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1st Annual Global Medieval Peasants Research Conference

Gathering together scholars from around the globe to remember peasants and share the importance of peasant histories for us today.

The world is built upon the backs of those who toil in the fields and labour in the towns. Yet their voices often remain hard to access. For those who we may term ‘peasants’ in the pre-modern world this problem is arguably even more acute. The Global Medieval Peasants Research (GMPR) Network wants to aid international discourse surrounding the subject of peasants in the pre-modern, ‘medieval’ world (c. 500-1500) and promote the latest scholarship addressing these diverse populations.

We are honoured to bring together interdisciplinary scholars from around the globe to discuss the diverse experiences and histories of peasants and the importance of remembering these peasants today. From the impact of indigenous practices on the ecological landscape of Southern Mexico to the forms of peasant resistance and revolt in Western India and late medieval England, it is our pleasure to be part of this conversation with these scholars, both early-career and senior professors. We hope that you will join us in sharing these stories and discussions about what peasants mean for our studies of the pre-modern world.

This year, we have the pleasure of receiving presentations from:

Dr Nerea Fernández Cadenas  Department of History, University of León

Dr Jennifer Cromwell  Department of History, Politics, and Philosophy, Manchester Metropolitan University

Prof Kent Deng  Department of Economic History, London School of Economics

Dania Keyrouz  History & Archaeology, Pázmány Péter Catholic University

Dr Julia McClure  Department of History, University of Glasgow

Dr Xu Mingjie  Department of World History, Fudan University

Dr Morten Oxenbøll  East Asian Languages and Cultures, Indiana University Bloomington

Dr Stuart Pracy Department of History, University of Exeter

Dr Daniel Reynolds  Centre for Byzantien, Ottoman, and Modern Greek Studies, University of Birmingham

Paro Tomar  Centre For Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

If you have any questions, please contact us at or use the contact form on our website You can also reach us on Twitter, @GlobalPeasants.

This is a conference event organised by the GMPR Network under the leadership of Dr Stuart Pracy (@StuartPracy) with the assistance of Emily Harless (@EMHarless).

1st Annual Conference: Research
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