• Annual MARS Lecture
  • November 7th, 2016
  • Robin Fleming, Professor of History at Boston College, delivered our annual MARS lecture on Monday, November 7th, 2016, to a large audience in Strickland 104. After a pre-lecture reception, audience members enjoyed Professor Fleming’s stimulating talk, titled "Rethinking Early Medieval Migration with Women and Isotopes."

  • 51st Annual International Congress on Medieval Studies
  • May 12th to 15th, 2016
  • Medieval and Renaissance Studies at Mizzou invites you to attend our sponsored session at the 51st annual International Congress on Medieval Studies.

  • "The Blackfriary Community Heritage and Archaeology Project – a new model for site preservation and community engagement in heritage."
  • Stephen Mandal, Director of the Irish Archaeology Field School and AIA George H. Forsyth, Jr. Memorial Lecturer
    Thursday, January 28th, 2016 at 5:00pm
    Lefevre 112
  • Stephen Mandal, Director of the Irish Archaeology Field School and AIA George H. Forsyth, Jr. Memorial Lecturer, will talk about the current excavations at a thirteenth-century Dominican friary in Ireland. His talk is entitled, "The Blackfriary Community Heritage and Archaeology Project – a new model for site preservation and community engagement in heritage." The lecture will take place on Thursday, January 28, in Lefevre 112. A reception will open the event at 5:00 pm with the lecture following at 5:30. The event is free and open to the public. We hope to see you there!

  • 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, 2015 at 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.

  • Rufus Monroe and Sofie Hougaard Paine Lecture in Religion
  • November 6th, 2015 at 3:30
    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.

  • “The Limited Liminality of the Archangel in an Old English Homily in Praise of Saint Michael,”
  • 22-24 October 2015
    Little Rock, AR
  • 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.

  • “It’s Good to be the Queen: the Material Culture of Isabella of France,”
  • Thursday, October 1st, 2015
  • 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.

  • Medieval and Renaissance Studies Reading Hour
  • Monday, September 28, at 4:00 pm
    Tate Hall 101
  • Sponsored by MUGAMS

  • Medieval and Renaissance Studies Coffee Hour
  • Friday, September 25, 8:30-9:30 am
  • Hosted by the MU Graduate Association for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (MUGAMS)

  • 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.

  • MARS at Kalamazoo 2015
  • May 14-17, 2015
    Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI
  • Please attend our two sessions on “Medieval Emotions: Affect and the Medieval Experience,” on Thursday May 14 at 10 am and at 1:30 pm.

  • 2nd Medieval and Renaissance Studies Seminar on the subject of “Emotion”
  • September 27, 2014
  • Our second seminar was again highly successful!  The seminar provided a forum to think about current work and methodological questions in medieval and Renaissance studies by discussing works in progress that all dealt with the topic of emotion in medieval culture.  Our three participants shared works in progress to be circulated before the seminar, which provided an exciting opportunity for dialogue between the participants and the faculty and students from MU and area medieval and Renaissance programs.

    Our participants this year were: Richard Barton, History, University of North Carolina-Greensboro; Jessica Rosenfeld, English, Washington University; and Daisy Delogu, Romance Languages and Literatures, University of Chicago.

    We plan to hold another seminar in the fall of 2016!

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  • MARS sponsored a session entitled "Rethinking 'Medieval' for the Twenty-First Century” at the International Medieval Congress in Kalamazoo, MI
  • May 2014
    • Sponsor: Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Univ. of Missouri–Columbia
    • Organizer: Emma Lipton, Univ. of Missouri–Columbia
    • Presider: Rabia Gregory, Univ. of Missouri–Columbia
    • "Medieval/New," Patricia Clare Ingham, Indiana Univ.–Bloomington
    • "What to Do with the 'Middle' in the Middle Ages,” Katie Little, Univ. of Colorado–Boulder
    • "Vox Clamantis: The Voice of Medieval Authority in Shakespeare’s Pericles,” Kurt Schreyer, Univ. of Missouri–St. Louis
  • Annual MARS lecture by Jonathan Sawday, SLU: "Commit to these Waste Blanks': On Blank Space and Interpretation”
  • April 2, 2014
  • Dr. Jonathan Sawday holds the Walter J. Ong, SJ Endowed Chair in Humanities in the Department of English at St. Louis University. Dr. Sawday earned his Ph.D. in Renaissance Literature from University College, London, in 1988. Since then, he has authored two influential monographs: Engines of the Imagination: Renaissance Culture and the Rise of the Machine (Routledge, 2007) and The Body Emblazoned: Dissection and the Human Body in Renaissance Culture (Routledge, 1995). He has edited or co-edited three more books and has published more than thirty articles in peer-reviewed journals and collections. Dr. Sawday is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, a Fellow of the English Association, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts. He has been awarded grants by the Fulbright Association, the British Academy, the British Council, and the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council, as well as the Huntington Library (San Marino, CA), the Newberry Library (Chicago, IL) and the Institute for the Advanced Study for the Humanities in Moscow (Russia).  Dr. Sawday’s work on topics as diverse as sixteenth-century French funerary sculpture, sixteenth- and seventeenth-century British literature, contemporary body art, and cyborgs and transhumanism is truly interdisciplinary, examining the intersections between science, technology, and literature.

  • Mid America Medieval Association (MAMA) 38 "The Global Middle Ages" == The University of Missouri and Columbia College, Columbia, Missouri
  • February 22, 2014
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  • Plenary Address: Sahar Amer, Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies, University of Sydney, ”Reading Medieval French Literature from a Global Perspective"

    The conference focused on the study of the medieval period in a global context. The rise of world history in the Academy, as well as the increasingly interconnected world in which we live in the 21st century, has not left medievalists unaffected. Papers touched on the following topics: the transferability of the concept of a "middle age" to non-European societies and economies; post-colonial and/or comparative studies focusing on exchanges between Europe, Asia, and Africa; book arts, preservation, calligraphy, paleography and codicology of non-western manuscripts; travel accounts, maps, and other evidence of historical or imaginative cultural exchange; global trade and representations of luxury goods such as ivory, spices, silks, ceramics, and jewels; the influence of global cultures on European science, medicine, fashion, food, and art; medieval European perceptions of African and Asian peoples and civilization; pedagogical approaches to teaching the Middle Ages as part of World History/Literature/Religion Programs.

  • The Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program seminar on the subject of “Memory.”
  • November 9, 2013
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  • The purpose of the seminar was to provide a forum to think about current work and methodological questions in Medieval and Renaissance studies. We invited three participants from different disciplines and time periods to send us a work in progress (about 20 pages). We circulated the papers before the seminar and then spent an hour discussing each paper with its author. The following scholars discussed their works-in-progress:

    • Professor Ruth Evans (Professor of English) "Troilus and Criseyde: Sexual Difference and the Knots of Memory."
    • Laura Gelfand (Professor of History of Art, Utah State) "Representations of Sacred Space and Devotional Memory Practices"
    • Jonathan Baldo, (Professor of English, University of Rochester) "Stages of Forgetfulness in Shakespeare's Second Tetralogy"
  • Annual MARS lecture by Professor Virginia Blanton, UMKC, "Detectives in the Archives: Narrating the Backstory of a Medieval Manuscript"
  • November 2, 2012
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