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20 October 202013:30

Staff showcase, Theology and Religion

To start-off the research seminars for Theology and Religion we are hosting a staff showcase event to discuss some current research from members of our department. We will have short talks from Professor Susannah Cornwall, Professor Christopher Southgate, Dr. Rebekah Welton, and Dr Andy Jones. Full details
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20 October 202018:30

U.S. Presidential Election 2020 II: PRESIDENTS ON SCREEN AND IN THE LIBRARY

Dr Zalfa Feghali (Leicester) “Pomes and Tomes: What Presidents Read” Professor Ian Scott (Manchester) "Film, Politics, and Elections in the Age of Trump" Dr Rachel Sykes (Birmingham) "The Afterlives of Hillary Clinton in Popular Culture” Three leading scholars offer their thoughts on what presidents and presidential candidates read, how they feature on our film and televisions screens, and how that might be changing. The session will take place online via Zoom. Joining instructions will be provided after registration. We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Annual Fund in making these events possible. Full details
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21 October 202015:30

Centre for Early Modern Studies: Early Modern Futures Reading Group

To become a member of the reading group and to be added to our Team, please email CEMS@exeter.ac.uk. Full details
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21 October 202016:00

Research Masterclass: Conducting Research under Covid

Research Masterclasses are directed towards the Centre's PhD students and offer expert discussion and insights into particular types of evidence or approaches. This Masterclass grapples with a problem that we're all facing: the difficulty of continuing to research during a pandemic and restricted access to resources. James Clark, Levi Roach, and Rob Webley will offer their insights and advice. Full details
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21 October 202016:30

Digital Humanities Seminar: Imagining Home: performance, play and identity in archaeological immersive media

Digital Humanities Lab seminar series. Dr Gareth Beale (University of Glasgow). Co-hosted with Department of Archaeology. Full details
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22 October 202012:30

Racism & Social Justice Seminars (organised with the Exeter Decolonising Network): Alyosxa Tudor (SOAS) ‘Is ‘the Postsocialist’ Racist or Anti-Racist?’

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22 October 202015:30

The Lufton Roman Villa and its landscape with James Gerrard (Newcastle University)

The Lufton Roman Villa and its landscape with James Gerrard (Newcastle University) Please join online: https://teams.microsoft.com/l/meetup-join/19%3ameeting_MDMzMmQwNDQtNjdlMC00NWQwLWJlMTYtZDQ4NjdjNmE3M2E1%40thread.v2/0?context=%7b%22Tid%22%3a%22912a5d77-fb98-4eee-af32-1334d8f04a53%22%2c%22Oid%22%3a%226e937dec-e3c4-404e-a24f-6bde3e224f85%22%7d. Full details
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22 October 202016:30

US Political Culture and the Presidential Election Seminar (with the Exeter Q-Step Centre): Chryl Laird (Bowdoin), ‘Steadfast Democrats: How Social Forces Shape Black Political Behaviour’

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23 October 202017:30

Black History Month - Public Lecture: Professor Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina

“Sarah E. Farro: What a newly discovered African American writer can tell us about the British Victorian Novel”. Full details
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26 October 202016:00

Aristotelian science and Hippocratic gynaecology

Sophia Connell (Birkbeck, University of London) Respondent: Elisa Groff (University of Exeter) 26 October 2020, 16:00 p.m. (UK time) Please book your place: https://ancientmedicineandtechnology.wordpress.com/aristotelian-science-and-hippocratic-gynaecology/. Full details
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27 October 202016:00

Chloe Church, “Receiving the Word in Image: Federico Zuccaro’s The Annunciation Broadcast By Prophets (1565) and the Reception History of the Bible in the Counter-Reformation

Chloe Church discusses Federico Zuccaro’s The Annunciation Broadcast By Prophets (1565) and the Reception History of the Bible in the Counter-Reformation. Full details
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28 October 202015:00

Made by Africans for Africans? Multiculturalism and pottery in Severan York with Martin Pitts

