Ghent - Kent Research Day: Cross-Channel Exchanges in the Middle Ages

25-04-2019 from 08:30 to 19:00
Ghent, Campus Rozier-Plateau, Jozef Plateau Conference Room (Jozef Plateaustraat 22, 9000 Gent)
Stefan Meysman
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Research in Medieval Studies at Ghent and Kent

Cuthbert crossing the ChannelOn Thursday 25th of April 2019, the Ghent - Kent Research Alliance at the Henri Pirenne Institute organises an exchange day for research in medieval studies. The overarching theme of the day is 'Cross-Channel Exchanges in the Middle Ages'.

This research day is an excellent opportunity for PhD students and staff in medieval studies from both universities to get to know one another. MA students are invited to join for the keynote or one or more of the panel sessions. Entrance is free.

The event is sponsored by Internationalisation@Home and allows for (MA) students from Ghent University  to come into contact with international research.


8:30 - 9:00: Coffee and walk-in

9:00 - 9:10: Welcome and intro by Ghent & Kent organisers (Steven Vanderputten & Ed Roberts)

9:10 - 9:50: PANEL I: Late medieval Flanders and England

Chair: Edward Roberts (Kent)

1) Milan Pajic (Cambridge / Ghent): Beer Brewers from the Low Countries in Late Medieval England and Transformation of the Brewing Industry

2) Noah Smith (Kent): A Flemish Frontispiece in Oxfordshire: Considering the provenance of the Oxford Chest

9:50 - 10:10: Chaired Q&A and discussion

10:10 - 10:20: Comfort break

10:20 - 11.00: PANEL II: Reconsidering episcopal and monastic mobility

Chair: Robert Gallagher (Kent)

1) Ed Roberts (Kent): Tenth-century bishops and the law in cross-channel perspective

2) Micol Long (Ghent): Monastic Transitus Between Theory and Practice

11.00 - 11:20: Chaired Q&A and discussion

11:20 - 11:30: Comfort break

11:30 - 12:30: KEYNOTE: Emily Guerry (Kent): Wall painting in Paris in the age of Saint Louis

Chair: Steven Vanderputten (Ghent)

12:30 - 12:45: Respondent to keynote: Anna Bergmans (Ghent, emeritus)

12:45 - 13:00: Questions of the audience

13:00 - 14:00: LUNCH (at venue)

14:00 - 14:40PANEL III: Reform and literature in the early and central Middle Ages

Chair: Micol Long (Ghent)

1) Rob Gallagher (Kent): Latin Literary Culture in Southern England, c. 800 to 1000

2) Steven Vanderputten (Ghent): Tenth-century reforms and the problem of religious distinction in cross-channel perspective

14:40 - 15:00: Chaired Q&A and discussion

15:00 - 15:20: Comfort & coffee break

15:20 - 16:20: PANEL IV: Comparing late medieval institutional cultures

Chair: Milan Pajic (Ghent / Cambridge)

1) Johan Belaen (Ghent): A Two-Speed Religious Order? Comparing the Benedictine General Chapters in 13th-Century England and France

2) Philippa Mesiano (Kent): Papal Mediation in Thirteenth-Century Europe: Pope Alexander IV, King Henry III and the Treaty of Paris (1259)

3) Jack Newman (Kent): Signed, Sealed, Embezzled - Counterfeit Seals, Italian Merchants, and deception of the Crown

16:20 - 16:50: Chaired Q&A and discussion

16:50 - 17:00: Comfort break

17:00 - 17:40: PANEL V: Cross-channel iconography and landscapes

Chair: Emily Guerry (Kent)

1) Han Tame (Kent): The Majestas Domini as an International Iconography

2) Gerben Verbrugghe (Ghent): Little Flanders beyond Wales, Landscape archaeology of Flemish settlement landscapes in the British Isles

17:40 - 18:00: Chaired Q&A and discussion

18:00: NETWORK RECEPTION @ the UFo building: discussion of future plans for the Ghent - Kent international partnership (at UFo building, meet-up with Ghent University medievalists)

19:00: Dinner