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


Dr. Kramer Wins 2016 SEMA Best First Book Award

Johanna Kramer’s monograph Between Earth and Heaven: Liminality and the Ascension of Christ in Anglo-Saxon Literature has won the 2016 Award for Best First Book in a field of medieval scholarship by the Southeastern Medieval Association (SEMA). First published by Manchester University Press in 2014, the book will appear in paperback in March 2017.

Caxton Chaucer Page (Re)Discovered!

MU’s Special Collections has made an exciting discovery: a leaf from William Caxton’s first edition of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales! For more on this news, read here:
In a recent post about our 1687 edition of Chaucer we mentioned that we had some exciting news to share about a discovery that we made in our collections. And this is it – a leaf from William Caxton’s...

Dr. Stanton Receives Bonnie Wheeler Fellowship

Dr. Anne Rudolf Stanton (Art History and Archaeology) has received the Bonnie Wheeler Fellowship for work in summer 2016 on her book Turning the Pages: the Power of Narrative in English Gothic Prayerbooks. The prayerbooks in the cluster that she is investigating lie within the cultural orbit and patronage of Isabella of France, who was the daughter of Philip IV of France, the queen and widow of Edward II of England, and the mother of Edward III. Sources documenting her life include an inventory of the moveable properties she held at her death in 1358, which survives at the National Archives in London. During the fellowship period Professor Stanton will complete her examination of the inventory document and present a paper on her findings at the Harlaxton Symposium on “The Great Household” in medieval England. The Bonnie Wheeler Fellowship is intended to provide financial assistance to women medievalists throughout the nation who are close to completing a significant work of research that will fulfill a professional promotion requirement

Graduate Student of History Earns Helen Maud Cam Dissertation Grant

Alexis Miller (History), was awarded the Helen Maud Cam Dissertation Grant by the Medieval Academy of America. Her dissertation is titled: “Fording the Severn: The Influence of Intermarriage and Kin Networks on the  Development of Identity in Shropshire and Montgomery, From the Norman Conquest to the Edwardian Conquest”

Graduate Student of History Receives Schalleck Award

Danielle Nicole Griego (History) was awarded a Schalleck Award to fund research for her dissertation, “Child Death, Grief and the Community in High and Late Medieval England” Schalleck awards are offered by the Medieval Academy, in collaboration with the Richard III Society-American Branch, in memory of William B. and Maryloo Spooner Schallek, funded by a generous gift to the Richard III Society from the Schallek family. The Schallek Awards support graduate students conducting doctoral research in any relevant discipline dealing with late-medieval Britain (ca. 1350-1500).

2016 MAMA XL Conference

MAMA XL "Other Worlds" Conference Announcement and CFP for the Fortieth Annual Meeting of the MID-AMERICA MEDIEVAL ASSOCIATION
SATURDAY, 17 September 2016

Plenary speaker: Richard Firth Green, Humanities Distinguished Professor, The Ohio State University

Papers are invited on any medieval topic, including, of course, those aligned with the conference theme. While Professor Green’s plenary address will be drawn from his recent work on the world of faerie and his forthcoming book, The Bonny Road: Traffic with the Otherworld in the Middle Ages, “Other Worlds” can be construed to encompass many other worlds indeed, spiritual, supernatural, imaginary or fanciful, social, physical, metaphysical, psychological, gendered, ethnic, geographical—with Paradise, Purgatory, Hell, the past, the future, the cloister, the college, the East, Islam, Judaism, social classes other than one’s own, lands other than one’s own, Camelot, Avalon, and faerie, itself, representing only a few of the possibilities.

Please send 250-word abstracts of papers on any medieval topic no later than 6 May 2016 to:

Mel Storm
Department of English, Modern Languages, and Journalism
Emporia State University
1 Kellogg Circle
Emporia, KS 66801

Upcoming Events

Biennial MARS interdisciplinary works-in-progress seminar

The Biennial MARS interdisciplinary works-in-progress seminar will take place on Saturday April 22, 2017. Speakers will be Jonathan Lamb, Department of English, University of Kansas; Sheila Blair, Fine Arts Department, Boston College and Seeta Chaganti, Department of English, University of California, Davis.

Annual MARS Lecture

Robin Fleming, Professor of History at Boston College, will deliver our annual MARS lecture on Monday, November 7th, 2016. Her lecture will be titled "Rethinking Early Medieval Migration with Women and Isotopes." Watch for an announcement on the time and venue in the near future.

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