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!​

See full information about the IMSSS Symposium event at

building vault Flagler dinner Flagler art tour Flagler poster Flagler poster 2Flagler posters Flagler talk 

Registration now open for 2016 IMSSS Symposium

July 22-26 at Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida
Registration now open for 2016 IMSSS Symposium

Flagler College

We hope that many of you will be able to attend the 2016 IMSSS symposium taking place July 22-26 at Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida. Registration is now open at the following link:

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.

Call for Papers: American Society of Church History

for January 2016

The American Society of Church History is soliciting proposals for papers and panels for its meeting 7-10 January 2016 in Atlanta.

The program committee would very much like to have a significant number of medieval sessions. While the proposed overarching theme is reform, paper and especially panel proposals on any topic are welcome.

The call for papers may be accessed at

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]