Generosity and Avarice in Medieval Europe

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4 -5 March 2021


Thursday 9:00 - 17:00

Friday 9:00 - 17:00


Online via Microsoft Teams




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An Interdisciplinary Research Conference

From the depictions of generosity and avarice in art and literature, to the interactions between neighbours in local communities, to the diplomatic work undertaken within and between polities, the relationship between these distinct but intertwined themes has been grappled with by medieval and modern thinkers alike.

This conference brings together medievalists of all fields and disciplines interested in the understanding and practice of generosity, avarice, and the relationship between the two in Europe between c. 400 and c. 1550. 

This conference will provide an opportunity for researchers to present their research and increase interdisciplinary collaboration and networking.

The aim of the conference is to share high quality contributions from ongoing and early research.

Conference themes include:  

  • Patronage
  • Ideas of social responsibility
  • Materialities
  • Economy and finance
  • Diplomacy
  • Gender roles
  • Spirituality
  • Morality
  • Family roles
  • Community
  • Visual and literary depictions of generosity and avarice 

Presenters from:

  • Department of History
  • Department of Classics and Archaeology
  • Department of the History of Art
  • School of English

Event Format

The conference will take place on Microsoft Teams, a video chat and conferencing app. There will be presentations and discussions over the course of two days.

If you would like to join the conference please register for your spot via the booking tab and we will send an email invitation to the Microsoft Teams event platform prior to the conference. 

Booking ends 12 noon the day before. 

Contact the organiser

Jennifer Caddick

Who are we?

This is a collaborative event organised by postgraduate researchers and staff in the Department of History, led by Jennifer Caddick. 

It is supported by The Royal Historical Society.

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