Skill: Aspects and Approaches (the Ninth Oxford Medieval Graduate Conference). Oxford, 4th-5th April 2013

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The Oxford Medieval Graduate Conference Organising Committee (Hugh Reid, Karl Kinsella, Hannah Bailey)
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Skill: Aspects and Approaches
The Ninth Oxford Medieval Graduate Conference
The Ioannou Centre, St. Giles, Oxford
Thursday 4th – Friday 5th April 2013

We are pleased to open the Call for Papers for the ninth Oxford Medieval Graduate Conference, sponsored by the Society for the Study of Medieval Languages and Literature. The conference is aimed at early career scholars and graduate students working in medieval and early modern studies. Contributions are welcomed from diverse fields of research such as history of art and architecture, history, theology, philosophy, anthropology, literature and history of ideas.

Papers should be a maximum of 20 minutes. Please email 250-word abstracts (text only, no attachments please) to by 10th January 2013.

Suggested topics might include, but are not limited to:
• Language Skills
Use of classical texts
• Practical Skills
Military training
The tournament
Craft handbooks
• Skill in Literature
The Smith/Craftsman
Supernatural skills
God-given skills
• Creative Skills
Cathedral architecture
Manuscript Illumination
• The Poorly Skilled
Bad poetry/storytelling
Poorly made buildings/objects
Inarticulate speech
• Sources of Skill

The registration fee is expected to be £15. There will be a conference dinner on the night of Thursday 4th April; it is hoped that this will cost in the region of £25. All updates and further information, including details of travel bursaries, can be obtained from the conference website: