Harlaxton Medieval Symposium 2022: Death and Dying

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Date / time: 15 August - 18 August, All day

Harlaxton Manor


The Harlaxton Symposium is an interdisciplinary gathering of academics, students and enthusiasts which meets annually to celebrate medieval history, art, literature and architecture. This year’s symposium will be convened by Dr Christian Steer and Dr Jenny Stratford. Speakers will focus on death in the later Middle Ages in both its practical and devotional aspects. Among themes to be explored are the ways in which death occurs (sickness, accident and murder), preparations for death (wills, testaments and executors’ papers), and devotional practices in lifetime and after death. Rituals and ceremonies associated with the moment of death and its aftermath will include funeral practices, chantries, monuments and monumental sculpture.


Ann Adams, Amy Appleford, Richard Asquith, Julia Boffey, Jane Bridgeman, Clive Burgess, Trevor Dean, Tony Edwards, Nicholas Flory, Lydia Hansell, Andrew Kirkman, Julian Luxford, Michael Michael, Lisa Monnas, Ann Payne, Henry Summerson, Linda Voigts and Nicholas Watson. This year’s Pamela Tudor-Craig Memorial Lecture will be delivered by Julian Gardner.

Postgraduate and Early Career Opportunities

Two Dobson Scholarships will be available to PGRs or ECRs (within two years of completing a PhD) to cover conference costs. Awards will be made based on the academic excellence of applicants and the relevance of the symposium theme to their research. We will also be running a postgraduate poster competition, which can relate to research undertaken on any aspect of Medieval Studies.

Further details, including a full programme and booking/scholarship forms are available on our website https://harlaxton.org.uk/4

The deadline for bookings for residential places is 1st July 2022 and for non-residential places is 25th July 2022.