The Maius Workshop


Named after the tenth-century painter and scribe of the Morgan Beatus manuscript, the Maius Workshop is an interdisciplinary group that brings together graduate students and early career scholars who share interests in the Hispanic world, encompassing history, art, literature, theatre, music, and more. The group’s primary focus spans the middle ages to  early modernity, but scholars outside these chronological limits are also welcome.

We aim to encourage dialogue among specialists working in different institutions and disciplines, and at various stages of their academic life, creating an inclusive and collaborative network of Hispanists. Our meetings are informal and supportive, enabling participants to discuss their research projects and methodological problems, and also to share practical advice. Not a platform for polished work, we are a studio, a laboratory, a workbench—a friendly environment to try and test new ideas, and an exciting venue for unexpected discoveries and connections.


The group was established in 2017 by Costanza Beltrami (PhD Candidate, The Courtauld Institute of Art), María Teresa Chicote Pompanin (PhD Candidate, The Warburg Institute) and Maeve O’Donnell (PhD, The Courtauld Institute of Art, 2018).

During the 2017–18 academic year, the group convened four research workshops with presentations from PhD candidates and early career scholars from London universities (The Warburg Institute, The Courtauld Institute, King’s College London, UCL), and from institutions further afield (Cambridge, Exeter, and Glasgow). Exciting events—including exhibition tours and masterclasses in London and Durham—are planned for 2018–19. Further information on our past and future projects can be found on our ‘Meetings’ and ‘Blog’ pages.

The group is kindly supported by ARTES, the Iberian and Latin American Visual Culture Group.