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Past Workshops

Digital Premodern Workshop

Organized by Marguerite Ragnow, Curator of the James Ford Bell Library. In 2015-2016 the Digital Premodern Workshop launched a project entitled “Mapping the Global Midwest: Histories of Space and Place in the Upper Mississippi Watershed." The Mapping the Global Midwest digital platform will serve as a single, comprehensive entry point to the study of the Upper Mississippi River watershed, with the capability of linking out to other regions/platforms/projects.  With this initiative we break new ground in project development, bringing scholars together around a historically significant document, working with librarians/curators to find and digitize related source material that could be used for a variety of related projects, and drawing digital/computer specialists into the conversation at the beginning so that all aspects of the project become part of a coherent whole.

Insert Coin, Understand the Past

Organized by Josh Marcotte & Matt King (History). A graduate student-led workshop that engaged with critical theory in both history and game studies in an attempt to untangle the abstract ways modern games persuade their players of certain interpretations of the premodern.

Manuscript Studies.

Organized by Ruth Karras (History). A workshop devoted to manuscript culture especially at the moment of the advent of mechanical printing and the relation between manuscript and printed texts and writing practices.

Mediterranean Collaborative: The New Mediterranean Studies.

Organized by Kay Ryerson (History). This workshop is a continuation of the UMN’s existing Mediterranean Collaborative, which works on a broad spectrum of Mediterranean issues that reflect the new emphases in the field of Mediterranean Studies.

Premodern Mediterranean Communities and Modern Scholarship.

Organized by Mary Franklin Brown (FRIT) & Michelle Hamilton (Span/Port). This workshop brought together scholars to explore the factors that both defined and divided communities in the premodern Mediterranean world. A focus of the workshop was exploring the theoretical underpinnings of modern notions of the medieval period and its cultural production in a variety of disciplines, including philosophy, history and philology.

Representations of the Premodern in Film.

Organized by Emma Snowden (History) & Ben Obernolte (FRIT). A graduate student-led workshop that explored and examined representations of the premodern world in films and shows such as Game of Thrones, Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure, and Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

Songs of Hate: A Medieval and Early Modern Poetry Reading Group.

Organized by Marcelo Fuentes & Veronica Menaldi. (Span/Port). A graduate student-led reading group of medieval and early modern poetry, focusing on works that have been largely overlooked because of the bigger visibility of their lyrical opposites, the songs of love.

Intersections of Power, Kinship, and Gender in the Medieval World.

Organized by Cameron W Bradley. Graduate student-led workshop that explored kinship and gender relations in the medieval world.

Premodern Recipe Workshop.

Organized by Emily Hagens. A graduate student-led workshop that explored premodern recipes and recipe books and the role of recipes in the wider culture.

Rethinking Cosmopolitanisms.

Organized by David A Chang. A research workshop devoted to the varieties of cosmopolitanism present across time and space, and their value for thinking about cosmopolitanism today.

Politics and Literature Between North and South in Premodern Mediterranean Traditions.

Organized by Mary Franklin Brown (FRIT) & Michelle Hamilton (Span/Port). A research workshop exploring political and literary interactions in the premodern Mediterranean.