The Medieval Research Centre at Leicester
The Medieval Research Centre was established in 1996 to co-ordinate interdisciplinary research and teaching in medieval subjects across the College of Arts, Humanities and Law at the University of Leicester, and to host conferences, colloquia and a programme of lectures and seminars by local and visiting speakers.
The College has more than 20 research-active staff, who work on the medieval period within the School of Archaeology and Ancient History, the School of English, the School of Historical Studies (including the Centre for English Local History) and the Department of the History of Art and Film, with research interests in fields ranging from late antique archaeology to the visual culture of the sixteenth century. The Centre regularly attracts funding for major research projects. The Centre has a lively post-doctoral and postgraduate culture, whose members are either working on innovative research projects or studying for Masters and Research Degrees in the full range of disciplines represented within the College.
We welcome enquiries from prospective students and scholars wishing to develop research projects and links with the Medieval Research Centre at Leicester.
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Violence in the Late Medieval Classroom
Why do schoolchildren need to be beaten? Throughout the history of Western Europe, it has been widely assumed that education should be accompanied by at least the threat of flogging and other forms of corporal punishment; however, there has been little sustained research to show how violence and pedagogy came to be linked at all.
Dr Ben Parsons (English) has secured funding from the AHRC to find out.