The Medieval Forum is a graduate student working group in the Department of English at New York University. Carla María Thomas and Angela Bennett Segler are the current PhD co-chairs and Seth Koproski is the current MA co-chair. Every semester we organize medieval events for the English, NYU, and greater NYC area communities. This year we have combined our tradition of hosting guest speakers–previous speakers include Elaine Treharne(Stanford), Richard Emmerson (Manhattan College), Amy Hollywood (Harvard Divinity School), Martin Foys (Kings College, London), Carolyn Dinshaw (NYU), and much more–with a reading group in which we practice pronouncing the Old and Middle English languages aloud. See the Past Events page for a quick look at what we’ve been up to for the past four years.
We also hold an annual medieval manuscript workshop in which we pair a hands-on experience for a limited number of registrants with a guest speaker event that is open to all who are interested. We aim to make our events appealing across disciplines and periods by including art historians, Anglo-Norman scholars, digital humanists, and much more! Last year, in lieu of the format of our first two annual workshops, we had a field trip to Pergamena in Montgomery, NY, to see what the parchment-making process is all about. This year, we’re having a Medieval Manuscripts Workshop and Lab in which participants will be able to rotate between “Old Tech” and “New Tech” stations to learn about medieval book making and modern digital tools that help analyze the medieval texts and materials we study.
Some Medieval Resources
The International Medieval Bibliography can be found here.
The Digital Vercelli Book is in now online in its beta version, so check it out here.
Marie de France – Manuscript Sources: list of manuscript facsimiles, with links to the images, containing Maries work.
The Regesta Ponificum Romanorum is an online database that hopes to eventually contain every papal contact before the year 1198.
Check out the DIMEV, which is the Digital Edition of the Index of Middle English Verse.
The Medieval Electronic Scholarly Alliance (MESA) is a federated international community of scholars, projects, institutions, and organizations engaged in digital scholarship within the field of medieval studies. You can start a search here.
Manuscripts of Medieval France with Vernacular Texts is another medieval facsimile database.
Middle English Compendium: dictionary, corpus, hyperbibliography, and other related sources available here.
Anglo-Norman Hub Online: Anglo-Norman dictionary and concordance available here.
Bosworth-Toller Anglo-Saxon Dictionary: digital, searchable and browse-able dictionary available here.
Dictionary of Old English: currently only A-G are complete, though also includes the Old English corpus here.
Old English Newsletter Bibliography Database: searchable database for research done on Old English, which is published annually here.
Some Medieval Organizations
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