Centre for Medieval Literature

Centre for Medieval Literature (CML) is a Centre of Excellence founded in 2012 and funded by the Danish National Research Foundation. The CML seeks to establish a cross-disciplinary theoretical framework for the study of medieval literature on a European scale.

The Centre is located at the University of Southern Denmark (Odense) and at the University of York and is run by prof. Lars Boje Mortensen (Centre leader, SDU), prof. Elizabeth Tyler (York), and professor MSO Christian Høgel (SDU). The CML furthermore consists of participants from York and Odense and of a wider group of European and North American scholars.

For an overview of what the CML does, see also this Prezi from February 2016.

December 2016

CML on

"Ved at passe på fortiden, passer vi også på os selv": In taking care of the past, we also take care of ourselves. Read about the CML (på dansk) at This is the first article in what will be a series of five.

New book!

The Medieval German Lohengrin: Narrative Poetics in the Story of the Swan Knight, by CML/Marie-Curie postdoc Alastair Matthews, is out now from Boydell and Brewer! You can find the open-access version of Chapter 2 here.


Assistant Professor in Medieval Literature, History of Art, or History with the Danish Institute for Advanced Study, SDU. Deadline: Feb 15, 2017.

Call for applications

Medieval Ascension Narratives in Islamic and European Traditions: An Interdisciplinary Workshop with Christiane Gruber (University of Michigan), organized by the CML and the David Collection. Copenhagen, March 27, 2017. Deadline: December 18, 2016.

CFP, Pirate Fiction

"Pirate Fiction in the Middle Ages c. 500 - c. 1500 AD" will take place September 21-22, 2017. Paper proposals are due January 31, 2017.

CML conferences & presentations

December 2-3, Réka Forrai, "Latin for Greeks, Greek for Latins: Tools and Methods of Language Learning" at Language Multiplicity in Late Antiquity and Byzantium: Words—Texts—Contexts, Vienna.

December 3, Kristin Bourassa, "Pierre Salmon's Dialogues and Political Literature in Late-Medieval France," at the Late Medieval France & Burgundy Seminar, York.

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