A Workshop

Update: Due to unforeseen circumstances, we regret to announce that the public lecture on 8 June has been cancelled.


Historians have long recognised the problems associated with pervasive ‘grand narratives’ in medieval history. This two-day workshop, to be held in the Medieval History Research Centre in Trinity College, Dublin, on 8-9 June 2017, will allow participants to investigate associated problematic concepts and to explore different approaches to writing medieval history. The workshop will follow a round-table format, designed to promote collaboration and discussion across traditional geographical and chronological divisions within medieval history. Each session will be led by two ten-minute ‘flash’ papers, delivered by participants.

PhD students and early-career researchers are invited to submit proposals for a ten-minute ‘flash’ paper and to participate in the workshop. Proposals are welcome from all scholars studying Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages in Europe (including Byzantium), including those from cognate disciplines such as archaeology, art history, or literary studies. Participants are expected to join in the discussion in all sessions, but are asked to propose a paper to fit one of the five following themes:

  • The problems of origins
  • Histories from the outside
  • The problem of continuity
  • State-centrism
  • Periodisation

For more information on the five sessions, see the Discussion Document.

Proposals should be submitted on the Application Page no later than Friday 17 March and should include an abstract and short biography. Financial assistance may be available for participants based outside of Dublin, but all participants are encouraged to apply for alternate funding, including from their home institutions, where possible.

The workshop will be hosted at the Medieval History Research Centre, Trinity College, Dublin with support by the Irish Research Council.

Irish Research Council