Made by Africans for Africans? Multiculturalism and pottery in Severan York with Martin Pitts Join online: https://teams.microsoft.com/l/meetup-join/19%3ameeting_MjNmYmRjMjUtMmFlMS00N2UxLTg4MmMtNDUwZmIwZmU1Mjc1%40thread.v2/0?context=%7b%22Tid%22%3a%22912a5d77-fb98-4eee-af32-1334d8f04a53%22%2c%22Oid%22%3a%226e937dec-e3c4-404e-a24f-6bde3e224f85%22%7d. Full details
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29 October 202015:30

The Identification of the Missing through human skeletal remains with Marquez-Grant (Cranfield University)

The Identification of the Missing through human skeletal remains with Marquez-Grant (Cranfield University) Join online: https://teams.microsoft.com/l/meetup-join/19%3ameeting_OTAxMWRjNWEtNjI1Ni00OTgwLTk0NTUtOTU0NjI4YTA4ZGJi%40thread.v2/0?context=%7b%22Tid%22%3a%22912a5d77-fb98-4eee-af32-1334d8f04a53%22%2c%22Oid%22%3a%226e937dec-e3c4-404e-a24f-6bde3e224f85%22%7d. Full details
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3 November 202013:30

Theology and Religion Research Seminar - Mehrdad Alipour (University of Exeter)

This research seminar will take place via Microsoft Teams. https://teams.microsoft.com/l/meetup-join/19%3ameeting_NTFlM2M0Y2EtODYzYS00OWJkLTg0MTgtNzJjYzhiMmY2NTk1%40thread.v2/0?context=%7b%22Tid%22%3a%22912a5d77-fb98-4eee-af32-1334d8f04a53%22%2c%22Oid%22%3a%2209a6f2f6-0932-4550-a1e3-f9b7542dd6b4%22%7d. Full details
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3 November 202018:30

U.S Presidential Election 2020 III: ELECTION DAY ROUNDTABLE

Academics from multiple disciplines will debate who ran the best campaign, who will win, how the election will be remembered, and what the next 4 years will look like in the White House. We are delighted to announce our roundtable participants: Dr Gregorio Bettiza (Exeter) Dr Sinead McEneaney (Open University) Dr Marc-Willam Palen (Exeter) Ms Alicia Wong, Member of the Democratic National Committee (1992–2008) and Vice Chair of the California Democratic Party (1997–2009). The session will take place online via Zoom. Joining instructions will be provided after registration. We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Annual Fund in making these events possible. Full details
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4 November 202016:00

Ed Roberts (Kent), ‘Documents, Languages and Monasticism in the Early Tenth Century: Archbishop Teotolo of Tours and his Charters’

Ed Roberts (University of Kent) joins us to talk charters and the tenth century. Dr Roberts' talk is based on his current research into the episcopal office in the Latin West between the Carolingian and Gregorian reforms. Full details
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4 November 202017:00

Work in Progress at the Centre for Early Modern Studies

Please join us online to hear about the work of three of our members. For instructions on how to join contact CEMS@exeter.ac.uk. Chris Ewers, 'Rethinking Temporality in the long eighteenth century'; Elin Jones, 'Learning the Ropes: Seamanship and Useful Knowledge, 1770-1820'; James Fisher 'Learning through Labour: The Mystery of Husbandry, 1600-1800'. Full details
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5 November 202012:30

Racism & Social Justice Seminars (organised with the Exeter Decolonising Network): Josie Gill (Bristol), ‘Race, Science, and Literary Studies in the 21st Century’

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5 November 202015:30

A Taste of Hard Work: towards the microarchaeology of labour division in past society

A Taste of Hard Work: towards the microarchaeology of labour division in past society with Anita Radini (ULC). Full details
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11 November 2020

Phronesis as a persuasive rational excellence

Phronesis as a persuasive rational excellence - Elena Cagnoli Fiecconi (UCL). Full details
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11 November 202015:30

Una vocación nunca traicionada: Carmen Conde, de la Edad de Plata a la Real Academia Española.

