Throughout the Middle Ages, the pious Christian was constantly preoccupied with both the death of the earthly body and the subsequent survival of the soul. The fear of dying suddenly without repenting and confessing engendered images of death and the afterlife. Speakers in this session are encouraged to investigate late medieval representations of death as both an earthly and otherworldly matter. We welcome papers that explore the flourishing of these imageries especially in rural and marginal areas, which were extremely receptive to cultural exchanges, but which have not received proper scholarly investigation yet.
At long last, the CMA is opened for small special tours, and the first such tour was offered by Dr. Gerhard Lutz to CWRU medievalists, who convened today at the Treasures from Münster Cathedral. The extraordinary collection of reliquaries is on display through 8/14/2022 and will form an integral part of the next course in the Global Middle Ages series, which will be co-taught by Prof. Gertsman and Dr. McCormick next spring.
Join us for the many papers presented by the CWRU graduate students and alumni at the International Congress for Medieval Studies! Reed O’Mara will speak on May 10, Ben Levy and Julia LaPlaca (MA, 2020) on May 11, Aimee Caya on May 12, and Kristen Herdman (MA, 2016) on May 14. Click below to learn more about their papers or go directly to see the full program here.
Huge congratulations to Angie Verduci for receiving the ICMA Student Travel Grant, which will support research for her dissertation on Northern Italian “Triumph of Death” imagery. Only three such awards are annually given. This is the second year in a row that our medievalists receive this grant: last year, Aimee Caya was one of the winners!
Congratulations to Reed on receiving the Graduate Student Appreciation Award for the second year in a row! Reed’s nominator described her as a consummate student — active, engaged, kind, sharply intelligent, extremely personable — with a zeal for learning and discovery.
Our glorious PhD students at the hallowed International Congress for Medieval Studies — with Prof. Gertsman’s award-winning book and her fabulous Penn State editor, Ellie Goodman. From left to right: Nikki DeLuca, Rachel McNellis (music), Angie Verduci, Gilbert Jones, Aimee Caya.