Our annual spring symposium has been has been an IU tradition for over thirty years. Organized by our Graduate Student Advisory Committee (GSAC) and affiliated faculty members, the symposium boasts a wide range of participants from interdisciplinary fields, including but not limited to early music, literature, anthropology, and studies of early languages and cultures from across the globe.
The symposium generates conversation over the course of two days during the spring semester on a current topic in the medieval field, inviting papers from both faculty and graduate students within and outside our university. Discussion usually culminates on the first night with a guest keynote speaker who has contributed new and exciting research to our chosen topic. We have also been delighted in the past to offer performances by the Early Music Institute and visits to our local treasure, the Lilly Library, surrounding conference panels and activities.
What makes our symposium tradition truly unique is our Reader’s Circle Banquet, which showcases the diverse study of medieval languages at IU. While enjoying dinner, guests listen to short passages read (sometimes chanted or sung) by medieval scholars, including selections in Middle Chinese, Old Irish, Arabic, Persian, Old and Middle English, and more.
We welcome participation and attendance from students and faculty at any stage in their careers, from undergraduates pursuing medieval studies minors to faculty from across institutions and disciplines. If you would like to get involved in the planning of the symposium, or would like more information on this year’s event or visiting Bloomington, please contact us.
I loved the Readers' Circle at our annual symposium, that ritual of coming together to celebrate the diverse languages of the medieval world and the diverse disciplinary expertise of our faculty and graduate students.Emily Houlik-Ritchey, IU Ph.D. 2013 (Assistant Professor of English, Rice University)