Recent News

Denis Robichaud, Program of Liberal Studies Professor and Faculty Affiliate of the Medieval Institute, Wins 2016 Olivia Remie Constable Prize

Author: Megan J. Hall

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The Medieval Institute is very pleased to announce that Denis Robichaud of the Program of Liberal Studies has been awarded the 2016 Olivia Remie Constable Prize in Medieval Studies for study at Oxford this summer. This prize was generously established last year by Robert M. Conway to honor our colleague Remie Constable, former director of the Medieval Institute.

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Kathryn Kerby-Fulton, the Notre Dame Professor of English and a Faculty Affiliate of the Medieval Institute, Wins ACLS Fellowship

Author: Brian Wallheimer

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Kathryn Kerby-Fulton, the Notre Dame Professor of English, will pursue a book project that explores the notes that medieval readers made in the margins of historic texts and books in order to rediscover sophisticated early reading practices for understanding the self. Christopher Ball, an assistant professor of anthropology, will spend time with an indigenous tribe in Brazil studying local history and culture through connections between language and nearby rivers.

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Students Impress at Annual Medieval Institute Undergraduate Colloquium

Author: Megan J. Hall

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On Saturday, April 9th, five Notre Dame undergraduates presented medieval studies-inspired papers with the support of the Medieval Institute’s Director of Undergraduate Studies, Linda Major, organizer of this annual colloquium. Participants were chosen based on outstanding papers they wrote on medieval topics in the past year.

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Arabic Professor Wins Book Award for Research on Medieval Islamic Plays

Author: Tom Lange

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Before Li Guo could tell the story of one of Islam’s most impactful artists, he spent nearly 15 years translating and studying the man’s work. A professor of Arabic and director of Notre Dame’s Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies Program, Guo is the author of The Performing Arts of Medieval Islam: Shadow Play and Popular Poetry in Ibn Daniyal’s Mamluk Cairo, which won the 2015 Prize for Research from the Institut International De La Marionnette (IIM) in northern France. Guo’s book details the life and work of Ibn Daniyal, a 13th-century eye doctor who wrote a number of shadow plays—an ancient storytelling form involving flat puppets—depicting life in medieval Cairo. Read More

Upcoming Events

The Promise of the Vatican Library, May 8-10

Location: Notre Dame Conference Center

The Promise of the Vatican Library
May 8-10, 2016
University of Notre Dame

Jointly sponsored by the University of Notre Dame and the Vatican Library.

Includes sessions on the Christian east, graphic arts, Greek and Byzantine manuscripts, the history of science, Latin manuscripts, Latin philosophy and theology, music, numismatics, Renaissance humanism and philosophy, and the urban history of Rome. Also featuring an exhibit of materials from the Vatican Library and a concert of sacred music. The conference program

MI Graduation Ceremony


Location: Alumni Hall Chapel

Each year, the Medieval Institute honors its graduating students with an all-Latin ceremony. Light refreshments for the graduates and their guests will follow in the Alumni Hall courtyard at the conclusion of the ceremony. Congratulations to them all!…