Dominican University – Parmer Hall

7900 West Division St
River Forest

United States

Midwest Medieval History Conference 2014

Friday, October 17, 2014 (All day) to Saturday, October 18, 2014 (All day)

Bluhm Lecture Hall – Parmer Hall – Dominican University – 7900 West Division Street – River Forest IL

The Midwest Medieval History Conference was founded in 1962 as an all-plenary conference to encourage and support collegial sharing of research in our region.

We are pleased to announce that after over thirty years we will be returning to the Chicago area. We will hold our 53rd annual Midwest Medieval History Conference at Dominican University in River Forest, Illinois. The conference will be held on October 17-18, 2014. Conference attendees will be able to stay at the Carleton Hotel in nearby Oak Park, IL.

Our keynote speaker is Barbara Rosenwein of Loyola University Chicago. We will organize one session on the history of emotions in honor of her outstanding contributions in that field. We invite historians to submit paper proposals for this session or any other field of medieval history related to your current research. We will also entertain proposals for presentations on the scholarship of teaching and learning as it relates to medieval history. We also welcome paper proposals from those who are pursuing graduate degrees in medieval history. Six graduate student presenters will be awarded stipends of $150 to help defray travel and conference costs.


If you have questions about the conference or local arrangements, please email John Lomax
( and David Perry (


Founded in 1962, THE MIDWEST MEDIEVAL HISTORY CONFERENCE has no dues or formal membership. It is an ad hoc group existing primarily to hold annual meetings which move among various host institutions in the Midwest each fall. The 2013 meeting was held at Augsburg College; that of 2014 will be held at Dominican University. Other meetings have been held at such diverse places as the Universities of Kentucky, Wisconsin, and Illinois; Saint Louis, Purdue, and Ohio State Universities; and the Pontifical Institute for Mediæval Studies in Toronto. The MIDWEST MEDIEVAL HISTORY CONFERENCE also sponsors one or more sessions at the International Congress on Medieval Studies held each spring at Western Michigan University. It is one of the oldest — if not the oldest — constituent group of the Committee on Centers and Regional Associations (CARA) of the Medieval Academy of America.

The MIDWEST MEDIEVAL HISTORY CONFERENCE is, as its name implies, composed mostly of historians. Not that we don’t enjoy the company of theologians, philologists, art historians, or literary critics, but we feel the necessity of occasionally meeting with colleagues from our discipline for a weekend of focused scholarship and good cheer. It is a wonderful group. Come to a couple of meetings and you’ll find yourself accepted as a longtime associate. We are always anxious to make new friends, especially among younger faculty and graduate students. In fact we grant a modest subsidy — currently, $150 — to graduate students who read papers at the Friday afternoon sessions of the Conferences (which run from late Friday through Saturday). Friday afternoons have traditionally been reserved exclusively for papers by graduate students.

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