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CLAMS Annual Events Series 2016-17

All events are held in the Council Room, King’s Building, Strand Campus unless otherwise specified.


More events to follow.

Past events...


Tuesday 6 June, 14.00-18.30
CLAMS International Colloquium 2017: 'Rewriting Holiness: Reconfiguring Vitae, re-signifying Cults'. 
River Room, Strand Campus
To celebrate the publication of the latest volume in King’s College London Medieval Studies series, this year’s colloquium is dedicated to exploring current scholarship and new lines of research on hagiography. 

Wednesday 24 May, 18:00-20:00
2017 John Coffin Memorial Annual Palaeography Lecture: Crossing palaeographical borders: bi-alphabetical Hebrew scribes and manuscripts in Egypt, Spain and Northern France (11th to 15th centuries).
The Chancellor's Hall, First Floor, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU
Taking as examples manuscripts written in Egypt, Spain and Northern France between the eleventh and the fifteenth centuries, this paper will attempt to uncover some of the mechanisms, technical, aesthetic and social, underlying scribal cross-cultural encounters. 
This event is co-sponsored by CLAMS.

Tuesday 16 May, 15:00-17:00
The Description of Historical Poetics: The Courtly Crusade Idiom
Room 6.01, Virginia Woolf Building
Research-in-progress seminar on lyric by Prof Marisa Galvez, Stanford. 
This paper draws upon my book project on literary texts and cultural artifacts that treat crusade during the period of 1150-1290 in Western Europe and the Latin East.

Wednesday 10 May, 16:00
Water and Health in Late Medieval Normandy
Room S3.32, Strand Building
This lecture investigates the place of water in thinking about health, disease and the environment in late medieval Normandy, one of the major zones of civic, commercial and religious life in France in this period. It considers how water sources were maintained and regulated by municipal and ecclesiastical authorities, as well as monastic communities, and how water featured in concerns about epidemic disease. 

Tuesday 21 March, 18.00-20.00
Mental Household Management: The Economics of the Imagination in Late Medieval English Dream Visions
Council Room (K2.29), King's Building, Strand Campus
In late-medieval dream visions (e.g., Chaucer’s House of Fame, Lydgate’s Temple of Glass), poetological and epistemological processes are frequently addressed within the framework of faculty psychology, that is, the ventricles of the brain. I am interested in the representation of these ventricles as households and attendant processes of household management, of oikonomia, with a view particularly to how different modes of household management affect the writing of poetry. Wolfram Keller is Visiting Professor at Institut für Anglistik und Amerikanistik at Humboldt-Universität, Berlin.

Tuesday 28 February, 18.00-20.00
Tribes in medieval Islam: A case of imagined communities
Council Room (K2.29), King's Building, Strand Campus
Applying anthropological insights and building on recent work in Arabic and Islamic studies, this paper will argue that medieval Muslim tribes, like modern nations, were imagined political communities that functioned at both micro- and macro-levels. Yossef Rapoport is Reader in Islamic History at Queen Mary University of London.

Thursday 16 February, 18.30-20.00
Inaugural King's Gollancz Lecture: Stephen Greenblatt
Shakespeare's Life-Making: this talk will focus on Shakespeare’s uncanny ability to confer the effect of life upon his characters, even on those who appear only briefly or in subordinate roles. Shylock, Professor Greenblatt will argue, offers us insight into the Humanities’ special contribution to the challenge of living together with those whom we may distrust and dislike. This is the first lecture in an annual series co-sponsored by three Arts & Humanities Research Institute Centres: the London Shakespeare Centre (LSC), the Centre for Late Antique & Medieval Studies (CLAMS) and the Centre for Early Modern Studies (CEMS).

Tuesday 17 January, 18.00-20.00
Voicing Sin: the confessing voice and the authorial voice in 12th-century German writing 
Council Room (K2.29), King's Building, Strand Campus
Sarah Bowden considers a variety of German poetic and pragmatic texts on sin, confession and penance in the light of purported changes to penitential theology in the long 12th century.


Tuesday 6 December, 18.00-20.00
Simon Gaunt and Karen Pratt in conversation: translating The Song of Roland
Council Room (K2.29), King's Building, Strand Campus
Simon Gaunt and Karen Pratt, both of the Department of French, King's College London, discuss the challenges of translating the Roland and read from their new translation of the poem (The Song of Roland and Other Poems of Charlemagne, Oxford University Press, 2016). There will be an opportunity for questions, and to buy copies of the book. 

Wednesday 30 November 2016, 16.30-18.00
Imperial Languages
VWB6.01, Virginia Woolf Building, 22 Kingsway
Co-sponsored with the Department of Comparative Literature, King’s College London. Speakers include Elizabeth Tyler, Professor of Medieval Literature, University of York, and Christian Høgel, Professor of Classical Philology, University of Southern Denmark, Odense.

Tuesday 15 November, 18.00-20.00
Alfred Hiatt - The 'Anglo-Saxon' world map in Cotton Tiberius B.V: sources and analogues
Council Room (K2.29), King's Building, Strand Campus
Alfred Hiatt's paper will introduce the map's manuscript context, explore its known and possible sources, including Orosius' Histories against the Pagans, the Cosmographia of Aethicus Ister, and Priscian's translation of the Periegesis of Dionysius of Alexandria, and finally ask how 'Anglo-Saxon' it actually is.

Saturday 22 October, 10.00-19.00
Performance, Pedagogy & the Profession
Council Room (K2.29), King's Building, Strand Campus
The Annual TOEBI Conference, hosted by King’s College London and organised by Professor Clare Lees. Join us for the annual TOEBI conference, where we will explore new directions in teaching, translating, re-working and performing Old English texts, as well as reflecting upon critical practice.

Friday 21 October, 17.30-18.30     
A&H Festival 2016: Playing with Medieval Visions, Sounds & Sensations
River Room, King's Building, Strand Campus
A symposium on the range of medieval and creative work that inspired ‘Playing with Medieval dreams’, will be led by King’s researchers. This symposium (open to members of the public and workshop participants) will include readings of new compositions made during the workshops, along with readings in Old and Middle English. Find out more about the poems and the artists who have inspired these workshops, on our student blog. Details of workshops and an exhibition related to this event can be found here.

Friday 21 October, 19.00-20.30
A&H Festival 2016: Marge & Jules
Chapel, King's Building, Strand Campus
The performance of Marge and Jules will be followed by a panel discussion with the play’s writers, Sarah Anson and Máirín O’Hagan, together with Sarah Salih, who has published widely on female mysticism in the late Middle Ages, and Sarah Law, a scholar and a poet who has written on both Margery and Julian. These panellists will respond to the play in the light of today’s knowledge of the medieval mystics.

Tuesday 4 October, 18.00-19.30
Meet the Medievalists
River Room, King's Building, Strand Campus
The Centre’s annual welcome event.


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