Medieval Studies

This interdisciplinary program covers European civilizations from the fall of Rome in the fifth century to the Early Modern Period in the beginning of the 16th century. Students design their own majors by focusing on one aspect of medieval studies—such as literature, art, history, or philosophy. Recent research project topics have included the eucharistic theology of the laity in late medieval England and Chaucer’s translation of Boethius’ Consolatio Philosophiae.

Every year, the University hosts the Sewanee Medieval Colloquium, an annual conference attended by medievalists from all over the country who present papers and lectures on a different theme; in 2020, the theme will be “Privilege and Position.” 


Medieval Colloquium Theme Announced!
October 2, 2019
The 2020 Sewanee Medieval Colloquium theme will be "Privilege and Position," with scholarly papers from a variety of scholars across multiple disciplines and geographic areas. The Colloquium will meet at the University of the South April 17-18, 2020!
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Hpone Tu, C' 20, with Drs. Irvin and Batkie at his induction into Phi Beta Kappa
Medieval Studies Minor Inducted into Phi Beta Kappa
September 23, 2019
Congratulations to Hpone Tu, C'20, who was inducted into Beta of Tennessee, the Sewanee chapter of the honor society Phi Beta Kappa, on Friday, September 20.
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In Memoriam: Eric Woodfin Naylor
September 16, 2019
Longtime Sewanee professor and medievalist Eric Naylor, C'58, passed away on September 16.
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