Normans in the South
Friday 30 June – Sunday 2 July 2017
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 aims to draw 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.
Organized by Dr. Emily Winkler (Haskins Society European VP), this conference is sponsored by the Haskins Society as well as TORCH (the Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities), with support from the Khalili Research Centre for the Art and Material Culture of the Middle East and St Edmund Hall, University of Oxford. Fuller information on registration, participant options for meals, location, and similar details are available at the Conference Registration Website. The draft programme is now available as well.
Bursaries and Financial Support
Royal Historical Society – Conference travel
Khalili Research Centre for the Art and Material Culture of the Middle East
Denis Bethell Prize
Delegates are responsible for their own accommodation, and are advised to book as early as possible: Oxford is a popular travel and conference destination in the summer. A few suggestions include: University Rooms, Oxford University Club, The Buttery Hotel, The Bath Place Hotel, The Tower House Hotel. More expensive options include The Randolph Hotel or The Malmaison.
The nearest airports are Birmingham International Airport (c. 1 hour away by train: see Rail, below, for connection details) and Heathrow (c. 90 minutes away by bus: see Bus, below, for connection details).
The closest rail station is Oxford. The next closest station (c. 3 miles) is Oxford Parkway. There are rail and bus links between the two stations. To book, visit http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/.
From Heathrow or Gatwick airports: https://airline.oxfordbus.co.uk/.
For St Edmund Hall, ask the driver for the Queen’s Lane stop. For city centre, ask for Gloucester Green (final stop).
There are taxi ranks a short walk from the Oxford Railway Station and the Oxford Central Bus Station. To book a taxi in advance, contact Royal Cars: +44 (0) 1865 777333 or http://www.royal-cars.com/.
Parking in Oxford is limited, so you are advised to use Oxford Park and Ride: https://www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/cms/public-site/park-and-ride.