CTC Seminar 2 This event will be in Spanish Chaired by Prof. Nuria Capdevila-Arguelles. Full details
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12 November 202015:30

Dates and Dispersals: spatio-temporal resolution and pre-Columbian cultural expansions in South America

Dates and Dispersals: spatio-temporal resolution and pre-Columbian cultural expansions in South America with Phil Riris (Bournemouth University). Full details
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13 November 202012:30

ICE Development Fund Presentation: Christine Robins, ‘Fragile Faiths: Endangered Religious Cultures in Dialogue’

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17 November 202013:30

Theology and Religion Research Seminar - Katherine Southwood (University of Oxford)

This research seminar will take place via Microsoft Teams. https://teams.microsoft.com/l/meetup-join/19%3ameeting_MDRiNDJjYWUtZWJjZS00ZmM4LThjYjItOTc2NTU1N2YyZTAx%40thread.v2/0?context=%7b%22Tid%22%3a%22912a5d77-fb98-4eee-af32-1334d8f04a53%22%2c%22Oid%22%3a%2209a6f2f6-0932-4550-a1e3-f9b7542dd6b4%22%7d. Full details
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17 November 202018:30

Global University Lecture: Clare Corbould (Deakin University) ‘Slavery and Public History inside and outside Australian Universities’.

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18 November 2020

Empire and Islands: The Case of the Cyclades

Empire and Islands: The Case of the Cyclades - Rebecca Sweetman (St. Andrews). Full details
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18 November 202015:30

Translation as Disturbance: Emotion Management for a Sustainable Profession

Translation as Disturbance: Emotion Management for a Sustainable Profession - Speaker: Dr Séverine Hubscher-Davidson. Full details
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18 November 202017:00

Maria Mavroudi (Berkeley), ‘Comparing Byzantium with its contemporary Islamic and Western Medieval worlds: literary and cultural relations’

We invite Exeter's communities of medievalists and Islamicists to converse with a Byzantinist on topics of shared interest. The moderator of the event is Emily Selove. The guest is Maria Mavroudi, Professor of Byzantine history at the university of California, Berkeley. We encourage participants to submit in advance questions pertaining to the communication of Byzantium with its neighbors to its East and West in the following domains: magic and divination; poetry; satire and humor; philosophy. The goal is to highlight the potential routes that interdisciplinary dialogue among these three scholarly fields can take. Please send your questions to Emily Selove (E.Selove@exeter.ac.uk). Full details
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19 November 202015:30

Creativity from Past to Present

Creativity from Past to Present with Joanna Sofaer (UCL). Full details
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20 November 202012:30

ICE Development Fund Presentation: Michael Pearce, ‘Diversity & Participation in South African Wildlife Tourism and Conservation: Race, Culture, Performance’

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25 November 2020

The folds of Olympus: reading ancient mountains ecocritically in the Iliad and beyond

The folds of Olympus: reading ancient mountains ecocritically in the Iliad and beyond - Jason Konig (St. Andrews). Full details
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25 November 202016:00

Maryanne Kowaleski (Fordham), 'Breton Immigration to Late Medieval Devon and Cornwall'

Prof. Maryanne Kowaleski joins us from Fordham University, New York, to tell us about immigration in the late medieval Southwest. Prof. Kowaleski is a prominent scholar in late medieval English urban history and is particularly well known among local researchers for her work on medieval Exeter and Devon. Full details
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26 November 202016:30

Monica D'Agostini on her book, The Rise of Philip V (2019)

Monica D'Agostini on her book, The Rise of Philip V (2019) (Will be recorded). If you would like to attend the seminars, please email Emma Nicholson (e.l.nicholson@exeter.ac.uk) or Annelies Cazemier (a.cazemier@soton.ac.uk) for a Zoom invitation.. Full details
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27 November 202012:30

ICE Development Fund Presentation: Stacey Hynd, Sefina Dogo Aliyu, and Elena Gadjanova, ‘#BringBackOurGirls and Humanitarian Advocacy: Analysing Race, Gender, and Childhood in Local and Global Child-Saving Campaigns’

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27 November 202016:00

Archytas’ dove in context: an investigation of the non-human agency between paradoxography, encyclopedism, and mechanics in the ancient world

Archytas’ dove in context: an investigation of the non-human agency between paradoxography, encyclopedism, and mechanics in the ancient world. Full details
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1 December 202016:30

Global University Lecture: Joao Florencio, ‘COVID-19: Pandemics, Care and Communities’.

