The annual MEMSA conference is the finale of the academic year. It welcomes postgraduate students and early career academics to Durham to present papers and discuss their research with their peers, promoting academic connectivity and collegiality, dialogue and debate. Each year, the conference has welcomed a wide variety of interesting and engaging postgraduate papers, and enjoyed the privilege of hearing internationally regarded keynote speakers.

Crossing Borders, Contesting Boundaries July 2021

MEMSA warmly invites applications to present at its 15th annual postgraduate conference.

Following on from the success of its 14th conference on the same theme, MEMSA’s Crossing Borders, Contesting Boundaries conference will be running as a digital event from Monday 19th to Wednesday 21st July. Papers will be presented as pre-recorded video presentations, allowing for the contribution and the participation of delegates from across the world.

We welcome applications for 15- to 20-minute papers exploring the theme of crossing borders and contesting boundaries in its broadest possible sense. To apply, please send a proposal of circa 250 words and a brief biographical statement to by Friday 16th April.


Past Conferences

  • 14th Annual MEMSA Conference, 2020: Crossing Borders, Contesting Boundaries, Wednesday 22nd July (Online)

  • 13th Annual MEMSA Conference, 2019: Travel, Movement and Exploration in the Medieval and Early Modern World, Friday 12th July (Durham University) 

  • 12th Annual MEMSA Conference, 2018: Humour and Obscenity in the Medieval and Early Modern World, Tuesday 10th July  (Durham Castle, Durham University)

  • 11th Annual MEMSA Conference, 2017: Imitation and Innovation: Uses of the Past in the Medieval and Early Modern World, Wednesday 12th July (Hatfield College, Durham University)

  • 10th Annual MEMSA Conference, 2016: Identifying Identity: Ideas of Personal and Public Identity in the Medieval and Early Modern World, Friday 15 July (Hatfield College, Durham University)

  • 9th Annual MEMSA Conference, 2015: Darkness and Illumination: the Pursuit of Knowledge in the Medieval and Early Modern World, Friday 17th July (Durham University)

  • 8th Annual MEMSA Conference, 2014: Protest, Magic and the Reformation, Tuesday 12th May (World Heritage Visitors Centre, Durham University)

  • 7th Annual MEMSA Conference, 2013: On the Fringes: Outsiders and Otherness in the Medieval and Early Modern Worlds, Thursday 10th July (Durham University)

  • 6th Annual MEMSA Conference, 2012: Transition and Transformation in Medieval and Early Modern Cultures, Friday 6th July (Durham University)