Conway Lectures

Conway 2018 Poster Web

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

Niklaus Largier is Professor of German and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Berkeley, where he holds the Sidney and Margaret Ancker Chair in the Humanities. He has published on medieval mysticism, the history of ascetic practices, prayer, and aesthetic experience. His books include an edition of the works of Meister Eckhart (Deutscher Klassiker Verlag, 1993); In Praise of the Whip: A Cultural History of Arousal (Zone Books, 2007), and Die Kunst des Begehrens: Dekadenz, Askese und Sinnlichkeit (C. H. Beck, 2007). In a number of recent essays he discusses medieval practices of contemplation, the stimulation of sensation and affect, and the emergence of aesthetic experience. He is currently working on a book on figuration, tentatively entitled Figures of Possibility.

Future Conway Lectures will be delivered by Peter Adamson, Professor of Late Ancient and Arabic Philosophy, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, on September 24–26, 2019.






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"

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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)

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

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

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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)

Marenbon Web


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)

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

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

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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)

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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)

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

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

Strohm Web


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)

Horst Web