Monday 5th October- Welcome Event



Seminar Room, Westmere House 

4-6 PM

EMREM would like to welcome new and returning postgraduate students to an informal and friendly discussion. Share your research interests with other students and find out more about who we are, what we do, and how you can get involved, all over drinks and biscuits!

For those returning students, please note the change of time and venue! We hope this new slot will help more of us to attend regularly (and allow us to continue talking in the Bratby should we so desire….).

Welcome event poster 2015

Semester One, 2015-16


Sessions will be held 4-6pm every Monday, excluding Reading Week,

in the Seminar Room in Westmere House 

Week 1

Postgraduate Fora of ShAC Welcome

(5.15pm in Lecture Room 5, Arts Building)

Week 2

Welcome Event

Week 3

Libraries and Archives

Week 4

Roundtable: Medieval and Renaissance Studies in the Curriculum

Week 5

Funding Applications

Week 7

Digital Wizardry

Week 8

 Research Presentation Session:

Tom Rochester ‘A Worthy Successor to Cuthbert: The Miracles of John of Beverley in Bede’s Ecclesiastical History V.2-6

Week 9

Conference Workshop

Week 10

Research Presentation Session

Speaker TBC

Week 11

End of Term Networking and Wine Reception


Keep an eye out for joint sessions with the other postgraduate fora in ShAC!

Call for Papers

The EMREM Forum is run by postgraduate students from the University of Birmingham and is designed to facilitate discussion amongst postgraduate students who are interested in the Early Medieval-Medieval-Renaissance-Reformation-Early Modern period. The Forum aims to generate an informal atmosphere in which postgraduates (and staff!) can share their research and participate in interdisciplinary and cross-period debate. We welcome members from all institutions and disciplines.

Papers are invited for the 2015- 16 academic years Research Presentation Sessions. These will be held during our weekly Wednesday afternoon slots.

Papers should be 30 minutes in length. Please send proposals of approximately 300 words to

‘Body and Soul’ #EMREM2015

Thank you to everyone who made #EMREM2015 so fantastic. We had a great range of speakers and chairs, interesting questions, and fun networking.

We were live-tweeting during the Symposium, so if you weren’t able to make it (or would like to look back at the papers and questions), you can search #EMREM2015 to catch up!

We hope to see you all again next year!

Annual Symposium: Body and Soul, 7th and 8th May

EMREM would like to announce the program for the Annual Postgraduate Symposium, this year on the theme ‘Body and Soul’. Please send in your registration forms, we look forward to seeing you there!

 Day 1 (7th May 2015)

10:30-11:30: Registration
Welcome Address and Refreshments

11:30-13:30 Panel 1—Saintly Souls in Human Bodies

Chair: Georgie Fitzgibbon

Ian Styler (Birmingham) – Saint Æthelthryth of Ely and the Miracle Stories of the Liber Eliensis: The Body of the Saint as Protector, Guardian, Healer and Advocate

Patrick McGhee (Cambridge) – ‘Afflicted in soule, or bodie’: Unbelief, the Senses and the Body in Nicholas Bownde’s ‘The vnbeleefe of S. Thom-as’ (1608)

Joseph Parsonage (Birmingham) – Mother and Son in Byzantine Hagiography

Rhiannon Teather (Bristol) – ‘We desire to parallel in the felicity of their death’: Body and Soul in Jesuit Accounts of Martyrdoms in England, Japan and New France c. 1580-1680

13:30-14:30 Lunch

14:30-16:00 Panel 2 – The Body in Sexual and Spiritual Love

Chair: Alix Lowe

Erik Claeson (Lund) – Ecce sponsus venit – The Mystical Marriage in the Sermons of the Confessor General Nicolaus Ragvaldi to the Sisters in the Ab-bey of Vadstena, 1501-1506

John England (Liverpool) – The Beautiful Body: Representations of Beauty, the Body and Gender in Shakespeare’s Venus and Adonis and Marlowe’s Hero and Leander

Catherine Ellis (Durham) – The Machine-Man’s Immortal Soul? Sex, Pleasure and the ‘Soul’ in La Mettrie’s L’Art de Jouir (1751)

16:00-16:30 Tea Break

16:30-18:00 Panel 3—Writing on the Body: The Book as Body and the Body in Books

Chair: Claire Harrill

Kate Sargan (Oxford) – Bodies Marking Books: Ecologies of the Codex, Ecologies of the Scriptorium

