"Resilience Resistance and Renewal in the Medieval and Early Modern World" (MEMSA Graduate Student Conference, UCLA)

Editor's note:



March 01, 2021

The medieval and early modern world (broadly considered, c. 900-1750) underwent myriad  profound changes, from devastating famines, plagues, and wars to an increased entanglement of the continents, economic transformations, and technological and scientific developments. These  changes were often accompanied by calls for the reshaping of the institutions and structures – political, religious, intellectual, etc. – which undergirded societies’ approach to these challenges,  encompassing such responses as resistance, resilience, and renewal.  

The Medieval and Early Modern Student Association (MEMSA) and Center for Medieval and  Renaissance Studies (CMRS) at UCLA invite submissions of individual paper presentations (15- 20 minutes) for an online conference considering aspects of cultural, environmental, social,  economic, and other change in the medieval and early modern world. We particularly encourage  those whose work highlights moments of resilience, resistance, and renewal. Presenters from all  disciplines are welcome, especially those that take on inter-disciplinary perspectives and  methodologies. We hope to provide opportunities for graduate students to present their research  on a variety of topics that takes into consideration what many are also thinking about from  another perspective, informed by the experience of recent events.  


Please contact the officers of MEMSA ([email protected]) to submit an abstract of the proposed presentation (250-300 words) by March 1, 2021. The Conference will take place May 27, 2021 via Zoom 

Keynote Speaker:  

Professor Hussein Fancy, University of Michigan