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Winchester: An Early Medieval Royal City

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CALL FOR PAPERS: Winchester: An Early Medieval Royal City

University of Winchester 9-12 July 2017

A multi- and interdisciplinary conference on the development of the city of Winchester, its cultural and political life, and its place in the early medieval world. Hosted by Winchester, The Royal City project team in association with the University of Winchester.

Proposals for 20-minute papers and themed sessions of three papers are invited on aspects of the Anglo-Saxon and Anglo-Norman city of Winchester from the seventh to the twelfth centuries. These may include the structures of power and Winchester’s place in local/regional/national/global histories (e.g. the ‘Second Viking Age’ or the ‘Anarchy), communities within the city, Winchester’s ministers, representations of the Anglo-Saxon city in (early) medieval literature, the role of the city in the development of language and literature, comparative work on other early medieval royal cities (e.g. Leon, Cordoba), urban topography, or representations of the early medieval heritage of Winchester since the middle ages. The aim of the conference is to be both multi-disciplinary and interdisciplinary, to think about the position of a city within a wider community, the communities of the city itself, and the perceptions of the city.

Please send a 200-word abstract and 1-page summary CV to Ryan.Lavelle@winchester.ac.uk by 13 February 2017. Contact Ryan.Lavelle@winchester.ac.uk and/or Carolin.Esser-Miles@winchester.ac.uk for enquiries.

Keynote speakers confirmed are Professor Martin Biddle (Emeritus Fellow, Hertford College Oxford; Director of Winchester Excavations Committee) Professor Barbara Yorke (Professor Emerita, University of Winchester, Visiting Professor, UCL).