The Medieval Studies Research Group brings together academics, archivists, librarians, postgraduate students, and postdoctoral researchers with interdisciplinary interests both in the medieval period itself and in the later interpretation and representation of the medieval past. We have a strong relationship with the wider scholarly and professional community including Lincoln Cathedral Library and Archives, with whom we collaborate in our teaching and research. Key themes include: premodern Iberia and the Western Mediterranean; Lincoln, Britain and the North Atlantic; gender and identity, society and culture; inter-faith exchanges and religion; and archives, heritage, and medievalism.
We foster academic links within and beyond the University of Lincoln through hosting external speakers; organizing the annual Lincoln medieval lecture and ‘Medieval Week’; hosting international conferences; and contributing to national and international research networks and projects.
Research Themes and Sustainable Development Goals
Our research is embedded in the following University research themes, a unique set of areas that key into our goals as a civic university undertaking internationally significant research with local relevance, and as researchers engaged in the pursuit of excellence. The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals badges represent our research and collaborations in terms of their contribution to the issues the world faces today and into the future.
The Medieval Studies Research Group features the largest cluster of medieval Iberianists in the United Kingdom. Our members examine premodern Iberia and the Western Mediterranean through a wide range of topics, including: the power and authority of Iberian rulers (both Christian and Islamic); economy and society in pre-modern Iberia; the Visigoths and their legacy; and intellectual cultures in pre-modern Iberia.
Members of the Medieval Studies Research Group work on a wide range of topics relating to the medieval city and diocese of Lincoln, medieval England, and the wider North Atlantic, including: the archaeology and history of medieval Lincolnshire; the church in the medieval diocese of Lincoln; English royal government in the thirteenth century; landscape and built environment in Britain; and trade and exchange in the medieval North Atlantic.
The Medieval Studies Research Group examines medieval gender, identity, culture, and society throughout the Middle Ages, notably: the legacy of Rome in Late Antiquity through to the late Middle Ages; medieval literature and culture; the history of women, children, and families; queens, aristocracies, and elites; medieval education and learning; and the history of emotions.
The Medieval Studies Research Group examines inter-faith exchanges and religion throughout the Middle Ages, with particular attention on the Western Mediterranean world, including: Christian-Muslim relations (600-1500); hagiography and the cult of saints in early medieval Iberia and Gaul; and twelfth-century monasticism.
The Medieval Studies Research Group is interested not only in the medieval period itself but also in the later interpretation and representation of the medieval past. Our members work with, study, and publish widely on archives and medieval records, and also interpret the medieval past for the public.
|Date||Event||Subject||Time and Location||How to Get Involved|
|Tuesday 18 May||Research Seminar||‘Beyond the Pillars of Hercules: Byzantium and the Far West of Hispania in the Mid-Sixth Century’ - Dr Jamie Wood.||1pm to 2pm - online||Contact Dr Renee Ward|
|Tuesday 18 May||Local and Global Perspectives Research Seminar||'Maritime Conflict in the Medieval Mediterranean' - Dr Victòria A. Burguera i Puigserver (Institució Milà i Fontanals-CSIC, Barcelona & Universitat de les Illes Balears).||6pm to 7pm - online||Find out more|
|Friday 28 May||Noblewomen Network Workshop||‘Noblewomen and their Letters’ - various speakers.||3pm to 5.30pm - online||Contact Prof Louise Wilkinson|
|Thursday 3 June||Annual Medieval Studies Lecture||‘Who were the Strangers of Medieval Cities?’ - Professor Miri Rubin.||6pm to 7.15pm - online||Find out more|
Please use the links in the table to view previous events.
|Medieval Week - April 2021||'A Medieval Scribe in the Modern Day: the Illuminations of Toni Watts'.||View|
|Medieval Week - April 2021||An Overview of Medieval Week at the University of Lincoln.||View|
|Medieval Sound Bites Podcast||'Women, Households and Power in the 13th Century' - Paula Del Val Vales and Dr Anaïs Waag.||View|
|Local and Global Perspectives Research Seminar||The Medieval Mediterranean. 'The Autobiographical Impulse in the Medieval Mediterranean' - Dr Franz-Joseph Arlinghaus (Universität Bielefeld), Dr Jaume Aurell (Universidad de Navarra), and Dr Afrodesia McCannon (NYU), chaired by Dr Antonella Liuzzo Scorpo.||View|
|Local and Global Perspectives Research Seminar||The Medieval Mediterranean. 'Queenship studies across the Medieval Mediterranean and Western Europe' - Dr Anais Waag and Paula Del Val Vales.||View|
|Research Seminars (2020-21)||
An Overview of Our Semester A Research Seminars.
|Research Seminars (2020-21)||
An Overview of Our Semester B Research Seminars.