EMREM Symposium 2016

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

10.00-10.30 Registration


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 emremforum@googlemail.com!











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