Loyola University Chicago

Department of Theology

Medieval Studies Center Lecture Series

Medieval Environments

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)


Fall 2018


Monday, October 1, 2018
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


Friday, November 2, 2018, 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).


Monday, November 12, 2018
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)


Spring 2019


Monday, February 4, 2019
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 ."


Monday, February 25, 2019
Climate Variability in Medieval Times: Seven Decades of Progress
Malcolm Hughes, Regents’ Professor of Dendrochronology, Arizona State University
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)


Monday, March 25, 2019
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.


Monday, April 8, 2019
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)


Additional Lectures


Monday, September 24, 2018, IES 123 - 124, 4:00 p.m.
Into the Deepest Dark: Hell in Medieval Tradition
Scott Bruce, Fordham University
author of The Medieval Book of Hell


Monday, October 15, 2018, IC 4th Floor, 4:00 p.m.
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)