Movement(s) of the Middle Ages – McGill/Durham 2018

Last week, following the Ordered Universe symposium at McGill, various members of the team stayed on and enjoyed a second event with our friends in Montreal. Organised between Durham University’s Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies, and McGill University, we took part in a joint graduate conference on 7th May. Taking place at Thomson House, Movement(s) of the Middle Ages included papers from Ordered Universe stalwarts Sarah Gilbert (Durham) on comets, Sarah Griffin (Oxford) on Opicino de Casinis. Giles Gasper opened the conference with reflections on the engagement between the research project and creative artists. Other students from Durham (Abi Steed and Katie Howarth) and McGill took part in the day, including our hosts Li Parrent and Courtney Krolikoski. From elephants to the cosmos, and leprosy to vengeance, the conference charted movements of ideas, goods and people across the medieval period. A fascinating day, with responses from Sigbjørn Sønnesyn and Nicola Polloni, as well as Helen Foxhall Forbes from Durham and Faith Wallis from McGill.


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