Who We Are

The Standing Committee on Medieval Studies promotes and coordinates work on medieval subjects throughout the University, including at Dumbarton Oaks in Washington, D.C. and Villa i Tatti in Florence, Italy. Its members are drawn from Harvard's extensive medievalist faculty, ranging across a large number of departments and schools. As a program committee within the Faculty of Arts and Science, it offers a number of undergraduate and graduate courses each year, coordinates a Secondary Field in Medieval Studies for Ph.D. students and a Secondary Field in Medieval Studies for undergraduates, and collaborates with the Program in History and Literature to offer a concentration field in "The Medieval World". Although Harvard offers no Ph.D. specifically in Medieval Studies, the committee can administer interdisciplinary ("ad hoc") Ph.Ds in liaison with a departmental program. Working in cooperation with a number of Graduate School of Arts and Sciences workshops, the Houghton Library, the Aga Khan Program in Islamic Architecture, the Harvard Art Museums, the Center for the Study of World Religions, many other departments and centers at Harvard, and the Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture at Hellenic College Holy Cross, it also sponsors frequent events and activities of interest to medievalists. Among these are the meetings of the Mahindra Humanities Center's Medieval Studies Seminar, an occasional series of special seminars and conferences in Medieval Studies, twice-yearly receptions for medievalists throughout the Boston area, and an interdisciplinary graduate student workshop in Medieval Studies. The committee also maintains the Medieval Studies Library on the third floor of Widener Library.