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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.


Join MSA as we start a new tradition! Informal Scholarly Talks (IST) is a forum in which professors and students can discuss on-going research in more casual setting. We will be hosting the first Talk on November 16th at 5:30pm in WJB 1071. Three medievalists of the Art History Department– Dr. Lynn Jones, Dr. Doron Bauer, and Dr. Kyle Killian– will be sharing aspects of their current work.
Please contact Emily Tuttle at for more information.

Everyone is welcome to participate in FSU’s new Medieval Latin Reading Group. MLRG meets every Friday from 12:30- 1:30 PM in the William Johnston Building, room 2038. MLRG is a student led; each week students work on grammar, reading, and translation of medieval Latin texts. Texts are given out each Friday (with an optional English translation) to allow time for preparation and are discussed the following week. 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


Dr. Doron Bauer will lead the concluding workshop of the Getty Foundation sponsored project “Art, Space and Mobility in the Early Ages of Globalization: The Mediterranean, Central Asia and the Indian Subcontinent 400-1650.” The project, which began in 2009, critically participates in the debate on global art history, insisting on the necessity of combining new thematic and methodological horizons with a rethinking and reshaping of research infrastructures. It has offered a space for dialogue between various disciplinary and academic cultures, primarily involving young scholars from all over the world.  Dr. Bauer will lead the concluding workshop in Palma de Mallorca, November 26-30, 2016.  The workshop will consist of talks, discussions, and tours focusing on the art related questions of cultural identity, mobility, interconnectivity, and the historical borderlines between nature and culture.


Dr. Lynn Jones began her summer with 5 weeks of field work in Cappadocia for her current book project, Visions of Death and Resurrection in the Rock-Cut Churches of Cappadocia (under contract with Routledge). Her work was aided by an FSU Small Project Grant, and by seven students, including two recent Art History graduates. The group focussed on developing innovative, low-tech methods to document the interior fresco programs of inaccessible monuments, allowing for the identification of specific iconography in 18 rock-cut churches in three Cappadocian valleys.

She then spent a fruitful term as a Mellon Senior Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study of the Visual Arts (CASVA), in Washington, DC, writing on the topic of imperial canonization and Nikephoros II Phokas. She interrupted her Fellowship to return to Turkey in mid-July to present an invited talk, “Visual Evidence for the Mutability of Identity in the Middle Byzantine Period” at the Fourth International Sevgi Gönül Byzantine Studies Symposium at Koç University, Istanbul.  Finally, Jones finished the summer at CASVA, collating field materials and writing. While there, she was thrilled to experience the blooming of the ‘corpse flower’ at the National Botanic Gardens–the famously fetid plant which only blooms once every eight years.

Lori J. Walters, The Harry F. Williams Professor (Modern Languages & Linguistics), has been awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship for University Teachers for 2016-2017.  This grant is ranked as ‘highly prestigious’ in FSU’s Extraordinary Accomplishments Program.  Her project aims to revise our view of the early fifteenth-century poet and political commentator Christine de Pizan in light of her role as as “publisher” of her own texts.  Walters centers her study on Christine’s masterpiece, London, British Library, Harley 4431, the so-called “Queen’s Manuscript,”  She gave a plenary address at the 9th International Christine de Pizan Society Conference held in Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium on “The Queen’s Manuscript as a Monument to Peace,” which is forthcoming in Le Moyen Français  Walters will be giving the opening plenary address at the Fifteenth International Courtly Literature Society Congress, to be held from 24-29 July 2016 at the University of Kentucky, Lexington.  For this conference, whose theme is ‘Courtly Passtimes’, Walters’s topic is “Jeux à vendre (Games for Sale): Poetic and Amorous Games in Christine de Pizan’s Queen’s Manuscript.”

Associate Professor Jamie Fumo (English) is pleased to announce that her most recent book, Making Chaucer’s Book of the Duchess: Textuality and Reception, has now been published as the inaugural volume in the New Century Chaucer series (University of Wales Press, 2015; distributed in the U.S. by University of Chicago Press). Read the description here.  This spring, Dr. Fumo will present her research on Chaucer’s Book of the Duchess and various other topics at the New College Conference on Medieval and Renaissance Studies (Sarasota, March 10-12), the Sewanee Medieval Colloquium (April 1-2), and the International Congress on Medieval Studies (Kalamazoo, May 12-15).

Associate Professor Lynn Jones (Art History) has been awarded 1 of 12 Paul Mellon and Ailsa Mellon Bruce Visiting Senior Fellowships from the National Gallery of Art, Center for Advanced Study of the Visual Arts (CASVA). The Fellowship includes housing in D.C and a $7,000 stipend; Dr. Jones will be in residence June-August 2016. This Fellowship is ranked as ‘prestigious’ in FSU’s Extraordinary Accomplishments Program. Dr. Jones will spend her time at CASVA writing her third book, Visions of Death and Resurrection in the Rock-Cut Churches of Cappadocia (contracted with Ashgate Publishing). Before taking up residency at CASVA, she will be conducting final research in central Turkey, aided by a Council on Research & Creativity 2015-2016 Small Grant Award in the amount of $3,000.

Professor Francis Cairns (Classics) has published ‘The correspondence between Aeneas Silvius Piccolomini and Adam de Moleyns (1443-45)’ in Pio II nell’epistolografia del Rinascimento. Atti del XXV Convegno Internazionale (Chianciano Terme-Pienza 18-20 luglio 2013) (Quaderni della Rassegna 99) ed. L. Secchi Tarugi (Florence 2015) 113-124; and  ‘A Play on the Archchancellor’s name at Archpoet 4.29.2-3?’ in Classica et Medievalia 64 (2014) 367-70.

Medieval Studies Course Offerings, Fall 2016

ARH4800 – Monastic Art and Architecture Medieval Europe – Killian
ARH5806 – Medieval Jerusalem – Jones
ENL3210 – Medieval Literature in Translation – Jensen
ENL4218 – Middle English Romance – Johnson
ENL4311 – Chaucer – Fumo
ENL5216 – Studies in Middle English and Literature – Fumo
REL3363 – Islamic Traditions – Houston
REL3505 – The Christian Tradition – Wells & Furiasse
REL3607 – The Jewish Tradition – Gonzalez
REL4304 – The Prophet Muhammad – Gaiser
REL5305 – The Prophet Muhammad – Gaiser
RLG5497 – Aquinas – Kalblan
IFS 2120 – Apocalypse: The End of the World in the Arts – Emmerson
EUH4121 – Earlier Middle Ages – Palmer
MUH5323 – History of Music: Medieval – Brewer





Doron Bauer, Art History
Charles E. Brewer, Music
Francis Cairns, Classics
Anne Coldiron, English
Richard K. Emmerson, Art History
Jamie Fumo, English
David Johnson, English
Lynn Jones, Art History
Kyle Killian, Art History
James Palmer, History
Robert Romanchuk, Modern Languages
Lori Walters, Modern Languages


Art History
Modern Languages


FSU Libraries
Medieval Manuscripts at FSU
Minor in Medieval Studies
Ringling Museum of Art

Student Organizations

Medieval Studies Association



Lynn Jones
Department of Art History
Florida State University
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Tallahassee, FL  32306-1233
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