Conference: Italian towns in the early middle ages

'Viva la differenza? Italian towns in the early middle ages, 500-1100' will take place from 29-30 May 2015 in the School of History, Classics and Archaeology (Published 26 January, 2015)


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A contribution to the study of early medieval Europe

Dr Tom Brown, well-known for his scholarly work on early medieval Ravenna, will be retiring from the History subject area in the summer of 2015.

This conference marks Dr Brown’s wide contribution to the study of early medieval Europe, as well as his three decades of service as a Lecturer in History at Edinburgh.

Event description

The conference theme relates to Dr Brown’s enduring interest in the development of urban settlement and culture across early medieval Europe.


Event details

Friday 29 May 2015, 5.15pm School of History, Classics and Archaeology, Old Medical School, Teviot Place, Edinburgh


Conference programme

Our conference programme is now available to download.


Speakers will join us from across the UK, Ireland, Italy and France.

  • Dr Ross Balzaretti (University of Nottingham)
  • Dr Trish Skinner (University of Winchester)
  • Dr Enrico Cirelli (University of Bologna)
  • Dr Eddie Coleman (University College Dublin)
  • Dr Roger Collins (Edinburgh)
  • Emeritus Professor Edward James (Trinity College Dublin)
  • Dr Simon Loseby (University of Sheffield)
  • Dr Vivien Prigent (CNRS, Paris)
  • Professor Bryan Ward-Perkins (Oxford)

Fees and registration

The conference costs £30 (£20 for students), which includes a reception on the evening of Friday 29 May, teas, coffees and a buffet lunch on Saturday 30 May.

Registration is now open, please register online via our events booking system.

Further information

If you have any questions regarding the conference, please contact the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies.

Centre for Medieval & Renaissance Studies

Contact details



School of History, Classics and Archaeology
University of Edinburgh

Download the poster

A copy of our event poster can be downloaded here.