CFP: Oxford Medieval Graduate Conference 2024: ‘Signs and Scripts.’

Oxford, 8 - 9 April


Oxford Medieval Graduate Conference 2024 ‘Signs and Scripts’

The Oxford Medieval Graduate Conference committee are excited to announce that the theme for the 2024 conference is: ‘Signs and Scripts’

The conference will be held in person on the 8th and 9th of April, 2024. We are delighted to announce this call for papers and invite proposals relating to all aspects of the broad topic ‘signs and scripts’ in the medieval world. Submissions are welcome from all disciplinary perspectives, whether historical, literary, archaeological, linguistic, interdisciplinary, or anything else. There are no limitations on geographical focus or time period, so long as the topic pertains to the medieval period.

Areas of interest may include but are not limited to:
Semiotics and semantics

Ways of (mis)reading

Palaeography and codicology

Spiritual / cosmological signs

Codes and conduct

Behavioural script

Dramatic script; theatre

Monuments; inscriptions

Heraldry; signboards

Graffiti and marginalia

Scripts of the body; tattoos


We ask that all presenters attend in person with hybrid participation available for attendees who cannot travel to the event.

Submission Guidelines
Papers should be a maximum of 20 minutes. A limited number of bursaries are available to help with travel costs, and we welcome applications from graduate students at any university.

Please send abstracts of 250 words to by 17th December, 2023.