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.

  • Cover image of The Miracle of Theophilus, by Gautier de Coinci, edited and translated by Jerry Root: A manuscript illumination of an initial Q, with a man on a horse being confronted by demons

    The Legend of Theophilus, by Gautier de Coinci, edited and translated by Jerry Root

  • Cover image of The Bond of Empathy in Medieval and Early Modern Literature, by David Strong: a carving of two seated men, holding right hands and with one man's head on the other's shoulder. The title in white on a red background.

    The Bond of Empathy in Medieval and Early Modern Literature. by David Strong

  • Cover image of Living on the Edge: Transgression, Exclusion, and Persecution in the Middle Ages, edited by Delfi I. Nieto-Isabel and Laura Miquel Milian: a medieval manuscript illustration of a line of undressed men walking out of a walled city followed by soldiers.

    Living on the Edge, edited by Delfi I. Nieto-Isabel and Laura Miquel Milian

  • Cover image of Jewish Daily Life in Medieval Northern Europe, 1080–1350: a medieval manuscript image of a Hebrew letter under two entwined dragons, on a purple background.

    Jewish Daily Life in Medieval Northern Europe, 1080-1350, edited by Tzafrir Barzilay, Eyal Levinson, and Elisheva Baumgarten

  • Cover image of Blandin de Cornoalha, A Comic Occitan Romance: A New Critical Edition and Translation: a medieval manuscript illustration of two knights on horseback

    Blandin de Cornoalha, edited by Wendy Pfeffer, translated by Margaret Burrell and Wendy Pfeffer

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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

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.

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.

Publication range

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).

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