The Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program seeks to promote the past as vibrant intellectual subject of study. It is dedicated to fostering interdisciplinary work within departments; to building connections between departments; and to bringing MU in contact with nationally recognized medieval and Renaissance scholars.

We are a growing and dynamic group of students and faculty who share an interest in these two fascinating periods. On this website you will find links to resources in eleven separate departments, as well as events and programs that bring these departments together, from interdisciplinary minors at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, to professional meetings, campus events, social gatherings, and links to resources outside the university. Explore Medieval and Renaissance Studies at Missouri.

Contact Us

Prof. Emma Lipton

c/o Department of English
114 Tate Hall, University of Missouri
Columbia, MO 65211
Phone (573) 882-6421, Fax (573) 882-5785


Kalamazoo 2016

Please consider submitting an abstract for the following panel for Kalamazoo 2016, sponsored by the Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program at the University of Missouri:

Paper Panel:  Ending

The broad subject of “ending" engages interactions between forms of medieval writing and between modern disciplinary approaches.  Papers could address such topics as the culture of death, eschatological endings, temporal endings, narrative endings, and their interactions.  Although reading from the end is often associated with a method of medieval exegetical interpretation that promises coherence, the gerund “ending” also invokes a performative sense in which ending is an ongoing action or process. This session builds on a recent scholarly focus on form and history, aesthetics and practice.

Please submit a 1-page abstract (including any AV requests) and Participant Information Form  by September 15 to Emma Lipton (

Annual MARS Lecture: Prof. Dimitri Krallis, History, Simon Frasier University

Our 2015-16 Annual MARS Lecture will take place on November 11, 2015 (time and place TBA). We look forward to welcoming Professor Dimitri Krallis from the Department of History at Simon Frasier University, who will speak on categories of nationhood in the medieval era.

Romance Studies Lecture

In April 2016, Roberta Krueger, Burgess Professor of French at Hamilton College, will present a talk on Jean de Saintré and gender. This lecture is organized by the Department of Romance Languages and Literature.