St Edmund Hall welcomes Bonn medievalists

18 Jun 2018

Oxford and Bonn medievalists in the Senior Common Room at St Edmund Hall
Oxford and Bonn medievalists in the Senior Common Room at St Edmund Hall

From 18 to 21 June, staff and students from the University of Bonn will be in Oxford for an intense three-day colloquium on medieval German literature and culture, hosted by three German medievalists: Henrike Lähnemann (Professor of Medieval German Literature and Linguistics and Fellow of St Edmund Hall), Almut Suerbaum and Annette Volfing.

This annual meeting, which is open to all graduate and undergraduate students who have taken medieval papers, provides an excellent opportunity to improve presentation skills, test proficiency in German conversation and enjoy some medieval merrymaking.

The Bonn and Oxford students will be presenting on topics as diverse as gender relations in Parzival and reading the controversy of two of the most famous German poets, Reinmar and Walther von der Vogelweide, as a ‘rap battle’! There will also be workshops, involving manuscripts and the Reformation holdings of the Taylorian, including testing a new mobile app on the Reformation in Oxford – a map which rightly includes also the medieval backstory around Hus and Wyclyf. This will make use of the appropriately medieval surroundings of St Edmund Hall – both as a conference venue in the congenial atmosphere of the Old Library and also as a former home to two of the leading Wyclifites of the 15th century, former principals of the Hall.

The full programme for 2018 is available here.

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