The Medieval Studies Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison offers an interdisciplinary environment for the exploration of the cultures of Europe and the Mediterranean basin during the Middle Ages, a period spanning Late Antiquity to roughly 1500. Representing faculty from over 18 departments, we offer courses and certificate programs at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. The Program also sponsors events and conferences on topics of interest both to the university and to the community at large.

Upcoming Events

Workshop for graduate students: Publishing the First Article, Chapter or Book Review with Alex Ukropen, Prof. Keith Busby, and Prof. Joe Salmons

Friday, September 18th, 2020, at 2 PM – 3 PM via Zoom

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Panel Discussion on Contemporary and Pre-Modern Race and Racism 

Monday, September 28, from 5:00 to 6:30 pm. Via Zoom.

In the wake of the white supremacist demonstrations in Charlottesville (2017), and more recent conversations about race and racism following the murder of George Floyd, this panel discussion (including brief presentations by the panelists) reflects on how the pre-modern past sheds light on contemporary ideas about race and racism. Participants include Faisal Abdu’Allah (Professor, Art), Thomas Dale (Professor, Art History), Max Gray (Ph.D. Candidate, English), Drew Narayanan (Ph.D. Candidate, Art History), and Nandini Pandey (Professor, Classics/CANES).

  • Time: Sep 28, 2020 05:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
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  • Meeting ID: 945 0435 9141
  • Passcode: 370232
  • Faisal Abdu’allah, (Professor, Art) :  Topic TBD
  • Thomas Dale (Professor, Art History) “Coercive Images and Race: The Power of Medieval and Modern Public Images” 
  • Max Gray,(Ph.D. Candidate,  English):  “Appropriation”
  • Drew Naraynan (Ph.D. Candidate, Art History)  “Frazetta’s “Death Dealer” and White Suprematism in the US Military”
  • Nandini Pandey (Professor, Classics/CANES) “Ethnic Difference in Ancient Rome: Theory and Practice”


Workshop discussion led by Prof. Thomas Dale: “Medieval Studies Perspectives on Contemporary Racism and Cultural Encounter.” UW-Madison’s Diversity Forum

Tuesday-Wednesday, October 27th-28th, 2020


“Medieval Studies Perspectives on Contemporary Racism and Cultural Encounter”

UW-Madison Diversity Forum, October 27-28, 2020. [Precise timing of the session TBA]

A workshop discussion organized by Thomas Dale and the students in his seminar on Visualizing Race from Antiquity to Early Modernity.


“Twelfth-century Maps of the Holy Land: Image, Context, Function” with Dr. Pnina Arad

Thursday, October 29, at 12:00 noon via Zoom
(Registration required:

Pnina Arad  (PhD in Visual Studies, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem), “Twelfth-century Maps of the Holy Land: Image, Context, Function” on Thursday, October 29 at 12:00 noon via Zoom. Dr Arad will be the first speaker in the Borghesi-Mellon Workshop on “Jerusalem in the Medieval and Early Modern Imagination.”  

Dr Arad will consider how circular maps of Jerusalem were made on the basis of a new genre of pilgrimage guides that appeared in the West in the first years of the century and will focus on the potential use of these maps as aids for conducting virtual pilgrimages to Jerusalem (when the concept and practice of virtual pilgrimage by means of visual imagery had not yet been developed in the West). She will also present the strategy by which these maps conceptualized the biblical landscape as a physical reflection of Christ’s life (in relation to the devotion to the humanity of Christ at the time).

Dr Arad will also lead a workshop discussion on Friday, October 30 at 11:00 a.m. via Zoom on the broader topic of “Medieval and Early Modern mapping of Jerusalem and the Holy Land” in conversation with other scholars of pre-modern cartography on campus, including LauraLee Brott (Ph.D. candidate, Art History); Matthew Edny (Director, History of Cartography Project), and Martin Foys (Professor of English and Co-editor of the Digital Mappa).    Dr. Arad’s presentation, “What did imagery depicting the Holy Land contribute to the late medieval European culture?” will address her research work on multi-media pilgrimage installations of the Holy Land including maps from the 15th and 16th centuries.  LauraLee Brott will discuss her work in progress on the 12th-century Tournai Maps of Jerusalem and the Holy Land and the “Materiality of Medieval maps.”


Vagantes Conference on Medieval Studies 2021

Thursday-Saturday, March 18th-20th, 2021, at 9 AM – 6 PM