Medieval Studies

This interdisciplinary program covers European civilizations from the fall of Rome in the fifth century to the Early Modern Period in the beginning of the 16th century. Students design their own majors by focusing on one aspect of medieval studies—such as literature, art, history, or philosophy. Recent research project topics have included the eucharistic theology of the laity in late medieval England and Chaucer’s translation of Boethius’ Consolatio Philosophiae.

Every year, the University hosts the Sewanee Medieval Colloquium, an annual conference attended by medievalists from all over the country who present papers and lectures on a different theme; in 2017, the theme will be “Borders and Margins.” The Medieval Studies Department offers a course each year connected to the Colloquium's seminar, open to all Sewanee students, which will include collaboration with Emily Steiner, Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania. 


Professor wins John Hurt Fisher Award
September 25, 2017
Matthew Irvin won the John Hurt Fisher Award, from the John Gower Society, for his book, The Poetic Voices of John Gower.
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three rogues
Prof. Bill Engel to speak at the International Luther Symposium
September 14, 2017
Professor Bill Engel will speak on "The Development of a Protestant Memory Art" at St. Paul University in Ottawa, Canada, at the International Luther Symposium.
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Comp Time!
April 1, 2017
Wish Will Salzer, '17 luck on his comprehensive exam in Medieval Studies!
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