17th-18th June 2016

MEMS Summer Festival is a two-day celebration of all research in the Medieval and Early Modern periods, including the study of religion, politics, history, art, drama, literature, and everyday culture of different nations from c.400-1800. The festival is designed to bring together scholars from a range of disciplines, academic schools and institutions in order to foster conversations, build a greater sense of community, and develop a research network for all masters and PhD postgraduate students and academic staff within the South-East of England.

We would like as many students and staff as possible to come and talk about their work, and therefore invite the following:
  • Abstracts of c.250 words for individual research papers of 20 minutes in length on any subject contained with Medieval and Early Modern studies. Early work is as welcome as more advanced projects, and in each case we’re interested to hear about your methodologies and working practices.
  • Abstracts of c.700 words from a group of three who would each like to present a subject specific panel with research papers of 20 minutes in length. Ideas from CHASE students so far include medieval patronage of all kinds, for which separate a call will be sent out, and early modern written cultures.

If you have an idea but no fellow panellists, we are happy to publicise it for you through our channels and under our Festival banner, but with your own contact details. Please contact us at the email below.

This is a wonderful opportunity to showcase some of your own research, share ways of working, benefit from the ideas of others, and develop networks for future collaboration.  This year’s festival will be held at the University of Kent at Canterbury.

Please submit all paper and panel applications to: by 15th April 2016.

This event is jointly sponsored by the Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies at the University of Kent, the Consortium for the Humanities of the Arts South-East England, and the Eastern Arc Research Consortium.