The Medieval Forum

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About Us

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.

Recent Posters

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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

1. International Society of Anglo-Saxonists

2. Medieval Academy of America

3. New Chaucer Society

4. Early Middle English Society

5. Hagiography Society

6. Medieval Club of New York

7. Anglo-Saxon Studies Colloquium

Contact Us

Carla María Thomas
Carla María ThomasCo-Chair
Medieval Forum co-founder and co-chair, Carla María Thomas is a Mellon Dissertation Completion Fellow in her seventh and final year in the PhD program (2015-2016), and she works on Old and Early Middle English language, literature, and manuscript culture. Her dissertation, titled Finding Redemption in Early Medieval English Literature, investigates the tendency to create new verse compositions in English by adapting Latin meter to Insular and Continental religious texts in the late twelfth century, especially as seen in the Ormulum and Poema Morale. In the Ormulum, she has found a yet-unrecognized use of the stella maris epithet for the Virgin Mary in English, which makes it only the second occurrence in the English language, and in Poema Morale, she has discovered specific uses of material by Wulfstan and anonymous Old English homilists. Due to this work, she avidly believes that a new critical edition, preferably accompanied by a full translation, is crucial to encourage more people to actually read the verse-homilies of Orm. In fact, Carla has begun a Twitter project in which she has begun translating the Ormulum because she was so frustrated that no translation has yet been made available. She has since begun editing her translation tweets into cohesive texts on her academic blog, which she also uses to think through elements of her dissertation (sometimes) and other scholarly work (you can also find a fuller description of her dissertation project there). Because she is also devoted to not only her own pedagogical development but also in helping her colleagues and peers engage in conversations of and sharing experiences in college teaching, she also has a pedagogy blog.
Jamie Staples
Jamie StaplesCo-Chair
Jamie Staples (2015-2016 co-chair) is a second-year PhD student, fascinated by the complexities of medieval erotic discourses, especially as they are expressed within religious poetry. Considering the multivalency of desire as performed by author and elicited from reader in medieval religious poetry, his research is currently invested in questions of affect, queerness, materiality, and the phenomenology of reading, in order to consider the medieval text as a disorienting lens from which contemporary theories of desire and sexuality might be reimagined. He has recently published an article in the journal Glossator titled “Mercy Schal Hyr Craftez Kyþe: Learning to Perform Re-deeming Readings of Materiality in Pearl.” Here, he focuses on the sixth fitt of Pearl to argue that the reader might learn about redemption by maintaining an openness to linguistic polysemy – by simply re-reading the poem, the reader learns how to dwell in a more complex world (with many more affective possibilities). He is currently working on an article on Cleanness, its relation to the Roman de la Rose, and medieval semantic theory.


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