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


Medieval and Renaissance Studies Seminar

The second Medieval and Renaissance Studies seminar at the University of Missouri-Columbia on the subject of "Emotion" will take place on Saturday, September 27, 2014, from 10:30-4pm with a reception following the event. All events will be held in 215 Tate Hall on the MU campus.

The purpose of the seminar is to provide a forum to think about current work and methodological questions in medieval and Renaissance studies. We have invited three participants: Richard Barton, History, University of North Carolina-Greensboro; Jessica Rosenfeld, English, Washington University; and Daisy Delogu, Romance Languages and Literatures, University of Chicago. Each participant will submit a work in progress (about 20 pages). We will circulate the papers before the seminar and then meet all day to spend close to an hour discussing each paper with its author. The format provides an exciting opportunity for dialogue and an alternative to the conventional invited talk.

The seminar is open to graduate students and faculty at MU and other nearby institutions. Please contact Johanna Kramer, Interim Chair of Medieval and Renaissance Studies, to register (free) and for further information: The deadline for registration is September 12, 2014.

Call for Papers:  MAMA XXXVIII

Where: The University of Missouri-Kansas City, Kansas City, MO
When: February 28, 2015
Theme: Collectivity and Exchange

Keynote Address: Dr. Pamela Sheingorn

Papers are invited on a range of topics, including the conference theme of “Collectivity & Exchange,” for the annual meeting of the Mid-America Medieval Assn, which will convene on Saturday, 28 February 2015, at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Collectivity might be imagined expansively to include not just temporal but also ephemeral and spiritual communities. Exchange might also be considered in various forms, from economic and material to ideological and philosophical.

Please send proposals of 250 words by 1 December 2014 to:
Dr. Virginia Blanton
Department of English
University of Missouri-Kansas City
5121 Rockhill Road
Kansas City, Missouri 64110 USA