The EMREM elves are busily working away on the programme for next semester; do you have a paper you’d like to have included? Then get in touch! We welcome proposals from all institutions and disciplines for 30 minute papers. Send ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org
For our 2016 summer trip, a group of EMREMers visited Ludlow Castle.
The construction of the castle began in the eleventh century, as the border stronghold of Roger De Lacy, a Marcher Lord. In the fourteenth century Roger Mortimer enlarged the castle into a palace, and the site was later involved in the War of the Roses, under the ownership of Richard, Duke of York. Edward IV sent the ‘Princes in the Tower’ to live in the castle, which was also the seat of government for Wales and the Border Counties. In 1501 Prince Arthur and Catherine of Aragon honeymooned there, and Mary Tudor spent three winters at Ludlow between 1525 and 1528. The Welsh Fusiliers were founded at the castle in 1689.
If you missed EMREM 2016: Chaos and Catastrophe; Restoration and Renewal, you can catch up with Claire’s round up on the CESMA page….
There’s also loads to see on Twitter via #ChaosAndCatastrophe
If you have ideas for next years theme or are interested in joining the committee, get in touch!
The registration for our annual symposium is open!
Chaos and Catastrophe;
Restoration and Renewal
5-6 May University of Birmingham, Arts Building, Lecture Room 3
Day One, Thursday 5 May
10.30– 11.30 Registration
11.30-13.00 Providence and Tragedy
Chair: Tayler Meredith
Polly Duxfield, UoB, ‘1275: The Catastrophic Year of Alfonso the Wise (1252-1284) and its Effects on the Rest of his Reign’
Kibrina Davey, Sheffield Hallam, ‘Preventing the Green Eyed Monster: Potential Othellos in Shakespeare’s Tragicomedies’
Jason R. Varner, St. Andrews, ‘Making sense of chaos: Puritain narrative cosmology in the experience of King Philip’s War’
13.00-14.00 Lunch (Danford Room)
14.00-16.00 Conflict and Rhetoric in 10th-14th century East Asia
Chair: Lance Pursey
Jonathan Dugdale, UoB, ‘Just a Kitan Dynasty Living in a Chinese World: Reconstructing the Political and Religious Networks of Post-Tang East Asia’
Chen Xue, UoB, ‘Rebels and Rebellions: The Identities and Boundaries in the 10th and 11th Century Chinese Historiography’
Lance Pursey UoB, ‘Ethnicity and Emplotment at the end of an Empire’
Geoffrey Humble, UoB, ‘Stories for Harmony? Biography, Conflict and Resolution Across Mongol China’
16.00-16.30 Tea Break
16.30-18.00 Byzantine Succession and Networks of Support
Chair: Francisco Lopez-Santos Kornberger
Joseph Parsonage, UoB ‘Marriage, Regency and Succession in Middle Byzantine Dynastic Strategy – Crisis and Renewal in the Imperial Family’
Niccolo Fattori, Royal Holloway, ‘With a Little Help from My Friends: Networks of Mutual Support in the Communities of the Greek Diaspora (16th c.)’
Onur Usta, UoB, ‘’From Catastrophe to Crisis: A Reconsideration of the Desert and Sown Paradigm in Relation to the Nomads of Asia Minor, (11th-13th and late 16th-early 17th centuries)’
18.00-19.30 Wine Reception, Sponsored by the Centre for the Study of the Middle Ages at the University of Birmingham
20.00-23.00 Conference Dinner
Day Two, Friday 6 May
10.30-12.00 Writing Lives and Ars Moriendi
Chair: Emily Buffey
Melanie Peters-Turner , UoB, ‘For the Divine Service which is to be Said for my Soul;: Testamentary evidence for Memorialisation in the Middling Classes’
Charles Green, UoB , ‘’The Death of all Arts’: Adapting Donne’s Apocalyptic Topoi in his Posthumous Poems (1633)
Alison Passe, Aberdeen, ‘The Multiple Deaths of Antony’
12.00-13.00 Lunch (Danford Room)
13.00-14.30 The Book as an Object of Reform
Chair: Matthew Collins
Claire Harrill, UoB, ‘Royal Restoration: St Margret of Scotland and the Scottish Royal Line in the ‘Dunfermline’ Manuscript’’
Morvern French, St Andrews, ‘’Ostentatious by nature’: Flemish Material Culture, Conspicuous Consumption and Anglo-Scottish Relations at the court of James IV’
Ruth Caddick, UoB, ‘Renewing Romance: The Older Scots ‘Clariodus’ and its French Source’
14.30-15.00 Tea Break
15.00-16.30 Religious Reform, Heresy and Iconoclasm
Chair: Georgie Fitzgibbon
Ian Styler, UoB, ‘A Bishop, a Monk and a Saint and the Restoration of Monasticism: How AEthelwold, AElfric and AEthelthryth Influenced the Benedictine Reforms of the Late Tenth Century’
Mark Robinson, Nottingham Trent University, ‘The Council of Avignon 1209: Pacification, Reform and the Albigensian Crusade’
Sally Wadsworth, UoB, ‘Defiance in the Face of God: The Case of Henry Sherfield’
16.30, Closing Remarks and Refreshments
Please send your registration forms to email@example.com!
We have decided not to run a session on Monday 29th February, as we anticipate that a lot of you will be attending the SHaC Academic Careers Series talk on ‘Becoming a Lecturer’ (4pm, Strathcona Lecture Theatre 7, more information can be found on the Facebook event).
We would love to see you all on Monday 7th March (as usual at 4pm in the Westmere Seminar Room). We will be talking about Birmingham’s new research institute for History and Cultures, BRIHC, and hope to have the interim director with us.
And finally, next Tuesday is our cfp deadline- please send us your proposals for papers, panels, or offers to chair!
On Monday 8th February we will be back in the Seminar Room of Westmere House at 4pm.
Join us for a discussion on sources! Tell us about the interesting sources you are using, and feel free to bring along examples, as we think about the different approaches we are using in our research.
As usual, there will be nibbles!
Monday 25th January
6pm Bratby Bar
Join us for an informal planning session and social!
Important Information about Week 4:
On Wednesday 3rd February, our session will be at 3.30pm in the Barber Coin Gallery.
We will meet at 3.20 in the foyer. As space in the coin room is limited, could you please email us to sign up by Friday 29th January?
EMREM Material in the Cadbury Research Library
4pm in the Cadbury Research Library (basement of Muirhead Tower)
Interested in the CRL, the material it holds that might be useful for your research, or how to use archives more generally? Come along for an introduction by the archivists, and the chance to see some of the documents held on site!
Please note the change of venue!
Monday 11th January
4pm Seminar Room, Westmere House
Presentation Skills As You’ve Never Practiced Them Before!
Important Dates For This Semester:
Mon 18th January, 4pm in the Cadbury Research Library
Wed 3rd February, 3.30pm in the Barber Coin Gallery
Mon 21st March, 5.15pm, in the Bratby Bar
Call for Papers and Blog Posts
As with last semester, there is an open call for papers to be presented at our weekly sessions, and posts for the blog. If you have an idea, let us know!