Graduate Student Activities

Illuminating Hidden Figures: Diversity and Difference in the Middle Ages

 New England Medieval Studies Consortium

Brown University, March 16-17, 2018, Smith-Buonanno 106 

 The diversity of medieval Europe has come under close scrutiny from all sides. As medievalists have, with increasing vigor, insisted on complex and nuanced understandings of the constitution of both normative European societies and their interactions with those surrounding them, popular ideological movements have sought to claim the medieval past as a homogeneous, ‘white’ male space. Whether it is studied through art, literature, theology, history, gender and sexuality studies, or any of the other manifold disciplines that comprise medieval studies, the question of diversity and difference in the middle ages thus represents not only an increasingly fruitful avenue of scholarly inquiry, but also a vital interface between academia and the public at large. 

 The keynote address, "Rhetoric, Race, and the End of the White Middle Ages,” will be delivered by Cord Whitaker (Wellesley College) on the evening of Friday, March 16.





PaleoSlam is an informal gathering for those interested in reading or learning to read handwritten documents in a variety of European languages from the ancient, medieval, and early modern periods.Sessions usually feature one or two practice texts, followed by texts submitted by participants. All levels of paleographic skill and language proficiency are welcome. 

Our meetings will (tentatively) be from 5:30 to 7 in Sharpe 107 on the following dates (all Wednesdays):
Leland Renato Grigoli - Organizer 
(PhD Student, Department of History, Brown University)

Introduction to Using Medieval and Early Modern Manuscripts Workshop

(introduction to preparing to visit manuscript repositories) 

  • Wednesday, Nov. 8, from 4-5 in the Rock Library's Hecker Room

 This workshop by William S. Monroe (Senior Scholarly Resources Librarian) is aimed at graduate students (and others) who may have a need to look at European manuscript sources from the medieval and early modern periods, though others may find it informative. It will consist of a basic introduction to terminology, locating and identifying manuscript books and documents, how to prepare for visiting a library or archive, and what to do when there. It will also include a basic introduction to the idea of paleography and to paleographical tools.

And please spread the word to anyone else you know who might benefit from this.