Call for Papers: Following the Rules or Not in Preaching

9-12 July 2012, International Medieval Congress (IMC) - Institute of Medieval Studies, University of Leeds

European Medieval culture was based largely on oral transmission and preaching was one of the most important vehicles of teaching and learning. Numerous preachers across Europe condemned vices and praised virtues in order to instruct and exhort both lay and religious people in regard to faith and morals. Considering the role sermons played in religious life, preachers were exhorted to act following rules established by Artes praedicandi, manuals on formal composition, so to find the best way to convey the religious message. These treatises (which depicted different models of sermon) provided preachers with directives regarding sermon contents, structure, rhetoric; nonetheless they also listed a lot of rules preachers were expected to follow in their daily activity and in their habits. As it is clear, Artes Praedicandi defined the theory of sermon, still preaching was a lively event, subjected to the context in which it took place, continually changing for the differences both of the preachers and of audiences. This session of the IMC, which is sponsored by the International Medieval Sermon Studies Society, seeks to decline the theme of Leeds 2012 (“Rules to follow... or not”) addressing three constitutive elements of preaching: sermons, preachers, audiences.

See the Call for Papers for more information. 

Call for Papers (18th Symposium)

Dear members - please find here our call for papers for the upcoming 18th Symposium, to be held in Brescia, 20-24 July 2012.

Riccardo Quinto

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 [email protected]