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A medieval illustration of a person praying.

Spirits and Spirituality in Medieval Britain and Ireland C. 600 - 1400

An Interdisciplinary Online Conference at the University of Nottingham.

Wednesdays, 9th, 16th and 23rd March 2022

Key notes

  • Dr Annie Sutherland (Somerville College, Oxford)
  • Dr Katherine Weikert (University of Winchester)
  • Dr Francis Leneghan (St Cross College, Oxford)

Call for Papers

We invite papers which explore representations of spirits and spirituality in the medieval period from c. 600-1400 in Britain and Ireland, including, but not limited to, the following suggestions:

  • The influence of Eastern and / or Western patristics
  • Representations of spirits and demons
  • Approaches to spirituality
  • How spirits and spirituality are represented in medieval texts, artefacts, art and material culture
  • Alternative spiritualities

Please send abstracts of no more than 200 words to: by the 30th November 2021.


Organising committee: Dr Eleni Ponirakis (University of Nottingham, English), Dr Joanna Martin (University of Nottingham, English) and Dr Louise Nelstrop (Margaret Beaufort Institute, Cambridge and St Benet’s Hall, Oxford).

Header image from Legenda Sancti Francisci (1478) illustrated by Sibilla von Bondorf, © The British Library


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