MEMS Festival 2022 Call for Papers

We are delighted to share this year’s Call for Papers. The committee will accept submissions of individual paper and group panel proposals, of up to 250 and 700 words respectively.

Abstracts can be submitted until 29th April.

For more information, please see our dedicated CfP page, which you can find here.

May MEMS Fest 2021 begin!

We are delighted to release our Call for Papers for this year’s edition of MEMS Festival! We are looking forward to hearing about your research and the brilliant ideas you will be coming up with for panels.

Our brand-new team cannot wait to share with you (in time) what they have in reserve for MEMS Fest 2021. To remain informed about our programme, you can follow us on our social media platforms for new and exciting updates.

Very best wishes,

Segolene, Jasmin, George, Sophie, Charlie, Peter and Jessica
01 March 2021

Thank you!

Dear all,

A week on from MEMS Fest, we have had a chance to reflect on this year’s conference and the various successes and difficulties that accompanied the shift to an online platform.

First and foremost, we want to say another huge thank you to everyone that attended and participated in the festival. Everybody’s fantastic contributions and cooperation in an unfamiliar setting made running the digital conference a joy, and it was a privilege to engage with so many incredible individuals and ideas from across the globe. As mentioned in Friday morning’s plenary, our utmost priority at MEMS Fest is to facilitate a friendly and accessible environment in which all can participate, and from the very beginning you all helped create the dynamic and welcoming environment we were hoping for. The papers, panels, discussions, and workshop were all a huge success and we were overjoyed with the diversity of materials and approaches that were shared. Again, thank you so much to you all!

We have one final request to make of all that attended, which will help us build on this year’s festival and aid future committees in organising the best conference experiences they can. We would be incredibly grateful if you could take the time to fill out a feedback form for the conference, which will let us know what went well, and also where we can perhaps improve for future events. This form has been sent to all emails that registered for the festival, but if we have missed you, please don’t hesitate to send us a message and we will send a copy of the document!

We hope that you have all had a fantastic week since we last saw you, and, once again, thank you for sharing the festival with us.

Very best wishes,

Hetty, Fay, Michael, and Sam
21 June 2020

Registration open!

Registration for MEMS Festival is now open! 

The MEMS Summer Festival will take place on a digital platform this year, over the Friday 12th and Saturday 13th June 2020.

Please register here, or using the link at the bottom of the page, and don’t forget to engage with us and other participants by using the conference hashtag #MEMSFest2020!

As usual, there is no registration fee for MEMS Fest 2020. We would like state again our commitment to keeping MEMS Festival an open and accessible space for all, and welcome anyone and everyone to attend the festival, engage with our speakers and workshops, and participate in discussions.

More information can also be found on our Twitter and Facebook pages.

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One week until registration opens!

Registration for this year’s online MEMS Festival will open to all at 12pm (BST) next Thursday, 30th April 2020. 

Whether you are presenting a paper, leading a workshop, or joining the event as an attendee, we encourage all planning to attend the event to register as soon as you can! Whilst we will continue to update our website and post announcements on our social media pages, registering for MEMS Fest will ensure that you receive all updates about the festival and will allow you to receive the links that provide access to the festival’s digital platform.

The committee are excitedly working on putting this summer’s programme together, which will be complete and available for circulation in the near future. We are also happy to confirm that the dates for MEMS Festival will remain 12-13 June 2020 as initially planned.

More to come soon!






MEMS Fest moves online!

First and foremost, the committee would like to express how excited we are at the immediate positive response to MEMS Fest’s move online. This is a difficult time for everyone and we are very grateful for the continued support that we have received from the community. We are currently in the process of negotiating a new schedule and working out how we will shape and host our digital conference. Exciting developments to follow!

As an immediate point of action, we will be extending the current submission deadline for paper and panel proposals from Friday 27 March to Friday 5 April 2020. We understand that the move to a digital platform may affect how and what people are intending to present, and we are very keen to make this transition as easy as possible for all involved. We are still welcoming all new proposals or resubmissions of proposals that have been adjusted to suit the new digital platform. However, if you have already submitted a proposal, there is no need to resubmit!

More soon, and looking forward to working with everyone within this new format,

MEMS Festival 2020 Committee

MEMS Fest Update: Coronavirus

Firstly, we would like to thank everyone who have so far submitted abstracts for MEMS Fest 2020!

As we are sure you are all aware, the current global health crisis has led to the unfortunate cancellation of many conferences and events which were due to take place this summer. In the light of this situation, we feel that the right decision is for us to cancel MEMS Fest in June.

However, we are keen to explore the prospect of holding a smaller online symposium during which we can still engage with some of the exciting topics which have already been put forward. We are currently looking into ways we could make this possible and investigating platforms that we could possibly use to deliver MEMS Fest virtually.

We thank everyone who has supported MEMS Fest 2020 thus far, and we are grateful for your patience and understanding at this time. We will keep you updated as we continue to plan how we will go forth with the conference.

Travel Bursaries

We are no longer accepting travel bursaries for MEMS Fest 2019. The pot of money for travel bursaries has been distributed amongst those who applied.

Now preparations for the event are in full swing and we cannot wait to hear from all our brilliant speakers.


Meet the MEMS Fest 2019 Committee

Anna Turnham

Anna is an AHRC funded CDP PhD Student, working with the British Library and her research focuses on ‘Sixteenth-Century Anglo-Scottish Diplomacy’, specifically Ambassadors, networks and news in correspondence



Francesca Richards

Francesca is a MA student in Medieval and Early Modern Studies with interests in gender, health and medicine.



Jack Wilcox

Jack is a CHASE funded doctoral candidate in MEMS. His research concerns the development of the Tree of Jesse iconography in the early Gothic period



Bonisha Bhattacharyya

Bonisha is presently pursuing her doctorate at MEMS. Her research is on 17th C European travel writing on India. She is also a Digital Humanities student and an enthusiast.