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2 December 2020

Landscape and History: A fresh look at Hannibal's March in Polybius

Landscape and History: A fresh look at Hannibal's March in Polybius - Nicolas Wiater (St. Andrews). Full details
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2 December 202015:30

Centre for Early Modern Studies, Legal Documents from the Indo-Islamic World: A New Resource

Nandini Chatterjee, Elizabeth Thelan and Dominic Vendell discuss one of the resources they are developing as part of their project 'Forms of Law in the Early Modern Persianate World, 17th-19th centuries'. https://humanities.exeter.ac.uk/history/research/projects/forms-of-law/ For instructions about how to join this online session contact CEMS@exeter.ac.uk. Full details
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2 December 202015:30

Reading the Popular Music Star as Intermedium: The Case of Mina, Italian Popular Music Diva

Reading the Popular Music Star as Intermedium: The Case of Mina, Italian Popular Music Diva - Dr Rachel Haworth. Full details
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2 December 202018:00

Barton Lecture: John Tolan (Nantes), ‘Baronial revolts and anti-Jewish violence in Henry III’s England (1258-1267)’

This year's Barton Lecture is being given by Prof. John Tolan (Université de Nantes). Prof. Tolan is a prominent scholar on intercultural relations in medieval Europe. His publications include books on encounters between Christianity and Islam, both literal and literary. He also works on the history of Jewish communities and his talk draws on his current book project, 'The king's Jews: The Jewish community of England caught up in the conflicts between Henry III and his clerical and lay opponents, 1218-1266'. The Barton Lecture commemorates the work and legacy of Prof. Simon Barton (1962-2017). Full details
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3 December 202015:30

Manhattan Burial Ground

Manhattan Burial Ground with Michael Blakey (College of William & Mary). Full details
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9 December 2020

Religious knowledge in the Hellenistic period

Religious knowledge in the Hellenistic period - Irene Salvo (Exeter). Full details
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10 December 202015:30

Bringing Lunar LiDAR Back Down to Earth: Mapping Our Industrial Heritage Through Deep Transfer Learning

Bringing Lunar LiDAR Back Down to Earth: Mapping Our Industrial Heritage Through Deep Transfer Learning with Jane Gallwey. Full details
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10 December 202016:30

Racism & Social Justice Seminars (organised with the Exeter Decolonising Network): Hazel Carby (Yale University): ‘Imperial Sexual Economies’.

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17 December 202016:00

Technology and Disability

Technology and Disability Christian Laes (University of Manchester). Respondent: Jane Draycott (University of Glasgow). Full details
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20 January 202116:00

Alice Taylor (KCL), ‘The Problem of Medieval Politics’

Dr Alice Taylor joins us from King's College London to discuss the concept of politics in the Middle Ages. Dr Taylor's research focuses on state formation and government, particularly in relation to medieval Scotland. Her monograph, 'The Shape of the State in Medieval Scotland, 1124-1290' (2016) was an important contribution to the field of medieval political history and won the Royal Historical Society’s Whitfield Prize. Full details
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21 January 202115:30

The archaeology of the Upper Negro River, recent news and future challenges

The archaeology of the Upper Negro River, recent news and future challenges with Manuel Arroyo-Kalin (UCL). Full details
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26 January 202117:00

Peter Van Alfen on The Antigonid Coins Online project

Peter Van Alfen on The Antigonid Coins Online project (Recording TBC). If you would like to attend the seminars, please email Emma Nicholson (e.l.nicholson@exeter.ac.uk) or Annelies Cazemier (a.cazemier@soton.ac.uk) for a Zoom invitation.. Full details
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28 January 202117:00

Genos between phusis and technê

Emanuela Bianchi (New York University). Respondent: Gabriele Galluzzo (University of Exeter). Full details
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3 February 202116:00

Virginia Bainbridge (Exeter), 'The Syon Abbey Prosopography Project: Lives of the Brothers c.1415-1622'

Dr Virginia Bainbridge, one of our honorary research fellows, joins us to talk about the Birgittine brothers of Syon Abbey. Although the origins of Syon Abbey lie outside the Southwest, its extant medieval books are currently housed in Exeter's Special Collections - which makes this talk of particular interest to Exeter scholars. Full details
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10 February 202116:00

