Video: Theology Professor Robin Jensen on Understanding Early Christian Art and Architecture

Author: Todd Boruff

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“It’s my conviction that the best way to know about how early Christians worshipped — even what they believed — is to try to get as much information as we can about where they lived and what they saw, not just what they wrote and what they read,” said Robin Jensen, the Patrick O’Brien Professor of Theology and fellow of the Medieval Institute at the University of Notre Dame. Jensen researches topics at the intersections of Christian art, architecture, liturgy, and theology. Her forthcoming book examines the history of the cross from a variety of liturgical and social perspectives, both in ancient times and in contemporary culture. Read More

With NEH and Fulbright Grants, Irish Language and Literature Assistant Professor and Medievalist Studies Poetics of Irish Places

Author: Carrie Gates

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Amy Mulligan, assistant professor of Irish language and literature and fellow of the Medieval Institute, has won a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities and a Fulbright U.S. Scholar award, to travel to Ireland as she conducts research for her book project, “A Landscape of Words: The Poetics of Irish Space.” Read More

Medievalist Fellow and Colleague Honored for Career Contributions to Department of Film, Television, and Theatre

Author: Brian Wallheimer

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Two faculty members and former chairs who were instrumental in the development of the Department of Film, Television, and Theatre are taking their final bows. Medieval Institute Fellow, Mark Pilkinton, who expanded the department in the 1980s and pushed for the building of the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, retired this summer. Donald Crafton unified the department during his tenure as chair and expanded it to include film and television studies. He will retire after the fall semester. Read More

Medieval Institute Fellow and Program of Liberal Studies Associate Professor Wins Fellowship to Further Research on Renaissance Intellectual

Author: Brian Wallheimer

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Robert Goulding, Medieval Institute fellow and an associate professor in Notre Dame’s Program of Liberal Studies and the History and Philosophy of Science program, has won a yearlong fellowship at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey, where he will finish a book on Renaissance thinker Thomas Harriot. About 200 scholars from around the world are chosen each year to work with 28 permanent faculty at the IAS. Read More

Classics Scholar Traces History of Saint Augustine's Words

Author: Brandi Klingerman

Hildegund Müller

Augustine of Hippo is recognized as one of the most important church fathers and greatest thinkers of Christianity. While many theologians and philosophers study his work, Hildegund Müller, associate professor of classics, medievalist fellow, and associate vice president for research at Notre Dame, takes a different approach to reading Augustine’s texts. Müller’s research is influenced by her philological background and study of literary detail in texts, especially in her current project, A Reading of Augustine’s Sermons, which includes an edition of a selection of his preaching on the Psalms. Read More

Theology Professor and Medievalist Fellow Uses NEH Fellowship to Research Qur’an’s Portrayal of God’s Vengeance and Mercy

Author: Josh Weinhold

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The Qur’an describes God as a god of mercy. The Qur’an describes God as a god of vengeance. Are those qualities mutually exclusive? Gabriel Said Reynolds doesn’t think so. The Notre Dame medievalist and  professor of Islamic studies and theology is using a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities to explore the idea. He’s spending a year researching the way the Muslim holy text juxtaposes narratives of God’s destruction with declarations of God’s compassion. Read More

Professor Michael Bailey Lectures on Magic and Religion in the Middle Ages

Author: Brandon Cook

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On November 17th, the Medieval Institute was pleased to welcome guest speaker Michael Bailey, Professor of History at Iowa State University. That evening, Prof. Bailey delivered a stimulating lecture entitled "Was Medieval Magic a Religion?" Bailey's talk focused on the concepts of religion and false religion in the late medieval and early modern periods and worked within the framework of Herbert Grundmann, the twenty-first-century historian of religion best known for his foundational Religious Movements in the Middle Ages (1935). Read More

Philosopher Wins Article Prize for Research on Aquinas, Abstractionism

Author: Carrie Gates

Therese Cory

How do we form abstract concepts—like “dog”—given that we only experience concrete, particular objects—like “Fido”? Therese Scarpelli Cory, a Notre Dame assistant professor of philosophy, examined Aquinas’ answer to this question in her article, “Rethinking Abstractionism: Aquinas’ Intellectual Light and Some Arabic Sources.” Her work, published in the Journal of the History of Philosophy, was awarded the publication’s 2015 best article prize in January. Read More

James Morton Begins Byzantine Series with a Seminar on Byzantine Canon Law in the Latin West

Author: Brandon Cook

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The Medieval Institute welcomed guest speaker James Morton, Ph.D. Candidate in History at the University of California, Berkeley, the first speaker in the new Byzantine series at the University of Notre Dame. Mr. Morton lead a seminar entitled “Byzantine Canon Law in the Latin West: The Southern Italian Manuscripts (10th–14th centuries)". Read More