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Medievalists@Penn (M@P) is a reading group committed to developing broad interdisciplinary understandings of the Middle Ages. Comprised of graduate students from departments and programs across the School of Arts and Sciences (English, Italian, French, German, Spanish, Comparative Literature, and Art History among others), M@P meets regularly throughout the semester to discuss primary and secondary readings pre-selected from among our various fields of expertise.

Our meetings usually consist of informal presentations by graduate students on material that will be of interest to the broader medievalist community. For specific dates or to be added to our listserv, please contact 2018-19 M@P coordinators Aylin Malcolm (malcolma [at], Nathalie Lacarrière (nlacar [at], or Matt Aiello (maiello [at]

We also hold an annual graduate student conference during the spring semester. This year's theme is "Mediocrity." Last year’s conference on "Vulnerability" was held on March 17, 2018. Previous themes include "Auctoritas" (2017), "Performance" (2016), "The Medieval Archive" (2015), "Visions of Empire" (2014), “Translatio” (2013), “Textual Intercourse: Medieval Appropriations and Appropriations of the Medieval” (2012), and “Mater(ia) Familias: Family Matters” (2011).

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