Other Events, 2014-2016



Viking Swansea

Viking Swansea - Fact or Fable?, 10 April 2014, Swansea University






Symposia by the Sea, 2009-2012


The 6th Annual Symposium by the Sea

Care and Cure: Diseases, Disabilities and TherapiesJune 14-15, 2012, Swansea University

The Symposium was devoted to writings about health and disease; representations of illness and disability in texts and images; defining and living with disability; medical education and medical practitioners; hospitals; surgery; pharmacology; and cures for the soul.

Keynote speakers were:

  • Professor Monica Green (Arizona State University)
  • Professor Peter Biller (University of York)

Workshops for postgraduate and early career researchers were held on the first day, focusing on:

  • the uses of manuscript and other images as sources for the study of medieval medicine and disability (Dr Irina Metzler and Dr David Turner, Swansea University)
  • National Library of Wales manuscript Brogyntyn II.1 and its Middle English medical material (Professor Julia Boffey, Queen Mary, University of London).


The 5th Annual Symposium by the Sea

Medieval Urban Life: Facts and Fictions, June 17-18, 2011, Swansea University

The 5th annual symposium by the sea explored later medieval urban life in Europe through the work of documentary and literary historians, bringing together those studying northern (including British) and southern European towns. The aim of the conference was to encourage both the interdisciplinary cross-pollination of research by traditional and literary historians, and to relate northern and southern European conceptions of urban life. The urban history of the North and Baltic Sea regions is very much one orientated towards the analysis of non-literary sources. However, there is now an increasing number of literary historians of northern Europe shedding new light on urban life, capable of revising traditional interpretations. By contrast, scholars of southern European, and particularly Italian cities, have long drawn more heavily on literary sources. This difference in approach between scholars of northern and southern European urban life has resulted in scholarly depictions of northern European urban life tending to be comparatively – though certainly not wholly – characterized by the analysis of ‘facts’ and figures. This has also done much  to accentuate artificially perceived differences in the nature of everyday urban life in northern and southern Europe, where rich and yet largely unexplored parallels are likely to be as numerous as stark contrasts.

The result has been to accentuate perceived regional differences in European medieval urban life. This conference addresses literary versus non-literary approaches and northern versus southern perspectives within these contexts.

Plenary Speaker:

  • Derek Keene (Professor of Metropolitan History, Institute of Historical Research, London)


The 4th Annual Symposium by the Sea

Recusants and Radicals: Reformation and Counter-Reformation in England and Wales, June 4, 2010, Swansea University 

Speakers included:

  • Alexandra Walsham (University of Exeter)
  • Olga Valbueno (Wake Forest University)
  • Maurice Whitehead (Swansea University)
  • Geraint Evans (Swansea University)
  • Helen Wilcox (University of Wales, Bangor)
  • Peter Leech (Musical Director and Swansea University)


The 3rd Annual Symposium by the Sea

The Welsh Marches in History & Literature, 1050-1550, in memory of Ifor Rowlands, May 29, 2009

Ifor Rowlands (1944-2008) was a lecturer in medieval history for many years at Swansea University. His areas of expertise included Wales and the Marches, medieval castles, chronicles, and the reign of King John. His colleagues offered this event in his memory.

A unique and fascinating hybrid culture developed along the Anglo-Welsh borderlands in the Middle Ages and persisted well after the formal abolition of the Marcher lordships in 1536. The legacy of this culture included splendid castles, churches and monasteries, the establishment of many towns, and a rich corpus of Welsh, French, Latin and English literature. This symposium was the first of a number of meetings that are intended to bring together all those who are interested in the history and culture of the Marches from their inception to the early modern period, and to place these regions in their broader historical context.

Keynote speaker:

  • Ralph Hanna (Oxford)

Symposia by the Sea, 2007-2008


 The 2nd Annual Symposium by the Sea 

 'Medieval Prophecy', May 23, 2008  


  • Anke Holdenried (Bristol)  
  • Josef Lossl (Cardiff) 
  • Julia Wannenmacher (Berlin)
  • Julia Crick (Exeter)
  • Lesley Coote (Hull) 
  • Daniel Power (Swansea)


The 1st Annual Symposium by the Sea



  • Tony Hunt, (St Peter's College, Oxford) – ‘Gautier de Coinci: Text, Image, Sound’
  • Rosemary Horrox, (Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge) – ‘Contemporary Explanations of the Black Death’
  • David Wallace, (University of Pennsylvania) – ‘Borderline Sanctity: Dorothea of Montau and Teutonic Identity’

Other events 2008-11

Gender and Medieval Studies

MEMO-hosted Gender and Medieval Studies Group conference:

Gender, Time and Memory in the Middle Ages, January 6-8, 2011

New Chaucer Society Conference

The New Chaucer Society Conference, 18-21 July 2008, Swansea University