Committee on Medieval Studies

2022 Sep 15


4:00pm to 5:30pm


Medieval Studies Library (Widener D)
An hour of symposial socializing for medievalist grad students and fellow travellers, hosted by the Medieval Studies Interdisciplinary Workshop and the Medieval English Colloquium. Contact Colloquium coordinator Emily Sun with any questions!
2022 Sep 12

Surviving and Thriving: The Medieval Studies Community at Harvard, 2019-2022

5:30pm to 7:30pm


Barker Center 110 (the Thompson Room)
Members of the Harvard Medieval Studies Community (and friends!) are warmly invited to celebrate the opening of the academic year, and to commemorate the accomplishments (scholastic and personal) of this community in the past three years. Join us in Barker Center 110 (Thompson Room) and the Barker Center Tent on Monday September 12 at 5:30 PM for a reception and celebration. Food and drink will be served! A welcome and brief presentations on recent research will take place from 5:45-6:15. Please RSVP to Lydia Shahan (
2022 Oct 06

Quo Vadis: Digital Mapping and Medieval Studies Today

12:00pm to 2:30pm


Zoom presentation
Whether scholars are annotating restored images of medieval maps or plotting data on modern cartographic platforms, the challenges they face in representing medieval spatial data remain largely unanswered. In this virtual symposium, participants will discuss what has already been accomplished with online medieval maps and mapping projects, and identify the larger questions concerning this genre of digital scholarship. Part I (Digital Mapping and Medieval Studies: Approaches), moderated by cartographic historian... Read more about Quo Vadis: Digital Mapping and Medieval Studies Today
2022 Jun 24

(Bio)archaeological Approaches to Disease and Death in Early Medieval France

3:00pm to 4:30pm


Belfer Case Study Room, CGIS South lower level (also via Zoom webinar)
A roundtable discussion on an ongoing pioneering international investigation of anomalous burials in early medieval Gaul, and the evidence they provide about the so-called "Justinianic Plague". Featuring presentations by Philippe Blanchard (INRAP), Isabelle Catteddu (INRAP Grand Ouest), Valérie Delattre (Université de Bourgogne), Michael McCormick (Harvard University), Claude Raynaud (CNRS), Solenn Troadec (Harvard University), and Marie-Cécile Truc (Université de Caen). Sponsored by the Max Planck-Harvard Research Center for the Archaeoscience of the Ancient Mediterranean (MHAAM) and the... Read more about (Bio)archaeological Approaches to Disease and Death in Early Medieval France
2022 Apr 27

Center for Jewish Studies Starr Seminar

11:45am to 1:00pm


Harvard Museum of the Ancient Near East (6 Divinity Avenue), room 201
Naama Golan (Kibbutzim College of Education and 2021-22 Associate at the Center for Jewish Studies), A Creative Interpretation within the Genre Constraints: A Study of Yehuda Uziel's Super-Commentary on Rashi. Co-sponsored by the Harvard Center for Jewish Studies and the Committee on Medieval Studies. Attendance at the Starr Seminars is open to Harvard affiliates on a testing cadence; please RSVP to Sandy Cantave Vil... Read more about Center for Jewish Studies Starr Seminar
2022 Apr 29

A Medieval Life in Modern Circumstances

4:30pm to 6:30pm


CGIS Knafel room K262 (the Bowie-Vernon Room)
A book talk on Ibn Hamdis the Sicilian: Eulogist for a Falling Homeland by author William E. Granara, Professor of the Practice of Arabic on the Gordon Gray Endowment, Professor of Comparative Literature, and Director of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies. Co-sponsored by the Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Program, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, and the Committee for... Read more about A Medieval Life in Modern Circumstances
2022 Apr 25

Medieval Graduate Interdisciplinary Workshop

5:00pm to 6:30pm


Medieval Studies Library (Widener-D)

Kentigwern Jaoen (University of Southern Brittany, Visiting Scholar in Celtic Languages and Literatures): The Mutation from the Medieval Knight at Sea to the Captain at the End of the Fifteenth Century and the Opening of the Sixteenth Century.

2022 Mar 23

Houghton MS Lat 5: The Spring Transcription Challenge!

Wed Mar 23 (All day) to Sun Mar 27 (All day)


1 Bow Street room 317 and Zoom
From Wednesday 23 March to Sunday 27 March 2022, the students in Harvard's Latin Palaeography and Manuscript Culture course (Medieval Studies 202) will work online with a team of volunteers to create a complete transcription of Houghton Library, MS Lat 5. Anyone interested in joining the challenge should sign up... Read more about Houghton MS Lat 5: The Spring Transcription Challenge!