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Medieval and Early Modern Studies (MEMS) at UF is an interdisciplinary forum for the study of medieval and early modern culture and its influences on the modern world. This approach addresses the distinctive forms of cultural organization in the Middle Ages and Early Modern periods; the study necessarily crosses departmental boundaries.

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Update on UF at Kalamazoo 2014!

Lecture: ORBIS PICTUS OF THE LATE MIDDLE AGES: Stove Tiles from Southern Bohemia

Jaroslav Jiřík, Prácheň Museum in Pisek, Czech Republic
Tuesday, April 15, at 5:30-6:30 pm
Judaica Suite, 2nd floor, Smathers Library (Library East)

The invention of tile stoves brought a great degree of comfort to the medieval house, particularly in theUrban environment. Free of the smoke otherwise filling the main room of the house, the parlor or principal room in the house where the stove was located became a space of social interaction and representation. In that respect the tile stove was designed from the very beginning as something fundamentally different from the stove in the kitchen. Gothic stoves often imitated contemporary architecture were given fantastic tower-­‐like structures, much like churches. The study of late Gothic stove tiles offers therefore a unique perspective on the late medieval house and concepts of domestic space. Because such stoves were reserved for representative rooms, their tiles were often decorated with figurative scenes. The ornamental program of the Gothic stove is therefore a unique window to the motives and themes of the late medieval imagination. On one hand, stove tiles were decorated with religious scenes from either the New or the Old Testament, or from saints’ lives. As tile stoves became popular during the 15th century, at the time of the Hussite revolution, both Catholic and Hussite propaganda made extensive use of stove tile images. In addition, stove tiles contain images of mythical characters, monsters, and fantastic animals—unicorns, griffins, and dragons—as well as tournament scenes. Coats of arms are also frequently represented, since both the land and the urban aristocracy in the 15th century was preoccupied with showing ancestral ties, political alliances and claims to power. The study of stove tiles therefore offers a unique glimpse into late medieval spiritual life.


49th International Congress on Medieval Studies takes place May 8-11, 2014, Kalamzoo, Michigan: MEMS sessions (organized by Florin Curta)

Friday, May 9

193. The Archaeology of Early Medieval Europe: Late Antique and Early Medieval Churches
Sponsor: Center for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, Univ. of Florida
Organizer: Florin Curta, Univ. of Florida
Presider: Florin Curta
Villae and the First Rural Churches in Southwestern Gaul: The Case of Saint-Martin in Moissac
Bastien Lefebvre, Univ. de Toulouse-le Mirail
From Single Buildings to Networks of Churches: Early Medieval Churches in Northern Italy
Alejandra Chavarria, Univ. degli Studi di Padova
Churches on Hilltop Sites in Slovenia between Late Antiquity and the EarlyMiddle Ages
Tina Milavec, Univ. v Ljubljana

Saturday, May 10

348. A Neglected Empire: Bulgaria between the Late Twelfth and Late FourteenthCentury I: Shaping, Defining, and Reshaping an Empire
Sponsor: Research Group on Manuscript Evidence; Center for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, Univ. of Florida
Organizer: Florin Curta, Univ. of Florida, and Mildred Budny, Research Group on Manuscript Evidence
Presider: Florin Curta
The Second Bulgarian Empire: Identity, Typology, Continuity, and Discontinuity
Ivan Biliarsky, Institute of History, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
Sources and Patterns of State Identity of the Bulgarian Empire under the Assenids (1183–1396)
Dmitry I. Polyviannyy, Ivanovo State Univ.
Between Past Glory and Imperial Destiny: The Ideological Use of the Past and
of the Imperial Idea in Thirteenth-Century Bulgaria
Francesco Dall’Aglio, Istituto Italiano per gli Studi Storici, Napoli
The Second Bulgarian Empire and the Mediterranean
Elisaveta Todorova, Univ. of Cincinnati

Saturday, May 10

402. A Neglected Empire: Bulgaria between the Late Twelfth and Late Fourteenth
Century II: Engaging in Empire, from Center to Periphery and Beyond
Sponsor: Research Group on Manuscript Evidence ; Center for Medieval and Early
Modern Studies, Univ. of Florida
Organizer: Mildred Budny, Research Group on Manuscript Evidence, and Florin
Curta, Univ. of Florida
Presider: Ivan Biliarsky, Institute of History, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
The Empire’s Heart: The Significance of the Capital Tărnovo in the History of Late Medieval Bulgaria
Kirił Marinow, Univ. Łódzki
Anti-Heretical Texts in Fourteenth-Century Bulgarian Compilations of Canon Law
Mariana Tsibranska-Kostova, Institute for Bulgarian Language, Bulgarian
Academy of Sciences
Within a Southeast European Multiple-Contact Zone: The Conceptualization ofMedieval Bulgarian and Early Ottoman History
Stefan Rohdewald, Historisches Institut, Osteuropäische Geschichte, Justus- Liebig-Univ. Giessen

There are a number of UF faculty and students presenting in other sessions:

Thursday, 1:30 PM
Islam and Markets in Tenth-Century Europe: Al-Andalus and Volga Bulgharia
Florin Curta, Univ. of Florida 

Thursday, 3:30 PM
When Did the Invasions Germaniques Become Medieval?
Bonnie Effros, Univ. of Florida/Institute for Advanced Study

Thursday, 7:30 PM
Putting Clerical Communities in Their Social Contexts: Gallaecia in the Late Fourth and Early Fifth Centuries
Rebecca Devlin, Univ. of Florida

Friday, 3:30 PM
"Ad maiorem familiae gloriam": The Establishment of Zbraslav Monastery in the Context of Central European Hausklöster
Jan Volek, Univ. of Florida

Saturday, 10:30 AM
World without End: Apocalypticism in the Church History of Philostorgius
Anna Lankina

Saturday, 1:30 PM
Changes in the Second Edition of Breve historia
David A. Pharies, Univ. of Florida

Also, former UF students Emerson Richards and Mead Bowen are presenting:

Saturday, 3:30 PM
(Former) Enemies at the Gates: Insinuations of Betrayal in "Pa gur yv y porthaur"
Edward Mead Bowen, Aberystwyth Univ.

Sunday, 10:30 AM
Lo non mori' e non rimasi vivi , or, L'enfer c'est les autres : Borders Formed by Text, Language, and Communication (or Lack Thereof) in Dante's Commedia
Emerson Storm Fillman Richards, Indiana Univ.–Bloomington

The James J. Paxson Memorial Travel Grant for Scholars of Limited Funds

The BABEL Working Group and postmedieval: a journal of medieval cultural studies, have established the James J. Paxson Memorial Travel Grant for Scholars of Limited Funds. The grant, in memory of the late U.F. English professor, was made possible by an initial gift from one of Professor Paxson’s former students at the University of Florida, Mead Bowen.

This grant of $1,000 will cover travel costs, registration fees, lodging and other expenses for one scholar who would otherwise find it a financial hardship to present his or her work at the International Congress on Medieval Studies.  

Applicants for 2014 should send a brief prospectus of their accepted ICMS paper (350-500 words), a statement of financial need, and a brief c.v. to Eileen Joy at: by MARCH 15, 2014. The recipient of the grant will be announced by or before APRIL 1.

For more information, see

UF Certificate Program in Medieval Archaeology

Faculty from he departments of History, Anthropology, and Geology, and the Florida Museum of Natural History, offer this new certificate. See the MedArch home page for details.


The UF Center for Medieval and Early Modern Studies sponsors the Stammtisch series, in which graduate students working in any area of medieval and Early Modern studies may present a current research project and then discuss their research with attendees.


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