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Research Seminar in Medieval History


About the Course:

A two-quarter course.

Fall 2020: This two-quarter course is designed to aid students to build research and writing skills, through developing and writing a research paper. The seminar is a community of scholars at various stages in their research.  It draws students of premodern Europe and the Mediterranean, including people in ancient history, history of art, religious studies, English, French and Italian, even one brave (now very successful!) musicologist. Students in consultation with their advisors and the instructor use the seminar to test possible dissertation topics, which sometimes become articles. More advanced students often continue to work within the seminar as they write dissertation chapters.  We develop bibliographies, discuss research guides and source collections, and work on translations. We also debate theoretical approaches to our work.  During the first quarter students develop a prospectus and bibliography for their papers.  In the second quarter they write them: the seminar becomes a writing group as we meet to discuss problems and challenges and read and comment on two rounds of rough drafts.


No pre-requisites have been entered for this course.


View the course’s Canvas page or the instructor’s page for documents: Carol Lansing   

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