Aberystwyth University, Wales, UK
27-29 June 2017
Due: 28 February 2017

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 ryk3@aber.ac.uk by 28th February 2017.

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

A pdf. of the workshop poster can be found 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  (http://royalhistsoc.org/grants/conference-travel), as potential sources of funding.

This event 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.