Past After Empire Events

May 11 and July 2: Kalamazoo and Leeds International Medieval Congress

The After Empire project sponsored a strand of three panels at the International Congress on medieval Studies at Kalamazoo in May and a strand of four panels at the Leeds International Medieval Congress along with the Transformation of the Carolingian World project. The strands related to different forms of negotiating the past in the tenth and eleventh centuries throughout Western Europe. You can find a dedicated page here.

May 30th-June 1st, 2019: Vienna

Our final project meeting was held in Vienna in late May/early June 2019: project members came together with invited speakers working on a wide variety of other regions in the same ‘times of transition’ for a comparative presentation of research into the uses of the past. You can read a report on the conference here.

November 8th-10th, 2018: Barcelona, Bellaterra and Vic

The Barcelona PI Prof. Dr. Matthias M. Tischler organised a major international research congress on Bishop Oliba of Vic, accompanied by an exhibition, Oliba episcopus, in the Episcopal Museum of Vic. Papers were delivered by 13 speakers, including Prof. Dr. Tischler and Prof. Dr. Stefan Esders. You can read a detailed report on the congress and papers here.

July 3rd and 5th, 2018: Leeds International Medieval Congress

The After Empire project sponsored two strands of seven panels on ‘Remembering the Past After the Carolingian Empire’ and ‘Shaping the Past after the Carolingian Empire’ at the Leeds International Medieval Congress, as part of the Congress’s theme of ‘Memory’ for 2018. Our 21 speakers included project members Jelle WassenaarSarah Hamilton, Alice HicklinStefan Esders, Sarah Greer and Simon MacLean. For more information on all our sessions and speakers, you can find a dedicated page here.

June 16th, 2018: York CRP – Traders, Raiders, Settlers and Conquerors: England 700-1066

Members of the After Empire project worked with the Historical Association to organise a continuing professional development workshop for UK secondary school teachers, held at King’s Manor, University of York. Academic talks were delivered by Sarah GreerSarah HamiltonAlice Hicklin and Simon MacLean alongside teacher workshops led by Chris Culpin (the author of the OCR Schools History Project GCSE textbook, Viking Expansion, c. 750-c.1050), and practicing teachers from a range of different schools and areas, Sally Burnham (Lincolnshire), (Neal Watkin (Suffolk)  and Robin Whitburn and Abdul Mohamud (London). You can read a detailed report on this event here.

May 24th-26th, 2018: Barcelona Synergy Event

This synergy event allowed scholars to investigate several important manuscripts located in Catalan archives and libraries, exploring the rich legacy of early medieval Catalonia. This was done as part of the preparation for a bilingual (English and Catalan) album of essays on selected manuscripts of Carolingian text culture in Catalan libraries and archives, which will be published in 2019. You can read a detailed report on this event here.

January 26th, 2018: Exeter Project Meeting

The University of Exeter and Exeter Cathedral hosted a project meeting on January 26th, 2018. The members of the project met to discuss their research together and to meet with the UK-based external partners of the project. In particular, we discussed our plans to co-ordinate upcoming events with the Historical Association in June 2018. You can read a report on the meeting here.

July 6th, 2017: Leeds International Medieval Congress

The After Empire project organised two panels on remembering the past in the tenth and eleventh centuries at the Leeds International Medieval Congress, including papers from project members Simon MacLean, Alice Hicklin, Lenneke van Raaij and Jelle Wassenaar.

May 17th-19th, 2017: Berlin Public Conference

A public conference was held at the Freie Universität Berlin in May 2017 organised by the After Empire project. Members of the project were joined by a number of scholars to discuss using and not using the past in the tenth-century. Papers were given on historiographies of the tenth century; historical writing in the tenth century; copying and rewriting texts; the production of normative knowledge in relation to the past; long-distance communication, transregional actors and knowledge exchange; and connections with later historical periods. A review of the conference by Alice Hicklin can be found here.

January 20th, 2017: St Andrews Project Meeting

Our first full project meeting was held at the University of St Andrews on January 20th, 2017. Our PIs, postdoctoral fellows and PhD students each gave short presentations on their research projects, followed by discussion of the common themes and interests of the project. The website and blog of the project was launched to the public.