Medieval Studies

Phillip C. Adamo   •   Program Director   •   612-330-1199   •

Midwest Medieval History Conference - 2013

Septem-artes-liberales Masters, Means & Methods: the (Liberal) Arts in the Medieval World

The 52nd Annual Midwest Medieval History Conference will take place on  the campus of Augsburg College, in Minneapolis, MN, on October 18 to 19, 2013. The theme of this year’s conference concerns the transmission of knowledge, from masters to students, from practitioners to audience. It includes the liberal arts, the fine arts, and even the practical arts. Topics might include monastic as well as university education; the trivium and quadrivium; the history of science, music, mathematics, and dialectic; art history, especially the training of artists; the education of women; and professional training in guilds.

Keynote speaker:  Jordan Sramek, founder and artistic director of The Rose Ensemble, presents “Devotional Laude: Praise and Procession within the First Franciscan Communities.”

St. Francis of Assisi encouraged his first followers to be Joculatores Domini (the Lord’s Minstrels), sparking the composition of a host of congregational melodies and vernacular lyric poetry, which would become known as laude spirituali. Joined by colleagues in The Rose Ensemble, Jordan Sramek introduces this lesser-known, monophonic genre from 13th-14th-century Umbria and Tuscany, and explains how the lauda played an important role in the advancement of confraternal and monastic activities and ideas throughout the region.


Conference registration is $148. The Saturday evening banquet is $45. Graduate students presenting at the conference should register using this form. They will be given their $100 honorarium later. Click here to register for the conference. (NB: At Step 2 of registration, you must enter the “Attendee” [myself, etc.]  AND “Employer” for every “Conference Registration” and “Banquet” reservation made.)


The  official hotel for MMHC 2013 is the Hotel Minneapolis Metrodome.  By the time of the conference, this hotel will transition to become the Courtyard by Marriott – Downtown Minneapolis. Until that happens, there are NO on-line reservations for the conference, but there is a block of reserved rooms.

To book your reservation, call the Hotel Minneapolis Metrodome directly at 612-333-4646 or 800-448-3663.

When you book your reservation, be sure to tell them you are with the Midwest Medieval History Conference. The conference rate is $129.00 + tax per night for a single or double occupancy (normally $158.00-$175.00). Rooms must be booked by Wednesday, September 18, 2013.

This hotel is a 14-minute walk from campus, though we will also arrange shuttle service in the morning, at noon, and at the end of the day. This hotel is also where the banquet will be held on Saturday evening.

Questions about local arrangements should be directed to Phil Adamo, at

Conference schedule:

The MMHC—2013 Program is available here.