Late Medieval France and Burgundy Seminar (Saturday 29 November 2014)

The Late Medieval France and Burgundy Seminar is an annual forum for scholars of all disciplines who focus on any aspect of France and Burgundy in the 14th and 15th centuries.  The organizers are Professor Rosalind Brown-Grant (Department of French, University of Leeds), Professor Graeme Small (Department of History, University of Durham) and Dr Craig Taylor (Department of History, University of York).

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The annual Seminar offers an opportunity for interdisciplinary conversations between established academics, and provides a forum for identifying and developing shared research interests that could be the basis for future collaborations. It will also offer a venue for graduate students and young scholars to showcase their work, and to take part in workshops on publishing and applying for academic jobs and research grants.

The second of our meetings takes place this year at the Palace Green Library Learning Centre, Durham University (on Palace Green beside the cathedral).

We want to put the emphasis on two particular aspects:

  • the work of PGR students (at any stage in their thesis work) and Early Career Researchers (defined 5 -6 years since first appointment); and
  • ‘Disciplines in Dialogue’, our strapline and guiding thread.

We invite one-paragraph proposals from PGRs and ECRs for 20-minute papers across all disciplines on any aspect of their current research, to be sent to me ( by Friday 10 October. To maximise the benefit of the event, we would like to circulate papers at least one week in advance of the workshop (22 November). We also offer the opportunity, should a speaker wish to take it up, of having a scholar from another discipline make an informal and constructive response to the paper from his or her disciplinary perspective.

We will also allow some time in the programme to take account of recent disciplinary developments, to the benefit of future dialogues between our disciplines. In a (possibly misguided) homage to Paul Gauguin, we will call this bit D’où venons-nous ? Que sommes-nous ? Où allons-nous ?

Lunch will be provided, and Durham have up to 6 travel bursaries of up to £50 each to help PGRs and the unwaged to attend. Priority for the travel bursaries will be given to speakers. The event will run from roughly 9:30am to 6pm.

Those wishing to attend the event should contact Graeme Small ( by Friday 10 October – there is no formal registration.

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