Recent News

English professor wins ACLS fellowship to study medieval marginalia

Author: Brian Wallheimer

Kathryn Kerby-Fulton

Kathryn Kerby-Fulton studies medieval texts, many of them on sheepskins and fragile after hundreds of years in conditions not always suited for preservation. The Notre Dame Professor of English studies the margins of these medieval texts, which contain thoughts scrawled by some of the brightest minds of the time. They are a layer of interaction and understanding that Kerby-Fulton will spend the next year studying, supported by a fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies.  Read More

Notre Dame’s Medieval Institute Names Thomas E. Burman New Director

Author: Josh Weinhold

Thomas Burman

Thomas E. Burman, an esteemed scholar of medieval Christianity and Islam, has been named the Robert Conway Director of the University of Notre Dame’s Medieval Institute. Burman, currently a professor of history at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, will begin his new role in January 2017. He comes to Notre Dame with a passion for interdisciplinary research and a vision for further establishing the Institute as a leader in medieval scholarship and graduate education. Read More

Rev. Can. Dr. Federico Gallo, Director of the Biblioteca Ambrosiana, Lectures on Diplomatics at Medieval Institute

Author: Erica Sestak

Rev. Can. Dr. Federico Gallo

The Medieval Institute was pleased to welcome again guest speaker Reverend Canon Doctor Federico Gallo, director of the Biblioteca Ambrosiana (Milan), following his lectures in 2013 and 2015. On Thursday evening, June 30th, Gallo gave an enlightening lecture entitled “On Diplomatics: The Science of Reading Medieval Documents.”

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A Message From Our Outgoing Director, John van Engen

Author: Megan J. Hall

Van Engen5

I first walked into the reading room of the Medieval Institute in February 1977 when I was being interviewed for a position in the History Department. I saw before me, in one room, all the books I had used to write my dissertation, and many more. My eyes flew too to the city-scape of Cologne, not for its churches or streets but its depiction of Deutz just across the Rhine. Over the past three years I had been writing a thesis on a prolific monk named Rupert who spent his last decade as abbot of St. Lambert in Deutz. The History Department was then replacing its one medieval historian, and I was one of four candidates. Read More

Upcoming Events

2016 Annual Conway Lectures Begin: "Religious Ritual and Prayers for the Dead in the Medieval University of Paris" by William J. Courtenay

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Location: Eck Visitors Center Auditorium

Conway 2016 Poster

This year's annual Conway Lecturer, Professor Emeritus William J. Courtenay, will deliver a lecture series entitled "Religious Ritual and Prayers for the Dead in the Medieval University of Paris." The lectures will be held at the Eck Visitors Center on September 29, October 4, and October 6. A reception will follow the first lecture.



 

Conway Lecture #2: "Gaudy Night: Colleges and Prayers for the Dead"

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Location: Eck Visitors Center Auditorium

Join us for the second of three lectures by the 2016 Conway speaker, Professor Emeritus William J. Courtenay. Tonight he lectures on "Gaudy Night: Colleges and Prayers for the Dead," part of a three-part lecture series entitled "Religious Ritual and Prayers for the Dead in the Medieval University of Paris."

Conway Lecture #3: "A Hidden Presence: Women and the University of Paris"

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Location: Eck Visitors Center Auditorium

Join us for the last lecture by the 2016 Conway speaker, Professor Emeritus William J. Courtenay. Tonight he lectures on "A Hidden Presence: Women and the University of Paris," part of a three-part lecture series entitled "Religious Ritual and Prayers for the Dead in the Medieval University of Paris."

Knighthood, Crusades, and Diplomacy in the Eastern Mediterranean at the Time of King Peter I of Cyprus

Location: Notre Dame Global Gateway in Rome

 

Beihammer Cyprus Poster

Knighthood, Crusades, and Diplomacy in the Eastern Mediterranean at the time of King Peter I of Cyprus
October 14-16, 2016
Rome Global Gateway

Jointly sponsored by the Medieval Institute of the University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame Global Gateway in Rome, and Nortre Dame Institute for the study of the Liberal Arts.

This conference focuses on a fascinating and multifaceted figure in the history of the crusades and the late medieval Eastern Mediterranean, King Peter I Lusignan of Cyprus (1328-1369)...

Peter Robinson Lecture: "The Text of the Canterbury Tales in the 21st Century"

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Location: 715 Hesburgh Library

The Medieval Institute presents a lecture by Peter Robinson, Bateman Professor of English at the University of Saskatchewan, where he is currently leading development of the “Textual Communities” project, which aims to provide a platform for collaborative scholarly editing, building on his previous experience in the creation of digital tools for editors. Active in the development of standards for digital resources, formerly as a member of the Text Encoding Initiative and as leader of the EU funded MASTER project, he has also published on Chaucer, scholarly editing, and the digital humanities. In 1991 he co-founded the Canterbury Tales