CFP On the Edge: Graduate School for Medieval Studies, University of Reading, 21 March 2015

Deadline: 12 January 2015

To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Univesity of Reading’s Graduate School for Medieval Studies [GCMS], the department is proud to announce a postgraduate and early career researcher conference on the subject of boundaries, borders and the very concept of liminality. ‘Edges’ have defined human experience throughout the ages, crafting and defining the world we inhabit. In the medieval period boundaries defined relationships both high and low through etiquette and manner; society through hierarchy and class; administration through land holdings and legal rights; and most obviously, physically through the demarcation of space in the landscape and society e.g. religious and secular, common and private and rural and urban.

This conference will draw together a broad, interdisciplinary range of papers in order to discuss the concept and use of boundaries and consider how these boundaries helped form and define medieval life and experience. Papers are invited from all disciplines including, but not limited to, literature, linguistics, archaeology, art and history.

Proposals for twenty minute papers are welcomed from all post-graduate and early-career researchers before the deadline of January 12th 2015. Please send an email containing both your proposed title and an abstract of no more than 200 words to the organiser, Harriet Mahood:

Attendance at the conference is free but registration is required. Those wishing to register, or with any queries, should also contact the above address. Please be aware that further details will be released closer to the date. For further details see:


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