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Lecture series

Animals: Medieval Studies Lecture Series 2019-2020

The Medieval Studies Center of Loyola University Chicago presents this year’s lecture series: Animals.

Image credit: Rochester Bestiary (c. 1230); Royal MS 12 F XIII, f. 4r

All talks will be on Mondays at 4:00 pm 

In addition to our “Animals” series, we are proud to present:

Dr. Janusz Smolucha
Jesuit University Krakow

“Change and Continuity in Polish Culture in the Middle Ages and Modern Era and its Impact on Neighboring Countries"

Monday, September 23, 4 pm

Institute for Environmental Sustainability, Room 123-124 


OCT 14
4 PM
IES 123-124

Dr. Karl Steel 
Brooklyn College

"Thinking like a Cow: Bestial Reason and Posthumanism in Marguerite Porete's Mirror of Simple Souls"

Author of How to Make a Human: Animals and Violence in the Middle Ages (Ohio State University Press, 2011)


4 PM

Dr. Julie K. Chamberlin
Loyola University Chicago

“Animals Before the Law: Medieval Fables and the Fiction of Legal Personhood”

Author of “Philosophie and Folie: Translating Suffering in Marie de France’s Fables.” Fall 2016 in Le Cygne: International Journal of the Marie de France Society

MAR 23
4 PM

Dr. Jamie Kreiner
University of Georgia

"From the Mud to the Cosmos: Pigs in the Early Medieval West"

Author of The Social Life of Hagiography in the Merovingian Kingdom (Cambridge University Press, 2018)

4 PM

Dr. Anna Taylor
University of Massachusetts, Amherst

"Dogs, Lions, and Saints: Wildness and Domesticity in Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages."

Author of Epic Lives and Monasticism in the Middle Ages, 800-1050 (Cambridge University Press, 2013)




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‌The Medieval Studies Center, with the co-sponsorship of the Institute for Environmental Sustainability, presents the 2018-19 lecture series: Medieval Environments. To understand the present, we must understand the past. Over the course of the year, seven internationally-known speakers from various disciplines will present their research on aspects of medieval environmental issues and how they illuminate the present. Unless noted, all talks will be on Mondays at 4:00 pm in IES 123-124. (Photo credit: BL Royal 16 E VI f. 4v, illustration of the Roman d’Alexandre)

Spring 2019 Series


Whale Watching in the Medieval North Atlantic: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Marine Mammal Use and Populations in Premodern Europe
Vicki Szabo, Western Carolina University
Author of Monstrous Fishes and the Mead-Dark Sea: Whaling in the Medieval North Atlantic (Brill, 2008); director (2018) of NSF funded project, "Assessing the Distribution and Variability of Marine Mammals through Archaeology, Ancient DNA, and History in the North Atlantic."


4:00 pm

IC 4th Floor

Climate Variability in Medieval Times:
seven decades of progress
Malcolm Hughes
, Regents' Professor of Dendrochronology, University of Arizona
Author and co-author of over a hundred articles, including "Spatial and temporal characteristics of climate in medieval times revisited." Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society (2011) and "Global Signatures and Dynamical Origins of the 'Little Ice Age' and 'Medieval Climate Anomaly'"; Science. 326 (2009)


God's Stewards: Conservation in Later Medieval England
Rosemary O'Neill
, Kenyon College, Ohio
Working on a book linking medieval estates management, accounting practices, and the ethics of land stewardship


Landscape and Environment in Anatolia: Considering the Context of Çadir Höyük
Marica Cassis,
University of Calgary
Director of Byzantine Project, Çadir Höyük archaeologial site in Turkey. Co-author of "The Climate and Environment of Byzantine Anatolia: Integrating Science, History, and Archaeology," Journal of Interdisciplinary History (2014)



A New Story of the Black Death
Monica Green
, Arizona State University
Editor of Pandemic Disease in the Medieval World: Rethinking the Black Death (Amsterdam: Arc Medieval Press, 2015) and author of other books and articles on the history of disease and medicine

IES 111

Roofing Rome: The Origins of Forest Conversation in Medieval Italy
Paolo Squatriti
, University of Michigan
Author of Landscape and Change in Early Medieval Italy: Chestnuts, Economy, and Culture (Cambridge University Press, 2013); editor of Natures Past. The Environment and Human History (University of Michigan Press, Ann Arbor, 2007).


Rivers and Riverscapes in the Early Middle Ages
Ellen Arnold
, Ohio Wesleyan University
Author of Negotiating the Landscape: Environment and Monastic Identity in the Medieval Ardennes, (U Pennsylvania Press, 2012)


4:00 pm

Into the Deepest Dark: Hell in Medieval Tradition
Bruce, Fordham University
author of The Medieval Book of Hell

4:00 pm

IC 4th Floor

Edward L. Surtz, SJ Lecture:
Living with Little Corpses
Robin Fleming
, Boston College
author of Britain After Rome: The Fall and Rise c. 400 to 1070 (Penguin, 2010)

Questions? tgross@luc.edu

This page updated 2/21/2019 by dhays1@luc.edu