Call for Papers

Power and Identity:

The Reading of History in High Medieval Europe

28th-30th June 2017, Aberystwyth

Update: Registration fees for postgraduate speakers have been waived, and six travel bursaries are available, thanks to generous funding provided by Medium Ævum.

Chronicles, saints’ lives, and other reconstructions of the past constitute our most important and challenging set of sources for the intellectual, social, and political history of high Medieval Europe (c. 900 – c. 1300). They offer unique insights into political culture, forms of memory, networks of communication, origin myths, and the role of the past in shaping identities. Scholarly interest has moved away from examining these texts as repositories of facts towards an appreciation instead of their value as products of varied and diverse cultural, intellectual, and textual traditions. This international workshop for postgraduates and early career scholars  will focus on the following areas:

·      The use of the past as an expression of identity

·      The representation and interpretation of political power through reconstructions of the past

·      The influence of classical and early medieval intellectual, literary, and rhetorical traditions

·      The place of these renditions within wider social contexts (including networks of patronage, reception, communication, and information)

Keynote lectures will be given by:

Martin Aurell (Poitiers)

Piotr S. Gorecki (Riverside/CA)

Robert Ireland (Aberystwyth)

Felicitas Schmieder (Hagen)

The workshop takes place under the auspices of the Centre for the Study of Historiography and Historical Culture (Aberystwyth)

Please email paper proposals (max. 300 words for 20-25 minute papers) to Ryan Kemp at by 28th February 2017.

Deadline for attendance registration: 15th April 2017. Standard registration fee: £15.00, postgraduates: £12.00 (includes refreshments).

The registration fee for postgraduate speakers will be waived thanks to funding generously provided by MEDIUM ÆVUM: The Society for the Study of Medieval Languages and Literature.

A pdf. of the call for papers can be download below:


The registration fee includes tea and coffee only. Participants will need to make their own arrangements with regard to travel and accommodation (though advice and suggestions will be posted on this website in due course). Participants are encouraged to approach their own institutions, or organisations such as the Royal Historical Society  (, as potential sources of funding. 

Thanks to generous funding provided by MEDIUM ÆVUM, we are able to offer six travel bursaries (worth £50 each) to postgraduate speakers who are invited to present papers. These will be allocated once the call for papers closes. 

We hope to secure further funding to increase the number and amount of these bursaries but are awaiting the outcome of further funding applications.

This event itself has been made possible thanks to funding from both the Graduate School and the Department of History and Welsh History, Aberystwyth.

Please email any questions or enquiries to the email address above.