Welcome to another exciting year of workshops, presentations and events
sponsored by the Medieval Studies Workshop (MSW) at the University of Chicago!
This year promises a full calendar of workshops on alternate Fridays from 12-
1:30, in Wieboldt 207 (unless otherwise noted). Graduate students and
professors from the University of Chicago as well as eminent visitors from other
universities will present their recent work. We will follow the same format as last
year, in which papers are pre-circulated on our blog, and a graduate student
initiates the discussion with a prepared response to the paper. Refreshments
will be served at each session.
The complete calendar of workshops is on our blog and reflects the most up-to-
2011-2012/). Please mark your calendars now, however, for our fall program:
Herb Kessler, Professor of the History of Art, Johns Hopkins University: “Images
Borne on a Breeze: the Function of the Flabellum of Tournus as Meaning”
Kathryn M. Rudy, Lecturer in Art History, University of St. Andrews: “Taking
Home the Holy: Eucharist Wafer Souvenirs in the Fifteenth Century (*Wednesday,
October 12, CWAC 152*)
Emmannuelle Bonnafoux, PhD candidate, Romance Languages and Literatures:
“Le Naturalisme déçu d’Eustache Deschamps” (October 21)
Erika Tritle, PhD candidate, History of Christianity, Divinity School: “The Letter
That Kills in Fifteenth-Century Castile” (November 4)
Brigitte Buettner, Professor of Art History, Smith College: “Medieval Mineralogy
in Text, Image and Imagination” (November 18)
Olivia Remie Constable, Director of the Medieval Institute, University of Notre
Dame: “Food and Meaning: Christian Understandings of Muslim Food and Food
Ways, 1250-1550” (December 2)
For our first workshop, we are delighted to host Herb Kessler, Professor of the
History of Art at Johns Hopkins University (and former chair of the Art
Department at the University of Chicago). Professor Kessler’s paper, “Images
Borne on a Breeze: the Function of the Flabellum of Tournus as Meaning” is
already available on the blog
(http://cas.uchicago.edu/workshops/medievalstudies/) and should be read in
advance of the workshop, which will take place on September 30 in CWAC 156.
This session is co-sponsored by the Late Antique and Byzantine Studies
All faculty and graduate students are warmly invited to a celebratory potluck on
September 30 at 7:30pm at the home of Professor David Nirenberg, 5656 S.
Dorchester Ave., Apt. 2 (corner of Dorchester and 57th). Kindly email
firstname.lastname@example.org before the potluck to let me know what kind of dish you
plan to bring.
We hope that you visit the MSW blog
http://cas.uchicago.edu/workshops/medievalstudies/ often. We will post a
variety of information of interest to medievalists, including calls for papers,
lecture and conference announcements, workshop papers and presentation
details. We welcome your contributions to the blog, as we are eager to provide a
thorough listing of any events and opportunities a medievalist would want to
know about! Please also spread the word among new graduate students and
colleagues about MSW events. We encourage you to subscribe to the UC
medieval listserv for additional announcements and information.
Should you have any questions throughout the year, please do not hesitate to
contact the graduate student co-coordinators, Jessica Andruss
(email@example.com) or Uri Shachar (firstname.lastname@example.org). We look
forward to seeing you at the workshops!
Jessica Andruss and Uri Shachar, graduate student co-coordinators
Profs. Daisy Delogu, Aden Kumler, and David Nirenberg, faculty sponsors