Generosity and Avarice in Medieval Europe – deadline 13 December 2019

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Date(s) - 23 April - 24 April
All day


The organising committee is pleased to invite proposals for papers, panels, workshops, and roundtables for Generosity and Avarice in Medieval Europe to be held at the University of Nottingham from 23rd – 24th April 2020.

From the depictions of generosity and avarice in art and literature, to the interactions amongst neighbours within local communities, to the diplomatic work undertaken within and between polities, the relationship between these distinct but intertwined themes have been grappled with by medieval contemporaries and modern scholars alike. This conference aims to bring together medievalists of all fields and disciplines interested in the understanding and practice and generosity, avarice, and the relationship between the two in Europe between c.400 and c.1550.

The committee welcomes suggestions for sessions beyond those outlined here and encourages as broad an interpretation of the theme as possible. Topics to be addressed may include, but are not limited to:

  • Patronage
  • Ideas of social responsibility
  • Materialities
  • Economy and finance
  • Diplomatic relations
  • Sexuality
  • Education
  • Gender roles- Spirituality
  • Morality
  • Family roles
  • Visual and literary depictions of generosity and avarice

We welcome contributions from scholars at any stage of study or career. For individual papers of twenty minutes in length, please submit a proposal of c.250-words. If you plan to submit a panel proposal, please include no more than three speakers and submit a c.300-word overview of the panel with proposed speakers/respondents and provisional paper titles.

Please submit all abstracts via email to by Friday 13th December 2019.

Location:  Humanities Building, University Park, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire NG7 2RD