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

The following public lecture and the workshop by Prof. Annabel Wharton are part of the Borghesi-Mellon Interdisciplinary Workshops in the Humanities sponsored by the Center for the Humanities.

Public Lecture. Prof. Annabel Wharton (Duke University), “Contemporary Uses of the Past: The Model of Herodian Jerusalem in the Israel Museum”

Thursday, February 25th, at 5:00
https://uwmadison.zoom.us/j/99324646140?pwd=bnNwR1Juay9qUmRkT3JBaGY2N1V6UT09

Annabel Wharton’s talk considers the reciprocal effects of a model of an ancient city and its modern observers. The “Holy Land Hotel Model of Ancient Jerusalem” was constructed under the direction of Michael Avi Yonah, a distinguished senior Israeli archaeologist; later, the project was supervised by another eminent archaeologist, Yoram Tsafrir. The model, opened to the public in 1966 on the grounds of the Holy Land Hotel in the suburbs of Jerusalem, was moved to the Israel Museum in 2006. Not only has the location of the model shifted in those forty years, but also its audiences and its meanings have changed. For its scholarly makers, the model was a scientific archive. For the model’s Jewish, Christian and Palestinian observers, it has had very different meanings, some of which have affected its form. This paper demonstrates how a model is, in unexpected ways, historical and political, and how those politics and histories are unstable and interdependent. 

 

Workshop. Prof. Annabel Wharton (Duke University), “Holy Sepulchers: From the pre-Modern to the Anthropocene”

Friday, February 26th, at noon

The Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, traditionally identified as marking the place of Jesus’ execution, burial and resurrection, was constructed in the fourth century and reconstructed often over the course of the centuries. Because of the deep Christian veneration of the Holy Sepulchre, models of the site have been consistently produced in the West from late antiquity to the present. Discussion considers how changes in the form and function of these models document dramatic shifts in the ways in which the world is seen, raising questions about periodization and historical understanding.   

 

The 20th Vagantes Virtual Conference on Medieval Studies

For the program see http://vagantesconference.org/conference-program/

March 18–21

 

Public Lecture sponsored by the Anonymous Fund

Prof. Cord Whitaker (Wellesley College), “The shade of trees their ancestors left: Medieval Blackness, African American Medievalism, and the Resistance of the Far Right”

 Thursday, March 18, at 5:00 p.m. CT
https://uwmadison.zoom.us/j/97268604827

Workshop sponsored by the Anonymous Fund

Prof. Cord Whitaker (Wellesley College), “Trippin’ into the Medieval Future: History, Controversy, and a Way Forward”

Friday, March 19 at noon

 

The following public lecture and workshop by Prof. Paul Cobb are part of the Borghesi-Mellon Interdisciplinary Workshops in the Humanities sponsored by the Center for the Humanities.

Public lecture. Prof. Paul Cobb (University of Pennsylvania), “Saladin’s Jerusalem”

Thursday, April 8, 5:00 pm
https://uwmadison.zoom.us/j/95868553776

 

Workshop. Prof. Paul Cobb (University of Pennsylvania)

Friday, April 9, noon

 

The following public lecture and workshop by Prof. Avinoam Shalem are part of the Borghesi-Mellon Interdisciplinary Workshops in the Humanities sponsored by the Center for the Humanities.

Public lecture. Prof. Avinoam Shalem (Columbia University), “The Return of the Gaze: On Modern Pilgrimage to Jerusalem and the Melancholies of a Blessed View”

Thursday, April 15, 3 pm
https://uwmadison.zoom.us/j/96951441810

 

Workshop. Prof. Avinoam Shalem (Columbia University)

Friday, April 16, at noon