GW4 Medieval Studies

Initiator and Accelerator Fund

Project period: May – July 2014 (Initiator), October 2014 – April 2015 (Accelerator)

GW4 Community Leads
University of Bristol: Carolyn Muessig, Beth Williamson
Cardiff University: Bronach Kane
University of Exeter: James Clark

Project overview
This project has established a GW4 Medieval Studies community that is vibrant, productive and creative with a shared vision. Its aim is to lead in the field. There are various on-going shared initiatives to develop the research culture in Medieval Studies.

GW4 Medieval Studies aims to fortify its rich resource of medievalists (65 members of staff and over 75 research students) into a cohesive and energetic research cluster that offers an unmatched range of expertise organised under three themed topics:

  1. Wales and the South West of England
  2. Sex and Gender
  3. Authority and Ethics

These topics are arranged by an overarching design that emerges across the specialisms of GW4 medievalists: Power, Knowledge and Identity. In addition to these topics, the community will also explore ways of sharing resources where all can mutually benefit.

A successful application was submitted for GW4 Accelerator funding.

Activities
During the academic year 2014-2015, GW4 Medieval Studies will be running a series of workshop, seminars and conferences.

GW4 Medieval Studies will run three sessions at the International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds in July 2015.

Three conferences are planned (one international) to bring together the 50 GW4 medievalists to discuss research outcomes and identify future collaborative work.