M e d•L A•B
MatthewEarly Medieval, Late Antique & Byzantine Research Forum

MedLAB is an interdisciplinary forum based in the School of History, Classics and Archaeology at Newcastle University. Its aims are to provide a focus for researchers in the field by reviewing and discussing recent work, hosting research seminars and symposia, providing feedback on its members’ developing papers and proposals, and stimulating new projects. MedLAB is open to all interested researchers at Newcastle University including staff and postgraduate students. All are welcome to attend MedLAB events.

Around twenty academic staff and PhD students at Newcastle take part, plus about ten MA students each year.


Our interests range from Iceland to Armenia via Britain, western Europe, Scandinavia and Byzantium. MedLAB events are currently coordinated by Sam Turner and Maria Duggan.

2014-2015 Seminars and Events

Dr Monica White, University of Nottingham
Names, Relics and the Byzantinophilia of a 13th-century Russian Prince
Thursday 9th October 2014, 4pm, Armstrong Building 1.06

Julia Smith, University of Glasgow
'Cursing and curing in eighth-century Rome'
Thursday 6th November 2014, 5pm, Armstrong Building 1.06

Apalirou Environs Project, Naxos -Joint seminar with the McCord Centre for Historic and Cultural Landscape
2014 Season update -accompanied by an exhibition: Interpretations of Byzantine art by the children of Naxos.
Thursday 13th November 2014, 5pm, Armstrong Building 1.06

Chris Callow, University of Birmingham
'Vikings and diasporas'
Thursday 20th November 2014, 5pm, Armstrong Building 1.06

Sophie Hueglin, Newcastle University
RESTOMO – Reintroducing Stone and Mortar in the Early Middle Ages
Thursday 8th January, 5pm, Armstrong Building 1.06

Harry Munt, University of York
'Pilgrimages, holy cities and caliphs in the early Islamic centuries'
Thursday 29th January 2015, Armstrong Building 1.06

Monica Haysom, Newcastle University
The Little Metropolis Church in Athens: A Cautionary Tale
Thursday 19th February, 4pm, Armstrong Building 1.06

Chris Wickham, University of Oxford
Consensus and assemblies in the Romano-Germanic kingdoms: a comparative approach
Thursday 12th March 2015, Armstrong Building 1.06


Maria Duggan or Sam Turner

Past Events