Somerville Medievalist Research Group

Somerville is home to one of the largest groups of medievalists in Oxford: our interests range from manuscripts to music theory, from genre to gender studies, from the British Isles to Russia.

We meet regularly for informal lunchtime discussions, but also organise interdisciplinary work-shops and conferences. Over the last five years, these have resulted in a series of conferences and workshops as well as two book publications.


Work on a third volume, on Temporality, is under way. There will be a workshop on 23/24 June 2016 in Somerville College.


Sean Curran, JRF in Music, Trinity College, Cambridge

Manuele Gragnolati, Professor of Italian, Sorbonne; Senior Research Fellow, Somerville

Racha Kirakosian, Assistant Professor of Medieval German and Medieval Religion, Harvard

Alastair Matthews, Marie Curie Research Fellow, University of Southern Denmark

Monika Otter, Associate Professor in Medieval English, Dartmouth College

George Southcombe, Director, Sarah Lawrence Programme, Wadham

Francesca Southerden, Assistant Professor in Italian, Wellesley College

Katherine Sykes, Lecturer in Medieval History, Hertford


News and events

15th May 2017

Somerville’s deepening ties with India

The first half of 2017 has seen a variety of events with the Oxford India Centre for Sustainable Development (OICSD), raising its profile both in the UK and abroad and furthering its core mission of advancing sustainable development in India.

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7th April 2017

Three Somervillians among subjects chosen for Oxford’s Diversifying Portraiture initiative

Professorial Fellow and holder of the Chair in Linguistics, Professor Aditi Lahiri Professor Dame Carole Jordan and Dame Esther Rantzen are among subjects chosen for new portraits commissioned to reflect Oxford University’s diversity.

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8th November 2016

Professor Aditi Lahiri awarded European Research Council grant

Somerville’s Linguistics Fellow Aditi Lahiri has been awarded an advanced grant by the European Research Council for the second time.

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