The North Texas Medieval Graduate Student Symposium
joins forces with the annual meeting of the
Texas Medieval Association!!
October 2-4, 2014
University of North Texas
The North Texas Medieval Graduate Student Symposium was initiated in 2005. It is an annual two-day event comprised of two Keynote Addresses delivered by renowned professors of Medieval Studies, followed by 20-25 medieval graduate student research papers with an audience of approximately 100 people. The student papers are professionally reviewed and are chosen on the merit of the originality of their thesis, validity of their argument, and relevancy to the year's theme. The 8-10 medieval faculty representing Art History, English, History, World Languages, Music, Philosophy and Religion at the University of North Texas join our guest Keynotes in fostering a pedagogically rich atmosphere of collegial discussion and critical analysis meant to facilitate a community network of graduate student interaction. We are very happy to announce that our 2014 Symposium will be held in conjunction with the annual 2-day conference of the Texas Medieval Association, for a total of three days of medieval collegial interaction.
The NT Medieval graduate Student Symposium has attracted students representing over 30 different US universities and 10 different foreign institutions. While our primary directive is to bring together these medieval graduate students from the various disciplines under the umbrella of Medieval Studies, the secondary objective of the Symposium is to facilitate an avenue for interaction between the larger university community, Medieval Studies, and the general public. To that end, the community surrounding the University of North Texas, including the greater Dallas Metroplex, with its plethora of both institutions of higher education and world-class museums and galleries, is invited via media releases, newsletters, and email lists to attend both the Keynote Address and the student presentations. Community members are also encouraged to meet the student speakers and their professors during the mid-day break over a light lunch.
The special one-day event of the Medieval Symposium is free and open to the general public.
The 2014 theme is: "Interdiciplinarity in the era of ‘Relevance:’ Graduate Research across the Disciplines and Beyond.”
The symposium has addressed a broad range of interdisciplinary themes such as “To Move and Be Moved: Physical and Psychological Transportation and Transformation in the Middle Ages,” “Nature and the Natural in the Middle Ages," "East meets West," "Literacy and Language," “The Medieval Manuscript,” “Saints in the Middle Ages,” and “Geography and the Medieval World.” Keynote addresses have been delivered by Corine Schleif and Volker Schier (Arizona State University), Joan Holladay (University of Texas, Austin), Janet Marquardt (Eastern Illinois University), as well as D. Fairchild Ruggles, and Anne D. Hedeman (The U. Illinois, Urbana-Champaign), Jean Givens, U. Connecticut), and Janet Snyder (West Virginia U. and Susan Boynton (Columbia University).
Following in this esteemed tradition, in 2014 we welcome Dr. Barbara Rosenwein of Loyola University, Chicago (Lecture Title TBA)!