Mediterranean Meetings in the Central Middle Ages

Friday 30 June – Sunday 2 July, 2017

St Edmund Hall, University of Oxford


By some accounts, 1017 marked the advent of the Norman presence in Italy and Sicily, inaugurating a new era of invasion, interaction and integration in the Mediterranean. Whether or not we decide the millennial anniversary is significant, the moment offers an ideal opportunity to explore the story in the south, about a thousand years ago. To what extent did the Normans establish a cross-cultural empire? What can we learn by comparing the impact of the Norman presence in different parts of Europe? What insights are discoverable in comparing local histories of Italy and Sicily with broader historical ideas about transformation, empire and exchange? The conference draws together established, early-career and post-graduate scholars for a joint investigation of the Normans in the South, to explore together the many meetings of cultural, political and religious ideas in the Mediterranean in the central Middle Ages.


The three-day conference features 80 speakers from around the world, and three parallel strands of sessions: ‘Conquest and Culture’, ‘Art and Architecture’ and ‘Power and Politics’.


Secure your place: register by 31 May 2017 at:


Meal bookings optional; conference dinner places limited; early booking strongly recommended.


Conference Website and Programme


Keynote Speakers

Professor Graham Loud (University of Leeds)

Professor Jeremy Johns (University of Oxford)

Professor Sandro Carocci (University of Rome ‘Tor Vergata’)


featuring a short highlight talk by

Professor David Abulafia (University of Cambridge)



Please contact the conference organizer:

Dr Emily A. Winkler (

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