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. 

News

Comp Time!
April 1, 2017
Wish Will Salzer, '17 luck on his comprehensive exam in Medieval Studies!
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Sewanee Medieval Colloquium is March 10 & 11
March 7, 2017
The University will host the 43rd annual Sewanee Medieval Colloquium on March 10 and 11. This year’s theme for the conference—attended by medievalists from across the country—is “Borders and Margins.”
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Minor in Medieval Studies Now Available
October 29, 2016
Students are now able to pursue a minor in Medieval Studies at Sewanee!
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