Medieval Studies Interdisciplinary Working Group: Session 1


Location: Hesburgh Library, Medieval Institute Reading Room, Room 715

The Medieval Studies Interdisciplinary 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 interdisciplinarity 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.

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 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 group is meant to be informal, convivial, and heavy on audience participation.

Click here for the working group’s website.

For more information, contact Anna Larsen ( or Brett Rodriguez (

Sponsored and supported by the Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts; the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; the Medieval Institute; the Ph.D. in Literature program; the Department of English; the Department of History; the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures; the Department of Art, Art History, and Design; the Department of Classics; the Religion and Literature program; the Devers Program in Dante Studies; and Italian Studies at Notre Dame.