What are the Strands?
The aim of the strand structure is to ensure balanced coverage of all aspects of research into the wider European Middle Ages. 35 evenly-sized strands make up the overall pattern of the Congress. This enables programming development across the wide geographical and chronological range of Medieval Studies. Overlaps and duplications are inevitable and the strand structure is intended to be inclusive, not exclusive, in nature. Each session will be allocated to a minimum of one strand but can be listed in a number of strands.
Programming Committee members have special co-ordinating responsibilities for a single strand within their specific area of expertise. The strand co-ordinator's role includes identifying particular research areas and fields, groups, bodies, and societies with relevant interests associated to the strand. Their aim is to provide a platform for presenting cutting-edge, ground-breaking, and innovative research and/or reflecting on past research trends, incorporating new perspectives, methodologies, approaches, technologies, utilising the Congress' unique size and scope to consider comparative and in-depth research side by side. The strand co-ordinator shapes the format, structure, and dynamics of the strand and ultimately co-ordinates the strand section of the programme. For details about each strand, click on the links below.
In addition to the recurrent 35 strands, the Congress designates one special thematic strand each year. This is complimentary to the recurrent strands and is not intended to replace them. While the special thematic strand is a one-off, the ongoing strands offer the opportunity to develop ideas over a number of years.
|Strand||Strand Co-ordinator||Strand||Strand Co-ordinator|
|Elaine Treharne, Stanford University||Andrew Galloway, Cornell University|
|Sam Turner, Newcastle University||Keith Busby, University of Wisconsin, Madison|
|Julian Gardner, University of Warwick||Yitzhak Hen, University of the Negev, Beer Sheva|
|Shaun Tougher, Cardiff University||Danuta Shanzer, Universität Wien|
|Helen Fulton, University of York||Marco Mostert, Universiteit Utrecht|
|Jaroslaw Wenta, Uniwersytet Mikolaja Kopernika, Torun||John Cherry, British Museum, London|
|Brenda M. Bolton, University of London||Bettina Bildhauer, University of St Andrews|
|Kurt Villads Jensen, University of Southern Denmark, Odense||Jo van Steenbergen, Universiteit Gent|
|Christian Rohr, Universität Bern||Gert Melville, Technische Universität Dresden|
|Gerhard Jaritz, Central European University, Budapest||Nils Holger Petersen, Københavns Universitet|
|Cora B. Dietl, Universität Giessen|
|Diane Watt, University of Surrey||Torstein Jørgensen, Universitetet i Bergen|
|Chris Lewis, University of London||Steven A. Walton, Michigan Technological University|
|Charles Insley, University of Manchester||Flocel Sabaté i Curuell, Universitat de Lleida|
|Anne-Marie Helvétius, Université de Paris VIII||Simon Forde, Co-Operative for the Advancement of Research through a Medieval European Network (CARMEN)|
|Pavel Blažek, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Prague|
|Eva Frojmovic, University of Leeds||Björn Weiler, Aberystwyth University|
|co-ordinated by Keith Busby, Andrew Galloway, and Sieglinde Hartmann||STS 2015: Reform and Renewal||Steven Vanderputten, Universiteit Gent|
|Sieglinde Hartmann, Universität Würzburg||STS 2016: Food, Feast, Famine||Paul Freedman, Yale University|