SMA Student Colloquium

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Society for Medieval Archaeology Student Colloquium 2018

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Call for Papers

The call for papers and registration for this year’s annual student colloquium is now open!

The conference is entitled ‘Living and Dying in the Middle Ages: Approaches to Medieval Power and Identity’ and will be held at the University of Exeter, 27th – 29th November 2019.

The call for papers is still open with an extended deadline of Friday 11th October 2019.

We welcome papers from across the medieval period (5th-16th centuries) and from all geographical areas. Papers from subjects outside archaeology but with a broader medieval significance will also be considered. We are particularly keen to encourage those adopting an interdisciplinary approach. Abstracts of 150-250 words should be emailed to:

Please include ‘Student Colloquium Abstract’ in the subject line and add up to 5 keywords alongside the abstract. Papers will be 15mins in length with additional time for questions.

We have 4x £50 travel bursaries to award students presenting at the conference, sponsored by Prof. James Clark, Associate Dean for Research for the College of Humanities at the University of Exeter, and we have prizes kindly donated by our sponsors will be awarded for the best student presentations!

Conference Programme

The programme for the conference currently consists of two days of student presentations plus:

· A keynote presentation delivered by Dr Duncan Wright (BGU) entitled: Crafters of Kingship: Smiths, elite power, and gender in early medieval Europe’

· A ‘Getting Published’ workshop and Q&A panel delivered by current SMA journal editor Dr Aleks McClain (University of York) and previous editor Prof. Oliver Creighton (University of Exeter)

· An optional conference dinner at ASK Italian (£14.95 for 2 courses or £17.95 for 3 courses)

· And a free tour of medieval Exeter, on the third and final day, delivered by John Allan, Exeter Cathedral Archaeologist.

Conference Registration

Registration is FREE for all members of the Society and £20 for all non-members. We would like to encourage membership with the Society as the cost of student membership is the same as the conference registration fee. For further information, please visit: Registration is now open at:

Members of the Society will require a code to secure their free ticket – this will be emailed to all members of the society but if there are any issues please do not hesitate to get in touch by emailing:

Please note, registration for the conference will close on 13th November 2019.

Conference Travel

If you are travelling to the conference by train we have secured you a great discount on your travel with our partners at Great Western Rail when you purchase your tickets through the following link:

Please be sure to take note of the following FAQs:

· The outbound leg of the journey is fixed and is non changeable

· The return leg is fully flexible

· The ticket is not refundable outside of normal conditions of carriage

· The delegate must present proof of conference attendance. A delegate may be asked to provide this proof by the train manager and failure to do so may result in having to pay the difference on a full price anytime ticket. Proof can be in the form of acceptance letter or email to the relevant email.

If the fare is not available check the station you are departing from. It must be a GWR station on the GWR network. Certain station near to the venue station may not applicable to receive the Conference fare


Previous Colloquia

2018 – University of Reading

2017 – Newcastle University organised by Emma Hook (University of Sheffield)

2016 – Vrije Universiteit Brussel organised by Marit Van Cant

2015 – University of Sheffield organised by Emma Green

2014 – Queen’s University Belfast organised by Sarah Kerr

2013 – University of Aberdeen organised by Patrycja Kupiec




The 2016 Colloquium was held in Brussels.



SMA Student Colloquium at Queen’s University Belfast in 2014