The University of Edinburgh Humanities and Social Science

Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies

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Events and Activities

We run a regular programme of events and activities for all those interested in research in medieval and renaissance studies, from our regular Edinburgh Seminar in Medieval and Renaissance Studies, to international conferences and informal discussion groups. These are supplemented by the many events run by subject areas and schools at the university which often stage events of interest to medieval and renaissance scholars.

Regular Seminars and Discussion groups

Islamic & Middle Eastern Studies Research Seminars

Islamic Civilisation and the Islamic Tradition: Past and Present

Mondays, 5.30pm

unless noted otherwise

G2, IMES, 19 George Square

Semester 2, 2013-14

All welcome




13th January 2014


Luke Treadwell, University of Oxford


'The Myth of Umayyad kingship'

20th January 2014

Songuil Mecit
University of Edinburgh


'The Rum Seljuqs and their neighbours'

17th January 2014

Mona Siddiqui, University of Edinburgh


'From Islamic law to lawyers' law: a personal experience'.

3rd February 2014

Harry Munt, University of Oxford

‘Pre-modern Arabic and Persian local histriography: genre and readership'.

10th February 2014

Saeko Yazaki, University of Glasgow

‘Zionism and the Judaeo-Islamic tradition: A.D Yahuda and his Andalusian vision'.

17th February 2014

Emanuele Intagliate, University of Edinburgh

‘Late antique and early Islamic Palmyra: an archaeological and historical reassessment ’.

24th February 2014

Robert Hillenbrand ,
University of Edinburgh & St Andrews

'Light in Islamic architecture'

3rd March 2014

Carole Hillenbrand ,
University of Edinburgh & St Andrews

'The history of Orientalist scholarship on jihad'

10th March 2014

Tim Greenwood, University St Andrews

 'Christian communities in pre-Islamic Mesopotamia: the Armenian connection'

17th March 2014

Sarah Bowen Savant, The Aga University

‘Iran's converation to Islam and history writing as an art for forgetting’.


March 2014

Yaser Mirdamadi & Francesco Stermotich,  University of Edinburgh

‘Can (and how does) Gold Talk? The problem of revelation in the modern Jewish and Muslim philosophical theology & The spiritual in Islamic calligraphy: a phenomeological approach to the contemporary Turkish calligraphic tradition ’.


Tuesdays 5.15pm

Meadows Lecture Theatre
Doorway 4, William Robertson Wing, Old Medical School, Teviot Place)

unless noted otherwise

All welcome


drawing of man reading

                     Semester 2 2013/2014

14th January 2014


Dr William Aird,
University of Edinburgh


'A Flame in the North': Bishop Rannulf of Durham and the Progress of Clerical Reform in the Early Twelfth-Century English Church.'

21st January 2014

Dr David Rosenthal, University of Bath

'Kinetic History: making a smartphone app for Renaissance Florence'

28th January 2014


Lecture Theatre 175, Old College

Dr Stuart Airlie, University of Glasgow

Dr Roger Collins, University of Edinburgh

Prof. Mayke de Jong, University of Utrcht

Prof. Simon McLean, University of St Andrews

Prof. John Mitchell, University of East Anglia

'Charlemagne: Life, Legend and Legacy'

4th February 2014

Prof. Pamela King, University of Glasgow

'Poetics and Beyond: noisy bodies and aural variations in medieval English outdoor performance.'

11th February 2014

Prof. Carole Hillenbrand,
University of Edinburgh / University of St Andrews

'The Assassins of Syria and the Crusades: myth and reality.'

18th February 2014

Sydney Smith Lecture Theatre

Dr Edward Coleman, University College Dublin

'The Three Kings of Milan: in search of a 'lost' medieval cult.'

25th February 2014

Dr Katherine Lewis, University of Huddersfield

'A mayden, forsoþe, wente her in, But now, forsoþe, as iseo con, ?onde sitteþ a verrei mon’: gender and sanctity in late medieval English texts and contexts.'

4th March 2014

Prof. Peter Mack, Warburg Institute / University of Warwick

'Renaissance Rhetoric as a Mode of Literary Inquiry.'

11th March 2014

Prof. Matthew Strickland,
University of Glasgow

‘A King without a Realm’: Henry ‘The Young King’, Co-Rulership and the Paradoxes of Angevin Kingship (1155-1183) .'

18th March 2014

Dr Nora Berend, University of Cambridge

'Violence and Identity in Medieval Hungary.'

25th March 2014


Prof. Michael Clarke, NUI Galway

'Epic and Pseudohistory in Heroic Narrative and Late Medieval Tapestries.'

1st April 2014

Dr Charles Insley, University of Manchester

Title - TBC

PDF version of programme

Details of previous seminar series can be be viewed on the Edinburgh Seminar in Medieval and Renaissance Studies page.

Previous Events

Information on previous events held by the centre can be be viewed on the News and Events Archive.

For more information about renaissance and early modern events around Scotland, everyone is welcome to join the Renaissance and Early Modern Studies in Scotland emailing list at


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