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Upcoming Events

31 August, 3:00-5:00 Slocum Room, Lilly Library

Fall Reception

7 September, 5:00-8:00, Showalter Arts Pavilion

"How to Make a Medieval Book"

Visit our Medieval Studies Booth at the First Thursdays Festival of the Arts and Humanities for a hands-on demonstration of how books were made before the age of the printing press, from preparing the parchment to completing the gold-embossed illustrations. Try your hand at using a stylus on wax tablets, deciphering medieval handwriting, and coloring an illuminated initial. See here for more details.

September 10, 3:00 pm, IU Cinema

Screening of “Becket” (1964) with an introduction by Patricia Ingham (English Department)

We hope you will be able to join us for the second film in our fall film series on "Heretics, Revolutionaries, and Reformers"

Description: “Will no one rid me of this meddlesome priest?” asks King Henry II (Peter O’Toole) in this classic treatment of the martyrdom of Thomas a Becket (Richard Burton), the twelfth-century archbishop of Canterbury. Depicting the early friendship and growing rift between the two men as Becket shifts his loyalties from king to church, Becket emotionally dramatizes the personal stakes of principled critique of and dissent from political authority. For more information, see the cinema website.

28-29 September, times and locations TBA

Alumni Lecture and Workshop

Lecture by Ellen Muehlberger (Associate Professor of Near Eastern Studies at the University of Michigan and author of Angels in Late Ancient Christianity): "Perpetual Adjustment: Untangling Tradition, Cult, and the Passio Perpetuae et Felicitatis"

Workshop with Gina Brandolino (Lecturer in English and the Sweetland Center for Writing at the University of Michigan) on writing about medieval studies pedagogy.

21 October, 3:00 pm, IU Cinema

Screening of “A Man for All Seasons” (1966) with an introduction by Robert Schneider(History Department)

We hope you will be able to join us for the first film in our fall film series on "Heretics, Revolutionaries, and Reformers"

Description: A Man for all Seasons dramatizes the final years of Thomas More, between 1529-1535, as he defies Henry VIII’s attempt to have him approve the annulment of his marriage to Catherine of Aragon and take the Oath of Supremacy making the king the “Supreme Head of the Church of England.” Based on the award-wining play by Robert Bolt, who also wrote the screen play, the film won six Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actor (Paul Scofield as Thomas More).

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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
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Medieval Studies Institute Director: Professor Shannon Gayk



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