Offered This Year

Explore the meaning of Medieval manuscripts in MEDI 451: Reading, Writing and the Book in The Medieval World.

Georgia Angelopoulos, guest lecturer, demonstrates medieval ink making and drawing techniques to medieval students.

Understand today’s relationship between Islam and Christianity through the lens of the Medieval Era

The cloisters at St. Sauveur Cathedral in Aix,

Summer 2020

MEDI 330: Selected Topics in Medieval Culture

Topic: Victorian Medievalism

Join Dr. Michael Reed for a summer field-school exploring the origins, intent and development of the Medieval Revival movement throughout the British Empire

With Dr. Michael Reed

May session

 

 

 

Fall 2020

MEDI 100: Enter the Middle Ages

This thematic introduction to the medieval world will emphasize the interdisciplinarity of Medieval Studies and the methodological approaches of its cognate disciplines. Content will be structured and presented as a series of interconnected thematic units, including “Faith Traditions,” “Lords and Land,” “Books and Learning,” “Village and Town,” “Artists and Craftspeople” and “Knights and Warfare.” Conceptions of the Middle Ages will also be explored, ranging from the pejorative opinions of Renaissance Humanists to the Romantics’ idealism and re-enactments in contemporary film, literature and gaming.
For more information, visit us online at http://www.uvic.ca/humanities/medieval/
This course will emphasize scholarly approaches to both the Middle Ages and modern renderings of medieval material. Upon completion of MEDI 100, students will recognize the principal social, political and religious phenomena that defined the medieval world, including the impact of intercultural dialogue between Christian, Jewish and Muslim communities.

This year this course will be offered as a mix of asynchronous and synchronous elements.

Please plan to attend synchronous classes on Monday's from 10 am - 11 am



MEDI 303: The Medieval World

An interdisciplinary introduction to the Middle Ages through a comparative overview of medieval cultures and civilizations until about CE 1500, with a focus on the formation of medieval Christian Europe and its relations with Judaism, Byzantine Christianity, and Islam.

This year this course will be offered as a mix of asynchronous and synchronous elements.

Please plan to attend synchronous classes on Tuesday's from 10 am - 11 am


MEDI 360: Selected Topics in Medieval Culture

Topic: Herosim and Romance in the German Epic

How does the Medieval world navigate cross-cultural enounters and conflicts?

Instructor: Dr. Elena Pnevmonidou

This year this course will be offered as a mix of asynchronous and synchronous elements.

Please plan to attend synchronous classes on Wednesday's 11:30 - 12:30


MEDI 401: Pilgrimage in the Middle Ages

 Satisfy your medieval wanderlust: come for the travel adventures, stay for the martyrs, mummified corpses, and Holy Foreskin!
An advanced undergraduate seminar devoted to medieval pilgrimages, this course explores the spiritual and social functions of religious tourism. Why did medieval pilgrims flock to sacred shrines, retrace the steps of dead saints, and collect badges and souvenirs along the way?

Instructor: Dr. Allan Mitchell

This year this course will be offered as a mix of asynchronous and synchronous elements.

Please plan to attend some synchronous classes on Tuesday's 1:30 - 3:30

Spring 2021

MEDI 200: Myths and Legends of the Middle Ages

Topic: Heroes, Beasts, and Other-worldly Beings

This thematic introduction to selected myths and legends of the medieval world will emphasize heroes, fantastic animals, other-worldly beings and syncretic myth-making practices. Topics will include contexts for the use(s) of heroic and fantastic stories in various cultural and faith traditions (including Scandinavian, Chinese and Islamic); the relationship(s) between textual and visual depictions of heroes and fantastic stories; and the resonance of medieval heroism and the fantastic in contemporary societies. This course will emphasize scholarly approaches to medieval and modern renderings of myth and legend. Upon completion of MEDI 200, students will be apprised of the variety and use of heroic and fantastic stories in the medieval world.

 


MEDI 304: Encountering the Middle Ages

Topic: Italian Travellers and Other Worlds, 1240-1500

Italian missionaries, merchants, chroniclers, biographers, poets, visionaries, storytellers and letter-writers described and often distorted faraway places for Western European audiences. Odoric of Pordenone and Marco Polo introduced their readers to East Asia; Boccaccio, Petrarch, and Dante told travel stories set in Italy, the Near East, and the afterlife; and Margherita Datini and Christine de Pizan proved that women were as adept as their male counterparts at devising worlds. MEDI 304, cross-listed with ITAL 401, is an interdisciplinary course that explores these authors in relation to medieval trade, diplomacy, gender roles, religion, ethnography, and warfare. 

Instructor: Dr. Joseph Grossi



MEDI 452: Seminar in Medieval Culture

Topic:  Special Topics in Medieval Manuscripts

A variable content course in which special topics relating to medieval manuscripts are pursued. Classes held in Special Collections.

For full course information, please see the UVic Academic Calendar.

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