International Hug a Medievalist Day!

Check out the mention in the New Yorker, and hug a medievalist!

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The Beowulf manuscript is free online!

For the first time EVER, you can view Cotton Vitellius A XV in its entirety, thanks to the British Library’s digitalization efforts. See it here.


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Undergraduate Conference in Knoxville!

The Marco Institute for Medieval and Renaissance Studies is pleased to announce its Third Annual Undergraduate Conference entitled “Corpus: the Body in the Middle Ages and Renaissance.”  The conference will take place on April 19, 2013 at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.  We are currently welcoming abstracts from interested undergraduates.


Please see the attached call for papers.  Submissions should be postmarked no later than February 4, 2013.


Thank you in advance for your consideration and help in publicizing the 2013 Marco Undergraduate Conference with colleagues and in your classes!  More information is forthcoming online at


Please contact conference organizer Matthew Ylitalo at or with additional questions.

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Apply to go to Oxford!

Three students, Jordan Sharpe, Ellen Doster, and Clara Wild are just now returning from a semester at Oxford through CMRS – you can be next! Please contact Dr. Irvin or Dr. Ridyard about this wonderful opportunity. Also, it’s not just for medievalists: Renaissance too!

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Seniors! Apply for the Gates Cambridge Scholarship!

Seniors should look at this new scholarship opportunity for outstanding students to do full-time graduate work at Cambridge University.  Applications are due October 16!

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Call for Papers: Undergraduate Conference!

Call for Papers for the Seventh Annual Meeting in the Middle Undergraduate conference in Middle and Renaissance Studies.

This year’s theme is “Where the Wild Things Are?” and features noted feminist medievalist and expert on Wildmen, Robin Hood and King Arthur, Dr. Lorraine K. Stock, University of Houston, and archaeologist and architectural specialist Dr. Luc Bourgeois, Centre d’Études Supérieures de Civilisation Médiévale / Université de Poitiers.

The Conference is 5-6 April 2013, and the deadline for student abstracts is 25  Jan. 2013.

We welcome abstracts from students in all disciplines including history, art history, literature, language, archeology and theatre.

Please ask your students to send abstracts to either Dr. Larissa Tracy or Dr. Steven Isaac

We also welcome plays or musical performances.

Further details can be found on our website

The website will be updated with specifics abut accommodation and schedule early in the spring semester.

Remember, travel funds for students attending conferences are available!

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Watch the York Mystery Plays Live!

In the ruins of St. Mary’s Abbey, in York, England, an updated version of the York Cycle will be performed, and you can watch it LIVE! It starts at 1:30 PM (CST)!



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New publication from Alex Bruce!

Dr. Alex Bruce, Associate Dean of Students and member of the Medieval Studies faculty, published “The Fall of Gondolin and the Fall of Troy: Tolkien and Book II of The Aeneid,” in Mythlore 30.3, 4, their Spring/Summer 2012 issue.

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Three students going to Oxford for Fall Semester, 2012!

Jordan Sharpe, C’ 2013, Clara Wild, C’ 2015, and Ellen Doster, C’ 2014, have been accepted into the program at the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at Oxford University, as part of a new association between the University of the South and Oxford University.  The will spend the fall semester of 2012 at Keble College, taking classes and tutorials on Medieval and Renaissance literature and culture.  Both Jordan and Clara are Medieval Studies majors.

If you are interested in studying abroad at Oxford, with a specific focus on Medieval or Renaissance culture, please contact Dr. Irvin.

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Congratulations to Erin O’Reilly, C’ 12!

Erin O’Reilly, a Medieval Studies major graduating this year, has been accepted and received a teaching fellowship from Purdue University in their School of Languages and Cultures M.A. program!

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