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Medieval Studies at FSU

Published August 5, 2015


Berry, Jean F, and James J. Rorimer. The Belles Heures of Jean, Duke of Berry: Prince of France. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1958.
Medieval Studies at Florida State University is a growing and dynamic area of teaching and research. Faculty in the Colleges Fine Arts, Arts & Sciences, and Communications contribute to the promotion of interdisciplinary research into the Middle Ages (c. 400-1500), teaching a wide variety of courses at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and supervising numerous masters’ and doctoral dissertations in all areas of the field.  Subjects taught include Archaeology, Art and Architectural History (Western, Byzantine, and medieval Islamic), Book History, History (social, economic, political, ecclesiastical, intellectual and gender), Language and Literature (including Old and Middle English, Old Norse, Medieval Welsh, Middle Dutch, Classical and Medieval Latin, Church Slavic/˜Old Russian, Spanish, Italian, Insular French and French), Manuscript Studies (including British and Continental illumination), and Musicology.

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Everyone is welcome to participate in FSU’s new Medieval Latin Reading Group. MLRG meets every other Thursday (beginning 9/28) from 2–3 PM in the William Johnston Building, room G41 (future locations TBA). MLRG is a student led; each week students work on grammar, reading, and translation of medieval Latin texts. Texts are given out at each meeting (with an optional English translation) to allow time for preparation and are discussed the following meeting. During meetings, there is opportunity to discuss issues and understanding of grammar and translation. No prior knowledge of Latin is required. Students of all levels and disciplines are encouraged to participate! For more information contact: Sarah Rose Shivers at

Organization News

MSA has changed its name to MSO!  The Medieval Studies Organization (MSO) is an interdisciplinary group that promotes the study of antiquity and the Middle Ages in Europe and the eastern Mediterranean.

Our officers are:
Sarah Shivers, President (Art History)
Nicole Ferrara, VP (Art History)
Lee Morrison, Treasurer (History)

Students, undergraduate and graduate, are welcome to join the organization by applying on FSU Nole Central. (Our organization name is in the process of being changed by RSO administration, so students might still find “MSA” listed on Nole Central.) MSO will continue to sponsor the Medieval Latin Reading Group begun last year – details above. And for more info and events, see the MSO Facebook page.

Faculty News

The FSU History Dept. welcomes Associate Professor Ben Dodds. Ben works primarily on the medieval history of England and continental Europe. He is particularly interested in the impact of social and economic change on less wealthy social groups. His current projects include a study of scholarly and popular representations of the Black Death and research on stories about bandits.

Jordan Pickett has joined FSU as a post-doctoral teaching fellow in the Department of Classics. Jordan’s research and teaching are situated at the intersections of architecture and archaeology with social and environmental history in cities of the Late Antique Eastern Mediterranean. Jordan is currently writing a sourcebook for Roman and Late Antique environmental history, and a monograph history of urban water infrastructure in the Late Antique Eastern Mediterranean.

In addition to continuing work on her book on friendship in Dante’s Italy, Elizabeth Coggeshall (Modern Language and Linguistics) received the First-Year Assistant Professor award to begin research toward a second project concerning the network of poets exchanging rime di corrispondenza (“correspondence rhymes”) in late 13th century and early 14th century Italy. She also continues to work on Dante’s impact on modern and contemporary culture, and my article “Dealing with Dante’s Audacity: Borges’s ‘Aleph’ and the Mystical Imperative” appeared in this fall’s issue of Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Teaching.

Rebecca Stephens Falcasantos is excited to join the medieval community of FSU as a Postdoctoral Associate in the Department of Religion (Religions of Western Antiquity). Her research focuses on the intersection of religious practices, rhetoric, and contestations over cultural dominance in the late Roman east. She has recently published an article on constructions of gender in late antique pilgrimage in the Journal of Early Christian Studies. Her current book project, entitled Constantinople: Ritual, Violence, and Memory in the Making of a Christian Imperial Capital, explores the role of ritual performance, rhetoric about violence, and the curation of memory in shaping Constantinople’s public ritual life during the transition between traditional Mediterranean cults (“paganism”) and Christianity. She is also researching late antique narratives about violence, mutilation, and physical destruction as tools for targeting “deviant” religious groups.

Jamie Fumo (English) spent the summer finishing work on a collection of essays she is editing on Chaucer’s Book of the Duchess: Context and Interpretations, forthcoming with Boydell and Brewer in 2018. This November she will join a number of FSU medievalists at the Southeastern Medieval Association conference in Charleston, SC, where she will be presenting a paper entitled “Unemotional Women Then and Now: Two Chaucerian Case Studies.” In Spring 2018 she will be offering two courses of interest to medievalists: a graduate course (ENL 5216, M 6:45-9:30pm) on Middle English Language and Literature: Medieval Dreams and Dreamers, and an undergraduate course (ENL 4311, MW 11:00-12:15) on Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. Both are open to interested students in any department; no prior knowledge of Middle English necessary.

Lynn Jones (Art History) spent a challenging summer focused on writing, producing 2 chapters of her current book project, Death and Resurrection: the Cult of the Emperor in Middle Byzantine Wall Painting (forthcoming 2018, Routledge). Her ongoing research was aided by two weeks in the archives of the Library of Congress and Dumbarton Oaks, both in Washington, D.C.

Robert Romanchuk (Modern Language and Linguistics) saw the recent publication of three articles:
Romanchuk, R., Shelton, L., & Goldgof, R. (2017). The Old Slavic Digenis Akritis: ‘Free Retelling’ or ‘Rhetorical Translation’? Vestnik (Annals) of St. Petersburg University: History, 62 (2), 299-308.
Article available online:
Romanchuk, R. (2016). Mount Athos. In David Wallace (Ed.), Europe: A Literary History, 1348-1418 (2: 376-402). Oxford University Press.
David Wallace talks about the project:
Romanchuk, R. (2016). Writing, Reading, and Rhetoric: ‘Lettered Education’ in Kyivan Rus’. In Frank Sysyn (Ed.), Mykhailo Hrushevsky. History of Ukraine-Rus’. Volume 3. To the Year 1340 (511-524). Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies Press.
Press release:

Lori Walters (Modern Language and Linguistics) published an article in Digital Philology: A Journal of Medieval Cultures Volume 5, Number 2, Fall 2016. Her contribution, ‘The Book as a Gift of Wisdom. The Chemin de lonc estude in the Queen’s Manuscript, London, British Library, Harley 4431″ may be accessed at





Doron Bauer, Art History
Charles E. Brewer, Music
Francis Cairns, Classics
Beth Coggeshall, Modern Languages
Ben Dodds, History
Richard K. Emmerson, Art History
Rebecca Falcansantos, Religion
Jamie Fumo, English
David Johnson, English
Lynn Jones, Art History
Kyle Killian, Art History
James Palmer, History
Jordan Pickett, Classics
Robert Romanchuk, Modern Languages
Lori Walters, Modern Languages


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