Recent News

Toronto Medievalist Delivers Lecture on Violence and Intermarriage in Medieval Spain

Author: Emily Mahan

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On February 1, 2018, Mark Meyerson, Professor of History and Medieval Studies at the University of Toronto and a specialist on medieval Spain and the Mediterranean world, presented a lecture at Notre Dame’s Medieval Institute entitled “Violence and Intermarriage: The Integration of Jewish Converts in Fifteenth-Century Spain.” Meyerson’s research and teaching focus particularly on social history and the relations between Jews, Christians, and Muslims, and on the history of violence. His lecture examined the integration of Conversos (forcibly baptized Jews and their descendants) into Old Christian society in Valencia, Spain, between 1391 and 1500. Read More

New travel grant program launched supporting research projects that seek to feature Catholic women more prominently in historical narratives; open to scholars of any academic discipline

Author: Shane Ulbrich

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Following an initial announcement in the fall 2017 issue of the American Catholic Studies Newsletter, the University of Notre Dame’s Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism has officially launched the Mother Theodore Guerin Research Travel Grant Program, an initiative supporting research projects that seek to feature Catholic women more prominently in historical narratives. Open to scholars of any academic discipline, this new funding opportunity will help defray travel and lodging expenses for scholars visiting research repositories in or outside the United States or conducting oral interviews, especially of women religious. The deadline for the first round of applications is May 1, 2018. Read More

Book Review: Painting the Hortus Deliciarum: Medieval Women, Wisdom, and Time, by Danielle B. Joyner

Author: Megan J. Hall

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Read the very favorable review just published by Anne-Marie Bouché, Associate Professor of Art at Bower School of Music and the Arts (Florida Gulf Coast University), of Painting the Hortus Deliciarum: Medieval Women, Wisdom, and Time, by Medieval Institute research visitor and past Assistant Professor of Art History, Danielle Joyner (Penn State University Press, 2016). Bouché writes, "In Painting the Hortus Deliciarum: Medieval Women, Wisdom, and Time, Danielle B. Joyner has tackled one of the most challenging topics in Romanesque studies, the illuminated manuscript compilation known as the “Garden of Delights.” Read More

Upcoming Visit by Dr. Franz Fischer

Author: Department of Classics

Dr. Franz Fischer, associate director of the Cologne Center for eHumanities, will be visiting the University from February 5 through 15 as part of the ongoing project in the Digital Schoolbook. Read More

Robert Goulding, MI Faculty Fellow, announced as next Reilly Center Director

Author: Jessica Baron

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Notre Dame’s John J. Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values has announced its next director. Robert Goulding, who will take over from current director Anjan Chakravartty on July 1, 2018, is an associate professor in the Program of Liberal Studies. He has been a faculty member at Notre Dame since 2003 and is a concurrent faculty member in the Department of History as well as the Reilly Center’s PhD Program in History and Philosophy of Science (directing the latter since 2017). He is also a Faculty Fellow of the Medieval Institute.  Read More

Upcoming Events

Chris Schabel Lecture: "The Cistercian Pierre Ceffons and Western Ambivalence about Pope and Church at the Time of the Black Death: The Principia on Infallibility, the Epistola Luciferi, and the Parvum Decretum de potestate Sancti Petri"


Location: Medieval Institute, main reading room, Hesburgh Library 7th floor

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Chris Schabel (Ph.D. in History, University of Iowa, 1994) has been teaching since 1995 in the Department of History and Archaeology at the University of Cyprus, where he is currently professor of medieval history and dean of the Faculty of Letters. Specializing in later medieval intellectual history and in the history of Frankish Greece and Cyprus, he is co-editor of the journals Vivarium (with Bill Duba) and, in preparation, Frankokratia (with Michalis Olympios), both with Brill. He especially enjoys publishing Latin source material, mainly philosophical texts from the University of Paris in the fourteenth century and documents from the Archivio Segreto Vaticano relating to the Latin East.

Digital Humanities Speaker Series


Location: Scholars Lounge, Hesburgh Library

Digital Humanitites

Verba Volant, Scripta Manent: Automatic Manuscript Analysis for the Vatican Secret Archives”

Walter Scheirer
Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science and Engineering

Tuesday, February 27 

Research Seminar: MA Presentations


Location: Special Collections, Hesburgh Library

The Italian Research Seminar: MA Presentations

Genevieve Lyons (Notre Dame) - “Alessandro Blasetti’s Cinema and the Fantastic: A Closer Look at the Unmarried Woman”

Katie Sparrow (Notre Dame) - “Representations of Self: Dante’s Use of First Person in the Vita Nova

All are welcome for a brief discussion and a reception following the talks.


Co-sponsored by Italian Studies at Notre Dame and the William and Katherine Devers Program in Dante Studies.