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 2018, the theme will be “Law and (Dis)Order.” The Medieval Studies Department also hopes that students interested in participating in the Medieval Colloquium seminar, on the topic Medieval Race and the Modern Scholar, led by scholars Geraldine Heng and Cord Whitaker, will contact Matthew Irvin at


Fabrizio Conti to Give Guest Lecture
April 2, 2018
Dr. Fabrizio Conti, of John Cabot University in Rome, will give a guest lecture in Susan Ridyard's Saints and Society course, on the topic, "The Myths of Rome: From Pagan to Christian City and Beyond."
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Participate in the Medieval Colloquium Seminar!
February 19, 2018
We want you to participate in the seminar at the Medieval Colloquium: Medieval Race and the Modern Scholar.
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Happy Mardi Gras! Laissez les bons temps rouler!
February 12, 2018
The Medieval Studies Program wishes a happy Mardi Gras to everyone - with the reminder that it has medieval roots.
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