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


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.

Annual MARS Lecture: Dr. Lynn Ransom: "An Open Access Project Before the Internet Age: Ernest Cushing Richardson’s ‘Union World Catalogue of Manuscript Books’"

April 20, 2015, 5:00 pm
201 Switzler Hall

Dr. Lynn Ransom is the Project Manager for the Schoenberg Database of Manuscripts at the University of Pennsylvania, which supports scholarly work in locating information about the history and provenance of specific manuscripts. Now that it includes over 100,000 manuscript entries, the database is beginning to provide useful aggregate data about different types or groupings of manuscripts.  Dr. Ransom will present a public lecture on the Schoenberg Database and its relationship to a similar project attempted in the 1920s by an American librarian and medievalist whose project and visions for democratic access to the world’s manuscripts paralleled contemporary open access projects.  She also will hold a graduate seminar on moral and pedagogical schemata in medieval art, drawing from her scholarly work on the Verger de Soulas and other 13th- and 14th-century manuscripts.