Yale’s Program in Medieval Studies is an autonomous interdisciplinary enterprise, with faculty drawn from many relevant humanities departments - Classics, Comparative Literature, English, French, German, History, History of Art, Italian, Music, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, Philosophy, Religious Studies, Slavic Languages and Literatures, and Spanish and Portuguese - along with the Divinity School, the Beinecke Library, and the Yale Institute of Sacred Music. There are some forty faculty members at Yale who work on the various cultures of the Middle Ages. Together we form one of the largest assemblies of specialized medievalists in any university of the United States. Students have access to all of these faculty and to the courses, both graduate and undergraduate, that they offer each term. Read more



“Religious Life at the Barracks in Rome: New Proposals for Dolichenian Cult Sites at the Statio of the Second Cohort of Vigiles on the Esquiline and the Castra Praetoria.” a talk by Blair Fowlkes Childs, fellow at the Institute of Sacred Music. Please bring your Yale ID and sign the guest list at the entrance to Saybrook College’s dining hall to pick up your free lunch. 


“The Bleeding Conch Vase: New Insights on Sexuality in Ancient Maya Art” lecture by Professor Oswaldo Chinchilla, Yale University Anthropology Department. Lunch will be provided. 


Title of  lecture to be announced,  by Mark Chinca, (Reader in Medieval and Early Modern German Literature, U of Cambridge), reception to follow.


“The Problem of Literary Value in Chaucer Studies (And Elsewhere)”, lecture by Robert Mayer-Lee (Agnes Scott College)


“The Correspondence of Emperor Leo III and Caliph Umar II: Arguing Mediterranean Religion across the Middle Ages” lecture by Professor Thomas Burman (Robert M. Conway Director of the Medieval Institute and Professor of History, U of Notre Dame), reception to follow.


August 29, 2019
By Kendall Teare   “The Map Psalter,” a medieval world map. Circa 1262-1300. Held by the British Library. This year at Yale, two new literature classes will push the...