Recent and forthcoming events involving members of the research team
1-4 July, 2019
Hazel Blair is organising a three-paper session on the medieval Trinitarian Order at the Leeds International Medieval Congress, and presenting a paper on the English Trinitarians; Christiania Whitehead is presenting a paper titled ‘The Contested Identity of St Oswine of Tynemouth’ within a session titled ‘Memory, Community, and Identity in High Medieval Northumbria, II’.
16-18 July, 2019
Hazel Blair will be presenting a paper titled ‘St Robert of Knaresborough and the Trinitarian Order in Medieval England’ at the 2019 Ecclesiastical History Society Summer Conference at the University of Durham. The conference theme is ‘Inspiration and Institution’.
28-30 March, 2019
Project conference – ‘Northern Lights: Late Medieval Devotion to Saints from the North of England‘ at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland. Plenary speakers: James Clark (University of Exeter), Julian Luxford (University of St Andrews), Catherine Sanok (University of Michigan), and Cynthia Turner Camp (University of Georgia).
The project team presented papers on the Latin verse life of Robert of Knaresborough (Hazel Blair), Holm Cultram Cistercian priory as a centre of northern hagiographical production (Christiania Whitehead), and Aelred of Rievaulx in relation to the saints of Durham and Hexham (Denis Renevey).
10 November, 2018
Denis Renevey, Christiania Whitehead and Hazel Blair presented the project to colleagues at the University of Lancaster, England.
8 November, 2018
Denis Renevey, Christiania Whitehead and Hazel Blair presented the project to colleagues at the University of Glasgow, Scotland.
5 November, 2018
Denis Renevey, Christiania Whitehead and Hazel Blair presented a series of papers under the general title ‘Geographies of Northern English Sanctity in the Later Middle Ages’ as part of the Medieval Studies Seminar at the University of St Andrews, Scotland.
26 October, 2018
Christiania Whitehead and Hazel Blair presented work at the intervarsity Research Day in Medieval English Studies hosted by Károli Gáspár University of the Reformed Church and Pázmàny Péter Catholic University in Budapest, Hungary. Christiania delivered a paper titled ‘Durham Manuscript Compilations of Northern Saints’ Lives’, while Hazel presented work from her thesis in a paper titled ‘Trinitarian Readers and Writers in Medieval England’.
29 August-2 September, 2018
Christiania Whitehead presented a paper on St Aebbe of Coldingham at the ESSE conference at the University of Brno, Czech Republic
14 July, 2018
Hazel Blair delivered a public lecture about St Robert of Knaresborough in Knaresborough, England as part of the town’s commemorative programme marking the 800th anniversary of the saint’s death throughout 2018.
2-5 July, 2018
The FNS Region and Nation project organised two sessions and a roundtable titled Remembering the Northern English Saints at Leeds International Medieval Congress 2018. Participants included Emma J. Wells, Euan McCartney Robson, Jane Sinnett-Smith, Mami Kanno, Hazel Blair, Christina Carlson, Cynthia Camp, John Jenkins, Christiania Whitehead, and Denis Renevey. Our respondent was Professor Jocelyn Wogan-Browne.
28-29 June 2018
Christiania Whitehead and Hazel Blair presented papers on ‘St Bega’s Bracelet’ and the material aspects of the Middle English Life of St Robert of Knaresborough at the International Anchoritic Society Conference, at UEA, Norwich.
2 May, 2018
Christiania Whitehead presented a paper titled ‘Saintly networks: the Cuthbertine familia post-conquest’ at the Medieval Research Seminar at the University of Warwick, England.
9-11 April, 2018
Hazel Blair presented a paper titled ‘Saint, knight, and “chefe of charite”: Hagiography and Romance in the Middle English Life of St Robert of Knaresborough ’ at the 2018 Medieval Insular Romance Conference at Cardiff University.
7 March, 2018
Denis Renevey, Christiania Whitehead and Hazel Blair presented the project to colleagues at English Department Research Seminar Series at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland.
28 February, 2018
Denis Renevey, Christiania Whitehead and Hazel Blair presented the project to the English Department at the University of Geneva, Switzerland.
13 October, 2017
Hazel Blair presented her thesis ‘The Cult of St Robert of Knaresborough and the Trinitarian Order in Late Medieval England’ at the intervarsity Research Day in Medieval English Studies at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland.
21-30 September, 2017
Members of the project were invited to Japan to give lectures at Shizuoka University and Keio University. Denis Renevey gave a lecture on medieval and modern perceptions of the Yorkshire hermit Richard Rolle, entitled ‘Richard Rolle: Now and Then’. Christiania Whitehead gave two lectures on the twelfth-century German saint and visionary Mechthild of Hackeborn, commenting in particular on the translation of her Liber Specialis Gratiae into Middle English, and its readership in northern England and at Syon Abbey in the fifteenth century.
21-25 June, 2017
Christiania Whitehead presented a paper: ‘Northern Female Saints: Hilde, Aebbe and Bega’ at the Women and the Medieval Literary Canon Leverhulme international network conference at the University of Bergen, Norway.
15-19 March, 2017
Christiania Whitehead presented a paper: ‘Translating the Northern English Saints within Late Medieval Vernacular Legendaries’, at the XI Cardiff International Medieval Translator conference, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna.
14 March, 2017
Denis Renevey and Christiania Whitehead co-organised a student workshop in conjunction with Simon Armitage’s visit to the University of Lausanne, exploring his translations of medieval alliterative poetry and poetic focus upon the north of England. Simon Armitage’s visit to Lausanne was organised by Professor Rachel Falconer.
12-18 February, 2017
Denis Renevey co-organised a trip to the North of England involving students and staff from the Universities of Lausanne and Lancaster. The trip included visits to Lancaster, York, Durham, Newcastle and Lindisfarne, and guest lectures by local academic experts on the medieval historical, literary and linguistic heritage of the north. Christiania Whitehead gave a lecture on ‘Durham and Northern Sanctity’ in the course of this trip.