IMS 50th Anniversary Lecture Series. Saints' Lives in Medieval English: A Detective Story over Five Centuries

Veronica O’Mara, Professor of Medieval English Literature, School of Arts - English, University of Hull and Leeds alumna)

Celebrating 50 Years of Leeds Medieval Studies

1967 saw the foundation of the Centre for Medieval Studies and the International Medieval Bibliography. Both, together with the International Medieval Congress, established in 1994, now form the Institute for Medieval Studies.

Today the Institute for Medieval Studies continues to draw together medievalists from across the University and plays a pivotal role in the development of research, teaching, and impact in Medieval Studies. 

As every year, the IMS Open Lecture Series aims to showcase cutting-edge research by leading scholars in the many, variant aspects of medieval studies. The academic year, however, adds the fact that the Institute for Medieval Studies (and its successor bodies the Centre for Medieval Studies and the International Medieval Bibliography) were both founded in 1967. To mark this milestone we have tried to shape this lecture with that in mind, and include individuals and institutions where we have a long and prosperous relationship with. 

Veronica O’Mara is Professor of Medieval English Literature in the School of Arts at the Univerity of Hull. Her research specialism is medieval English religious literature, especially preaching; her other main research interests include the relationship between manuscript and print in the Middle Ages, and female literacy in the medieval and early renaissance period. She has published widely on sermons and nuns’ literacies in medieval England in the context of Europe. She is currently editing (with Dr Virginia Blanton, University of Missouri-Kansas City) the collection of medieval English saints’ lives about which she will be speaking on 6 February.

For updates and more information about the speakers, contact Axel Müller in the Institute for Medieval Studies, or see the Open Lectures website.