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.).

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54th International Congress on Medieval Studies

When May 09, 2019 08:00 AM to
May 12, 2019 12:00 PM
Where Kalamazoo, MI
Contact Name Holly Johnson
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Meetings and Sessions of the IMSSS at Kalamazoo

Session 87, Schneider 1350, Thursday, 9 May, 1:30 p.m.

Ethiopian Studies II: Saints, Struggles, and Sermons

Sponsor: Centre for Medieval Studies, Univ. of Toronto; International Medieval Sermon Studies Society

Organizer: Felege-Selam Yirga, Ohio State Univ.

Presider: Felege-Selam Yirga


Sorcerers, Snakes, and Devils: Non-Christians in the Gädlāt of Ethiopian Evangelizing Saints

Augustine Dickinson, Centre for Medieval Studies, Univ. of Toronto

Deception, Infanticide, and the Making of a Female Saint: A Look at the Gadl Krestos Samra

Meron T. Gebreananye, Durham Univ.

Struggles in the Vita of Ethiopian Saints: The Case of Gadla Sarābāmon

Amsalu Tefera Alemu, Addis Ababa Univ./Ludwig-Maximilians-Univ. München


Session 241, Schneider 1140, Friday, 10 May, 1:30 p.m.

Medieval Sermon Studies I: Stephen Langton and His Successors as Pastors: In Memory of Phyllis Barzillay Roberts

Sponsor: International Medieval Sermon Studies Society

Organizer: Jessalynn L. Bird, Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame 

Presider: Holly Johnson, Mississippi State Univ.

Lingua-tonante: Stephen Langton’s Synodal Sermons in Context

Jessalynn L. Bird

“We command our parish priests to inform their people with the nourishment of God’s Word”: Stephen Langton’s Promotion of Diocesan Preaching

Andrew Reeves, Middle Georgia State Univ.

Preaching the Cross of Penance: The Use of the Image of the Cross as a Guide for Penance in Early Scholastic Sermons

C. Matthew Phillips, Concordia Univ. Nebraska


Session 299, Schneider 1140, Friday, 10 May, 3:30 p.m.

Medieval Sermon Studies II: Vernacular Sermons and Their Audiences

Sponsor: International Medieval Sermon Studies Society

Organizer: Holly Johnson, Mississippi State Univ.

Presider: William H. Campbell, Univ. of Pittsburgh–Greensburg

The Preacher and His Audience in the Ormulum
Maria Volkonskaya, National Research Univ. Higher School of Economics

Middle Dutch Sermons and the Intellectual Life of Women Religious

Patricia Stoop, Univ. Antwerpen

Of Hedgehogs and Pestilence in the Procession Sermon of British Library, MS Harley 2268

Christine Cooper-Rompato, Utah State Univ.


Session 367, Schneider 1275, Saturday, 11 May, 10:00 a.m.

Medieval Sermon Studies III: The Preacher’s Tools and Models

Sponsor: International Medieval Sermon Studies Society

Organizer:  Holly Johnson, Mississippi State Univ.

Presider: Alberto Ferreiro, Seattle Pacific Univ.

The Theology of Franciscan Preaching in Bartholomew of Pisa’s Conformities of the Life of Blessed Francis with the Life of the Lord Jesus

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

Theology before Church Polity: A Fourteenth-Century Guide for Preachers on the Good Shepherd and Lost Sheep

Daniel Nodes, Baylor Univ.

Preaching for the Elite: A Late Medieval Sermon Collection from Vadstena Abbey for Monks and/or Clerics

Erik Claeson, Lunds Univ.


Saturday, 11 May, 12:00 p.m. Fetzer 1035

International Medieval Sermon Studies Society Business Meeting



Session 420, Schneider 1275, Saturday, 11 May, 1:30 p.m.

Medieval Sermon Studies IV: Preaching Division in Late Medieval Europe

Sponsor: International Medieval Sermon Studies Society; Lollard Society

Organizer: Michael Van Dussen, McGill Univ.

Presider: Reid S. Weber, Univ. of Central Oklahoma


Wyclif ’s “Poor Priests”: An Anti-Fraternal Preaching Order?

Sean Otto, Wycliffe College, Univ. of Toronto

The Case of Self-Serving Catechesis: Jan Hus and His Preaching

Marcela K. Perett, North Dakota State Univ.

“Hoc pulchrum mendacium”: Wycliffite Exempla on Christ the Divine Physician

Patrick Outhwaite, McGill Univ.


More information about this event…

Proceedings of the 2012 Symposium (Brescia, Italy)

The proceedings of the 2012 Symposium are now available online

The link address is: http://www.fupress.com/catalogo/verbum-e-ius/3917

Gloria Cigman

founder of the International Medieval Sermon Studies Society

It is with great sadness that we have learned of the death of Gloria Cigman, on December 13, 2018, in Oxford. She was born in London ninety years ago.

From 1968 to 1996, she taught Medieval English Studies at the University of Warwick as Lecturer and then as Senior Lecturer.

We are in Gloria's debt for her founding of the International Medieval Sermon Studies Society. She launched the “Medieval Sermon Studies Newsletter” in 1977, and then the Symposia in 1979 at Linacre College in Oxford (UK).

As Leo Carruthers remembers in his short history, «Gloria played a unique role, since it was her dynamism and vision that brought people together and gave the necessary impetus to the group who would go on to found the Society in 1988».

Since the passing of Phyllis Barzillay Roberts in January 2018, this is the second great loss for our Society and many of us this year.

Thank you so much, dear Gloria: we’ll miss you. RIP.