In 2002, the Medieval Institute inaugurated a lecture series in honor of Robert M. Conway, a 1966 graduate of Notre Dame, trustee of the University, and long-time friend and supporter of the Medieval Institute. The annual Conway Lectures bring senior scholars of international distinction to Notre Dame each fall to speak on topics across a variety of disciplines. The lectures are then published by the University of Notre Dame Press.
This year's lecturer, Peter Adamson, will speak on the topic "Don't Think For Yourself: Faith and Authority in Medieval Philosophy." His three lectures will take place on September 24–26, 2019, in the South Dining Hall. The lectures will run from 5 to 6 P.M., and the first lecture will be followed by a reception.
Adamson received his Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame in 2000 and is now Professor of Late Ancient and Arabic Philosophy at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich, Germany. He still retains a connection to the Philosophy Department at King’s College, London, where he was on the faculty until 2012. He has published widely in ancient and medieval philosophy and is the host of the popular podcast series History of Philosophy Without Any Gaps, which appears as a book series with Oxford University Press.
The lecture videos will shortly be viewable on our YouTube channel:
Lecture 1 video | slides
Lecture 2 video | slides
Lecture 3 video | slides
The 2020 Conway Lectures will be on the theme of "Race in the Middle Ages" with speakers to be announced.
OUR PAST CONWAY SPEAKERS
Niklaus Largier (UC Berkeley), "The Rhetoric of Mysticism"
Susan Rankin (Cambridge), "Manuscripts for Musicians: 750–900"
William J. Courtenay (U Wisconsin–Madison), "Religious Ritual and Prayers for the Dead in the Medieval University of Paris"
Published as Rituals for the Dead: Religion and Community in the Medieval University of Paris (2018)
John V. Fleming (Princeton), "Asceticism and Literature in the Middle Ages"
Alice-Mary Talbot (Dumbarton Oaks), "Varieties of Monastic Experience in Byzantium, 9th–15th Centuries"
Published as Varieties of Monastic Experience in Byzantium, 800-1453 (2019)
Anne D. Hedeman (U Kansas), "Visual Translation and the First French Humanists”
Sylvia Huot (Cambridge), “Giants in Medieval Romance Literature”
Barbara Newman (Northwestern), “Medieval Crossover: Reading the Secular Against the Sacred”
Published as Medieval Crossover: Reading the Secular Against the Sacred (2013)
Roberta Frank (Yale), “Slip Slidin’ Away: The Nimble Leaps of Early Northern Verse”
John Marenbon (Cambridge), “Abelard in Four Dimensions”
Jonathan Riley-Smith (Cambridge), “The Templars and the Hospitallers as Professed Religious in the Holy Land, 1120-1291”
Published as Templars and Hospitallers as Professed Religious in the Holy Land (2009)
A. C. Spearing (U Virginia), “Medieval Autographies: The 'I' of the Text”
Published as Medieval Autographies: The "I" of the Text (2012)
Beat Brenk (University of Basel), “Our Lady: The Apse and the Icon”
Published as The Apse, The Image, and The Icon: An Historical Perspective of the Apse as a Space for Images (Reichert Verlag, 2010)
Calvin Bower (Notre Dame), “Grasping the Wind: Words for Melodies in South-German Liturgical Music, 800-1200”
Rosamond McKitterick (Cambridge), “Perceptions of the Past in the Early Middle Ages”
Published as Perceptions of the Past in the Early Middle Ages (2006)
Paul Strohm (Columbia), “English Writing and the Pre-Machiavellian Prince”
Published as Politique: Languages of Statecraft between Chaucer and Shakespeare (2005)
Fr. Ulrich Horst (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität), “The Teaching Authority of the Pope”