Annual Birkbeck Medieval Seminar


The Birkbeck Medieval Seminar is an annual event which brings together students, staff and interested members of the London academic community. It features four papers on a theme, with extensive opportunity for discussion and networking. It is always an exciting and enjoyable event, which receives positive feedback. This year it will take place on Saturday 28th May, 10am -5pm.

The topic is medieval, broadly-interpreted (this year, stretching from Late Antiquity to the early modern period) but the themes are broader and hopefully of interest even if you are not enrolled on a medieval course. 

This year, the theme of the Medieval Seminar is ‘Things on the Move’, and our speakers, drawing on expertise within Bloomsbury, will reflect on materiality, movement and what these reveal about cultural and social changes:

  • Clare Vernon (Birkbeck, University of London), ‘Angels on the Move: The Bronze Doors of Monte Sant’Angelo in Puglia’
  • Rebecca Darley (Birkbeck, University of London), ‘Coming or going? Ideas of movement and understanding Byzantine coins in India’
  • Lloyd de Beer (British Museum), ‘Recusants and Rescued Objects: The St Catherine Altarpiece from Lydiate
  • Johannes von Müller (Warburg Institute), ‘Black Box in Red: The Porphyry Sarcophagi in Palermo Cathedral

If you are interested in attending, please contact Rebecca Darley (

Dr Rebecca Darley
Lecturer in Medieval History

Image credit: Medieval festival parade. Hand-painted, gold and silver Milanese tarot card, ca. 1428-1447. Currently at the Yale University Library. Author: By GoShow [CC BY-SA 3.0 (, via Wikimedia Commons

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