A Successful 2016 IMSSS Symposium

This past July, Flagler College in beautiful St. Augustine, Florida, hosted the 20th biennial symposium of the International Medieval Sermon Studies Society, the first symposium to be held in North America.

St. Augustine is the site of the first North American mission, so the theme chosen for this year’s symposium was Preaching and New Worlds. Topics ranged from medieval perceptions of new worlds to images of missionaries in Italian Renaissance art and sermons to the translation of exempla into the Timucuan language, a language spoken by the Native Americans in La Florida.

IMSSS members came from all over the globe to attend the symposium, including France, Italy, Spain, England, Israel, Japan, Russia, and the United States. We all enjoyed the sunshine and Flagler College’s wonderful hospitality. Thanks to Tim Johnson for making this year’s symposium a great success!​

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Call for Posters: 20th International Medieval Sermon Studies Society Symposium

The IMSSS will gather at Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida, from July 22-27, 2016

July 22-27, 2016

20th International Medieval Sermon Studies Society Symposium Call for Posters

The IMSSS will gather at Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida, from July 22-27, 2016.  The choice of St. Augustine coincides with the 450th celebration of the city’s founding in 1565. The theme of this 20th Symposium is “Preaching and New Worlds".

The IMSSS invites interested scholars to submit poster proposals on the following topics:

  • Medieval Visions of New Worlds
  • Missions at the Edge of the New Worlds
  • The New Worlds of Old and New Spain
  • Age-Old Stories for New Worlds
  • Media, Message, and New Worlds (Workshop)

Proposals should be sent by February 29, 2016, to [email protected]. The acceptance of the proposals will be announced by April 31, 2016.

The IMSSS also announces the availability of a limited number of scholarships for young students and scholars who will present papers or posters at the 20th IMSSS Symposium.

New! deadline extension: Grant requests should be sent by March 15, 2016, to [email protected] and should include a proposed budget. Please, applicants should remember that priority will be given to graduate students or scholars with no affiliation, whether they are presenting posters or giving papers. The recipients of these scholarships will be announced before May 13, 2016.

In Memoriam: Louis-Jacques Bataillon, O.P.

Louis-Jacques Bataillon, O.P.

 Louis-Jacques Bataillon, O.P.


It is with great sorrow that we have learned of the death, on 13 February 2009, of Père Louis-Jacques Bataillon, O.P.; he was 94 years old. His funeral will take place on 17 February 2009, at the church of the Convent of Saint-Jacques, 20 rue des Tanneries, 75013 Paris; he will then be buried at Montparnasse Cemetery, Paris.

 A longtime member of the Leonine Commission, Père Bataillon founded, with Gloria Cigman, the International Medieval Sermon Studies Society. Père Bataillon was quite simply, for all of us working on medieval sermons, a beacon of wisdom, knowledge and kindness. Many of us had the privilege of learning from him, whether directly at our Society's symposia, at his residences (in Grottaferrata, then Paris); in the reading room of a manuscript library; or through his publications.

 Here are some of Père Bataillon's important publications, in addition to his regular "Bulletin d'histoire des doctrines médiévales" in the Revue des sciences philosophiques et théologiques:

 “Un sermon de saint Thomas d’Aquin sur la parabole du festin,” Revue des sciences philosophiques et théologiques 58 (1974) 451-56.

 "Approaches to the Study of Medieval Sermons," Leeds Studies in English 11 (1980) 19-35.

 “Le sermon inédit de saint Thomas, Homo quidam fecit cenam magnam: Introduction et édition,” Revue des sciences philosophiques et théologiques 67 (1983) 353-68.

 "Similitudines et exempla dans les sermons du XIIIe siècle," in The Bible in the Medieval World: Essays in Memory of Beryl Smalley, ed. K. Walsh & D. Wood, Studies in Church History, Subsidia 4 (Oxford, 1985) 191-205.

 "Les sermons attribués à saint Thomas: Questions d’authenticité,” in Thomas von Aquin, ed. Albert Zimmermann, Miscellanea Mediaevalia 19 (Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 1988) 325-41.

 "Sermons rédigés, sermons réportés (XIIIe siècle)," Medioevo e Rinascimento 3 (1989) 69-86.

 "Early Scholastic and Mendicant Preaching as Exegesis of Scripture," in Ad Litteram. Authoritative Texts and Their Medieval Readers, ed. Mark D. Jordan & Kent Emery Jr. (Notre Dame-London, 1992) 165-198.

 La prédication au XIIIe siècle en France et Italie: études et documents, ed. David d'Avray and Nicole Bériou  (Variorum, 1993).

 "Sermoni e orazioni d’ambiente universitario parigino nel sec. XIII," Documenti e studi sulla tradizione filosofica medievale 5 (1994) 297-329.

 “Béatitudes et types de sainteté,” Revue Mabillon 7 (1996) 79-104.

 "L’activité intellectuelle des Dominicains de la première génération," in Lector et Compilator. Vincent de Beauvais, frère prêcheur: Un intellectuel et son milieu au XIIIe siècle, ed. Serge Lusignan et Monique Paulmier-Foucart (Éditions Créaphis, Grâne, 1997) 9-19.

 "Les sermons du franciscain Bindo da Siena pour les dimanches," Archivum Franciscanum Historicum 92 (1999) 95-116.

 "Chronique de doctrines médiévales: Étude et prédication," Revue des sciences philosophiques et théologiques 84 (2000) 357-366.

 "Compléments au Repertorium de Schneyer: I," Medieval Sermon Studies 44 (2000) 15-36.

 "Compléments au Repertorium de Schneyer: II," Medieval Sermon Studies 45 (2001) 11-39.

 Here is a brief video of a presentation by Père Bataillon, "L'exemplum biblique existe-t-il?"

The Society will surely commemorate, in a more concrete fashion, Père Bataillon’s invaluable contributions to medieval sermon studies. In the meantime, let us each think of him and be grateful for the profound and positive influence he had on our research, and on many of our lives.

 Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord,

And let perpetual light shine upon him.

Program details now available for 16th Symposium

Program details now available for 16th Symposium

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All registration materials and other practical information related to the 16th Symposium are now available.