Annual Medieval Research Conference

Friday, April 6, 201812:00PM - Saturday, April 7, 20187:00PM
At All presentations will be in the Nance Room of Dorrill Hall.
Organized by Larissa "Kat" Tracy and Steven Isaac

Every year, rising scholars from across the United States converge on Farmville to present the latest research by undergraduates in multiple fields of medieval research: theatre, history, literature, the fine arts, material culture, and the list goes on. 

The "Meeting in the Middle" has become a showcase of established scholars mentoring up-and-coming students of the Middle Ages via traditional paper presentations, but also by the close interaction as the plenary speakers (two leading specialists in their discipline each year) judge the student work for the two prizes offered by the conference. 

The 2018 conference has for its overall theme "All the World's a Stage: the Drama of the Middle Ages." Our two plenary speakers are both leading scholars of medieval theatre: David Klausner of the University of Toronto and Mark Chambers of the University of Durham (UK).  The student  papers will take the dramatic cue to see how performance, ritual, and audience affected history, literature, politics, even material culture.

Full information on the conference (registration, lodgings, schedule, etc.) is available at:

Thanks to ongoing private donations and departmental support, the conference offers the AJAX Prize (Abels-Johnson Award for eXcellence) to the best paper overall of the two days.  Starting in 2018, support from the Greenwood Library has enabled us to create a second award, the GREEN Prize, for the best use of archival material or new original sources.

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