Julia Mattison (Oxford) – Brutish Bodies, English Souls: Understanding Manicules in Manuscripts of the Prose Brut

Delia Sarson (Reading) – Angels as Protectors of Bodies and Souls: Evi-dence from c.15th Latin Manuscript Books of Hours produced in England or for the English Market

18:00-19:30 Wine Reception (sponsored by the Centre for the Study of the Middle Ages, University of Birmingham)

20:00-23:00 Conference Dinner

Day 2 (8th May 2015)

10:00-10:30 Registration

10:00-12:00 Panel 1 – The Body and Soul After Death

Chair: Libby Gill

Melanie Peters-Turner (Birmingham) – Caring for the Soul when the Body is Gone: the Works of Corporal Mercy in Testamentary Practice

Rosemary Keep (Birmingham) – ‘Learning to Counterfeit Virtue’: Grandpar-ents in Early Modern Portraits

Anne Thompson (Warwick) – ‘The Image of Piety, an Example of Goodness throughout her Life, a Mirror of Virtue and Integrity’: the Elizabethan Clergy Wife as Represented in Memorials

Murray Andrews (University College London) – Treasure for the Dead? Coins from the 10th-16th century graves in England and Wales

12:00-13:00 Lunch

13:00-14:30 Panel 2 – Sinning Body and Holy Soul: The Medical Perspective

Chair: Rebeca Cubas-Pena

Lorraine de la Verpillière (Cambridge) – Sinful Soul and Melancholy Body: A New Interpretation of Jean Duvet’s Plate of the Despair and Suicide of Judas

Éilis Noonan (St Andrews) – ‘And Adam Knew Eve, His Wife’: Religious and Medical Perspectives on Sexual Difference and the Early Modern Body

Margaret Bullett (Huddersfield) – Suffering and Swooning in the Pulpit: Post-Reformation Preaching and the Body

14:30-15:00 Tea Break

15:00-16:30 Panel 3 – The Non-Human Body

Chair: Bernadette McCooey

Emily Buffey (Birmingham) – The Blacke Dogge of Newgate or ‘the divel in such a likenesse’: Posthumous Publication and the Legacy of Luke Hutton

Christian Kusi-Obodum (Birmingham) – The Incubus and the Death of al-Manṣur

Caroline R. Batten (Oxford) – Shape-Shifting, Skin-Changing: Body and Essence in Old Norse Literature

16:30-17:00 Refreshments


2015 registration form

EMREM’s Summer Trip- Save the Date!


Thursday 11th June 2015

Lichfield Cathedral

EMREM is planning a day trip to the historic cathedral town of Lichfield, where we will see, among other things, the St Chad Gospels, the Lichfield Angel, and part of the Staffordshire Hoard.

We intend to catch a train directly from University Station to Lichfield, leaving at approximately 10.30 and returning for approximately 5.30pm. This is a fantastic opportunity to explore and appreciate the rich heritage of Lichfield, along with a friendly group of like-minded postgraduates.

Please save the date, and we will be in touch with more information soon!

Registration for the 2015 Symposium

EMREM Annual Symposium, 7th and 8th May 2015

Body and Soul

We would like to thank everyone for their abstract submissions, and invite you to register to attend the Symposium. Please fill in the attached form and send it to by April 15th.

2015 registration form

The panels are: 1) Saintly Souls in Human Bodies, 2) The Body in Sexual and Spiritual love 3) Writing on the Body: The Book as Body and the Body in Books 4) The Body & Soul after death, 5) Sinning Body and Holy Soul: The Medical Perspective 6) The Non-Human Body.

A full programme will follow shortly.

For those new to the University of Birmingham and those planning to stay in the area:



Wednesday 11th March

Wednesday 11th March 2015 2.30-3.30pm

Fage Library, Second Floor, Arts Building

A Land of Ice and Fire:

A Storm of Sources

Join us for a session led by Ryder and Bernadette, as they lead us through the range of documentary sources available for medieval Iceland.

As always, juice and biscuits will be provided!


Wednesday 25th February

Wednesday 25th February 2015 2.30-3.30pm

Fage Library, Second Floor, Arts Building

Joint Session with Rosetta Forum: Roundtable on Interdisciplinarity

In this joint session with Rosetta we will be discussing the benefits and problems that arise from working interdisiplinarily. Join us for a fun roundtable discussion, complete with biscuits!