Why Medieval Studies?

The purpose of the Program in Medieval Studies is to foster the interdisciplinary and cross-cultural study of the history, literature, languages, religion, philosophy, art, and archaeology of cultures across the globe from approximately the fourth through the fifteenth centuries C.E., by sponsoring activities such as seminars, conferences, symposia, and lectures, visiting scholars, and exchange and outreach programs, and by offering an undergraduate Interdisciplinary Studies Concentration and Minor in Medieval Studies and a graduate Concentration in Medieval Studies. A unit of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences with the participation of the College of Fine and Applied Arts, the Program has its administrative home in the School of Literatures, Cultures, and Linguistics. Participating Departments and Programs are, in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Classics, Comparative Literature, East Asian Languages and Cultures, English, French, Germanic Languages and Literatures, History, Philosophy, Religion, Slavic Languages and Literatures, Spanish, Italian & Portuguese, and Speech Communications; in the College of Fine and Applied Arts, Architectural History, Art History, Landscape Architecture, and Music; and the Graduate School of Library and Information Science and University Library.

A distinctive feature of our Program is its global approach to the discipline of Medieval Studies. We sponsor the new academic journal The Medieval Globe, and our curricula and programming strive to foster crosscultural study of the period and interdisciplinary collaboration.

The Program aims above all to create a community of scholars and students sharing interests in these fields both within the University of Illinois and between the Program in Medieval Studies and other Medieval Studies programs and institutes around the world.

Eleonora Stoppino, Director