Medieval-Renaissance Conference opens 32nd year Sept. 13

The Center for Medieval-Renaissance Studies of the University of Virginia’s College at Wise is pleased to announce the thirty-second annual UVa-Wise Medieval-Renaissance Conference.

The conference begins Thursday, Sept. 13, in the Chapel, with sessions running through Friday and Saturday morning.

Founded in 1986 by Professors Richard H. Peake and the late Jack Mahony, both of the Department of Language, along with the Department of History and Philosophy, the conference promotes scholarly activity for professors and graduate and undergraduate students. It is an open conference, featuring papers on all areas of medieval and renaissance studies.

The conference’s interdisciplinary sessions cross the fields of medieval and early modern art, literature, and history, encouraging broader perspectives on these subjects and providing the opportunity for scholars of different disciplines to interact.

The conference also sponsors sessions on art and music, including performances of medieval and Renaissance vocals and instrumentals. These presentations bring the period to life and offer fresh perspectives on its music and culture.

This year’s conference features topics ranging from textual studies of early manuscripts to the rise of humanism in early modern literature.

Undergraduate presentations feature speakers from UVa-Wise and from other institutions.

Academic events are open to the public and seek to advance knowledge and interest in early literature, history, and art.

The conference also highlights the following events:

Music: Thursday, Sept. 13, 4:45 p.m., Chapel – Dr. Hannah Ryan of the University of Virginia’s College at Wise will direct a Thursday evening performance of the UVa-Wise Madrigals. Dr. Sten Maulsby, a medievalist specializing in lyric poetry, will follow with a selection of music of medieval Spain.

Keynote Address: Friday, Sept.14, 5 p.m., Chapel – Ellen Arnold, professor of History at Ohio Wesleyan University will deliver this year’s keynote address. Her presentation, “Rivers and Riverscapes in the Early Middle Ages,” examines the uses of rivers as both barriers and transportation in the early medieval period.

All these events and conference sessions carry cultural credit, as do our regular sessions. All events are free and open to the public.

For more information, please visit the conference website at, or e-mail Prof. Kenneth Tiller at

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