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The International Medieval Sermon Studies Society (IMSSS) promotes and fosters the study of medieval sermons and preaching in Latin and the vernacular languages within their social, literary, religious, intellectual, theological, catechetical, political and historical contexts.

The Society also promotes and fosters the study of various artes praedicandi, and theories of preaching derived from them, as well as material used by sermon writers (e.g., Florilegia, commentaries, etc.).

For more information, please see About IMSSS

Riccardo Quinto

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our friend and colleague has passed away

On Sunday morning, August 3, 2014, our friend and colleague Riccardo Quinto passed away after a long illness. He was born in Italy in 1961, and he taught the History of Philosophy at the University of Padua. As a scholar of medieval philosophy and theology, he has published several studies on Stephen Langton and on the Masters of the sacred page. For the series "Auctores Britannici Medii Aevi", he coordinated the critical edition of Stephen Langton's "Quaestiones Theologiae". As a member of the International Medieval Sermon Studies Society, he contributed to the organization of the XII Symposium of the IMSSS (Padua, 2000), and he was co-editor of both Medieval Sermon Studies (Maney Publishing, Leeds) and the series "Sermo: Studies on Patristic, Medieval, and Reformation Sermons and Preaching" (Brepols Publishers, Turnhout). His death leaves a big loss in our hearts and in the international community of medieval sermon studies. 

 A collection is under way for Riccardo’s widow Hilary and their two children, who are probably in for a rather tight time financially. It is a practical way to show our affection for Riccardo. Anyone who wants to contribute can do so by transferring money into the account of his colleague Giovanni Catapano (University of Padua), who is making the collection:

 

Bank Name = Cassa di Risparmio del Friuli Venezia Giulia Bank Address = Via Mazzini, 12 - 33170 Pordenone (PN) - Italy Bank Branch = 03056 - Pordenone sede IBAN = IT 89 G 06340 12500 07407800109P BIC = IBSPIT2U

The keyword for the transfer could be ‘Quinto fund’. 

For anyone who wants to send an accompanying message, his email is giovanni.catapano@unipd.it

49th International Congress on Medieval Studies

by admin published Mar 10, 2014 10:34 AM, last modified Aug 27, 2014 05:10 AM
Meetings and Sessions of the IMSSS at Kalamazoo
When May 08, 2014 09:00 AM to
May 11, 2014 02:00 PM
Where Kalamazoo, MI
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Saturday, 10 May, 12:00 p.m. Bernhard Faculty Lounge

International Medieval Sermon Studies Society Business Meeting

 
 

Session 525, Bernard 211, Sunday 11 May, 8:30 a.m.

Medieval Sermon Studies I: Mendicant Preaching: Their Tools, Audience, and Influence


Sponsor: International Medieval Sermon Studies Society 
Organizer: Holly Johnson, Mississippi State University
Presider: Holly Johnson

Johannes Tauler: Preaching the Exaltation of the Cross

     Donald F. Duclow, Gwynedd-Mercy College

How a Franciscan Preacher Learned Canon Law

     Kimberly Rivers, Univ. of Wisconsin–Oshkosh

Educating and Entertaining in Fifteenth-Century Friuli: The Preaching of

Leonardo Mattei da Udine (1399–1469)

     Stefan Visnjevac, Univ. of Roehampton

 

Session 562, Bernard 211, Sunday 11 May, 10:30 a.m.

Medieval Sermon Studies II: Preaching to the Laity: Orthodoxy, Heterodoxy, and Gender


Sponsor: International Medieval Sermon Studies Society 
Organizer: Holly Johnson, Mississippi State University
Presider: Anne Thayer, Lancaster Theological Seminary

 

Herwagen’s Pseudo-Bedan Homiliary and the Gregorian Reform

     Nathan J. Ristuccia, Univ. of Chicago

Saracens and Saints in Late Medieval English Sermons

     Judy Ann Ford, Texas A&M Univ.–Commerce

Feminizing God’s Word? The Gendered Nature of Biblical References in Late

Medieval English Sermons

Beth Allison Barr, Baylor Univ.

Saint Vincent’s Eucharistic Theology in His Catalán Sermon De corpore Christi

     Alberto Ferreiro, Seattle Pacific Univ.

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19th Symposium

by admin published Nov 22, 2013 02:40 PM, last modified Sep 27, 2014 09:42 PM
Preaching and Reform in the Middle Ages
When Jul 18, 2014 09:00 AM to
Jul 22, 2014 06:00 PM
Where Cracow
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Practical information about the event is now available at the website below.

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48th International Congress on Medieval Studies

by admin published Mar 13, 2013 04:05 PM, last modified Sep 27, 2014 09:49 PM
Meetings and Sessions of the IMSSS at Kalamazoo
When May 09, 2013 08:00 AM to
May 12, 2013 02:00 PM
Where Kalamazoo, MI
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Saturday, 11 May, 12:00 p.m. Bernhard Faculty Lounge

International Medieval Sermon Studies Society Business Meeting

 
 

Session 359, Valley II Garneau Lounge, Saturday 11 May, 10:00 a.m.

