Medieval Studies Working Group—Place and History: Literature in Europe, 1348–1418


Location: Hesburgh Library, Room 715J

David Wallace, professor, Department of English, University of Pennsylvania

The working group has several aims: to question the meaning of the term “interdisciplinarity,” and to explore the possibilities it can or cannot afford to medievalists; to promote the community of medievalists across disciplines both within and outside Notre Dame; to provide graduate students wide-ranging exposure to important methods and trends in scholarship, as well as models for how interdisciplinary can be pursued (or not) within the demands of the single-discipline department; and to allow graduate students an opportunity to explore ideas and methods with esteemed scholars in an informal setting, along with the possibility to receive feedback on their own work.

The format of the working group is designed to meet the above goals. Meeting monthly, each session will feature (at least) two speakers from different disciplines: one professor and one advanced graduate student. Each will present for 20 to 30 minutes on the same broad topic or problem, highlighting the insights and approaches that the different disciplines can bring to the question at hand. The presentations will be followed by a discussion among the speakers and the audience. Speakers are asked to circulate either a copy of their talk and/or a text or image before the meeting in order to facilitate discussion. Above all, the working group is meant to be informal, convivial, and heavy on audience participation.

Click here for the working group’s website.

Address questions to the organizers:
Anna Larsen,, and
Brett Rodriguez,

Sponsored and supported by ISLA; the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; the Medieval Institute; the Ph.D. in Literature program; the departments of English, history, romance languages and literatures, classics, and the Department of Art, Art History, and Design; the Religion and Literature program; the Devers Program in Dante Studies; and Italian Studies at Notre Dame.