CARA News: University of Notre Dame

The 2016-17 year was productive and eventful for the Medieval Institute at the University of Notre Dame. In addition to our slate of individual lectures and events (, we held our annual Conway lectures ( Our speaker, William J. Courtenay (, Professor Emeritus of History at University of Wisconsin-Madison, delivered a three-part series entitled “Religious Ritual and Prayers for the Dead in the Medieval University of Paris.” In April the year’s Mellon Fellow, Laura Veneskey (, Assistant Professor of Ancient, Medieval, and Byzantine Art at Wake Forest, presented her book manuscript in progress, Earthly Icons: Between Matter & Figuration in Early Byzantine Art. The Fellow invites three external respondents; joining this year were Charles Barber (Princeton), Holger Klein (Columbia), and Aden Kumler (Chicago). The Institute also hosted a number of distinguished research visitors ( In the coming year, we look forward to welcoming Susan Rankin (, Professor of Medieval Music at the University of Cambridge, as our 2017-18 Conway speaker and Taylor Cowdery, Assistant Professor of English at UNC Chapel Hill, as our Mellon Fellow. We will also be welcoming a new Byzantine Postdoctoral Fellow.

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