Centre for Medieval & Renaissance Studies

Edinburgh Seminar in Medieval and Renaissance Studies

The Centre hosts seminars throughout the academic year, which are open to all. Forthcoming and recent events are listed on this page.


The Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies regrets the cancellation of all scheduled research seminars for this semester. Keep safe and take care.

Time and location

Seminars usually take place at 5:15pm in the Project Room, 50 George SquarePlease check the details below, though, as start times and venues can change.

Event schedule

Semester  2, 2019/20

Date Speaker Topic Notes

Tues 25 Feb 

Miranda Griffin (University of Cambridge)

‘The world in an egg: Reading Medieval ecologies’ POSTPONED
Tues 24 Mar

Jane Stevens Crawshaw (Oxford Brookes University)

‘Wastelands: Space, reuse and the urban body in Renaissance Genoa and Venice’

Tues 28 Apr

Giacomo Vignodelli (Bologna)

‘Atto of Vercelli’s Polipticum’ CANCELLED
Tues 12 May Alixe Bovey (Courtauld Institute of Art)  

Title tbc

Tues 26 May

Rory Naismith (University of Cambridge)

‘Guilds, states and societies in the Early Middle Ages’                                                                  

Semester  1, 2019/20
Date Speaker Topic Notes
Tuesday 8 Oct Eduardo Manzano Moreno (St Andrews)

'The global Middle Ages: Some ideas and a way forward'

5:30pm, G.06, 50 George Square
Tuesday 5 Nov Marcus Milwright (Victoria)

The shock of the new? Writing and the propagation of religious ideology in early Islam

6pm, G.06, 50 George Square
Tuesday 19 Nov Robert Moore (Newcastle) 'The eleventh century in world history 6pm, G.06, 50 George Square

Tuesday 26 Nov

Allen Grieco (Villa I Tatti, Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies)

Consuming Renaissance wines: colours, taste and medical theories

6pm, LG.08, David Hume Tower

Wednesday 11 Dec

Patricia Ebrey (Washington)

Anna Shields (Princeton)

'The Resilience of Chinese Empires: How the Song Survived the Jurchen Invasion'


3:10–6:30pm, Meadows Lecture Theatre

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Further information

If you have any questions, please contact the seminar series organiser, Niels Gaul.

Centre for Medieval & Renaissance Studies

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School of History, Classics and Archaeology
University of Edinburgh