Yale Lectures in Medieval Studies

The Medieval Studies Program organizes Yale Lectures in Medieval Studies, an interdisciplinary lecture series. We aim to bring to Yale America’s most creative scholars of the Middle Ages, to present innovative and exciting work in fields such as paleography, codicology, liturgical studies, music, history of art, archaeology, history, literature, and philosophy. The series, which is run by students in medieval disciplines, emphasizes intellectual diversity and rigorous scholarship and is a vital part of Yale’s interdisciplinary approach to the medieval period.
This enterprise is generously supported by the Medieval Studies Program, the Institute for Sacred Music, the Office of the University Secretary, the English Department, the History Department, the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Judaic Studies, the Spanish and Portugese Department, the French Department, Religious Studies and the European Studies Council, the Yale Divinity School, and the Yale Initiative for the Study of Antiquity and the Premodern World (YISAP).

2017-2018 Yale Lectures in Medieval Studies

Fall 2017

September 28, 5 PM, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, “Death and the Fate of the Soul in Byzantium: Theologies, Liturgies, Images” 

Vasileios Marinis, Associate Professor of Christian Art and Architecture, Yale University

October 26, 5:30 PM, “Libraries in the Late Antique Latin West”

Cillian O’Hogan, Assistant Professor of Latin Language and Literature, University of British Columbia

November 16, 5:30 PM,  ”Sharing Ships and Sailors’ Shrines: Muslims, Christians, and Jews at Sea in the Pre-Modern Mediterranean”

Amy Remensnyder, Professor of History, Brown University

December 7, 5:30 PM, “Literature and History in Late Fifteenth Century Castile: Manrique and de Rojas as Historical Sources”

Teofilo Ruiz, Distinguished Professor and Robert and Dorothy Wellman Chair in Medieval History, University of California, Los Angeles


Spring 2018

February 15, 5:30 PM, LC 317, “The Shame of Dinah: Emotion and Negative Theology in the Benjamin Minor”

Suzanne Conklin Akbari, Professor of English and Medieval Studies, Director of the Centre of Medieval Studies, University of Toronto

March 1, 5:30 PM, LC 317, “The Materiality of Magic in Medieval Scotland: the Ritual Lives of People and Things”

Roberta Gilchrist, Professor of Archaeology, University of Reading

April 12, 5:30 PM, HGS 211, “On the temporality of style in medieval Trojan narratives”

Simon Gaunt, Professor of French Language and Literature, King’s College London

Past Yale Lectures in Medieval Studies

Spring 2017

March 30

Racha Kirakosian, Assistant Professor of German and the Study of Religion, Harvard University

“The Ontology of the Book: The German Reception of Gertrude of Helfta’s Herald of Divine Love”

February 23

Elizabeth Allen, Associate Professor of English, University of California, Irvine

“The Stag in Sanctuary”

January 26

Zrinka Stahuljak, Professor of French and Francophone Studies, University of California, Los Angeles

“Connected Histories of La Vie de Saint Alexis: An Integrated Approach to the Textual, Visual, and Political History of the Alexis Quire (St. Albans Psalter)”

Fall 2016

November 3

Karl Shoemaker, Associate Professor of History and Law, University of Wisconsin-Madison

“When the Devil Retained a Lawyer: Law and Theology in Fourteenth-Century Law Schools”

October 13

Robyn Malo, Associate Professor, Purdue University

“The Form and Function of St. Brendan’s Confession”

September 8

Stephen Davis, Professor of Religious Studies, History and Near Eastern Studies Yale University

“The Archaeology of Early Christian Monasticism: Methodologies and Material Sources”


April 7

Asa Mittman, Professor of Art History, California State University, Chico

“Bursting out of Bounds: Jews, Gag and Magog, and the Apocalypse”

February 25 

Jesus Rodriguez Velasco, Professor of Spanish, Columbia University

“Dead Voice: Fiction and Aesthetics in Medieval Law”

February 4

Sarah Stanbury, Monsignor Murray Professor in the Arts and Humanities, College of the Holy Cross

“Staging the Home: The Noah Plays and Chaucer’s Miller’s Tale”

FALL 2015

November 17

Chet Van Duzer, Kislak Fellow, Library of Congress

“Bringing to Life the World Map of Henricus Martellus (c.1491): Multispectral Imaging and Early Renaissance Cartography”

November 5

Ahmed Ragab, Richard T. Watson Assistant Professor of Science and Religion, Harvard University

“How to be a Patient: Patienthood and Medical Thinking in the Medieval Islamicate World”

October 29 

Martha Newman, Associate Professor of History, University of Texas, Austin

“The Sacramental Imagination of Engelhard of Langheim: Cistercian Monks & Nuns Around the Year 1200”

September 24 

Giuseppe Mazzota, Sterling Professor of Humanities, Yale University

“The Future of the Middle Ages: A Fourteenth-Century Polemic”


April 24,  9:30-5:00  Beinecke Library, Mezzanine Level, “Workshop in the Archival Sciences: Researching Medieval Fragments”
Lisa Fagin Davis, Executive Director, Medieval Academy of America


April 23
David Wacks, University of Oregon, Associate Professor of Spanish

“Crusade, Conquest, and Conversion in the Medieval Iberian Romance (1250-1550)”

April 9, “Encounters with the Beinecke Medieval and Renaissance Collections”
A Panel of Yale Graduate Students:

Sebastian Rider-Bezerra (Medieval Studies) “Beinecke 956: An Early Example of Political Pamphleteering?”

