Winter Quarter Schedule

Welcome back to Winter Quarter! Please mark the following dates on your calendar. NB: we will be meeting in both CWAC 152 AND Wieboldt 207, 12:00-1:30pm.



Jan 10- Prof. Robert Mills, Department of Art History, University College London

“Cows, Martyrs, and Other Animals: The ‘Anthropological Machine’ in Medieval Art”

12:00-1:30pm, CWAC 152

Respondent: Claire Jenson, PhD student in Art History


Jan 24th-Beth Woodward, PhD student in Art History

“LeRoman de la Poire: Constructing Courtliness and “Courtly” Art in Gothic France”

 12:00-1:30pm, CWAC 152

Respondent: Jacqueline Victor, PhD student in Romance Languages & Literatures


Feb 7-Erika Trittle, PhD candidate in the History of Christianity (Divinity School)

“Baptismal Theology and Civil Nobility: A Shotgun Wedding in Fifteenth-Century Castile?”

12:00-1:30pm, Wieboldt 207

Respondent: David Cantor-Echols, PhD candidate in History


March 7-Leah Shopkow, Associate Professor, Department of History, Indiana University Bloomington

“Beyond Content: What Does It Mean to Think Like a Medievalist?”

Note: Paper will not be pre-circulated

12:00-1:30pm, Wieboldt 207


March 21- Chris Fletcher, PhD candidate in the Department of History

“Aperius, Clarius, Dulcius: Doctrine, Letters, and the Making of Theological Discipline.”

12:00-1:30pm, CWAC 152

Respondent: Lisa Scott, PhD candidate in the Department of History

Nov. 1– Laura Fernandez Fernandez

The Medieval Studies Workshop, in conjunction with the Western Mediterranean Culture Workshop, invites you to join us Friday, November  1.

Laura Fernandez Fernandez
Assistant Professor of Art History, 
Universidad Complutense de Madrid
“Arab stars in a Castilian Sky: 
The Book of Fixed Stars
 amongst the manuscripts of Alfonso X”
Cochrane Woods Art Center, Room 152
The paper will not be pre-circulated.

Master class with Bernard McGinn on Meister Eckhart

The Lumen Christi Institute

presents a master class on


The Writings of Meister Eckhart


Bernard McGinn, University of Chicago

Friday, October 25, 2:00pm-5:30pm

Gavin House1220 East 58th Street


In this one-off seminar session participants will discuss the writings of late medieval German mystic and theologian Meister Eckhart (c. 1260-1327).


Session 1. An Introduction to Eckhart

“Introductions” in The Essential Sermons, pp. 5-61

German Sermon 52 in The Essential Sermons, pp. 199-203

The Sequence “Granum sinapis” (Handout)

Session 2. Eckhart on Justice

German Sermon 6 in The Essential Sermons, pp. 185-189

Commentary on the Gospel of John, “Prologue” nn. 1-23 in The Essential Sermons, pp. 122-29

Session 3. Eckhart on Intellect

Latin Sermon XXIX, in Meister Eckhart, Teacher and Preacher, pp. 223-26

Question 1, in Meister Eckhart, Parisian Questions and Prologues, pp. 43-50


Bernard McGinn is the Naomi Shenstone Donnelley Professor Emeritus of Historical Theology and the History of Christianity in the Divinity School and the Committees on Medieval Studies and on General Studies at the University of Chicago. He is the author of The Mystical Thought of Meister Eckhart: The Man from Whom God Hid Nothing and translator of both Paulist Press volumes on Eckhart in the Classics of Western Spirituality series. His current long-range project is a seven-volume history of Christian mysticism in the West under the general title The Presence of God, four volumes of which have appeared: The Origins of Mysticism; The Growth of MysticismThe Flowering of Mysticism; and The Harvest of Mysticism in Medieval Germany.


This master class is intended for graduate and advanced undergraduate students. If you would like to participate in the master class with Professor McGinn, register online by visiting our website at Copies of the readings including the volume Meister Eckhart: The Essential Sermons, Commentaries, Treatises and Defense (Paulist Press, 1981) will be provided before the seminar. Space is limited and offered on a first-come, first-served basis. If you have any questions, please contact Mark Franzen at

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Fall Schedule 2013-2014

The Medieval Studies Workshop is pleased to welcome you to the 2013-2014 academic year, and to announce a fantastic lineup of faculty, graduate students, and visiting presenters for the fall. Precirculated papers will be available a week in advance on our workshop blog.





October 4– Christina von Nolcken, Associate Professor, Department of English (CWAC 152)

Title: “Two University of Chicago Professors, the German Code, and a Landmark Edition of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales”


Oct 18– Cynthia Hahn, Professor of Art History, Hunter College (note change in room: CWAC 156)

Title: “Reliquaries and the Boundaries of Vision: Relics, Crystals, Mirrors and L’Effet de Vision”


Nov 1– Laura Fernandez Fernandez, Assistant Professor of Art History, Universidad Complutense de Madrid (CWAC 152)

Title:  “Arab stars in a Castilian sky: The Book of Fixed Stars amongst the manuscripts of Alfonso X”


Nov 15– David Orsbon, PhD Student in Comparative Literature (CWAC 152)

Title: “The Cosmos as Book: Dante’s Commedia as an Imprint of the Divine Mind”


Nov 22– Ed Hayes, PhD Candidate in Near Eastern Languages and Literatures (CWAC 152)

Title: “The Carnal Prince in Kay Ka’ūs’s Qābūsnāma”


Dec 6– Martin Schwarz, PhD Student in Art History (CWAC 152)

Title: “The Triumph of Thomas in Pisa: Painting and the Spectacle of Truth in the Mendicant Rivalry”