In 2002, the Medieval Institute inaugurated a lecture series in honor of Robert M. and Ricki Conway. Robert Conway is a 1966 graduate of Notre Dame and trustee of the University, and he and his wife are long-time friends and supporters 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.
In September 2021, the Conway Lectures celebrate two important anniversaries: the 700th anniversary of the death of Dante Alighieri and the 75th anniversary of the Medieval Institute.
All lectures will be held in the Monogram Room of the Joyce Center and via Zoom webinar. Click on each event below for full details.
Thursday, September 23, 2021
Friday, September 24, 2021
3:45–5:15 PM: Speaker Roundtable
This year's lectures were on the topic of "Race in the Middle Ages," with speakers Sara Lipton (Stony Brook University), Cord J. Whitaker (Wellesley), and Suzanne Conklin Akbari (Institute for Advanced Study), and were held virtually over Zoom.
A graduate-student-led reading group on premodern critical race studies was also been formed for the 2020–21 year. This biweekly reading group created a space in which participants read and discussed foundational theoretical texts within this subfield and thought through ways to apply this theory to their own work. Readings for the fall semester included books and articles published by the 2020 Conway speakers. Following the Conway lectures, readings and discussion topics were chosen based on the needs and research interests of group participants.
Peter Adamson (Ludwig Maximilians Universitat München), "Don't Think For Yourself: Faith and Authority in Medieval Philosophy"
The lecture videos are available on our YouTube channel:
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”