Alexandra Reider (English) “Bookends and Booklets in Takamiya MS 33”

E-Ching Ng  (Linguistics)  “Batarde in MS 427:  Script Evolution is a Cycle”

Elizabeth Hebbard  (French)  “Manuscript Waste in Beinecke Incunabulae”

Eleonora Buonocore  (Italian Language and Lit)  “Deathbed Prayers:  Dante’s Credo, Antonio Da Ferrara and the practices of the Fraternity of Death in 15th Century Bologna”

April 8
Henrik Williams, Professor of Scandinavian Languages, Uppsala University, Sweden

“What Were the Vikings Thinking? Cracking the Runic Code”

February 19
Robin Fleming, Boston College, Professor of History

“Who is Buried in Early Anglo-Saxon Cemeteries?”

February 5
Susan Boynton, Columbia University, Professor of History

“Liturgy, History, and Cluniac Identity in Paris, BnF ms. latin 17716”


September 25,

Anders Winroth, Yale University, History Professor

“The Glory of the Viking Ship in Reality and Myth”

October 16

Jonathan Lyon, University of Chicago, Associate Professor of Medieval History

“Authority & Violence, Lordship & Office Holding:  New Perspectives on Some Old Problems”

November 13

James Simpson, Harvard University, Donald & Katherine Loker Professor of English

“Pardon, Hypocrisy, & Temporality:  Reading Late Medieval & Early Modern Pardoners in Time”


February 20

Jeffrey  Hamburger, Harvard University, Professor of German Art and Culture

“Script as Image”

February 27 (at Whitney Humanities Center)

Karla Mallette, University of Michigan, Professor of Italian and Near Eastern Studies

“Philology without Texts:  Framed Narratives and Linguistic Complexity in the Late Medieval Mediterranean”

March 24, (Presented by Yale University History Department and Medieval Studies Program)

Maryanne Kowaleski, Joseph Fitzpatrick S. J. Distinguished Professor of Social Science and History and Director for the Center for Medieval Studies at Fordham University, NYC, and past President of the Medieval Academy of America

“Peasants and the Sea”

April 1, Tuesday at 5:00 p.m. at the Beinecke, Rooms 38-39

Presentations by Yale University Graduate Students:

“Encounters with the Beinecke Medieval and Renaissance Collections”

Patrick Waldron:  “Cornazzano, Poet and Scribe? A 15th-century poem on nobility (Beinecke MS 1060)

Katherine Hindley:  “Takamiya MS 56:  A birth girdle”

Agnieszka Rec:  “April Fool’s Gold:  or How to hide alchemical secrets in 16th-century Germany (Mellon MS 27)

Fernanda Riva:  “Marston MS 253:  Alexander the Great in a school text from Northern Spain”

Emily Ulrich:  “Window into a bygone World:  Beinecke MS 1113 and the social networks behind Cortona’s Monastero Delle Poverelle

April 4, Beinecke Workshops in the Archival Sciences

Medieval Calendars

Led by Roger S. Wieck, Curator of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts at the Morgan Library & Museum

Contact: raymond.clemens@yale.edu to register, limited to 15 participants

April 7 

Patrick Geary, Professor of Medieval History, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton

“Barbarian Migrations, Barbarian Invasions, or Something Completely Different:  History and Genetics in the 6th Century and the 21st”

Fall 2013 Events

October 17

Ardis Butterfield, John M. Schiff Professor of English, and Professor of Music and French

“Poems without Form? Chronologies of Medieval Song”

Events for 2012-2013

October 4

Marcia Colish, Lecturer in History, Yale University 

“The Boys on the Beach: Fortunes and Misfortunes of Rufinus of Aquileia in Medieval Debates on Fictive Baptism”


November 1

Stacy Klein, Associate Professor of English, Rutgers University

“The Militancy of Gender and the Making of Sexual Difference in Anglo-Saxon Literature, c. 700-1100 AD”


November 8

Adam Kosto, Professor of History, Columbia University

” Statim invenire ante: Finding-Aids In Prescholastic Legal and Administrative Manuscripts”

March 7
Andrew Cole, Associate Professor of English, Princeton University
“Playing Humanist in Medieval Oxford”

March 28
Roy Mottahedeh, Gurney Professor of History, Harvard University
“The Eastern Voyages of the Qur’anic Solomon”

April 11
Beinecke Library
“A Celebration of the Beinecke’s Medieval Manuscripts: Five Case-Studies”

Andrew Kraebel on Osborn a29
Joseph Stadolnik on Beinecke 317
Juan Pablo Rodriguez on Beinecke 138
Sarah Ifft on Beinecke 906
Elizabeth Hebbard on Beinecke 918