School of History Medieval History Seminar: The politics of female monasticism in the Vita Hathumodae

This lecture is part of the annual School of History Medieval History seminar series, which welcomes lectures on medieval topics and is hosted by the IMS and the School of History.

Sarah Greer (Leverhulme Trust Early Career Research Fellow, School of History, University of Oxford) will deliver this seminar, titled ‘Becoming Royal: The Politics of Female Monasticism in the Vita Hathumodae’. 

Prior to beginning her role at the University of Oxford in October 2019, Greer completed her PhD in Mediaeval History at the University of St Andrews and also worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the same institution. Her doctoral research focused on the development of royal female monasteries in Saxony from c.852 to 1024, examining how memory was used at these sites to alter the relationships between these institutions and the rulers of their region. 

Greer’s Postdoctoral Fellowship involved working on the Project Team of After Empire: Using and Not Using the Past in the Crisis of the Carolingian World, c.900 – 1050. This three-year research project aims to understand the tenth century on its own terms and engages scholars and associated partners from Germany, Austria, Spain and the UK to research how people in the tenth and early eleventh century dealt with crisis and change in the political order. Greer contributed to the research strand titled ‘University of St Andrews: Narrated Pasts in the Tenth-Century Present’. 

Greer’s current research explores the interplay between memory, gender and politics. In addition to working on a monograph based on her doctoral research, Greer has also recently published ‘The disastrous feast at Werla: political relationships and insult in the succession contest of 1002’ in German History (2019). 

The lecture, held in the Grant Room on the fourth floor of the Parkinson Building, will be followed by a drinks reception. All are welcome!

All queries can be directed to the organisers: Dr James DohertyDr Fraser McNair, and Florence Scott