At last night’s session on Material Culture, we enjoyed two fantastic papers by Anne F. Harris (DePauw University, Art History) and Emily Kirkegaard (Notre Dame, MI). We were shaken out of our myopic anthropocentrism by both speakers’ critical engagement with how objects matter. Many thanks to Anne and Emily for their enthusiastic willingness to share their research. For those who would like to learn more about Professor Harris’s contributions to the ongoing conversation on eco-criticism in medieval studies, check out her blog. Also be on the lookout for her forthcoming article in Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (Winter 2014), “Sacred Object/Folk Object: the Roodscreen of the Chapel St. Fiacre in Le Faoüet (Brittany).”
We look forward to our next session on January 16 on Orality and Violent Speech with Irinia Dumitrescu (Southern Methodist University, English) and Melissa Hamilton-Vise (Northwestern University, History). We hope to see you there!
Many thanks to Amy Mulligan and Cara Aspesi for sharing their fascinating research on medieval Landscape Studies. For those who missed the session, but would still like to learn more, Amy Mulligan’s paper was filmed; the video will be posted on the website of Breac, a digital journal of Irish Studies.
Our next session (Thursday, Dec. 5) will focus on methodological approaches to medieval material culture. Papers will be given by Anne F. Harris (DePauw University, Art History) and Emily Kirkegaard (University of Notre Dame, Medieval Institute). For more information, go to the Session 4 tab for more information.
A big thanks to Daniel Hobbins, David Gura, and Christopher Scheirer for a dynamic roundtable discussion of their ongoing projects and some of the future directions of medieval manuscript research!
Our next session (Thursday, Nov. 14) will be devoted to Landscape Studies with Amy Mulligan (Notre Dame, Irish Studies) and Cara Aspesi (Notre Dame, Theology). Check out the Session 3 tab for more information.
(Above: Banner photo from archaeological excavations and experiments currently underway at L’Esquerda, near Roda de Ter, Spain: http://www.lesquerda.cat)
- Cologny, Fondation Martin Bodmer, Cod. 91, Der Renner, f. 84r, 1468
Please join us tonight at 5:30 pm in the Medieval Institute Reading Room for a roundtable discussion on Manuscript Studies. This session’s speakers are Daniel Hobbins (History Dept.), David Gura (Special Collections), and Christopher Scheirer (MI).
Thanks to Claire Taylor Jones and Anna de Bakker for their fantastic presentations at our first session of the year–a marvelous success!
Be sure to stay tuned for our next session on October 17 at 5:30 pm, which will be a roundtable dedicated Medieval Manuscript Studies with Chris Scheirer, Daniel Hobbins, and David Gura. For more information, please see the “Session 2″ tab.
Weissenau Passionary (12th c.)–the illuminator includes a self-portrait, providing his name: “Fr. Rufillus.” Cologny, Fondation Martin Bodmer, Cod. Bodmer 127, 244r.
We’re looking forward to another great year for the Medieval Studies Interdisciplinary Working Group! To see the line-up for this year, click on the individual sessions in the bar above.
Our first session will be on Thursday, September 5, at 5 pm in the Medieval Institute. The topic will be Ritual and Performance Theory, with Claire Jones (ND, Dept. of German and Russian Languages and Literatures) and Anna De Bakker (ND, Medieval Institute) speaking. To read their abstracts click here.
We are pleased to announce the continuation of Medieval Studies Interdisciplinary Working Group for the 2013-2014 academic year.
Each meeting will take place in the Medieval Institute, 715 Hesburgh Library. Abstracts and additional readings will be available by clicking on the corresponding tab above. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
N.B.: If you are looking for the Notre Dame Medieval Institute website, it is here.