Conway Lectures

Conway 2019 Poster

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. 

More information can be found here: Lecture 1 | Lecture 2 | Lecture 3.

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.





Niklaus Largier (UC Berkeley), "The Rhetoric of Mysticism"

Conway 2018 Poster


Susan Rankin (Cambridge), "Manuscripts for Musicians: 750–900"

2017 Conway Poster


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)

William Courtenay book jacket Conway


John V. Fleming (Princeton), "Asceticism and Literature in the Middle Ages"

Conway 2015 Poster


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)

Alice-Mary Talbot Varieties of Monastic Experience Conway 2014


Anne D. Hedeman (U Kansas), "Visual Translation and the First French Humanists”

Conway Poster 2013


Sylvia Huot (Cambridge), “Giants in Medieval Romance Literature”

Published as Outsiders: The Humanity and Inhumanity of Giants in Medieval French Prose Romance (2016)

Huot Web


Barbara Newman (Northwestern), “Medieval Crossover: Reading the Secular Against the Sacred”

Published as Medieval Crossover: Reading the Secular Against the Sacred (2013)

Barbara Newman book jacket Conway


Roberta Frank (Yale), “Slip Slidin’ Away: The Nimble Leaps of Early Northern Verse”

Conway Poster 2010


John Marenbon (Cambridge), “Abelard in Four Dimensions”

Published as Abelard in Four Dimensions: A Twelfth-Century Philosopher in His Context and Ours (2013)

John Marenbon book jacket Conway


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)

Jonathan Riley-Smith book jacket Conway


A. C. Spearing (U Virginia), “Medieval Autographies: The 'I' of the Text”

Published as Medieval Autographies: The "I" of the Text (2012)

A C Spearing book jacket Conway


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)

Beat Brenk book jacket Conway


Calvin Bower (Notre Dame), “Grasping the Wind: Words for Melodies in South-German Liturgical Music, 800-1200”

Conway 2005 Poster


Rosamond McKitterick (Cambridge), “Perceptions of the Past in the Early Middle Ages”

Published as Perceptions of the Past in the Early Middle Ages (2006)

Mckitterick Web


Paul Strohm (Columbia), “English Writing and the Pre-Machiavellian Prince”

Published as Politique: Languages of Statecraft between Chaucer and Shakespeare (2005)

Paul Strohm book jacket


Fr. Ulrich Horst (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität), “The Teaching Authority of the Pope”

Published as The Dominicans and the Pope: Papal Teaching Authority in the Medieval and Early Modern Thomist Tradition (2006)

Ulrich Horst book jacket Conway