Medieval Sermon Studies I: Late Medieval Reformist Preaching


Sponsor: International Medieval Sermon Studies Society 

Organizer:  Sean Otto, Wycliffe College, Univ. of Toronto

Presider: Holly Johnson, Mississippi State Univ.

 

The Reform Program of John Wyclif’s Latin Sermons

Sean Otto

Making Mary a Model: Teaching about Mary in the English Wycliffite Sermons

Jennifer Illig, Fordham Univ.

From Academic Treatise to Popular Sermon: Shifts in Emphasis Concerning the Penitential Cycle between the Writing and the Preaching of Jan Hus

Reid S. Weber, Univ. of Florida

 

 

 

Session 437,  Schneider 1160, Saturday 11 May, 1:30 p.m.

Medieval Sermon Studies II: Holy Identities in Medieval Sermons


Sponsor: International Medieval Sermon Studies Society 


Organizer: Ronald J. Stansbury, Roberts Wesleyan College 

Presider: Anne T. Thayer, Lancaster Theological Seminary

The Corner of Europe and the Fabric of the World: Pius II’s Bull and Sermon for the Canonization of Catherine of Siena

John Zaleski, Harvard Univ.

 

Anthony al-Qurayshi: From Text to Sermon in Early Arabic Christianity

David H. Vila, John Brown Univ.

 

Wisdom Has Sent Out Her Servant Girls: Saint Catherine of Vadstena and the Birgittine Concept of Female Strength in Late Medieval Scandinavia

Louise Berglund, Örebro Univ.

 

 

Session 493, Schneider 1160, Saturday 11 May, 3:30 p.m.

Medieval Sermon Studies III: Preaching Tools: Liturgy, Poem, Handbook

 

Sponsor: International Medieval Sermon Studies Society 

Organizer: Ronald J. Stansbury, Roberts Wesleyan College 

Presider: Ronald J. Stansbury

The Pricke of Conscience as Speculative Sermon: The Southern Recension of Huntington Manuscript 128

Jean E. Jost, Bradley Univ.

The Resurrection of Christ in Late Medieval Franciscan Easter Sermons

Steven J. McMichael, OFM Conv., Univ. of St. Thomas, St. Paul

Francis of Meyronnes and Houghton Library’s MS Lat. 276: The Mendicant Preacher’s Confessional Handbook

Katherine Wrisley Shelby, Boston College

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Preaching the Saints: Sermons, Art, and Music in Medieval and Early Modern Europe

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When Sep 21, 2012 10:00 AM to
Sep 22, 2012 05:30 PM
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On September 21st and 22nd, Harvard University’s Standing Committee on Medieval Studies presents its Triennial Conference, “Preaching the Saints: Sermons, Art, and Music in Medieval and Early Modern Europe," at the Barker Center, 12 Quincy Street. The conference, honoring the career and contributions of Harvard professor Beverly Mayne Kienzle, will address the central role of preaching in medieval and early modern religious culture, and highlight the relationship between sermons, hagiography, art, and music. Additional fundingfor the conference has been provided by Villa I Tatti, the Lauro De Bosis Lectureship in the History of Italian Civilization, the Houghton Library, and Harvard Divinity School. Over a dozen renowned scholars will come together from North America, France, Italy, the United Kingdom, Israel, and Australia, including keynote speaker André Vauchez from the Académie des Inscriptions et Belles Lettres, Paris, who will speak on “St. Francis of Assisi and the Franciscan Saints in Italian Preaching, c. 1240-1340." Other scheduled speakers are Nicole Bériou (Université de Lyons II, Institut de recherches et d'histoire des textes, and École pratique des hautes études), Leo Carruthers (Université de Paris IV-Sorbonne), Nirit Ben-Aryeh Debby (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev), George Ferzoco (University of Bristol), Peter Howard (Monash University), Thomas Forrest Kelly (Harvard University), E. Ann Matter (University of Pennsylvania), Bernard McGinn (University of Chicago), Catherine Mooney (Boston College), Carolyn A. Muessig (University of Bristol), Roberto Rusconi (Università degli studi Roma III), and Anne Thayer (Lancaster Theological Seminary). In addition, six graduate students will share their ongoing research projects with visiting scholars at a special poster session on Friday afternoon. Further information on the conference can be found at http://preachingthesaints.blogspot.com.

In conjunction with the conference, the Houghton Library is presenting A History of Medieval Christian Preaching, a two-part exhibition of medieval manuscripts from its collection on display in the Houghton's Amy Lowell Room and online at its website. The exhibition, which highlights the Houghton Library's abundant resources for learning about the fascinating world of medieval preachers and the books they used and produced, has been curated by Professor Kienzle together with students from her seminars on Latin paleography and manuscript culture and medieval sermons and preaching. On September 18 and 20, Professors George Ferzoco and Carolyn Muessig from the University of Bristol will offer two workshops for Harvard students, introducing the participants to key manuscripts that shed light on the history of preaching and illustrate the challenges that medieval sermons pose to modern scholars. For more information, please visit http://hcl.harvard.edu/libraries/houghton/ collections/early_manuscripts/preaching/

 

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