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MEM is the Medieval, Early Modern and Colonial Hispanic Studies Research Group founded in Spring 2006 by Professors Catherine Larson, Steven Wagschal, and Juan Carlos Conde (now at Oxford University). The group hosts lectures, colloquia and symposia to promote the interchange of ideas between scholars in the US, the Americas and Europe, and to enhance the research on Hispanic culture and literature of our own graduate students and faculty. Our current membership includes six faculty and ten graduate students.

Please contact Cathy Larson or Steve Wagschal for more information or if you are interested in joining.



Fall 2009

In conjunction with IU's Department of the History of Art and the Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA), the MEM was proud to present the "Sacred and Profane Spain" conference.

Download symposium program pdf




Elizabeth Wright

Fall 2007

Professor Elizabeth R. Wright
Associate Professor, University of Georgia-Athens, presented the lecture "Enemy Incarnations:  The Epic Stratagems of Joannes Latinus,  an African-Andalusian Freedman Navigating an Age of Mass Enslavement (1570–73)"

Professor Wright also led the workshop "Intimations of Imperial Foundations:  A Cortés Letter and a Vernacular Livy for a New King and His Restless Subjects (Zaragoza, 1520–23)" 


The Other Golden Age

In Spring 2007, we held our first “Reunion Colloquium.” Entitled “The Other Golden Age,” the colloquium investigated the significant cultural production on the margins of the Spanish Golden Age, exploring texts by and about Muslims, by women, and including the use of indigenous languages.

The colloquium featured four recent alumni speakers: Robert Bayliss, Ph.D. 2003 (Assistant Professor, University of Kansas), Ana Benito, Ph.D. 2002 (Assistant Professor, Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne), Millie Gimmel, Ph.D. 2002 (Assistant Professor, University of Tennessee), Miguel Ángel Vázquez, Ph.D. 2001 (Assistant Professor, Florida Atlantic University.)


Patricia Grieve

In Fall 2006, Professor Patricia Grieve (Nancy and Jeffrey Marcus Professor in the Humanities at Columbia University) presented the lecture "The Eve of Spain: Mythmaking and the Conversion of History" and also led a workshop at the College Arts and Humanities Institute (CAHI). MEMbers enjoyed a catered dinner with the speaker after the events. 


Don Quixote 1605-2005 Symposium

In Fall 2005, our successful organization of the Don Quixote 1605-2005 Symposium led us to found MEM. The Symposium celebrated the 400th anniversary of Cervantes's Don Quijote de la Mancha Part I