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


Rufus Monroe and Sofie Hougaard Paine Lecture in Religion

On November 6th 2015 at 3:30 in Jesse Wrench Auditorium Kathleen E. Kennedy, Associate Professor, Department of English, Penn State-Brandywine will be delivering a Rufus Monroe and Sofie Hougaard Paine Lecture in Religion: "The Puzzle of Abbot Islip's Book, Tudor Pop Music, & King Henry's Lady Chapel. Dr. Kennedy Dr. Kennedy is the author of three books and numerous articles, including an essay in Speculum last year, “Reintroducing the English Books of Hours, or ‘English Primers,’” Speculum 89 (2014): 693-723. Her book Medieval Hackers. New York: Punctum Books, 2015 is open access. She also writes about medieval England and contemporary culture for the Vice, the Mary Sue and other news outlets.

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Announcing the 2015 Medieval and Renaissance Studies Annual Lecture

Angry Words in God's Mirror: Psogos and Personal Attacks in Byzantium
Prof. Dimitris Krallis, Simon Frasier University
Wed, November 11th, 4-5:30pm 133 Mumford Hall

Dimitris Krallis teaches Byzantine political, intellectual, and broadly social history at Simon Fraser University. He has just finished a manuscript titled: An Empire of Quills: The Life and Deeds of a Byzantine Mandarin and will be working in the coming years on a History of the Late Byzantine era and on the idea of the betrayed hero in Byzantine and Modern Greek writing.

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Nathan Hofer published a new book

Nathan Hofer (Religious Studies) recently published a new book: Popularisation of Sufism in Ayyubid and Mamluk Egypt, 1173-1325. Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press, 2015.

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Royal Studies Journal Official Blog

Check out this blog post featuring History Professor Lois Huneycutt, History PhD Candidate Alexis Miller, and several former MARS students.

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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.

Upcoming Events

Medieval and Renaissance Studies Coffee Hour

Hosted by the MU Graduate Association for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (MUGAMS)

Friday, September 25, 8:30-9:30 am

Medieval and Renaissance Studies Reading Hour

Sponsored by MUGAMS

Monday, September 28, at 4:00 pm in Tate Hall 101

“It’s Good to be the Queen: the Material Culture of Isabella of France,”

Dr. Anne Rudolff Stanton will deliver a plenary lecture at the Material Culture Conference hosted by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. This talk is an illustrated lecture about the illuminated prayer books and other moveable goods of Isabella of France, wife of Edward II.

Thursday, October 1st, 2015

“The Limited Liminality of the Archangel in an Old English Homily in Praise of Saint Michael,”

Johanna Kramer (English) will be presenting “The Limited Liminality of the Archangel in an Old English Homily in Praise of Saint Michael,” 41st Annual Conference of the Southeastern Medieval Association, Little Rock, AR, 22-24 October 2015

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