Revealing Records V

Abigail Stevenson writes about another successful instalment of the Revealing Records conferences:

On 24 May 2013 the fifth annual Revealing Records conference was held at King’s College London. The first Revealing Records in 2009 was the brainchild of Ben Wild, then a PhD student at King’s, and responsibility for organisation has been shared between King’s PhD students ever since. This one-day postgraduate conference provides a welcoming environment for postgraduates to present their research, share ideas and meet others in the academic community.

Professor Julia Crick (KCL) kicked off the morning session, delivering a keynote paper discussing late medieval forgeries in imitative script. The first panel was chaired by Abby Stevenson (KCL) and featured papers from Johannes Depnering (Oxford) who spoke about finding aids in medieval manuscripts and Stephen Lubell (IES) who discussed his work on sixteenth century Hebrew typography. Panel two was chaired by Katie Har (Oxford) and contained papers from Sophia Moesch (KCL) on Augustinian thought in Alcuin’s writings; Alison Hudson (Oxford) on dispositive clauses in late tenth century England; and Hanna Kilpi (Glasgow) on the flexible identity of lesser aristocratic women in twelfth century Yorkshire.

Professor Jonathan Phillips (Royal Holloway) opened the afternoon session with the second keynote paper of the day, discussing his work on Caffaro of Genoa. Panel three, chaired by Giorgio Lizzul (KCL) featured Bláithín Hurley (Cambridge) on music in the renaissance Venetian casa and Katherine French (Oxford) on monastic craft production and its social impact in England, 600-800. Dhwani Patel (KCL) chaired the final panel of the day. Dan Spencer (Southampton) presented a paper about the early sixteenth century account books of Southampton, investigating the role of the town in developments in gunpowder and fortifications; Emily Corran (UCL) spoke about the oath of calumny in medieval canon law; and Kenneth Duggan’s (KCL) paper explored how to interpret medieval English legal records and the problems and benefits of using printed editions and modern technology to aid research. Dr Alex Sapoznik (KCL) gave the closing address.

Organisers and speakers at Revealing Records V. (Thanks to Sophie Ambler for the photo.)

Organisers and speakers at Revealing Records V. (Thanks to Sophie Ambler for the photo.)

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