Conversion & Literature Interdisciplinary Workshop


Location: Medieval Institute Reading Room, 715 Hesburgh Library

Conversion & Literature Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Workshop:
The Medieval Period

· Chris Abram (English), Conversion and Cognition: Changing Minds in Medieval Scandinavia

· Hannah Zdansky (Ph.D. in Literature), At the Interface of Romance and Religion: The Conversion of Guy of Warwick

· Katy Wright-Bushman (Ph.D. in English), The Poet’s Prayer: Religious Lyric at the Heart of Conversion in the Fifteenth-Century Storie of Asneth

Light refreshments will be available.

The Workshop has been organized by John Marchese and Deborah Forteza, graduate students in the Ph.D. in Literature Program.

With the support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts, the Workshop brings together a group of interested graduate students under the rubric of “Literature and Conversion”  in order

  • To stimulate conversation around the topic of religion and literature across the disciplines
  • To provide a forum for graduate students to get feedback for their ideas from a larger, academic audience
  • To foster a sense of interdisciplinary collegiality among new and established scholars who are interested in the intersection of religion and literature
  • To provide a friendly setting for exposure of ideas and thereby encourage constructive scholarship
  • To continue to develop Notre Dame as the premier institution for the interdisciplinary study of religion and literature

Each meeting of this monthly seminar focuses on a different time period and/or geographical location. This diversity draws on the research of those in departments such as Theology, Classics, English, Romance Languages, Philosophy, and History. Each session has both graduate student and faculty involvement.


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