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What makes a medieval topic important?

As another academic year turns, so do I. This time, to emerge from the provinces and from behind my charters and museum objects, and join in London’s medieval scene. This evening’s first seminar of the European History 1150-1500 series was a discussion led by David Carpenter and Miri Rubin entitled What Makes a Medieval Topic Important? A very keenly attended seminar, we all squeezed in anticipation into the modest Low Countries Room at the Institute of Historical Research, Senate House, in Bloomsbury.

Prof. Miri Rubin began with the most deft and breathless exposé of intellectual movements that have had great impacts on medieval history writing. From the Annales School establishment of social and economic histories of the longue durée to the Marxian approaches of late Prof. Rodney Hilton and the history of peasantry, to radical gender historians of North America, historians of ethnicity, identity and the mandala of fields and sub-fields which have resulted from these, we were reminded that it was this question, what is important? that has been asked over and over by historians who have wanted to change our thinking of the past, and by extension, of us today. All of this was gold-threaded with the idea that historians in the last century began to want to know more about European ‘peoples’ than its institutions. In other words, those affected by big decisions, rather than the decision makers. In in a current climate of political activity on ‘Europe’ and ‘Europeans’ (and the prospect of a President Blair–Il presidente del popolo, presumably) this point was made even more apposite.
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Workshop programme finalised

The free workshop, funded by our Leverhulme Trust project grant, Labels that Stick: early medieval peoples and objects and the problem of description has been finalised and details can be found below.

The workshop is hosted by the Centre for Antiquity and the Middle Ages

Date: 22 January 2007
Venue: Lecture Theatre C, Avenue Campus, University of Southampton. How to get here.

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Labels That Stick Workshop

On 22 January 2007, our research project will be hosting a free workshop for the Centre for Antiquity and the Middle Ages, University of Southampton on: ‘Labels that Stick: early medieval people and objects and the problem of description’ with keynote speaker, Professor Bonnie Effros (SUNY, Binghamton).

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After Rome

On Saturday, 6 May 2006, the University of Liverpool will be hosting a one-day colloquium called: ‘After Rome: Landmarks and Pathways’. It has been organised in response to a number of books that have recently been published on the period towards the end of the Western Roman Empire to the 9th century. All of the authors seek to reassess the period holistically and completely, in light of recent work, new evidence and a re-evaluation of ‘old’ evidence and they will be present at the Colloquium. It promises to be a stimulating and seminal day of debate and comment. Speakers are:
Chris Wickham (Framing the Early Middle Ages. Europe and the Mediterranean, 400-800)
Julia Smith (Europe After Rome. A New Cultural History, 500-1000)
Peter Heather (The Fall of the Roman Empire)
Bryan Ward-Perkins (The Fall of Rome and the End of Civilization)
Stephen Mitchell (A History of the Later Roman Empire 284-641)

Both of us intend to attend and participate in this event.

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