Keynote Speakers

Andrew B.R. Elliott is Senior Lecturer in Media and Cultural Studies at the University of Lincoln, where he works on the representation of history in film, television and video games. Author of Remaking the Middle Ages (on medieval film), and editor of The Return of the Epic Film and Playing with the Past (on the 21st-century epic and historically-themed video games, respectively), he has published on a number of aspects relating to historical film, television and video games, from the classical world to the Middle Ages. His recent research focuses on medievalism in online culture, political discourse and films from Tarkovsky to Tavernier. His most recent book is Medievalism, Politics and Mass Media: Appropriating the Middle Ages in the Twenty-First Century (Boydell and Brewer, 2017).

Tenured Professor at the Universidad Complutense and Director of the Institute for Theater Studies and Co-Director of the Seminary for Theatrical Studies, Julio Vélez Sainz holds a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago (2002) and a second one from the Universidad de Salamanca (2008). He has previously held positions as “Ramón y Cajal” Research Fellow at the Complutense and as Assistant Professor at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and has worked as Visiting Professor in Chicago, Brown University and Georgia (USA), Toulouse-Jean Jaures (France), and Ambato (Ecuador). With over a hundred talks in the Americas, Europe and Asia, Prof. Vélez has published five monographs, six critical editions and 120 articles in Spanish and English. His latest monographs is entitled “El rey planeta”: Suerte de una divisa en el entramado encomiástico en torno a Felipe IV (Madrid, Iberoamericana). He has been the Principal Investigator of several national and international research projects and currently directs two. His blog at The Huffington Post (Spain) can be found at

Martin Aurell is Professor of Medieval History at the University of Poitiers and director of the Centre d’Etudes Supérieures de Civilisation Médiévale. He is the editor of the review Cahiers de Civilisation Médiévale. He has worked on kinship, literacy, nobility and power in Central Middle Ages. Last books: L’Empire des Plantagenêt (1154-1224), Paris, Perrin, 2003 (English translation 2007, Spanish 2012); La Légende du roi Arthur (550-1250), Paris, Perrin, 2007; Le Chevalier lettré : savoir et conduite de l’aristocratie aux XIIe et XIIIe siècles, Paris, Fayard, 2011 (English translation 2017); Des Chrétiens contre les croisades (XIIe-XIIIe siècle), Paris, Fayard, 2013.

Nicholas Jones's research agenda explores the agency, subjectivity, and performance of black diasporic identities in early modern Iberia and the Ibero-Atlantic world. In doing so, his work enlists the strategies, methodologies, and insights of Black Studies into the service of Early Modern Studies and vice versa. To that end, Jones's scholarly and teaching interests re-imagine the lives of early African diasporic people via the global circulation of material goods, visual culture, and ideological forms represented in archival documents and literature from West-Central Africa, Iberia, and the Americas. He is the author of Staging Habla de Negros: Radical Performances of the African Diaspora in Early Modern Spain (Penn State UP, May 2019) and co-editor of Early Modern Black Diaspora Studies: A Critical Anthology (Palgrave-MacMillan, December 2018) with Cassander L. Smith and Miles P. Grier. Currently, he's at work on a new book that examines the role of material culture in the cultural and literary production of black women in early modern Iberia.

Paulo Pachá is Assistant Professor of Medieval History at Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) since 2019. He is a historian specialized in the history of Early Medieval Europe with an emphasis on the political and economic history of the Visigothic Kingdom of Toledo. He also researches conservative contemporary appropriations of European Medieval History, especially in Brazil. Paulo received his PhD in History in 2015 from the Universidade Federal Fluminense (UFF), with a thesis on the structure and dynamics of the Visigothic state in the seventh century. He is a member of research groups such as "PEM - Programa de Estudos Medievais", “NIEP-Marx-PréK” and “TOLETUM – Red para la investigación sobre la Península Ibérica en la Antigüedad”. He presented his work at conferences in South America, North America, and Europe, and has published several articles, book chapters, reviews and Op-eds on the history of the Visigothic Kingdom of Toledo and the weaponization of the European Middle Ages. Paulo is the co-editor (with Michael Kelly) of the online symposium "Capitalism's Past" and the co-editor (with Sabine Panzram) of the forthcoming book "The Visigothic Kingdom: The Negotiation of Power in Post-Roman Iberia", to be published by Amsterdam University Press in 2020. Prior to becoming Assistant Professor at UFRJ, he was Assistant Professor at UFF (2017-2019) and Lecturer in Medieval History at the Fundação Getúlio Vargas (2014-2015), both in Rio de Janeiro. He also was visiting scholar at the Institut für Mittelalterforschung in Vienna (2016) and postdoctoral researcher at the Universität Hamburg (2016-2017)

Associate Professor of Spanish Literature (accredited for promotion to Full Professor) at the Complutense University of Madrid, Sanmartín focuses her research on the performativity of literature in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries (Teatralidad y textualidad en el "Arcipreste de Talavera", Queen Mary University, 2003; El arte de morir, Iberoamericana, 2006), and nineteenth century and contemporary medievalism (Imágenes de la Edad Media, CSIC, 2002; Visitando la Edad Media, Fundación Amantes de Teruel, 2009; and Pasados apropiados, Nausícaä / Institut d'Estudis Medievals UAB, 2013, with Julián Ortega). Sanmartín combines these subjects with works on female medieval mysticism (La representación de las místicas, Real Sociedad Menéndez Pelayo, 2012; Las Revelaciones de María de Santo Domingo, Queen Mary University, 2014, with María Luengo; La comida visionaria, Critical, Cultural and Communications Press, 2015; and El Libro de la oración de María de Santo Domingo, Iberoamericana, 2019, with Victoria Curto). Sanmartín has worked for several years at the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (1996-2004) and the University of Manchester (2001-2003) and has been a Visiting Professor and Researcher at Queen Mary University, London (2008), Nottingham (2014) and Trento (2016).

Tommaso di Carpegna Falconieri was born in Rome in 1968 and received his master's degree (laurea) in 1992 from the Università di Roma “La Sapienza.” In 1996 he received his PhD in Medieval History at the Università “Cattolica” in Milan. Since 1998 he has been affiliated with the University of Urbino, where he is currently Associate Professor of Medieval History, accredited for promotion to Full Professor. He has taught courses in “Methodology of Historical Research,” “Medieval Antiquities and Institutions,” “History of Eastern Europe” and "History of Christianity,” and he served as President of the School of Literature, Arts, Philosophy from 2016 to 2019.

Special Sessions

Laurent Hablot was born in 1972. After teaching in Poitiers, attached to the Centre d’Etudes Supérieures de Civilisation Médiévale, he is now director of studies in the 4th section of the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes - Paris Sciences et Lettres, holder of the Western Emblematic conference. Author of several works on the subject including a Manual of heraldry and medieval emblematic (Tours, 2019) and a hundred articles (, he defended in 2001 a thesis devoted to the badges and the emblems of princes in Europe at the end of the Middle Ages, and, in 2015, his habilitation to direct research on the practice of sharing coats of arms in the Middle Ages. Today he is continuing his research on signs of identity, their uses and functions in medieval society, notably around questions of heraldic law and the analysis of different representation systems such as the crest, signs of military recognition, the signs of function and power.  He is also the coordinator of the online databases ARMMA (Armorial monumental of the Middle Ages), SIGILLA (database of seals kept in France) and DEVISE and bearer of the E-SIGNA program, portal of the medieval emblematic.