Centre for Medieval & Renaissance Studies

Parenthood and Childhood in the Middle Ages

This two-day conference taking place on 8-9 October will bring together scholars from across the Humanities whose work engages with any aspect of ‘parenthood’ or ‘childhood’ in the medieval period. (Published 19 February 2015)

Event description

This two-day conference will take place on Thursday 8 and Friday 9 October 2015 at the University of Edinburgh.

Papers are particularly encouraged from postgraduate students and early career researchers.

In recent years, scholars from across the Humanities have employed gender as an analytical tool for exploring the daily lives and experiences of the inhabitants of the medieval world.

Family life and the home have proved particularly fruitful subjects for analysis, with an ever-growing body of literature exploring the ways in which various femininities and masculinities were shaped by familial relationships.

Academic literature on the subject has invited a reassessment of the roles of men, women and children by considering the various representations of mothers, fathers, sons and daughters in textual, visual and material evidence.

These approaches have drawn attention to the formation and enactment of social interactions, highlighting the ways in which familial relationships impacted upon wider interactions and the more formal structures of medieval society.

Keynote speakers

The confirmed keynote speakers are Dr Rachel Moss (University of Oxford) and Dr Sarah Dunnigan (University of Edinburgh).

Event details Thursday 8 October 2015, 8.00am The University of Edinburgh

Call for papers

The call for papers is now open. Proposed paper topics that will be considered are detailed below, other themes will also be considered.

The deadline for abstract submissions is Sunday 12 April 2015.

Further information

For more information or if you have any questions, please contact the conference organiser.

A small number of modest grants will be available to support the travel costs of accepted speakers.

Parenthood and childhood in the Middle Ages conference

Contact details



Phoebe Linton
University of Edinburgh