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Medieval Studies

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The Medieval Studies Graduate Interest Group fosters collaboration between disciplines on topics concerning the Middle Ages by bringing together medieval scholars from diverse departments on campus and the community. The group’s meetings include undergraduate and graduate students and faculty from multiple departments as well as by community members interested in the Middle Ages.

Recognizing that scholars can become isolated in their own subject area, we believe that bringing these varied perspectives together on a regular basis can enrich our work. The cross-disciplinary work that the Simpson Center exemplifies is actually a revival of a mode of thinking prevalent in the Medieval period, when religion, art, literature, history and music intermingled to produce illuminated manuscripts of both religious and lay literature, works of stained glass in cathedrals, hymns and songs, medieval drama and much more. In addition to this collaborative work, the group advocates for the continued importance of pre-modern subjects at the University of Washington and in the Pacific Northwest.

Primary Contacts

Brian Christopher Hardison (English)

Meagan Loftin (English)

Katherine Snider (French)

Emily George (English)

Ross Henderson (Asian Languages & Literature)