About OMGC

The Oxford Medieval Graduate Conference takes place each year in Oxford in the spring. It is organised for graduates and by graduates, with Medium Ævum. The Society sponsors the event, provides a plenary lecturer and provides a permanent online record of each conference on its website. Each year a single word is taken as the theme of the conference, with the intention of encouraging contributions from a broad range of disciplines, taking varying perspectives on the theme.

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Egerton 848 volvelle, f.22
Fortune Charleville-Mézières, Bibl. mun., ms. 0129, f. 104v
Fortune.Paris, Bibl. Sainte-Geneviève, ms. 1132, f. 002
Sun Gazing. Tours, Bibl. mun., ms. 0703, f. 176v
Aspects and Approaches

The Thirteenth Oxford Medieval Graduate Conference
Merton College, Oxford
March 31 - April 1, 2017

Registration Now Open

Dinner registration open until Friday 17th March; and online conference registration until Friday 24th March (but tickets may still be available on the door)

Synopses for papers and other downloadable materials will shortly be available by clicking on the arrow (where present) beside a programme event. The programme can also be downloaded as a PDF (see right-hand menu)

Friday, March 31

9:00am       Registration 

9:15am       Welcome 

9:30am to 11:00am       Sacred Time – Chair: Sarah Griffin (Kellogg College, Oxford)
    Frederike Pfister (University of Heidelberg), 'Astrology and the Narration of Religious History – Abū Macshar’s Theory of the Great Conjunctions in the Late Middle Ages '
    William Brockbank (Pembroke College, Oxford), 'Miǫtviðar Mærir from Little Saplings Grow: Yggdrasill as Measuring-Tree in Norse Myth '
    Jesse Harrington (Corpus Christi College, Cambridge), 'Conveying the Sacred: Expressions of Sacred Time and Sacred Space in the Twelfth-Century Romanesque Scheme of Ardmore Cathedral '

11:00am to 11:30pm       Break with Hot & Cold Drinks 

11:30am to 1:00pm       Time Reckoning – Chair: Caroline R. Batten (New College, Oxford)
    Neville Mogford (Royal Holloway, University of London), 'A Computus-inspired Solution to Exeter Riddle 22 '
    Victor Pérez Álvarez (University of Valladolid), 'Public Clocks and Time Telling in Castile '
    Joana Blanquer (Trinity College, Dublin), 'Learned or Empirical? The Sense of Time in Beowulf and the Computus through the Example of Nōn and Tīd '

1:00pm to 2:15pm       Lunch (provided) 

1:15pm       Optional tour of Merton’s Medieval Library and its Astrolabes 

2:15pm to 3:45pm       Liminal Time – Chair: Hannah Bower (St Hilda’s College, Oxford)
    Jia Liu (University of Glasgow), 'The Therapeutic Moment of Narrative: Consolation and the Discourse of Time in The Book of the Duchess '
    Sebastian Kleinschmidt (University of Freiburg), '‘“End Time Here and Now”: Narrating and Reading (about) Time in the Revelation of Purgatory’ '
    Rebekah Locke (University of Bristol), 'Time and Penitence in Dante’s Purgatorio '

3:45pm to 4:15pm       Break with Hot & Cold Drinks 

4:15pm to 4:45pm       Spatial Time – Chair: Anna Boeles Rowland (Merton College, Oxford)
    Alice Yevko (University of York), 'A Workshop Ahead of its Time, a Space to Commemorate the Past: Investigating Theophilus’ Workshop for Metalwork '
    Johannes Wolf (St Hugh’s College, Oxford), 'Idolising History: The Thing about St. Erkenwald '
    Claire Macht (Kellogg College, Oxford), 'The Telescoping of Time and Place in Late Medieval Chronicles '

5:45pm to 6:45pm       Plenary: David d'Avray (University College, London), 'Questions about Time '

6:45pm to 7:45pm       Drinks Reception at Merton (included) 

7:30pm       Conference Dinner at Merton (optional) 

Saturday, April 1

9:00am to 11:00am       Visions – Chair: Henry Drummond (Merton College, Oxford) and Jennifer Jones (St Edmund Hall, Oxford)
    Lydia Shahan (Katholieke Universiteit, Leuven), '"A Certain Pentecost Sunday": Exploring the Liturgical and Temporal Settings of Hadewijch’s Visions '
    Jonas Hermann (Wadham College, Oxford), 'Time and Temporality in the Mystical Writing of Engelthal '
    Emily Kate Price (New York University), 'Touching Time in the Songs of The Consolation of Philosophy '
    Claire Dillon (Trinity College, Dublin), 'Cantiga 205 as a Model for Studying Narrative, Presence, and Absence in Las Cantigas de Santa María '

11:00am to 11:30am       Break with Hot & Cold Drinks 

11:30am to 1:00pm       Manuscripts and Archives – Chair: Sian Witherden (Balliol College, Oxford)
    Alexandra Marraccini (University of Chicago), 'Asphalt and Bitumen, Sodom and Gomorrah: Placing Yale’s Voynich Manuscript on the Herbal Timeline '
    Grace Catherine Greiner (Cornell University), '“Y louede a clerc al par amours”: Lyric Time, Cultural Memory, and Loving in French in BL Harley MS 2253 '
    Lorenzo Caravaggi (Balliol College, Oxford), 'Fabulous Histories and Civic Politics: The Political Use of the Past in a Thirteenth-Century Italian Chronicle '

1:00pm to 2:15pm       Lunch 

2:15pm to 3:45pm       Cycles – Chair: Pauline Souleau (Somerville College, Oxford)
    Deborah White (University of Glasgow), 'Visions of Birth and Death: Bookends to a Monastic Life '
    Darren Barber (Leeds University), 'Alcuin and the Student Life Cycle '
    James Strawbridge (Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford), 'This Again? Temporal Repetition and its Narrative Significance in Norse Riddarasögur '

3:45pm to 4:15pm       Break with Hot & Cold Drinks 

4:15pm to 5:15pm       Keynote Address: Eric Stanley (Professor Emeritus, Pembroke College, Oxford), 'Indefinable Time Experienced in Medieval Living, Sinning, Doubting, Dying '
Épître d'Othéa, MS. Laud Misc. 570, fol. 028v
Friday, March 31, 2017 (All day) to Saturday, April 1, 2017 (All day)
Merton College, Oxford
Atlas de cartes marines, Zodiac
Conference Committee
Anna Boeles Rowland
Caroline Batten
Hannah Bower
Henry Drummond
Jennifer Jones
Pauline Souleau
Sarah Griffin
Sian Witherden
Work of the Seasons
Tempus. Paris, Bibl. Mazarine, ms. 3469, f. 111v - vue 2.jpg
Avranches, Bibl. mun., ms. 0235, f. 032v
Joachim of Fiore, Three Ages of Man
Prague Clock
Rawlinson D.939
Fortune. Paris, Bibl. Mazarine, ms. 3882, f. 00
Ashmole 1522, Astrolabe