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CLAMS Lectures


CLAMS also sponsors several regular reading groups and research forums:

Semester 1
Friday 28 September 2018, 18:30-20.00 
Nash Lecture Theatre, Strand Campus 
The Thief of Bagdad (USA, 1924) Film Screening 

Tuesday 2 October 2018, 18:00-20:00
Staff Common Room, King’s Building, Strand Campus
Meet the Medievalists
Join us for the Centre's annual welcome event. 

Friday 12 October 2018, 18:30-21:00
Nash Lecture Theatre, Strand Campus

Pier Paolo Pasolini, Il fiore delle mille e una notte [Arabian Nights] (Italy, 1974)

Tuesday 23 October 2018, 18:30-20:00
Bush House Lecture Theatre 2
Old English Manuscripts with Alison Hudson (British Library)

Friday 26 October 2018, 18.30-20.30 
Nash Lecture Theatre, Strand Campus
Die Abenteuer des Prinzen Achmed [The Adventures of Prince Achmed] (Germany, 1926; 67 minutes)

Tuesday 6 November 2018, 18:30-20:00
River Room, King's Building
Twenty-four-hour Party People: On Walter Benjamin’s “Capitalism as Religion” (and What It Might Mean for Medieval Studies)
Why should medievalists care about a fragmentary 1921 sketch by Walter Benjamin bearing the grandiose title “Capitalism as Religion”?  This talk by George Edmondson (Dartmouth College) will focus on the two aspects of Benjamin’s allusive sketch with the most direct bearing on the discipline of medieval studies and will explore disciplinary implications through a reading of Chaucer’s Pardoner.

Tuesday 20 November 2018, 18:30-20:00
River Room, Strand Campus
"Human Being and Animal Becoming: Actaeon and His Dogs"
This lecture by Peggy McCracken (University of Michigan) will focus on the story of Actaeon the hunter, transformed into a stag, as it is found in the fourteenth-century Ovide moralisé, or the Moralized Ovid, the first full translation of Ovid’s Metamorphoses into French, and will discuss what descriptions of human bodies transformed into animal bodies may tell us about the values that ground human being and becoming.

Tuesday 4 December 2018, 18:00-19:00
Bush House Lecture Theatre 2
Indeterminate Bones and Elemental Miracles in Early Medieval England
Sharon Rowley (Christopher Newport University) joins us to discuss elemental miracles in early medieval Britain

7-8 December 2018
Council Room, Strand Campus
Conference: Drugs in the Medieval World 
From the mid-eleventh century onwards the Mediterranean world was a hotbed of transcultural interactions to an even greater degree than had been the case in the past.This conference seeks to promote discussion and research on the evidence for interaction between different cultures and regions in the medieval Mediterranean in an attempt to create a detailed and critical narrative.

Semester 2

Tuesday 15 January 2019, 17:00-18:30
History Department, 8th floor, Strand Building 
Meet the Medievalists!
Thinking about doing an MA and interested in Medieval History, but not sure what it involves? Ask our Medievalists at this informal session. 

Tuesday 29 January 2019, 18:30-20:00
Council Room, Strand Campus
Beyond the Positive Law: The Oath as a Theological Matter between 12th and early 13th Centuries
A lecture by Riccardo Saccenti, King's College London Research Associate on early scholasticism

Tuesday 26 March 2019, 18:30-20:00
Nash Lecture Theatre, Strand Campus
'Gilds and Things: the Making of Medieval London', Rory Naismith (King's College London)
Medieval London had a unique and complex system of government. This lecture explores the early history of two of the key elements of its infrastructure: the Court of Husting and the Folkmoot. It is argued that these bodies emerged out of a 'peace gild' that recorded its statutes in the time of King Æthelstan (924-39). Tracing the history of these entities highlights the transformation and formalisation of London's government over the tenth and eleventh centuries, as its status changed relative both to the surrounding area and to England as a whole.

Thursday 4 April 2019, 14:30-16:30
Room 4.38, Virginia Woolf Building, Kingsway
A Mediterranean Conversation with Sharon Kinoshita
Sharon Kinoshita (University of California, Santa Cruz) will discuss her work around the medieval Mediterranean, using two of her articles to exemplify recent approaches and possibilities for future research. Brief responses from members of CLAMS will follow her introduction.

Friday 5 April 2019, 18.00 - 19.30
University of Notre Dame (Fischer Hall)
'Remembering the Middle Ages? Poetry evening with Vahni Capildeo and Ian Duhig
Two contemporary poets who engage with the medieval past in their art will discuss their inspiration and influences. The evening will feature readings and discussion with Vahni Capildeo and Ian Duhig, chaired by Professor Clare Lees (Director of the Institute of English Studies). 

Friday 5 April to Saturday 6 April
King's College London (Bush House) and University of Notre Dame (Fischer Hall)
Remembering the Middle Ages? Reception, Identity, Politics Conference
This conference asks speakers and attendees to consider how the concept of a 'cultural memory' of the Middle Ages can be useful (or not) in understanding how and why scholars, artists, readers, and others have resourced or imagined the Middle Ages, in any post-medieval period. 

Tuesday 28 May 2019, 18:30-20:00
River Room, Strand Campus
A lecture by Matilda Tomaryn Bruckner (Boston College) on 'Hosting Quarrels: Bodies, Books, and Judges 19 in the Bible Moralisée, Vienna, ÖNB 2554'
This event is open to all and free to attend, booking is required via Eventbrite

14-15 June 2019 
Council Room, Strand Campus
Conference: 'Narrating History Across Languages'
An international conference jointly organised by The Values of French and the British Library. This conference will consist of nine papers from invited speakers across a range of disciplines and languages, and will focus on the languages used to narrate history during the Middle Ages. We will ask questions not only about what the languages of history were, but also about the reasons driving these linguistic choices and about the places in which these languages were used.

23-26 September 2019
Danson Room, Trinity College, Oxford
The Early Franciscan Tradition: Philosophy and Reception 
All are welcome at this conference on the philosophy and reception and later influence of the Early Franciscan intellectual tradition at Paris (until c. 1245). Sponsored by the European Research Council and King’s College London

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