Institute Events & Announcements
March 19, 2013, 3pm
Lecture by Jessica Brantley, "The Pavement Hours in Literary History"
The book of hours was by far the most common book of the late Middle Ages. This talk will consider the implications of that fact for the vernacular literary cultures that surrounded the popular prayerbook, focusing in particular on one complex illustrated manuscript from late-medieval York, the Pavement Hours (York Minster XVI.K.6).
Jessica Brantley is Associate Professor of English at Yale University, and interested in the cultures of medieval reading as they are preserved in manuscripts.
For more information, see the event page here.
Medieval Studies Film Series!
The series continues Wednesday, March 20 in Woodburn 120 with The Milky Way (1969)! And this semester's series will conclude with Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975) on April 17.
See the flyer here!
January 18, 2013
Roundtable: "Looking East and West: Crossing Cultural Borders and Building Disciplinary Bridges in Medieval Studies"
Please join us for this lively panel discussion on Friday, January 18, from 3-5pm in the Maple Room of the Indiana Memorial Union.
For more information, see our events page here.
October 18, 2012
Paul Freedman Lecture
Paul Freedman will be giving a lecture for the Medieval Studies Institute, "The Destruction and Preservation of Medieval Documents: A Set of Catalan Examples," at 4pm at the Lilly Library.
For more information, see our events page here.
Medieval Studies Movie Series!
We'll begin next Wednesday in Woodburn 120 with Anchoress (1993), followed by Brother Sun, Sister Moon (1973) on October 17 in Woodburn 101 and Ostrov (2006) on November 14, also in Woodburn 101.
See the flyer here!
Medieval Studies Minor at IPFW!
The College of Arts and Science at Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne (IPFW) is very pleased to announce the launch of a new interdisciplinary minor in Medieval Studies. This minor draws upon faculty from and provides course work in the areas of art history, English and linguistics, history, foreign languages, philosophy, and religious studies.
One of the unique features of the Medieval Studies program is a new team-taught 200-level course, MEST M201, Medieval Encounters, which makes its debut this fall. This course, which is required of IPFW Medieval Studies minors, introduces students to the medieval world broadly conceived and to the manifold ways in which it can be studied. It thus couples the acquisition of substantive knowledge with an introduction to the methodological and theoretical approaches particular to Medieval Studies, but applicable to the humanities in general.
More information on the Minor can be found here and at our facebook page.
August 31, 2012
Scholarly Editions and the Digital Age: Text and Music
An interdisciplinary workshop organized by the Medieval Studies Institute of Indiana University and the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music's Center for the History of Music Theory and Literature.
For more information, see the conference website here.
March 29-31, 2012
Vagantes 2012: The Annual Traveling Graduate Conference of the Medieval Academy of America
35 student presenters, representing 22 institutions across the U.S., Canada, and Europe, will come together to share ideas, make connections, and enjoy all Bloomington has to offer, including tours of the Lilly Library and the IU Art Museum, and a concert by the Early Music Institute. Participants will be invited to attend the annual Reader’s Circle, an evening of camaraderie, conviviality and recitation in medieval tongues. Our keynote speakers will be Shannon Gayk, Associate Professor of English at Indiana University, and Jordan L. Zweck, Assistant Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
The whole conference is free and open to the public, but registration by March 5, 2012, is required.
Monday, February 27
Lecture and Graduate Workshop by Professor Steven Kruger: “Conversion Timing”
Professor Kruger's talk will take up questions about the temporality of medieval conversion narratives, considering how these complicate straightforward chronology and ideas of supersession with multiple and sometimes contradictory movements that show time standing still, repeating itself, deferring completion, completed before it begins (and so forth). In developing this argument, he will examine both writings by medieval converts and third-person representations of conversion experience (e.g., the Early South English Legendary Life of Mary Magdalene).
The graduate workshop, "Exegesis as Autobiography," will take place over lunch.
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Events of Interest
March 9-10, 2012
Christianity and Culture in the Middle Ages
A conference to honor John Van Engen's 35 years of teaching at Notre Dame. Speakers will include: Giles Constable, William Courtenay, Susan Einbinder, Dyan Elliott, Roy Hammerling, Daniel Hobbins, William Chester Jordan, Ruth Mazo Karras, Richard Kieckhefer, Lezlie Knox, Rachel Koopmans, Robert Lerner, Bernard McGinn, David Mengel, Maureen C. Miller, Walter Simons, and Lisa Wolverton.
See the Conference flyer here.
The Medieval Studies Institute is a center for the study of medieval cultures from the fifth to the fifteenth centuries. Participating faculty are drawn from twenty academic departments at Indiana University.
The Institute administers area certificates and minors in Medieval Studies, coordinates an active schedule of events and colloquia open to the public, and promotes interdisciplinary work among the many Indiana faculty and students engaged in medieval studies.
In addition to the interdisciplinary and archival courses offered by the Institute itself, a full schedule of medieval courses is offered in the participating academic departments. Approximately 65 medieval courses are offered at Indiana University each year, not including the many courses in language instruction and independent research that student medievalists frequently take.
Graduate students at Indiana can earn a Graduate Area Certificate or Ph.D. Minor in Medieval Studies. Undergraduates can pursue an Undergraduate Area Certificate or Medieval Minor. However, many students participate in medieval studies at Indiana without enrolling in any of these formal programs, either by taking courses or by attending some of the Institute's many activities.
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