2024-2025 Courses

Please find below a selection of courses of interest to graduate students in Medieval Studies that will be taught in Fall 2024. Note that the list is incomplete.
* indicates that the course is open to undergraduates and graduate students.

Fall 2024

*Professor Thomas Dale, Art History 715: Icons, Religion, and Empire (TR 1:00 PM-3:15 PM, Elvehjem Building L140)

 Various themes of current interest in the art, architecture, and visual culture of medieval Europe and the Mediterranean (including the Byzantine Empire and Islamic states of the Mediterranean rim).


*Professor Kristen Wolf, Medieval Studies/Scandinavian Studies 407: Introductory Old Norse (TR 9:30 AM – 10:45 AM,  Helen C. White Hall 7115)

Objectives: The course has a linguistic purpose and is designed to give students a reading knowledge of Old Norse through the study of Old Icelandic grammar and selections of Old Norse-Icelandic texts. By the end of the course, students will have a basic understanding of Icelandic phonology and grammar with a focus on nominal and verbal inflection. (For a more in-depth understanding of verbal inflection and also syntax, it is recommended that students move on to 408 Old Norse II). Students will have sufficient vocabulary to be able to read and understand basic texts in normalized editions and access more challenging texts with the help of a dictionary.


Professor Elizabeth Lapina, History 805: Material Culture during the Era of Crusades (R 1:20PM – 3:15PM, Mosse Humanities Building 5245)

In the course of the semester, we will attempt to discover the value of material culture (artefacts, buildings, landscapes, etc.)  as a source in medieval studies. The overarching theme will be the “political” role of material culture during the era of crusades in the 12th and 13th centuries. We will focus particularly on the material culture that participated in the interfaith, transregional and cross-cultural interactions between Western Christians, Eastern Christians, Muslims and Jews.  We will attempt to uncover the meaning(s) that various examples of material culture were supposed to have originally and, in many cases, the meaning(s) that they acquired during their existence, as they were transformed, moved (through trade, plunder or gift-giving) and / or put to new uses. The objects that we will discuss will be large and small, secular and religious, luxury and mundane.  Alongside surviving material culture, we will also deal with objects that have not survived (or have never existed), but which are found in textual sources.