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Pesellino and Workshop, "Seven Liberal Arts", tempera on panel (16.5” x 58”), Italian c. 1450, now in the Birmingham Museum of Art Kress Collection, K540.

Pesellino and Workshop, "Seven Liberal Arts", tempera on panel (16.5” x 58”), Italian c. 1450, now in the Birmingham Museum of Art Kress Collection, K540.

MRSC News & Current Events:

MRSC Spring Conference submissions deadline extended to 14 October 2022. For details, see the updated CFP here: Centers & Peripheries

Congratulations to Matthew Hunter (MRSC Affiliated Faculty, English), who recently published The Pursuit of Style in Early Modern Drama (Cambridge, 2022)! Follow this link to the publisher's page for more detail: Hunter, Pursuit.


John M. Howe Inagural Lecture in Medieval & Early Modern History. 30 September 2022, 6pm (Escondido Theatre, SUB).

The Department of History is pleased to announce the inaugural Howe lecture will be given by Dr. Christian Raffensperger (Wittenberg University), a leading historian in the medieval history of Ukraine and Eastern Europe. Please see the flyer, below, for details.

Raffensperger Flyer


TTU MRSC to Host International Conference, April 2023: centers & peripheries image

Centers & Peripheries Conference submissions deadline extended to 10/14/22. Please click the following link for the full Call for Papers: Centers & Peripheries CFP.


Recent Student Accomplishments:

Congratulations to Alaurea Holder, MA student in History, on the completion and successful defense of her thesis, "Plagued Bodies and Penitential Souls: Secular and Ecclesiastical Repsonses to the 1576-78 Plague of Milan." Alaurea graduated in August 2022, and will begin her Ph.D. studies in early modern history at Boston College this fall.

Congratulations to Jennifer K. Robertson, PhD student in English, who has received a Fulbright Scholarship for her project entitled, "Medieval North Sea Medicinal Trade". Her research involves mining historical documents (manuscripts) for data on the economic relationships in the North Sea as they pertain to trade in medicines and medicinal ingredients to extrapolate evidence of trends in medical practice and intellectual or technological trade outside of Latin-speaking religious communities. Blending historiographical, paleographical, and literary study, she hopes this work will illuminate the relationship between medical Arabism (medicine influenced by Islamic scientific communities) and the North Sea world (including coastal Northern Europe, Scandinavia, and Britain) with the ultimate intention to explain the eruptions of medical Arabism in English literature that grew from occasional to commonplace through the Middle Ages.  Jenny will spend the 2022-23 academic year at the University of Bergen, in Bergen, Norway.

Congratulations to Emily Jay, PhD student in the CVPA's Fine Arts Doctoral program, Art major, who has accepted the position of Assistant Professor of Art at Ohio Northern University in Ada OH, starting in the fall of 2022, where she will be teaching Art History and Visual Literacy classes.

She will also be completing her dissertation, currently entitled: “How to become a mountain: the entangled relationship of Santa Rosalia and the city of Palermo.”

Congratulations to Courtney Gragson, an MA student in History, who was awarded MRSC funding to attend the German Script paleography course offered by the Moravian College Archives in Bethlehem, PA, from July 18-29, 2022. The course is vital to her current thesis research, which requires her to read archival documents written in forms of Old German script.   

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Spring Events:

International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo (VIRTUAL)
May 9th - 14th, 2022

Tuesday, May 10, 2022, 11:00 a.m. EDT 
Session # 90
Biblical Exegesis and Preaching I
Sponsor: Society for the Study of the Bible in the Middle Ages (SSBMA)
Organizer: Frans van Liere, Calvin Univ.
Presider: Franklin T. Harkins, Boston College

“The Practice of Rumination in Bede's Easter Vigil Homily”
Aaron Scott Taylor, Univ. of Central Oklahoma

“The Use of Scripture in Innocent III's Easter Sermons”
Aaron Canty, St. Xavier Univ.

“Academic Rhetoric and Peter Damian's Biblical Exegesis”
John M. Howe, Texas Tech Univ.

