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Working Groups

Each year the Medieval Institute sponsors Working Groups, an opportunity for faculty fellows and graduate students to investigate a topic relating to shared research interests.

2017-18 Working Groups

The Transformation of Classical Texts in the Middle Ages
Faculty: W. Martin Bloomer, David Gura, Hildegund Müller, Julia Schneider
Graduate Students: Erik Ellis, Kelsi Ray

This MI working group, led by Professor Martin Bloomer, studies how the texts of pagan sapientia are accommodated to, become vehicles for, help articulate, and modify Christian ideas, institutions, and doctrine­. We are working on both the practical level of the individual text and manuscript and at a more theoretical level. We focus mainly on the commentary tradition of the Disticha Catonis, a very important text with a long and varied history in the Middle Ages, with the hope of understanding not simply allegorizing practices but, more deeply, how sapientia is reframed in a Christianizing mode. We are also considering the theoretical and methodological issues involved in recuperating modes of reading and recomposition and in determining how an object or idea from a foreign religion is accommodated to the mainstream religion.

Byzantine Asceticism and Spirituality

Religion and Pluralism in the Mediterranean Region

Submitting a Proposal

The deadline for 2017-18 has passed. To submit a proposal for the 2018-19 academic year, please check back here in Spring 2018 for the deadline. The Medieval Institute will accept proposals from MI fellows and ND graduate students working on medieval topics for a working group to investigate a topic relating to shared research interests, as long as the proposal is in accord with the definitions and goals set out in the Proposal Instructions; please see these for full details and application instructions. 

Approved groups will want to review the Guidelines for Working Groups so they are familiar with the necessary administrative procedures.

 

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Research Blogs

The Medieval Institute sponsors two research blogs: the Medieval Studies Research Blog, featuring the work of Notre Dame graduate students together with faculty contributors, and the Medieval Undergraduate Research Blog, with contributions from outstanding Notre Dame undergraduates. 

Want to contribute an entry? We would be glad to have you. Please contact the blog administrator Dr. Karrie Fuller