Special Events

The special events of the 58th International Congress on Medieval Studies at Western Michigan University (in a hybrid format Thursday, May 11, through Saturday, May 13, 2023) include the Mostly Medieval Theatre Festival, behind-the-scenes visits to two museums, two plenary lectures, the annual Lecture on the Reception of the Classics in the Middle Ages and the Richard Rawlinson Center Congress Speaker session. Details are posted as they are finalized.

mostly medieval theatre festival

Logo of the Mostly Medieval Theatre Festival: a black fox standing on two legs, holding a yellow sign that says Mostly Medieval Theatre Festival. Underneath are the words Mostly Medieval, Mostly TheatreFounded in 2017, the Mostly Medieval Theatre Festival (MMTF) is a performance festival showcasing and invigorating the global heritage of drama, music, dance and performance styles from late antiquity through the Renaissance. To relaunch the MMTF in 2023, founder and associate professor of theatre Lofty Durham has designed a special course that culminates in the creation of a traveling ensemble of players—students in the Department of Theatre at Western Michigan University—who will present a rotating repertoire of short performances at various times and in various places throughout the Congress. Keep an eye out for these enthusiastic and talented students, and be sure to catch Suzanne Savoy's performances of Christine de Pizan's "Tale of Poissy"!

Christine de Pizan's "Tale of Poissy"

Suzanne Savoy recites excerpts of Christine de Pizan's "Tale of Poissy" in English.

Friday, May 12

11:30 a.m., Fetzer Lobby/Atrium/Patio
5:30 p.m., Valley 3

Saturday, May 13

11:30 a.m., Fetzer Lobby/Atrium/Patio

Support the Mostly Medieval Theatre Festival

You can also support the continued activities of the MMTF by making a gift to the Mostly Medieval Theatre Festival Gift Fund.

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mining the collection: kalamazoo edition

The logos of the Walters Art Museum and the Art Institute of ChicagoThe Medieval Institute and the International Center of Medieval Art (ICMA) are teaming up to offer a series of virtual museum visits during the International Congress on Medieval Studies. These visits will be broadcast live on the meeting site, and recordings be made available to all registrants Monday, May 15 through Wednesday, May 31.

Organized by Shirin Fozi (Metropolitan Museum of Art) in collaboration with curators at the participating museums, the events highlight carefully selected medieval objects from the permanent collections, with commentary by museum professionals and other experts. Ample time is allowed for questions from and discussion with attendees.

The Walters Art Museum

Thursday, May 11
Noon EDT

The Art Institute of Chicago

Friday, May 12
Noon EDT

Medieval Dress and Textile Arts Display and Demonstration

A blue, gold, and white medieval dress on a mannequinA display of reproduction textile and dress items, handmade using medieval methods and materials. Exhibitors will demonstrate techniques and be available to discuss the use of historic evidence in reproducing artifacts of material culture.

Friday, May 12

5:30 to 7 p.m.
Bernhard 105/106/107

 

 

Plenary lectures

Thelma Thomas

"Clothing the Angelic Life: The Desert Fathers on the Necessity of Clothing for Monks, Angels, and Adam"

Thelma Thomas

New York University

Friday, May 12

8:30 a.m. EDT

sponsored by the Medieval Academy of America

 

 

 

Marla Segol

"Sex Magic and You: Experimental Ritual, Mythical Innovation, and the Study of Medieval Religion"

Marla Segol

University of Buffalo

Saturday, May 13

8:30 a.m. EDT

sponsored by Medieval Institute Publications and De Gruyter

 

 

 

Reception of the Classics in the Middle Ages Lecture

Frank Coulson

"Desperately Seeking Naso: Ovid and His Transformations in the Middle Ages"

Frank Coulson

The Ohio State University

with a response by Kathryn L. McKinley (University of Maryland, Baltimore County)

Thursday, May 11

7 p.m. EDT

endowed in memory of Archibald Cason Edwards, Senior, and Sarah Stanley Gordon Edwards

Image of Plato and Socrates from a medieval manuscript.

Richard Rawlinson Center Congress Speaker lecture

Bernard Meehan

"'Wiping Out Their Freshness of Inspiration': Irish Gospel-Books in Early Medieval England"

Bernard Meehan

Trinity College Dublin
Richard Rawlinson Center Congress Speaker

Thursday, May 11

10 a.m. EDT