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27 & 28 March

27th Annual Symposium, "Hearing and Speaking the Middle Ages"

Join us for our twenty-seventh annual symposium, including a keynote lecture by Samer Ali. See our Symposium page for details!

11 March, 7.30 pm, BH 013

"Seeing and Believing" Film Series: "Shadowlands" (1994)

Join us for Richard Attenborough's film "Shadowlands," the second entry in our Spring 2015 Movie Series, "Seeing and Believing." Admission, pizza, and soda are all free! For a synopsis of the film, details on the movies yet to come this semester, and to see who will be briefly introducing each movie, see the event page or the PDF flyer!.

25 February, 7.30 pm, BH 013

"Seeing and Believing" Film Series: "The Seventh Seal" (1957)

Join us for Ingmar Bergman's film "The Seventh Seal," the first entry in our Spring 2015 Movie Series, "Seeing and Believing." Admission, pizza, and soda are all free! For a synopsis of the film, details on the movies yet to come this semester, and to see who will be briefly introducing each movie, see the event page or the PDF flyer!.

19 February, 5 pm, & 20 February, 9.30 am-noon, Lilly Library

Mediaevalia at the Lilly 2015!

On Thursday, 19 February, Dr. William Noel will give a public lecture titled "The Archimedes Palimpsest and other Open Books." On Friday, 20 February, Dr. Noel will hold a workshop for faculty and graduate students, "The Psalms, Their Interpretation, and Their Use."

For more information, see the event page and the flyer here!.

29 January, 5.30pm, Maple Room, IMU

Lecture by Dana Marsh: "Music as a Liturgical Sublimation of the Charismata: Augustine to the High Middle Ages"

Professor Marsh will present a case study focused on the linguistic history of one word, iubilare, tracing its semantic development from Roman antiquity, and later Augustine of Hippo, through to Durand of Mende and beyond. Within musicological circles, the genre of liturgical commentary has received increasing attention in studies that attempt to shed light on the obscurities of chant notation and corresponding variants between the musical sources, as well as the light these obscurities and variants can potentially shed on performance practice.

An extended reception will follow at 6.30pm, with continued informal discussion, soft drinks and a variety of foods. See our Events Page for more details and a full abstract. A PDF flyer is available here!.

13 November, 6pm, Hoagy Carmichael Room (Morrison Hall 006)

Lecture by Lynn Staley: "Anne of Bohemia and Ricardian Kingship"

Anne of Bohemia was queen of England from 1382-1394. There are some contemporary chronicle accounts of her and some traces in official records, as well as hints in literary texts either about her or addressed to her. Medieval "readings" of Anne, like modern "readings," fictionalize her, employ her as a sign for Richard II's understanding of his own regal power and suggest that Anne fulfilled her role as queen by functioning as a figure for mercy in the face of Richard's justice. In this talk Professor Staley will go over the facts and fictions we have about Anne and add some new ways of thinking about her by re-conceiving the role of royal women during the Fourteenth Century, particularly in relation to what ideas were available to them about their own relationships to power.

Reception to follow. See our Events Page for more details. A PDF flyer is available here!.

15 October, 5.30pm, Presidents' Room, University Club, IMU

Lecture by Mary Carruthers: "Stylistic Effects and Bodily Health in Medieval Aesthetics"

This talk explores the traditionally close relationship between ancient and medieval medical theories and rhetoric by focusing on the vocabulary commonly used for the various effects of style, musical, verbal, graphic and architectural. Words such as 'sweet', 'harsh', 'soft', 'dry', and 'frigid' expressed aesthetic values as well as signifying particular sensations of the body that could affect humoral balance and health. Medieval psychology used a model of knowing that originated with the natural sensations of body, received in the brain and processed by the joint activity of imagination, memory, and recollection into conceptual 'objects' proper for thinking. In this way, artefacts could be agents for health and psychic well-being as well as instruments for true human knowledge.

For more information, see our Events page and flyer!.

17 September, 5.30pm, Faculty Room, University Club, IMU

Fall Reception

Join us for a time of welcome and celebration! We will introduce the 2014 Medieval Studies Fellowship recipient, announce the 2014 McRobbie Fellowship recipient, welcome new students and faculty, and celebrate faculty honors. We will also enjoy refreshments and the unparalleled conviviality of the Indiana University Medieval Studies community as we begin the new academic year. Please RSVP to so we can make sure we have enough food for everyone! Please note that the venue has changed from that given in the "Mark Your Calendars" email.

For more information, see our Events page and flyer!.

9 April, 5pm, CAHI (1211 E Atwater Ave)

Informal Talk with Paul Strohm

This informal presentation and discussion will concern several problems Paul Strohm (Emeritus Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University) has encountered while writing a Chaucer biography, together with some proposed ways of dealing with them.

For more information, see our Events page and flyer!. Update: Prof. Strohm's talk will begin at 5. Informal conversations can begin at 4:30.

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.

Medieval Tapestry

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
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Medieval Studies Institute Director: Professor Rosemarie McGerr



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