Medieval and Early Modern Spaces and Places

Event Date: 
23 Feb 2018 to 24 Feb 2018

 The Open University, Milton Keynes


The Open University will be hosting its annual two-day conference on spaces and places on 23-24 February 2018.

The conference will examine life in buildings, institutions and broader geographical areas from a variety of perspectives and will consider the following questions:

  • How were medieval and early modern spaces adapted and transformed through the movement of material and immaterial things?
  • Which particular aspects of political, social and economic infrastructures enabled the exchange of objects and ideas?
  • To what extent did a sense of place depend upon the activities taking place there?

A provisional programme can be viewed here.



As part of the conference, there will be a poster session from 3.45pm on Friday 23 February to promote research publications, events and initiatives of interest to medievalists and early modernists. Anyone interested in contributing to the poster session should e-mail  Leah Clark ( and Helen Coffey (


You can register for the conference here. The registration fee includes lunch and refreshments.


Please send any questions about the conference to Leah Clark ( and Helen Coffey (



The Open University is located just outside Milton Keynes centre. If you would like to stay overnight, we suggest that you book a room at a nearby hotel: Kents Hill ( This hotel provides a special discount to Open University-related events, so please mention that you are booking with the Open University when reserving a room — this discount can’t be applied to any external sites, so you’ll need to book it directly with the hotel.



Directions to the Open University’s campus at Walton Hall can be found here and a map showing the University’s location here.

The conference will take place in the University’s hub theatre. A map of the campus can be viewed here with a detail of the hub theatre here.

Submission date for papers: 
31 Aug 2017