Medieval Studies Working Group


Location: MI Reading Room, 715 Hesburgh Library

Session 4: Image, Work, Text

Aden Kumler (Department of Art History, University of Chicago): “Afterimages: Why Medievalists Might Want to Reclaim the Artwork (Now)”

Sarach Baechle (English, ND): “Rethinking Reading, or: What the Manuscripts Tell Us about the Boundaries of Literary Criticism”

The Medieval Studies Working Group will provide an opportunity for junior and senior scholars to engage in larger questions of methodology, the viability of interdisciplinarity, and the specific forms it might take within the umbrella of “medieval studies” as well as within specific disciplines. In order to explore these abstract questions productively, they must be rooted in concret and specific case studies. Speakers will be encouraged to highlight their methodological approach either in the body of their talk or in the subsequent question and answer session.

By placing practitioners of different methodologies and disciplines into direct contact with each other, the organizers envision the Working Group as a place of active dialogue and debate between scholars not only from different departments, but also from inside and outside the Notre Dame community.

Readings can be found on the working group web site at, and are available in hard copy in 715 Hesburgh Library. All are invited to dinner afterward (location TBA - either Legends or The Mark). Please let the organizers ( know if you will be joining them for dinner.

Address questions to the organizers:

Anna Larsen,

Brett Rodriguez,