Sunday, 18 October 2015

Willem de Blécourt: Werewolves in Medieval Europe

Willem de Blécourt: Werewolves in Medieval Europe

29 October 2015
Room A112, Samuel Alexander Building, University of Manchester
All welcome - free (Manchester Medieval Society members), £5 (waged), £2 (unwaged/student)

Willem de Blécourt is a historical anthropologist and an independent scholar, as well as Honorary Research Fellow at the Meertens Institute, Amsterdam, the Netherlands. He is the editor of Werewolf Histories, which was published by Palgrave Macmillan this month. Apart from werewolves, his main areas of interest are the history of witchcraft in Europe from the late Middle Ages up to the twentieth century, and the history of fairy tales during the same period. Other recent publications include Tales of Magic, Tales in Print: On the Genealogy of Fairy Tales and the Brothers Grimm (2012) and two edited volumes (with Owen Davies) about witchcraft after the witch trials, Beyond the Witch Trials and Witchcraft Continued (2004).

For more information, please contact Dr Hannah Priest.

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

CFP: Medieval Dress and Textile Society (MEDATS) Conference

The Medieval Dress and Textiles Society conference on Saturday 4 June 2016 will be titled:

‘On the Move’

Proposals are invited for 20-minute papers on relevant topics concerning the movement of dress and/or textiles and the use of dress and textiles in travel between c. 500 and 1600.

Topics might include:
Tents and their furnishings
Bags, wrappings, pockets
Peripatetic households
Prestige gifts
Travelling clothes
Waggon covers and emballage
Royal marriages
The Silk Road and other trade routes

Please submit your title and a 200-word synopsis to the Programme Secretary, Gale R. Owen-Crocker, by 31 December 2015.

The Conference will be held at The Art Workers’ Guild, 6, Queen Square London WC1N 3AT from 11am to 5.15pm.

For more information, please visit the MEDATS website.

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Manchester Centre for Anglo-Saxon Studies (MANCASS) Programme 2015-16

Monday 19 October 2015
Professor Don Scragg (MANCASS): 'Making Invisible Old English Visible'
5pm, Samuel Alexander Building, Room A4

Monday 9 November 2015
Dr Ryan Lavelle (University of Winchester): 'Viking - Alfredian - Late Anglo-Saxon? Reflections on the Periodisation of "Pre-Conquest" English History'
5pm, Samuel Alexander Building, Room A4

Monday 8 Feb 2016
Dr Alaric Hall (University of Leeds): 'Comparing Anglo-Saxon and Arabic Riddles'
5pm, Samuel Alexander Building, Room A4

2016 Toller Lecture
Monday 7 March 2016
6pm, Historic Reading Room, John Rylands Library, Deansgate, Manchester

Professor Clare Lees (King's College London) will speak on 'Women Write the Past: Old English, New Literature and the Romance of Scholarship'