Hype, Transmission, and Truth: Bristol Centre for Medieval Studies 2018 Conference

deadline for submissions: 
December 15, 2017
full name / name of organization: 
Bristol Centre for Medieval Studies


Bristol Centre for Medieval Studies Postgraduate Conference 2018


“Hype, Transmission, and Truth in the Middle Ages”

Friday 23rd - Saturday 24th February 2018



How were medieval concepts, truths, and beliefs conceived, recorded, transmitted, received and understood? How were these processes influenced by religion, society, culture, politics, economics, and the environment?



Prospective speakers are invited to submit abstracts of 300 words for 20-minute papers, panels, or sessions; 100 words for flash papers or poster presentations. Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Medieval ‘fake news’

  • Medieval ideas of ‘truth’ and ‘untruth’

  • The politicising of the medieval period

  • Memory – its transmission and authenticity

  • Literary, economic, cultural, and trade networks

  • Myth, legend, and folklore

  • Collective panic and public paranoia

  • Evangelism and religious transmission

  • Scribal and textual transmission

  • Exchanges between and across cultures

  • Medieval news networks

  • Material exchange

  • Aural/oral transmission


Extended deadline for submissions: 15th December 2017. Please send abstract and queries to cms-conference-enquiries@bristol.ac.uk. Further information and updates can be found here: https://cmsconference2018.wordpress.com/