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24 October, 5:00-6:00 pm, Parker Library, BH 442

Old French Reading Group

Contact Andrea Whitacre for more information.

26 October, 5:30, Dogwood Room IMU

Edward A. Block Lecture in Jewish Studies by Marina Rustow, Princeton University

Sponsored by the Borns Jewish Studies Program. For more information, see here .

28-29 October, Hoagie Carmichael Room (Friday Events) and CAHI (Saturday Events)

"Affairs of the Heart: Medieval Cardiologies": A Symposium

Organized by Lucas Wood (FRIT) and featuring Julie Orlemanski (English, Chicago), Claire Jones (German, Notre Dame), Elizaveta Strakhov (English, Marquette), Elizabeth Sandoval (Art History, Ohio State), and IU’s own Karma Lochrie, Shannon Gayk, Sonia Velázquez, and Lucas Wood.

1 November, 12:30-1:30 pm, BH 464

Song School: Middle English Reading and Paleography Group

Song School is a group devoted to helping graduate students work on their Middle English pronunciation and paleography that will meets the first Tuesday of each month. No preparation or previous experience with paleography is required

4 November, 4:00 pm, Hoagie Carmichael Room

Lecture by Peggy McCracken (Michigan): “Metamorphosis and Living Death”

Part of the "Thinking with Derrida Symposium" sponsored by the IU Center for Theoretical Inquiry. Additional details, including the full program, available here .

5 November, 11:30-1:30 pm, Cardinal Spirits (922 S. Morton St. Bloomington, IN 47403)


The Transcribe-A-Thon will begin with an introductory lecture, designed to provide an overview of Carolingian paleography and how to transcribe this script. Following this lecture, we will go to Cardinal Spirits, where MEST GSAC has reserved the Distillery Room, and begin transcribing a surprise Carolingian manuscript. We will use T-PEN (Transcription for Paleographical and Editorial Notation), an online open-source tool for collaborative transcription projects, coordinated by the Center for Digital Theology at Saint Louis University. Over the course of two hours, we will eat, drink, and transcribe merrily with our community of faculty and graduate student medievalists. For more information, contact Emerson Richards at

8 October, 5:30 Walnut Room, IMU; Pre-lecture refreshments at 5:15

Annual Medieval Studies Alumni Lecture: "Dante's Vita Nova and Its Editors"

Jelena Todorovic, University of Wisconsin

9 November, 10:30, Charter Room IMU

Workshop with Alumni Lecturer Jelena Todorovic

17 November, 3:00-4:00, CAHI

Third Thursday Colloquium

Informal research presentation by Paul Losensky (Comparative Literature).

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Medieval Tapestry

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.

Many Medieval Studies Institute students take advantage of opportunities to study abroad.

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.

Medieval Studies Newsletter

The Medieval Studies Newsletter keeps our community informed about current events and documents the accomplishments of our faculty and students.

We are now making the newsletter available online for your convenience. If you would like a paper copy mailed to you, please contact the Institute.


Back issues are available online.


Journals Initiative

The Medieval Studies Institute houses an ongoing resource called the Journals Initiative which supports the publication of three journals relating to medieval studies: The Medieval Review, Textual Cultures: Texts, Contexts, Interpretation, and Exemplaria.



The Medieval Studies Institute

1020 E. Kirkwood Ave.
Ballantine Hall 650
Bloomington, IN 47405-7103
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Office Hours: by appointment.

Phone: (812) 855-8201
General Medieval Studies Institute email:
Medieval Studies Institute Director: Professor Shannon Gayk



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