Global Middle Ages

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MEDI 320: The Global Middle Ages

MEDI 320
Students in the library

Immerse yourself in the past

Undergraduate students Dylan Kerfoot and Drew Beard dive into history with a collection of original manuscripts in Special Collections at the library.

Students with falcon in classroom

Hands-on learning

Medieval studies brings the past into the classroom. Beasts and Books (MEDI 360) brought birds of prey off the pages with a visit by a falconer.

Current students
Alana Blackall on her laptop

Discover your edge in medieval studies

Medieval studies encourages you to see history with new eyes. Undergraduate student Alana Blackall enjoys exploring the incredible artistic, scientific and social innovations of the Middle Ages.

Become a student
People attending a past Medieval Workshop

Annual Medieval Workshop

We host public events, including the annual Medieval Workshop, that gather students, artists, scholars and interested community members to experience and explore the Middle Ages.

Warren Olmstead in an office

Following a unique path

Medieval studies alumni like Warren Olmstead graduate with hands-on skills and an awareness of cultural heritage that can be applied to many unique fields and careers.

Career possibilities
Hélène Cazes in her office

Meet our people

Faculty from departments across campus, like program member Hélène Cazes (French), come together to create a program that brings students face-to-face with philosophy, science, art, literature and religion.

Our people

Featured Course for Spring 2023!

MEDI 320: The Global Middle Ages

Students in the course will explore arts and architecture, religious and commercial activity, science and educational institutions, stories and myths in various urban centres such as Cairo, Samarkand, Songo Mnara, Kaifeng, Constantinople, and Paris. Come to learn about the medieval globe from the scholar and expert instructor Dr. Angela Andersen, who has published widely on Byzantine, Islamic, and Buddhist architecture, religious practice, and textual accounts in the Near and Middle East and Central Asia. She is also Project Manager of the Epidemic Urbanism Initiative, a collaborative of people from over 80 countries (architects, scholars, healthcare professionals) researching the relationship between architecture, cities, and epidemics. And she is the guest editor of the current issue of the International Journal of Islamic Architecture.

New Old Worlds

UVic's Medieval Studies Program introduces you to the storied lives and legacies of the past.

Come explore early cultural practices and artefacts, some of which continue to shape how we think and act in the modern world.
—Allan Mitchell, Program Director

The Middle Ages are sometimes idealized as a time of sophisticated romance and chivalry. More often, the medieval period is regarded as a dark time. Reality is far more complex. Study a range of extraordinary and influential artistic, intellectual, and social achievements.

We acknowledge and respect the lək̓ʷəŋən peoples on whose traditional territory the university stands and the Songhees, Esquimalt and W̱SÁNEĆ peoples whose historical relationships with the land continue to this day.