MIP is Multidisciplinary | International | Premodern

Books published with Medieval Institute Publications of Western Michigan University use literary, historical and material sources and employ innovative and interdisciplinary approaches to what it has meant to be human through the ages.

In memoriam

Medieval Institute Publications remembers its founding director, Tom Seiler, who passed away earlier this month. Under Tom’s direction, MIP took the first steps to what it is today, and he is fondly remembered for his relationships with authors, series board members, his former students, and the medieval community here in Kalamazoo. We will miss him dearly.

  • Cover of Spiritual and Material Boundaries in Old French Verse: Contemplating the Walls of the Earthly Paradise by Jacob Abell: a medieval image of sailors in a ship with a giant fish beneath them

    Spiritual and Material Boundaries in Old French Verse, by Jacob Abell

  • Cover image of The Lover's Confession: A Translation of John Gower's Confessio Amantis: an image of a tattoo of a rosary and the Latin words Por Reposer

    The Lover's Confession, edited and translated by Brian Gastle and Catherine Carter

  • Cover image of Two Middle English Prayer Cycles: a medieval image of a nun kneeling and praying to Jesus Christ, who appears in the sky above her in a circle of red and orange with a blue border of clouds

    Two Middle English Prayer Cycles, edited by Ben Parsons

  • Honorius Augustodunensis, Exposition of Selected Psalms, edited by David Welsh, translated by the Catena Scholarium, with an Introduction by Ann W. Astell

  • Cover image of William Caxton's Paris and Vienne and Blanchardyn and Eglantine, edited by Harriet Hudson: Le doctrinal de sapience [English] (Tr: William Caxton). [Westminster] : William Caxton, [after 7 May 1489]. Electronic facsimile : British Library, London.

    William Caxton's "Paris and Vienne" and "Blanchardyn and Eglantine," edited by Harriet Hudson

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MIP publishes monographs and thematically coherent collections across several series. Although our publications have historically focused on medieval Europe, we have expanded geographically and chronologically to welcome submissions that embrace a wider conception of the premodern. We value a variety of established, new and diverse voices in humanities research. MIP also publishes journals and several series of affordable classroom texts for the Teaching Association for Medieval Studies (TEAMS).

Our Commitment to the Humanities

Focusing on the late antique, medieval and early modern periods, our publications explore such topics as:

• The human experience
• Media, materiality and otherness
• Literature and literary culture
• Art, music and drama
• Religion and spirituality
• Popular culture

Research into the premodern world offers complex understandings of how cultural ideas, traditions and practices are constructed, transferred and disseminated among different agents and regions. Knowledge of the premodern past, in particular, helps us to contextualize contemporary debates about identity, integration, political legitimacy, creativity and cultural dynamics. Understanding what it meant to be human in the premodern world is essential to understanding our present moment and our future trajectories. Current innovations in humanities research, employing digital tools for preservation, representation and analysis, require us to return again to the earliest sources of our shared past, in the media and mentalities of the premodern world.

Humanities research plays a vital role in contemporary civic life and offers human and humane insights into today’s greatest challenges. Even so, the place of the humanities in education, in popular discourse, in politics and in business is increasingly in question. MIP is proud to take a stand for the humanities and are committed to the expansion of humanistic study, inquiry and discourse inside and outside of the university. We believe that humanities research should progress boldly, keeping pace with technological innovation, globalization and democratization.

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Your tax-deductible gift to the Medieval Institute Publications Gift Fund helps support the publication of high-quality research in medieval and early modern studies, including monographs and edited collections, classroom texts, peer-reviewed journals and more.

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