UNC’s Medieval Studies Community: Some Basics
This sheet is intended as a guide for new UNC graduate students who want to get involved with a larger community of medieval scholars. It has been compiled by fellow students through the Carolina Association for Medieval Studies (CAMS) to help familiarize newcomers with the opportunities available to medievalists at UNC. This general information sheet is meant as an entry point rather than a description of all possible resources; many other resources are also available for each specific discipline.
UNC has a wide range of graduate medieval courses open to any interested graduate student, and in many departments (such as History or English) it is possible to major or minor in the medieval area within that discipline. The Medieval Studies Program also offers an interdisciplinary Ph.D. minor in Medieval Studies that many medievalists choose to pursue; this minor requires study in a minimum number of core areas.
For the specific requirements of the interdisciplinary minor in Medieval Studies, visit the website of the Medieval Studies Program (www.unc.edu/depts/medstud). That site also has listings of medieval courses being offered in a given semester. The CAMS website (www.unc.edu/student/orgs/cams) also offers links to full listings of UNC and Duke courses.
In addition to specialized international listservs that you may want to join for news and discussion specific to your own discipline, there are listservs specific to UNC’s medieval community that you should know about. Each of the three lists described below has a well-defined purpose, so the lists are not redundant and cross-posting is not necessary.
Medvlch is a bulletin board for announcements about medieval-related events at UNC and in the surrounding area, as well as calls for conference papers and other general information of use to those who study and teach the Middle Ages. The mail volume is low. Everyone affiliated with UNC who researches the Middle Ages, teaches courses that include significant medieval content, or has a personal interest in the study of the Middle Ages should be subscribed to this list. Anyone can join medvlch. Instructions are available on the CAMS website (www.unc.edu/student/orgs/cams; the link for joining email lists is under the “Dialectica” heading).
Cams is the organizational email list of CAMS; it is used for information and announcements having to do specifically with CAMS as a functioning organization. The mail volume is low. Anyone who wishes to take part in the business or leadership of CAMS, or simply to remain informed of the organization’s activity, should be subscribed to this list. Anyone can join cams through the CAMS website (see above).
Medgrad is a forum for confidential procedures among graduate student medievalists, such as election of the graduate student representatives to the Medieval Studies Committee. The mail volume is very low. This list is restricted to graduate student medievalists at UNC; all who fit this category should be subscribed, as this list is the only way they can have a voice in the election process. Graduate students can join medgrad through the CAMS website (see above).
The Carolina Conference on Romance Literatures, hosted annually in Chapel Hill often has several panels dedicated to medieval topics. For more information, visit the website at www.unc.edu/ccrl.
There are many other conferences broadcasting calls for papers each year. For a fairly comprehensive listing, look at the calendar of events posted by the Medieval Academy (www.medievalacademy.org).
Events on Campus and in the Area
UNC has a very active medieval studies scene, including many extracurricular programs and events to attend. CAMS and the Medieval Studies Program organize many of these events. In addition, some programs are developed by individual departments or other university units. In addition to the events that take place at UNC, many appealing lectures and other local programs for medievalists are organized by Duke’s Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies.
A calendar of medieval-related events taking place at UNC and in the surrounding area is available online through the UNC Medieval Studies Program website (www.unc.edu/depts/medstud). This calendar is meant to be complete and is updated continually; it is a good webpage to bookmark on your computer for easy reference.
This information was compiled by Kathryn Wymer for the Carolina Association for Medieval Studies.