The Influences of the Dominican Order in the Middle Ages


Read a report on this event by Eleanor Giraud or an account of the first day's tour at the Dominican Friars' website.

From its modest foundations in 1216, the Dominican Order grew rapidly in the first century of its existence, establishing itself across Europe as a learned Order of Preachers.  This interdisciplinary conference will explore the influences of the Dominican Order on all aspects of medieval life, encompassing the large-scale influences of the Order and the legacy of its prominent figures, as well as the impact that the Order had on those that came into contact with it.


Conference programme

The conference programme is now available hereAbstracts for the conference papers are now available here.

The keynote paper will be delivered by Mary Rouse, on ‘The Vital Impact of the Dominicans on Books at the University of Paris, 1217-1350’.  The programme will feature papers on the Dominican influence in England, Northern Europe, Italy, Eastern Europe, and the Byzantine world; the influence of Friars on other movements and communities; Dominican influence on architecture, art, books, music and liturgy; and influential Dominican philosophers and theologians. In addition, the conference will include a walking tour of medieval Oxford, and a concert of music that can be associated with the Dominican Order.  



Single accommodation with ensuite bathroom will be available at Lincoln College’s Museum Road site, a short walk from the Taylor Institution (Lady Abraham House, Museum Road, Oxford, OX1 3PX).  Accommodation costs £45/night, which includes a continental breakfast and wifi. 

Conference Venues

The conference will take primarily in the Taylor Institution (known locally as the ‘Taylorian’), Saint Giles', Oxford, OX1 3NA.  Lunches will be served in the Aula of the Dominican House, also on St Giles’.  Friday evening’s concert and dinner will take place in Lincoln College’s main site on Turl Street (Oxford, OX1 3DR).  Accommodation is provide on Lincoln College’s Museum Road site (Lady Abraham House, Museum Road, Oxford, OX1 3PX). Click here to view a map of the conference venues.

How to get to Oxford: for further information on getting to Oxford, click here.



Registration is now closed, the deadline for registration was 21st August 2015.

The conference registration fee is £80 for all three days, or £30 per day.  The registration fee includes a sandwich lunch and light refreshments on each day. 

The conference will open with an optional walking tour of medieval Oxford, and on the Friday evening there will be a concert of music associated with the Dominican Order in Lincoln College Chapel, both of which are included in the registration fee.  The concert on Friday will be followed by the conference dinner in Lincoln College; the price for the three-course dinner with wine is £25.  (If you would like a vegetarian meal or have other dietary requirements, please indicate this during registration.)

We have a small number of student bursaries worth £25 available, which will be awarded on a first come, first served basis. If you are a student and interested in applying for a bursary please contact Eleanor Giraud directly.


Conference Organisers

Dr Eleanor Giraud, Lincoln College, Oxford,
Fr Gregory Schnakenberg, OP, Blackfriars Hall, Oxford.

All enquiries should be sent to Eleanor Giraud:

The conference has been generously supported by: Oxford Medieval Studies, sponsored by The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH); The Michael Zilkha Fund, Lincoln College; Blackfriars, Oxford; The Plainsong and Medieval Music Society; and Medium Aevum.




Oxford Medieval Studies

Contact name: Eleanor Giraud
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