Medieval Graduate Conference 2015: Colour

We are pleased to open the Call for Papers for the eleventh Oxford Medieval Graduate Conference, sponsored by the Society for the Study of Medieval Languages and Literature. The conference will take place at St. Edmund Hall, Oxford, on Friday 17th and Saturday 18th April 2015. 

This year, the conference theme is Colour.

The conference is aimed at early career scholars and graduate students working in medieval studies. Contributions are welcomed from diverse fields of research such as history of art and architecture, history, theology, philosophy, anthropology, literature and history of ideas.

Papers should be a maximum of 20 minutes. Please email 250-word abstracts (text only, no attachments please) to by 25th January 2015.


Suggested topics might include, but are not limited to:

History in Colour: Material Culture and Colour:
The Black Prince Wall-Paintings
Heraldry Embroidery / Tapestries
The Black Death Jewellery
Scientific Colours: Colouring Manuscripts:
Skin Diseases / Treatments Illuminations
Optics / Lenses Changes in Colour
The Four Humours Codicology and Colour / Rubrics
Art History and Colour: Colourful Literature:
Stained Glass The Green Knight
Digital Imagery and Colour Descriptive Colours
Restored Colours Red with Anger / Green with Envy
Colour Symbolism Colours and Rhetoric


The registration fee is expected to be £15. There will be a conference dinner on the first night of the conference; it is hoped that this will cost in the region of £25. The Society hopes to make bursaries available to cover travel expenses (with more available for delegates travelling from overseas).

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For further information on previous Medieval Graduate Conferences, please click here.  

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