Tuesday, May 10, 2022, 7:00 p.m. EDT
Session # 143
Playing with Game Theory: Playful Genres
Sponsor: Game Cultures Society
Organizer: Sarah J. Sprouse, Univ. of Alabama
Presider: Daniel Elias Kephart, Univ. of Rochester

“Performing Sir Thopas: Incipits and Explicits”
Kimberly K. Bell, Sam Houston State Univ.; Julie Nelson Couch, Texas Tech Univ.

“‘Til on a day': Brackets in Chaucer's Tale of Sir Thopas and the Middle English Sir Perceval of Galles”
McKenzie Peck, Univ. of Missouri–Columbia

“Viewing Pearl through Game Theory: An Exposition of the Poet's Remedy for Grief”
Kristen D. York, Texas A&M Univ.

Thursday, May 12, 2022, 9:00 a.m. EDT
Naples and Beyond: World-Wide Cultural Networks (I-III)
Session # 219
Within Naples
Organizers: Janis Elliott, Texas Tech Univ.
                      Denva Gallant, Univ. of Delaware

“Confraternal Art and Architecture in Angevin Naples: The Hospital of S. Eligio and the Compagnia della Croce at S. Agostino” Stefano D'Ovidio, Univ. di Napoli Federico II

“Ribbed Domes in Naples and South Italy” Caroline A. Bruzelius, Duke Univ.

“Naples outside Naples. Medieval funerary sculpture at the abbey of Montevergine” Paola Vitolo, Univ. di Napoli Federico II

“De statua. Visualizing Fame in Early Renaissance Naples” Nicolas Bock, Lausanne Univ.

Thursday, May 12, 2022, 3:00 p.m. EDT
Session # 242
Beyond Naples I:
Organizers: Janis Elliott, Texas Tech Univ.  
                      Denva Gallant, Univ. of Delaware

“Xmaltatis per totum: The "Church Reliquary" at San Nicola, Bari, in Context Jill Caskey, Univ. of Toronto

“Kings in Heaven and Workers in Hell: A Civic Last Judgment Fresco in Sant'Agata de' Goti” Claire Jensen, Univ. of Toronto

“Court art beyond Naples: the frescoes of Santa Caterina, Galatina” Maria Harvey, James Madison Univ.

Thursday, May 12, 2022, 5:00 p.m. EDT
Session # 262
Beyond Naples II:
Organizers: Janis Elliott, Texas Tech Univ. 
                      Denva Gallant, Univ. of Delaware

“A Manuscript on the Move: The Kitāb al-Hāwī between Tunisia and Naples” Nora S. Lambert,

“The Dynastic in the Monastic: Considering the Image of Robert of Anjou in Morgan MS. M.626” Denva Gallant, Univ. of Delaware

“The Hungarian Angevin Legendary: A Picture-Book of Saints Lives and its connection to Angevin Naples” Janis Elliott, Texas Tech Univ.

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Spring 2023

MRSC Conference
April 20 - 22, 2023

With the generous assistance of a TTU Humanities Center Working Group Grant and additional funding from the Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation, the MRSC will host an international conference on 20-22 April 2023, to coincide with the Texas Tech Centenary (1923-2023).  The conference theme is Centers & Peripheries: The Global Premodern, and is the culmination of our 3-year Working Group project entitled: “Arts, Histories, Literatures of the World, 500-1500 CE.”

The conference will start off in the afternoon of April 20 with a grand opening session on “The Medieval Roots of the University” with special guest speakers, John Van Engen, Andrew V. Tackes Professor Emeritus of Medieval History at the Medieval Institute of the University of Notre Dame, and James Turner, Cavanaugh Professor of Humanities and Professor of History Emeritus at the University of Notre Dame.  A reception will follow in the Sculpture Court of the TTU Museum.

Our two keynote speakers have been confirmed. Ulinka Rublack is Professor of Early Modern European History at the University of Cambridge and author of The Astronomer and the Witch and Dürer in the Age of Wonder. She will speak on April 21st to our audience on the topic of her new book, The Triumph of Fashion.   Jonathan Hsy is Associate Professor of English at George Washington University, author of Antiracist Medievalisms: From “Yellow Peril” to Black Lives Matter, founding co-director of Global Chaucers, and founding member of Medievalists of Color. He will speak on April 22nd about his interests in the cultural history of disability in the middle ages.

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