Symposium by the Sea - last year's conference photo!
Viking Swansea - Fact or Fable?, 10 April 2014, Swansea University
The 6th Annual Symposium by the Sea
Care and Cure: Diseases, Disabilities and Therapies, June 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:
Workshops for postgraduate and early career researchers were held on the first day, focusing on:
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.
The 4th Annual Symposium by the Sea
Recusants and Radicals: Reformation and Counter-Reformation in England and Wales, June 4, 2010, 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.
The 2nd Annual Symposium by the Sea
'Medieval Prophecy', May 23, 2008
The 1st Annual Symposium by the Sea
MEMO-hosted Gender and Medieval Studies Group conference:
Gender, Time and Memory in the Middle Ages, January 6-8, 2011
The New Chaucer Society Conference, 18-21 July 2008, Swansea University