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Centre for Medieval Studies

We promote interdisciplinary study of the Middle Ages by bringing together specialists from several different subject areas to collaborate in research and graduate teaching.

Promoting interdisciplinary study of the Middle Ages by bringing together specialists from several different subject areas within Cardiff University to collaborate in research and graduate teaching.

We aim to promote interdisciplinary study of the Middle Ages, bringing together specialists from several different subject areas within the University to collaborate in high-quality research and graduate teaching. Members of the Centre include staff and postgraduate students from the Schools of History, Archaeology and Religious Studies, English, Communication and Philosophy and Welsh.

We run a regular programme of research seminars, providing a focus for collaboration and discussion as well as an opportunity to bring scholars to the University from overseas. Our academic and social events are open to, and well supported by, non-University medievalists in the region.

Academic staff

Dr Jenny Benham

Dr Jenny Benham

Lecturer in Medieval History

Email
benhamj@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)29 2087 5648
Dr David Callander

Dr David Callander

Lecturer

Welsh speaking
Email
callanderd@caerdydd.ac.uk
Professor Martin Coyle

Professor Martin Coyle

Emeritus Professor

Email
coylemj@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)29 2087 5615
Professor Sioned Davies

Professor Sioned Davies

Emerita Professor

Welsh speaking
Email
daviessm@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)29 2087 5321
Professor Peter Edbury

Professor Peter Edbury

Emeritus Professor

Email
edbury@cardiff.ac.uk
Dr Dylan Foster Evans

Dr Dylan Foster Evans

Head of School

Welsh speaking
Email
fosterevansd@caerdydd.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)29 2087 4951
Dr Rob Gossedge

Dr Rob Gossedge

Dean of Undergraduate Studies for the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Senior Lecturer

Email
gossedgera@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)29 2087 5618
Professor John Hines

Professor John Hines

Professor of Archaeology

Email
hines@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)29 2087 4736
Dr Ben Jervis

Dr Ben Jervis

Senior Lecturer in Archaeology

Email
jervisb@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)29 2087 5611
Dr Bronach Kane

Dr Bronach Kane

Senior Lecturer in Medieval History

Email
kaneb@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)29 2087 5620
Dr Alan Lane

Dr Alan Lane

Senior Lecturer in Archaeology

Email
lanea@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)29 2087 5627
Dr Megan Leitch

Dr Megan Leitch

Reader

Email
leitchm@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)29 2087 0406
Dr Eve MacDonald

Dr Eve MacDonald

Lecturer in Ancient History

Email
macdonaldg1@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)29 2087 9682
Professor Helen Nicholson

Professor Helen Nicholson

Professor of Medieval History (Research Leave 2020/1)

Email
nicholsonhj@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)29 2087 4250
Professor Carl Phelpstead

Professor Carl Phelpstead

Professor

Email
phelpsteadc@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)29 2087 4245
Dr Sara Pons-Sanz

Dr Sara Pons-Sanz

Reader

Email
pons-sanzs@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)29 2087 6128
Professor Shaun Tougher

Professor Shaun Tougher

Professor of Late Roman and Byzantine History

Email
toughersf@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)29 2087 6228
Dr Paul Webster

Dr Paul Webster

Exploring the Past Coordinator

Email
websterp@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)29 2087 5610
Dr David Wyatt

Dr David Wyatt

Reader in Early Medieval History, Civic Mission and Innovation Lead

Email
wyattd1@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)29 2087 0404

Postgraduate students

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Donna Marshall

Research student

Email
marshalldm@cardiff.ac.uk
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Jessica Shales

Research student

Email
shalesjg@caerdydd.ac.uk
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Xiezhen Zhao

Research student

Email
zhaox25@caerdydd.ac.uk
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Dewi Alter

Research student

Email
alterds@caerdydd.ac.uk
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Charlotte Pruce

Research student

Email
prucecs@cardiff.ac.uk
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Arthur Usher

Research student

Email
ushera@cardiff.ac.uk
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Elisabeth Jones

Research student

Email
jonesel17@cardiff.ac.uk

CMS Seminar: “The English of a Dutch migrant community: the hatmakers of late medieval London”

Professor Ad Putter, University of Bristol

Tuesday 12 October at 17:30 via Zoom

This paper examines the remarkable bilingual manuscript remains of a community of Dutch-speaking hatmakers who lived and worked in late medieval London. They wrote down the ordinances of their craft in two languages, Dutch and English. This unique survival allows us to ask some interesting questions: where were they from? how good was their English? How well did they adapt to English handwriting? By looking at the content and the language of this document, I hope to provide some answers to these questions.

To request the Zoom link, please contact Dr Usha Vishnuvajjala at VishnuvajjalaU@cardiff.ac.uk

CMS Seminar: “Genre, Emotion, and Women’s Friendship in the Middle English Stanzaic Morte Arthur

Dr Usha Vishnuvajjala, Cardiff University

Tuesday 2 November at 17:30 via Zoom

This talk explores the possibility of affinity and sympathy between two female characters the poem initially frames as rivals for the same man’s affections, Gaynor (Guinevere) and the Maid of Ascolot. I draw on the history of emotions, the study of medieval romance as a genre, and the poem’s manuscript context and French source to argue that Gaynor’s interaction with the Maid’s posthumous letter can be read as a moment of friendship, one that also serves as a critique of the poem’s male friendships.

To request the Zoom link, please contact Dr Usha Vishnuvajjala at VishnuvajjalaU@cardiff.ac.uk

CMS Seminar: “Chaucer and Arabic Science”

Dr Shazia Jagot, University of York

Tuesday 1 February 2022 at 17:30 (details to follow).

Henry Hoyn Lecture by Dr Lindy Brady, University College Dublin

Date and details to follow.