Recent News

History Professor and Fellow of the Medieval Institute Wins Urban History Association Book Award

Author: Arts and Letters

Alexander Martin

Alexander Martin, a Notre Dame professor of history and fellow of the Medieval Institute, has won the Urban History Association’s Best Book Award for a work of non-North American urban history published in 2013-14. His book, Enlightened Metropolis: Constructing Imperial Moscow, 1762–1855 also won the 2013 Marc Raeff Book Prize awarded by the Eighteenth-Century Russian Studies Association to the best book in any discipline or language on the history and culture of Russia during that time period. Read More

Notre Dame, Holy Cross Lead Transformational Liberal Arts Education Program at Indiana Prison

Author: Josh Weinhold

Driven by a commitment to Catholic social teaching and a strong belief that a liberal arts education can transform lives, Notre Dame and Holy Cross College faculty, one of whom is a fellow of the Medieval Institute, are teaching college-level courses for inmates at Indiana's Westville Correctional Facility. Since 2013, nearly 100 inmates have earned college credit and 11 have earned associate degrees as of this month. But developing a strong foundation in reading, writing, research, public speaking, and critical thinking offers benefits that go far beyond the professional opportunities a degree might one day provide. Read More

An Interview with Thomas E. Burman, the New Robert M. Conway Director of the Medieval Institute

Author: Brandon Cook

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Thomas E. Burman, professor of history at the University of Notre Dame, is a scholar of intellectual and religious history, Latin Christendom, and Arab Islam in the medieval and early modern periods. As of the new year, he is also the Robert M. Conway Director of the Medieval Institute. We sat down with Prof. Burman to talk about his new appointment at Notre Dame. Read More

Anthropologist and Film Professor Launch Innovative Multimedia Book on Irish Islands

Author: Carrie Gates

Ian Kuijt in Ireland

The abandoned island of Inishark off the coast of western Ireland is coming to life again thanks to new technology—a multimedia book project by Notre Dame anthropologist and fellow of the Medieval Institute Ian Kuijt and filmmaker William Donaruma ’89. Through an innovative collaboration, they’ve created Island Places, Island Lives, a guidebook detailing the heritage and history of Inishark and its neighboring island, Inishbofin. Along with text and photographs, the book incorporates short videos of the island that appear on a smartphone or tablet when readers, using a free companion app, hold their device over key images in the book. Read More

Medievalist Professor Illuminates Impact of English Language by Focusing on How It’s Used

Author: Fred Bauters

Tim Machan

Tim Machan believes the English language is far more than the order of letters and words. It’s the highly personal, situational expressions we use to convey our ideas and feelings. It’s how we connect with or distance ourselves from everyone around us. We use it to define ourselves. Machan, a professor in Notre Dame’s Department of English and fellow of the Medieval Institute, has spent 30 years researching and teaching English in its many forms and functions. His journey has pulled him further from grammatical conventions into how people around the world use English in their daily lives. Read More

Upcoming Events

Deborah Black Lecture: "Constructing Averroes's Epistemology"


Location: 715 Hesburgh Library

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The Medieval Institute presents a lecture by Deborah Black, Professor of Philosophy and Medieval Studies at the University of Toronto. She specializes in medieval philosophy, especially Classical Arabic and 13th-century western philosophy.

Book Launch for David Gura's Catalogue of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts


Location: Rare Books and Special Collections (Hesburgh Library 102)


You are cordially invited to the book launch for A Descriptive Catalogue of the Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts of the University of Notre Dame and Saint Mary's College by David T. Gura, Curator of Ancient and Medieval Manuscripts in the Hesburgh Library and concurrent associate professor in the Medieval Institute at the University of Notre Dame. The event is sponsored by The Hesburgh Libraries, Medieval Institute, and University of Notre Dame Press.


Maríulestir Seminar Series: Dr. Melissa Mayus, “Social Expectation in 'Laxdæla Saga'"


Location: Malloy Hall 320

Teiknibo K 21v Iceland 1450s Monk Reading From Prayerbook To Mary And Angel Redux

This event, the first in the new Old Norse seminar/workshop series, 'Maríulestir', is jointly sponsored by the Medieval Institute, the Nanovic Centre for European Studies, ND Research, and the Department of English at the University of Notre Dame.

Dr. Melissa Mayus will lecture on "Social Expectation in 'Laxdæla Saga'." A masterpiece of world literature, 'Laxdæla saga' is a thirteenth-century Icelandic saga relaying the life and times of the people of Laxárdalur ("Salmon-River Dale") in northwestern Iceland.

Dinner will follow the seminar (details to follow) where a limited number of fully-paid-up spaces are available. Please email Richard Cole if you wish to attend the dinner.

Vagantes Conference on Medieval Studies, March 9-11, 2017

Location: University of Notre Dame

Vagantes Conference

The annual graduate student Vagantes Conference on Medieval Studies will be held in 2017 at Notre Dame and is sponsored in part by the Medieval Institute, the Nanovic Institute for European Studies, the Medieval Academy of America, and the University of Notre Dame College of Arts & Letters.

Symposium on the Qurʾan and Catholic Theology


Location: McKenna Hall, Room 100-104

Quran Seminar 4

This symposium addresses the intersections between the scripture of Islam, the Qurʾan, and Catholic theology. To Muslims the Qurʾan is the very word of God transmitted to the prophet Muhammad by the angel Gabriel. Yet how should the Church, with its dual commitment to inter-religious dialogue and to the proclamation of the Gospel, understand the Qurʾan? In addressing this question the symposium will explore the content of the Qurʾan (and in particular its Biblical accounts), the history of Christian commentary on the Qurʾan, and new directions in Catholic theology.