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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. Since 1993, TMR (formerly the Bryn Mawr Medieval Review) has been publishing reviews of current work in all areas of Medieval Studies, a field it interprets as broadly as possible. The electronic medium allows for very rapid publication of reviews, and provides a computer searchable archive of past reviews, both of which are of great utility to scholars and students around the world. TMR operates as a moderated distribution list. Subscribers receive reviews as e-mail; TMR posts each review as soon as the editors have received and edited it. There is no paper TMR. Once posted, reviews are archived and available for viewing, searching, printing, etc. on its website.

Textual Cultures: Texts, Contexts, Interpretation. From its origins in 1983 as the collected papers of a small but innovative group of specialists in the area of textual editing, TEXT: An Interdisciplinary Annual of Textual Studies has led the way in opening the Anglo-American discussion in the emerging field of textual studies. Textual Cultures continues the tradition of TEXT but with an ever more inclusive and a multi-voiced approach not just to issues of textual editing and redefinitions of textuality, but to the notion of the diverse textual cultures in which these definitions and our approaches develop and evolve. The endeavor of Textual Cultures to investigate the meaning and implications of textuality is designed to widen our understanding of how new developments in fields like codicology, material philology, art history, musicology and cultural studies are redefining and integrating our notions of what constitutes a text in diverse cultural contexts.

Exemplaria. Launched in 1989, Exemplaria publishes papers that reconsider the methods and aims of scholarship on the medieval and early modern periods, broadly conceived. Authors are invited to submit work that promotes the journal’s interpretive aims and moves, engages critical theories, or otherwise seeks to sharpen the edges of current intellectual or literary debates. The editors are committed to a rigorous, productive, and strictly double-blind process of peer review, which is usually completed within three months. The Times Literary Supplement said of Exemplaria that "it breaks into new territory, while never compromising on scholarly quality."

Reading Groups

If you are interested in more information on any of the reading groups, or would like to start another, please do not hesitate to contact the Institute.

Middle English ("Song School")

The Song school (the Middle English reading and paleography group) meets every other week. All are welcome and no preparation is needed. Please contact Professor Shannon Gayk for more information.

Late and Medieval Greek

From the Septuagint to Romanos the Melodist, and everything in between,.  All genres—including novels, letters, histories, poetry, hymns, treatises, and epigraphy—are fair game. Contact Sean Tandy for meeting times and current readings.

Medieval Latin

An assortment of Latin texts.  Previous authors include: Gregory the Great, Bede, Abelard, Heloise, Isidore of Seville, and Ubertino of Casale. Contact Miles Blizard for current readings.

Old English

An informal group that meets regularly to read Old English Literature. Contact Kyle Grothoff for current readings.

Old Norse

Meets one Friday evening per month.  Two semesters Old Norse (or equivalent) are required.  Contact Kari Gade or Rob Fulk for details.


The purpose of the Medieval Studies Newsletter is to keep our community informed about current events and to document the accomplishments of our faculty and students.

We have traditionally distributed the newsletter via campus mail, but 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.

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Resource Links for Medieval Studies

Featured Resources

Advice and recommendations from Dot Porter, Associate Director for Digital Library Content and Services in the Digital Library Program, on navigating the world of Digital Medievalism:

"There are so many different kinds of resources available, it’s tough to pick just a few. There are a lot of great small, specific projects, aimed at quite narrow audiences, and I think the best resources are the ones that will:

  1. help you find those smaller projects and resources;
  2. help you determine the quality of any resources you happen upon on your own; and
  3. bring you into a community of digital medievalists or digital humanists.

In this spirit, I’ll recommend three resources. The first two are really venues for communication:

  • The Humanist Discussion Group
  • This is a very large online community run through a listserv, described on its website as “an international online seminar on humanities com¬puting and the digital humanities.” Job announcements, project announcements, and frequent discussions both technical and philosophical come through Humanist.

  • The Digital Medievalist Community of Practice
  • This includes a listserv, website, online (peer-reviewed) journal, and wiki. The listserv serves mainly as a news feed, but it’s also a great place to ask questions (“Where can I find a resource that suits x need?”) and a great way to meet people as well. Digital Medievalist board members and friends meet annually at Kalamazoo, and attending one of their sponsored sessions (or any of the many non-DM sponsored digital-oriented sessions) can be a great way to network in person.

  • The Catalogue of Digitized Medieval Manuscripts and Consulting Medieval Manuscripts Online
  • Two fabulous resources for finding digitized manuscripts. The Catalogue is searchable, while the CMMO site organizes manuscripts by collection, individual manuscripts, pages of manuscripts, and manuscripts on Google and Bing. Neither of these is totally comprehensive."

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Funding Opportunities

The Medieval Studies Institute offers financial assistance for graduate students studying at Indiana.

  • The C. Clifford Flanigan Fund
  • This Fund was established in honor of Clifford Flanigan (1941-1993), Professor of Comparative Literature and a founding member of the Medieval Studies Institute. In memory of his commitment to facilitating opportunities for graduate students, the fund provides travel assistance for graduate students studying the Middle Ages to attend conferences. To apply for funds, email the Institute.

  • The Andrea McRobbie Fellowship
  • This fellowship is presented by the McRobbie family and the Medieval Studies Institute in memory of Andrea McRobbie’s interest in medieval studies. The mission of the fellowship is to support an advanced graduate student engaged in “scholarship in medieval history, specifically some aspect of its social history or some theme in medieval social history related to its art, philosophy or literature.” Consequently the fellowship is not limited to students who are majors in history or enrolled in history courses, but can indeed go to students in the fields of art, history, literature and philosophy, if their approaches follow socio-historical methods.

    Students must be nominated for this fellowship by a professor affiliated with the Institute. Nominations for this annual fellowship are collected and a winner chosen in the Spring or early Fall.

  • The Medieval Studies Institute First-Year Fellowship
  • This recruitment fellowship, representing a full year of funding, is offered annually to a first-year graduate student studying the Middle Ages in any department affiliated with the Institute.

    Students must be nominated by the department that accepted them. If you are a prospective graduate student, either in the process of applying or already accepted for the following fall, contact your department's Director of Graduate Studies to discuss your eligibility for this fellowship.