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The CMRC community gathers scholars and renowned academics as well as postgraduate research students from across the faculty of Arts and Humanities. We study such topics as history, literature, politics, music, material culture, buildings and landscape of the period between late antiquity and 1700. We are all experts in our respective discipline, but what bring us together is a strong interest in interdisciplinarity and a commitment in developing an interdisciplinary approach to research. Our main activity, as a centre, revolves around the organisation of interdisciplinary study days, conferences and the Reuter lecture.

You can see our past news, events and seminars on our archive pages.

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People, Place and the City: CMRC Study Day and Reuter Lecture - 26 May 2021

People, Place and the City

On 26 May 2021, the CMRC held an online interdisciplinary study day dedicated to the urban world. Its aim was to explore the dynamics that shaped urban space, cultures and identities in pre-modern societies (c. 500- c. 1700) and how present-day cities and citizens, relate to their historical/cultural heritage. The day was divided in three parts. We began with a workshop which was focused on the study of the past. This was followed by a round table discussion focused on Southampton’s past in the present : a very topical subject here, in Southampton, as the city is preparing a bid to become UK city of culture in 2025. The day ended with the 2021 Reuter lecture given by Professor Catherine Clarke on ‘Making places: heritage, renewal and site-specific medievalism’.

Read more about these combined events and listen to the Reuter lecture here.

Aspects of Pilgrimage: A Multidisciplinary Approach - 7 May 2021


This seminar came about as a result of a virtual CMRC coffee morning where several members of the CMRC found common ground in the subject of medieval pilgrimage, despite coming from different disciplines and using very different methods and resources for their research. This seminar brought together those multidisciplinary strands to demonstrate how a variety of very different sources can be used to create a holistic picture of how and why a variety of individuals undertook pilgrimage in the Middle Ages.

Read more about this seminar

The Maritime World: CMRC Study Day and Reuter Lecture - 2 December 2020

Mediterranean sea

The interdisciplinary study day draws together individuals from multiple disciplines to discuss on themes that cut across all aspects of maritime studies, such as communities, environment, connectivity, trade, shipping, the sea in thought, law and representation, and global and regional development in the pre-modern world (c. 500-c. 1700).

The Reuter Lecture: ‘An Ocean of Laws: Medieval and Early Modern Mediterranean and Global History’, delivered by Professor Maria Fusaro (University of Exeter), focuses on the relationship between early modern global and maritime history, and argues for the importance of the legal element in shaping both.

Read more about these two events and listen to the Reuter lecture here.

Chris Woolgar is elected a Fellow of the British Academy

Chris Woolger

In this year of pandemic and distancing, the Southampton history department is united in pleasure and appreciation at the election of our colleague, Professor Chris Woolgar, as a Fellow of the British Academy. This is a rare and high honour, which is given to a few of the most influential, original and admired academics internationally across the fields of the humanities and social sciences each year. It recognises how each fellow has contributed to a subject or subjects through published work of the highest quality, through creative and innovative scholarship, and through consistent service. These attributes can be seen throughout Chris’s career.

Read more here.

Conference in Honour of Professor Anne Curry -Avenue Campus Saturday 11 January 2020

Anne Curry

The Centre for Medieval And Renaissance Culture held a conference in honour of Emerita Professor Anne Curry on Avenue Campus. Fifteen speakers, including former students, friends and colleagues delivered excellent papers on topics which have inspired Anne throughout her academic career.

You can find out more about the event in our Staff Matters magazine and consult the programme here.

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