly what goes on, or if you’re a conference veteran and would like to share your experience then do come along! The session will be relaxed and informal, and festive treats and wine will be available for all.

We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday!

*The Fage Room/Library is located on the 2nd floor of the Arts Building.