Plenary Speaker

Our plenary speaker, Barbara H. Rosenwein (Ph.D. (1974), B.A. (1966), University of Chicago) is a professor at Loyola University Chicago.  An internationally renowned historian, her work over the years has evolved through multiple phases.  Her earliest work examined the monastery of Cluny, the “light of the world (lux mundi),” as one eleventh-century pope described it, and culminated in To Be the Neighbor of Saint Peter: The Social Meaning of Cluny’s Property (Cornell University Press, 1989).  Rosenwein then turned to the issue of immunities in the Middle Ages, resulting in Negotiating Space: Power, Restraint, and Privileges of Immunity in Early Medieval Europe (Cornell University Press, 1999).  In a third phase, she explored the history of emotions. Her works in that field include  “Worrying about Emotions in History,” American Historical Review (2002),  Emotional Communities in the Early Middle Ages (Cornell University, 2006) and the forthcoming (Cambridge University Press) Generations of Feeling: A History of Emotions 600-1700.   Rosenwein has also always sought to link her specialized research to larger themes, publishing several textbooks on the Middle Ages, including, A Short History of the Middle Ages (4d. ed,, University of Toronto Press, 2014); Reading the Middle Ages: Sources from Europe, Byzantium, and the Islamic World (2d ed., University of Toronto Press, 2006); and Debating the Middle Ages: Issues and Readings, edited with Lester K. Little (Blackwell, 1998).  She is also the co-author of popular and widely-assigned The Making of the West: Peoples and Cultures (4th ed., Bedford/St. Martin’s Press, 2013).

At the Midwest Medieval History conference, Rosenwein will be speaking on “Jean Gerson's Musical Theory of the Emotions.” Gerson (1363-1429) was an enormously influential medieval educator, artist, and theologian, as well as Chancellor of the University of Paris and participant in many of the most  important events of his day.

For more information about Rosenwein, visit her website.