27-29 April 2012. ‘Seals and their Context in the Middle Ages,’ an interdisciplinary conference to take place at Aberystwyth University and The National Library of Wales, in Aberystwyth, Wales, UK.
Seals are an important source of evidence for scholars of medieval Europe. This conference seeks to explore the functions of seals in the broadest possible context. Above all the conference will encourage debate amongst scholars operating from within different academic traditions. Themes will include:
• the use of seals in law and administration
• the act of sealing and the recording of this act
• how, why and by whom seals were employed
• the relationship between seals and other sources: visual, material and documentary
Adrian Ailes, The National Archives
Brigitte Bedos-Rezak, New York University
Paul Brand, Oxford University
Paul Harvey, University of Durham
T. A. Heslop, University of East Anglia
Brian Kemp, University of Reading
Daniel Power, Swansea University
Markus Späth, Universität Gießen
Nicholas Vincent, University of East Anglia
Seals and their Context in the Middle Ages emerges from the AHRC-funded ‘Seals in Medieval Wales’ project, and is timed to coincide with the project’s exhibition of medieval seals at the National Library of Wales.
For further information: www.aber.ac.uk/en/history/research-projects/seals or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Conference organisers: Dr John McEwan, Dr Elizabeth New and Professor Phillipp Schofield (Department of History and Welsh History, Aberystwyth University).
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