Best of the Medieval Studies Research Blog: Summer Highlights

Author: Karrie Fuller

Welcome to the inauguration of the Medieval Studies Research Blog’s (MSRB) new “Best of” news series where we report monthly on our recent publications and exciting initiatives.

Who Are We?

The MSRB is a multi-author blog site hosted by the University of Notre Dame's Medieval Institute. This blog provides interdisciplinary and geographically broad coverage of research on the Middle Ages. It supports the Institute’s efforts to create an inclusive scholarly community that advances the study of the medieval world and its influences on the world today. Interested in submitting a post? See our “Submission Guidelines” page.

What have we been up to all summer?

After re-building this site from the ground up last summer, we’ve spent this summer continuing to strengthen our infrastructure by rolling out some new changes and initiatives. Here are just a few of the things we’ve been up to:

  • We recently hired two new team members, Cait Stevenson and Rebecca West, who are joining us this fall. These contributors will write new content for the site and help out with our special series, social media, and other initiatives.
  • There’s also a new submission guidelines page accessible through the menu bar at the top of the home page. Anyone interested in submitting a post should check out the instructions and FAQs there. Even experienced contributors might find it useful for future reference. We encourage and welcome volunteer posts as they keep the site lively, diverse, and productive, so please don’t hesitate to contact the blog’s project manager, Karrie Fuller (, with questions.
  • Check out our new special series, “Undergrad Wednesdays.” In our efforts to streamline the Medieval Institute’s online content, we merged all of the material from the old Medieval Undergraduate Research website into this series of posts. New content will be posted weekly for the whole semester. 
  • Our newly expanded name, “Meet Us at the Crossroads of Everything,” makes the Institute’s mission clearer and more prominent on the homepage.

Featured Publications

Publications slow down over the summer months over here at the MSRB, but that doesn't mean that we stop working hard behind the scenes, preparing for the upcoming school year. Even with our globe-trotting medievalist community dispersing for their summer research travels, we managed to put together a few exciting releases:

  • Mearcstapan: Monsters Across the Border” by Richard Fahey 
  • Our fall semester debut: a new preface, translation, and recitation of the Old High German poems, Ludwigslied, by Jake Coen for our medieval verse translation project (a newly updated preface for that project is also available).
  • As mentioned above, all of the content from the former Medieval Undergraduate Researchwebsite can be found here: “Undergrad Wednesdays.” See what our undergrads have been up to!

And, stay tuned for September’s highlights in just a few weeks’ time...