Medieval Studies at UVM

The College of Arts and Sciences at UVM has a strong core of faculty whose teaching and research centers on Europe in the millennium between 500 and 1500 CE. Students interested in medieval Europe can take regularly offered classes such as “Medieval Mystics and Heretics,” “Doubt and Knowledge,” “The Emotions of Everyday Life in Medieval Poetry,” “Books and Readers in Europe, 1250-1650,” and “Beowulf,” in the departments of history, English, religion, and romance languages and linguistics, with related content often offered in classics, art history, German and Russian, philosophy and sociology.  

Courses focused on medieval Europe allow you to explore the complexity of another world, hone your analytic and communication skills, to better grasp relationships between different ways of creating new knowledge, to explore continuity and change between past and present, and to gain a new depth of diverse cultural understanding. See links at the right to meet some of our outstanding medievalist faculty, and for examples of their recent research.

 

Medieval Studies Lecture Series

The College of Arts and Sciences Medieval Studies Lecture Series each year brings a lineup of world-class scholars to the UVM campus.  The next speaker in the 2019-2020 series will be Dr. Laura Light (Manuscript Specialist, Les enluminures).  Her public lecture entitled "The Paris Bible:  What's in a Name (and Why it Matters)"  will be held on Wednesday November 20 at 5:30PM in the Marsh Room of Billings Library.  Speakers for the spring semester will include Richard Fahey (English, Notre Dame; date TBA), and Neslihan Şenocak (History, Columbia University) on April 13.  Watch this space for more details!

 

The A. Inskip Dickerson fund supports acquisitions by the Silver Special Collections Library in the area of medieval Europe.

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Perspectives from across the nation and around the world

The College of Arts and Sciences also sponsors an annual Medieval Studies Lecture Series, which brings world-class scholars from Europe, North America, and across the globe to the UVM campus. See the sidebar at right for upcoming events. 

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Rare manuscripts support original scholarship  

The Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts Collection contains images of 21 unbound manuscript items and 10 bound manuscript items from the  University of Vermont, Silver Special Collections Library. These manuscripts were written in various locations across Europe and the Middle East, from early in the 12th century to the 17th century C.E. These beautiful books are often heavily illustrated or decorated, and provide examples of a wide range of scripts, both Gothic and later varieties. The scope of the collection will facilitate studies of book history, codicology, paleography, and Medieval and Renaissance history.

The past made relevant for today

Every year medievalist scholars from the UVM College of Arts and Sciences publish numerous books, articles, chapters, and reviews, providing contemporary perspectives on age-old challenges confronting human society.