MAMO 3 will take place at the University of Manchester between 28 June and 1 July, 2017.

REGISTRATION: eStore registration page can be found at:

Draft programme (revised 15 May) here: Draft-prog-1

Paper and roundtable abstracts: Abstracts_Combined_Apr

Conference poster for download: MAMO Poster

NEW: Medievalist Visions

Our season of medievalist film will open with Lotte Reiniger’s The Adventures of Prince Achmed (1926), with a live musical accompaniment by Manchester musician Chris Davies. This will take place on the evening of Wednesday 28 June at the arts venue, home-rgb (, whose support we gratefully acknowledge). On Thursday 29th, after the dinner, there will be a screening of Chris Newby’s Anchoress (1993), at 8.40On Saturday 1 July, after the formal close of the conference, Youssef Chahine’s Saladin (1963) will be introduced by Anastasia Valassopoulos (Manchester) at 3.15, followed by Vincent Ward’s Navigator (1988) at 6.40.

NEW: Daisy Black’s one-woman show, Broken Shells: A Medieval Sea Story, is based on Chaucer’s Man of Law’s Tale. It will be staged at Manchester Cathedral at 5.30 on the evening of Friday 30 June. Admission is free but it is essential to book in advance.

Other confirmed details at present – keynote addresses:

Prof. Jeffrey Jerome Cohen (George Washington University), ‘Not Wanted in the Arkive: Hope, Despair and the Afterlife of Catastrophe’

Dr Chris Jones (St Andrews) ‘Anglo-Saxon: “Pure English” and “Fossil Poetry?”‘

Patricia Lovett MBE (calligrapher and illuminator,, ‘Illuminating Wolf Hall and Writing on Skin’

Thanks to all who have submitted proposals for roundtables, panels, and individual papers. The complete abstracts are available below. It is safe to say, on the basis of your efforts, that it will be a large and varied conference.

As the title suggests, MAMO aims to explore the continued return to, and relevance of, the Middle Ages in the modern world, and why the period continues to attract audiences and scholars. In particular, its interdisciplinary focus is designed to explore a range of areas, from popular culture to public history, from science to advertising, and even legal frameworks and political rhetoric. MAMO was inaugurated in 2013 at the University of St Andrews. The second MAMO conference took place in July 2015 at the University of Lincoln, in conjunction with celebrations of the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta, when Lincoln’s own copy of the Magna Carta was returned and on display in the castle.

The 2017 MAMO conference is being organised by David Matthews and James Paz, in the Department of English at the University of Manchester.

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