The Centre for Late Antique & Medieval Studies was founded in 1988. It is unique in Britain in its range of subjects and chronological span.
The Centre includes experts in a rich array of fields: late antique and Byzantine studies, all the major medieval languages and literatures, visual culture, palaeography and manuscript studies, history, music, philosophy, and theology. The diverse expertise of our members, and our collaborations with the Centre for Hellenic Studies and Centre for Early Modern Studies means that we are uniquely positioned to provide a space and catalyst for the critical exchange of ideas across disciplines.
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Scholars from the Centre have also been at the forefront of innovative research projects based across Arts and Humanities at King’s, including the internationally renowned Department of Digital Humanities.
The Centre also sponsors events that deal with a long-standing interest in contemporary articulations of the medieval, often drawing on modern film and poetry. For instance, our recent showing of Derek Jarman’s Edward II reconsidered the film in the context of current debates around queer history and LGBT rights, and included a roundtable featuring human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell. In June 2018, we will host a symposium on Contemporary Medieval Poetry bringing together poets, artists, and scholars.
Medieval Studies Degrees
At the heart of the Centre’s activities is the annual lecture series, which brings outstanding scholars from this country and abroad to King’s. Our upcoming lectures cna be found at our events page.
We also sponsor interdisciplinary research colloquia and large-scale international conferences, research study days and postgraduate conferences.
Our active student and staff community organise several regular groups: Medieval Film Club; the Early Career Research forum for MA and PhD students; the Old English Translation Group; and the Middle English Reading Group.
Publication Series - KCLMS
Our mission also embraces the promotion of Medieval Studies through high-quality and innovative teaching. The interdisciplinary MA Degree in Medieval Studies gives students access to the whole spectrum of expertise and approaches represented by the Centre’s members. You can find out more about studying on our prospectus.
The Centre has its own publication series, ‘King’s College London Medieval Studies’ (KCLMS).
Recent publications cover subjects as diverse as the study of Greek in the West during the early Middle Ages, Ælfric’s theology, cultural changes in medieval Spain, and Chaucer’s influence in fifteenth-century poetry. We continue to welcome proposals for monographs, collected essays, translations and editions, and we have a subvention fund for former students and authors affiliated with King’s.