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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.

March 27, 5pm, & March 28, 9am-noon, Lilly Library

Mediaevalia 2014!

On Thursday, 27 March, Professor Erik Kwakkel (Leiden University) will give a public lecture titled "Kissing the Neighbor: How Medieval Letterforms Help to Tell Time." On Friday, 28 March, Professor Kwakkel will hold a hands-on workshop for 16 faculty and graduate students, "Why Study the Medieval Book?"

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

February 26, 7.30pm, BH 013

:: Magic | Religion | Science :: Film Series: Ladyhawke (1985)

A thief called “the Mouse” escapes the dungeons of medieval L’Aquila, dooming two lovers to lifelong separation by a corrupt bishop’s curse: by day Isabeau is transformed into a hawk, while at night Navarre becomes a wolf. Imperius, the monk who betrayed them, has found a way to break the curse, but only if he and the Mouse can get them back into Aquila to face the Bishop.

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

February 20, 2014, 4pm

MEST Alumni Lecture Series: Lecture by Claire Sponsler, "Reading the Beauchamp Pageant"

How did late medieval readers read? And how did they read books that combined words with pictures? A remarkable fifteenth-century manuscript book, the illustrated biography of Richard Beauchamp, the earl of Warwick, offers some clues. Looking at both the material features of the manuscript and at the cultural discourses, particularly performance, that shaped the makers and users of this book, we can glimpse habits of literacy in action, particularly at the intersection of the visual, the literary, and the theatrical.

See the PDF flyer here.

For more information, see the event page here.

January 23, 2014, 4pm

Lecture by Ann Marie Rasmussen, "Why Do Medieval Badges Matter?"

Medieval badges are small, cheap, mass-produced, lead-alloy objects meant to be worn, most commonly to be pinned or sewn onto clothing. Sacred and profane badges were manufactured and sold throughout the high and late Middle Ages, especially north of the Alps and in Great Britain. Thousands of badges survive; millions were probably produced between the late twelfth century and the Reformation. Whether made with religious or secular purposes in mind, badges employ a large arsenal of motifs and symbols to create memorable images. Closer study reveals that medieval badges are not merely souvenirs, visual representations, or signs. Rather, they imagine the relationships between self and world in ways that differ from our own. Are medieval badges a form of media? In this talk, Prof. Rasmussen will make the case that badges are an early form of mass media, arguably the first in the western world, and she will offer some thoughts on what medieval studies stands to gain from embracing this new form of evidence.

See the PDF flyer here.

For more information, see the event page here.

November 18 & 20, 2013, 5pm & 4.45pm

Lectures by Jan Herlinger, “Marchetto and Prosdocimo: A Musician and an Astronomer on Music in Medieval Padua” and “Marchetto of Padua: The Legacy of a Fourteenth-Century Musician and Theorist”

Full details are available on our events page. See the PDF flyer here.

November 13, 7.30pm, WH 120

Homecoming Film Series Conclusion, Robin Hood (2013)

Robin Longstride is just returned from a 10-year jaunt in the Crusades when he loses his king and his job. Back in England, Robin folds himself neatly into a Nottingham family, where a grieving widow named Marion and her father-in-law hardly care that he doesn’t much resemble their own departed warrior. This movie creates a portrait of the royal intrigue that went into creating Robin Hood rather than detailing the hijinks of the merry outlaws.

For more information, see the flyer here!.

October 24, 2013, 4pm

Lecture by Anthony Musson, "Seeing Justice: Visualizing the Culture of the Law"

The visual culture of the law is one that is frequently ignored in preference for its texts: legislation, reports of cases, legal treatises and other legal literature providing an essentially internalisation of the law. This lecture addresses these aspects by examining the portrayal of the law and lawyers in the artistic genres of medieval illuminated manuscripts, woodcarving, sculpture and brasswork. In so doing it evaluates the extent to which the visual culture promotes, but can also undermine, the authority of the law.

Anthony Musson is Professor of Legal History at the University of Exeter, and interested in the history of criminal justice, visual representations of law and justice, the legal profession, and law and governance in medieval Europe. For more information, see his webpage here.

For more information, see the event page here.

Medieval Studies Film Series!

Free Movie! Free Pizza! Free Soda! x 3! The "Homecoming" series begins Wednesday, September 18 in Woodburn 100 with The Return of Martin Guerre (1983)! And this semester's series will continue with A Month in the Country (1987) on October 16 in Woodburn 120, and conclude with Robin Hood (2010) on November 13 in Woodburn 120. Each movie night begins at 7.30pm.

See the flyer here!

September 13, 2013

MEST Annual Fall Reception

See a photo gallery of the reception here!

Join us from 4-6pm at Wells House for a time of welcome and celebration! We will introduce the 2013 Medieval Studies Fellowship recipient, announce the 2013 McRobbie Award 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.

See the PDF flyer here.

June 27, 2013

MEST Professors Storey and Walsh Featured in InsideIU!

InsideIU has done a spotlight on Professor H. Wayne Storey and Professor John Walsh, showcasing their work on the digital edition of Petrarch's "Canzoniere."

See the full article here.

April 26, 2013

GSAC Professionalization Event: "Navigating the Tenure-Track Job Search--What are they Looking For??"

The Medieval Studies Graduate Advisory Committee is hosting a roundtable with Ph.D Candidate Emily Houlik-Ritchie, Professor Deborah Deliyannis (History), Professor Diane Reilly (Art History), and Professor John Walbridge (NELC), designed to prepare you as you hunt for that elusive Tenure Track position!

April 5-7, 2013

Symposium: "Lamentations"

Join us for our 25th Annual Indiana University Medieval Symposium, "Lamentations." Professor Ross Brann, of Cornell University, will be our keynote speaker, and we have a wonderful line-up of speakers and events.

See the full schedule here.

March 29, 2013

GSAC Professionalization Event: "Navigating the Job Market--Alternatives to the Tenure Track"

The Medieval Studies Graduate Advisory Committee is hosting a roundtable with Alumnae Deborah Strickland (Pearson) and Gina Brandolino (University of Michigan) and the Career Development Office's Jan Van Dyck, designed to prepare you to look for jobs that suit your skills and life goals, and to familiarize you with academic and non-academic jobs that do not involve the tenure-track.

UPDATE: See the transcript here.

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.


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.


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

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Medieval Studies Institute Director: Professor Rosemarie McGerr



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