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History of the Medieval Academy of America


Preface to Speculum, vol. 1, by E. K. Rand

Plenary Speakers:
Annual Meeting, 2003 - present
Kalamazoo International Congress, 2003 - present
Leeds International Congress, 2010 - present

"The Mediaeval Academy of America: Historical Background and Prospect," by George R. Coffman


The first (September 1948) issue of the Medieval Academy News


In the summer of 2004, Janet T. Marquardt, an art historian from Eastern Illinois University, visited the Medieval Academy to gather information on the work of Kenneth Conant for a book on the history of the abbey of Cluny since the French Revolution and the impact of Conant's studies on the development of the discipline of art history. Awareness of the importance of the ruin and site was generated by the extensive excavations he undertook from 1928 to 1950.

We are pleased to present here the early results of that work: "First Projects: Medieval Academy Support of Kenneth J. Conant’s Cluny," not least because it provides us the opportunity to display some of the photographs of the site and of Conant from our own files. Her book was later published under the title From Martyr to Monument: The Abbey of Cluny as Cultural Patrimony (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2007) and reviewed in Speculum 84 (2009), 183-184.


Articles on the profession, its history, and its development: 

From Medieval Studies in North America: Past, Present, and Future, ed. Francis G. Gentry and Christopher Kleinhenz (Kalamazoo: Medieval Institute Publications, 1982)*:

William J. Courtenay, "The Virgin and the Dynamo: The Growth of Medieval Studies in North America: 1870-1930 (pp. 5–22) 

Luke Wenger, "The Medieval Academy and Medieval Studies in North America" (pp. 23–40)

*reprinted by permission of the editors, authors, and publisher and with special thanks to Thomas Krol, Production Manager of Medieval Institute Publications.

David Herlihy, "The American Medievalist: A Social and Professional Profile," Speculum 58 (1983), 881–90.

Luke Wenger, "The New Middle Ages," Medieval Perspectives 15 (2000): 12–26.

reprinted by permission of SEMA.

Richard K. Emmerson, "Medieval Studies in the Beginning of the New Millennium," in Vital Signs: English in Medieval Studies in Twenty-First Century Higher Education, ed. Elaine Treharne (English Association Issues in English, 2), 2002, pp. 17–27.

reprinted by permission of the English Association.

Paul E. Szarmach, "CARA, Kazoo, and the Academy Too."

delivered at the Annual Meeting of the Medieval Academy held in Boston, 31 March 2006.

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