John Cooper (Exeter), TBC

Dr John Cooper shares initial thoughts from his new research project on ninth-century nautical/travel/wonders literature, mainly 'The Accounts of India and China' and 'The Wonders of India'. He will present an overview of these works, their manuscript and translation history, the cultural milieu of their production, and their influences (e.g. on the Sindbad stories and hence the Arabian Nights). Full details
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24 February 202116:00

Sarah Kay (NYU), ‘Phenomenal! Star Maps and their Manuscripts’

Prof. Sarah Kay joins us from New York University to introduce us to some medieval star maps. Prof. Kay is an expert in medieval French and Occitan literature, which she combines with interests in medieval philosophy and modern theory. Full details
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25 February 202116:00

Mercury in late antique and medical sources: practice and theory

Mercury in late antique and medical sources: practice and theory Matteo Martelli (University of Bologna). Respondent: David Leith (University of Exeter). Full details
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9 March 202117:00

Katerina Panagopoulou on her book, Τhe Early Antigonids: Coinage, Money and the Economy

Katerina Panagopoulou on her book, Τhe Early Antigonids: Coinage, Money and the Economy (Recording TBC). If you would like to attend the seminars, please email Emma Nicholson (e.l.nicholson@exeter.ac.uk) or Annelies Cazemier (a.cazemier@soton.ac.uk) for a Zoom invitation. Full details
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10 March 202116:00

Research Masterclass: Topic TBC

Research Masterclasses are directed towards the Centre's PhD students and offer expert discussion and insights into particular types of evidence or approaches. Full details
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22 March 202116:00

Ancient cabinet of curiosities

Ancient cabinet of curiosities Véronique Dasen (University of Fribourg). Respondent: Dunstan Lowe (University of Kent). Full details
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24 March 202115:00

Orme Symposium

The annual Orme Symposium showcases the work of three of our postgraduate researchers. Each speaker will give a 20-minute paper, followed by either joint or individual question and answer sessions. Full details
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24 March 202118:00

Orme Lecture: Elisabeth van Houts (Cambridge), ‘Hidden Memories: Medieval Obituaries on Lead, 800-1200’

This year's annual Orme Lecture will be given by Prof. Elisabeth van Houts (Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge). The lecture will explore the medieval custom of burying elite men and women with lead plaques tucked away in their coffins, sometimes placed under their heads. They contained short texts of varying lengths from the name of the dead person to short obituaries which give biographical data and sometimes more expansive eulogies. Some have survived alongside their more public grave stone or tomb. Of particular interest is the conundrum that these plaques were hidden and never meant to be ‘published’ yet they were obviously crafted with great effort to pass on information. What audience did their authors have in mind?. Full details
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15 April 202116:00

Medicine in ancient Cyprus: the archaeological evidence

Medicine in ancient Cyprus: the archaeological evidence Demetres Michaelides (University of Cyprus). Respondent: Daniel King (University of Exeter). Full details
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3 May 202117:00

Copper and human health in the Chalcolithic, the classical, and the age of COVID

Copper and human health in the Chalcolithic, the classical, and the age of COVID Julie Laskaris (University of Richmond). Respondent: Colin Webster (UC Davis). Full details
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12 May 202116:00

Zubin Mistry (Edinburgh), 'Monasteries, Medicine and Reproduction in Early Medieval Societies, c.700-1000’

Dr Zubin Mistry introduces to some of the sources for early medieval medicine, particularly in relation to infertility. Dr Mistry's work concerns medical knowledge and practice in early medieval societies. His interest in reproductive medicine has also led him to consider the political and social implications of infertility in the medieval world. Full details
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25 May 202117:00

The Roman physician and the knowledge of the patient

The Roman physician and the knowledge of the patient Lauren Caldwell (UMass Amherst). Respondent: Chiara Blanco (University of Oxford). Full details
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26 May 202116:00

Research Masterclass: Topic TBC

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24 June 202116:00

Navigating between abstraction and observation: using astrolabes, globes and mirrors in the medieval Mediterranean

Navigating between abstraction and observation: using astrolabes, globes and mirrors in the medieval Mediterranean Divna Manolova (The University of York). Respondent: Karen ní Mheallaigh (Johns Hopkins University). Full details
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5 July 202116:00

Nutrition in ancient medicine

Nutrition in ancient medicine John Wilkins (University of Exeter). Respondent: Laurence Totelin (Cardiff University). Full details
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