Project period: May – July 2014 

This community later received Accelerator Funding for the project: GW4 Medieval Studies

GW4 community leads

University of Bristol: Carolyn Muessig (PI), Ian Wei 
Cardiff University: Bronach Kane 
University of Exeter: James Clark 

Project overview

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. 


Medieval Studies is a dynamic and multidisciplinary field. It analyses the art, history, law, literature, material culture, music, philosophy and religion of Europe. It has a strong presence in three — Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter — of the GW4 institutions; these all have Centres for Medieval Studies (CMS). 

Project Summary 

Initiator funding enabled forty GW4 medievalists to discover complementary research interests at a one-day workshop. This event provided a forum for attendees to compare and contrast ideas and establish connections with one another through breakout groups, a plenary discussion, a briefing on funding and a networking session. An overarching project emerged in which our community could be effectively organized: Power, Knowledge and Identity (PKI) under three subthemes: 1) Wales and the South West of England (WASWE) 2) Sex and Gender 3) Authority and Ethics. 

The community developed this project into a successful Accelerator funding bid.