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Welcome to The Multicultural Middle Ages!

Updated: Dec 2, 2023

Welcome to the inaugural episode of The Multicultural Middle Ages! This podcast is brought to you by the Graduate Student Committee of the Medieval Academy of America. First and foremost, our podcast is a space where medievalists from all professional and disciplinary tracks can come together to think about the oft-unsung reality of the Middle Ages as a diverse historical and cultural period. We offer public-facing, open access content directed at experts and non-experts alike to offer updated, accurate, and culturally responsible accounts of the plurality of the medieval period.

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  • Jonathan Correa Reyes is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Comparative Literature at Penn State, and a Pre-Doctoral Fellow of the Ford Foundation. Jon’s research focuses on the medieval literary productions of Iberia, England, and Scandinavia, and ultimately contributes to ongoing efforts to excavate a pre-modern critical race theory. Jon has presented his research at the International Congress of Medieval Studies, the Society for Classical Studies, and the American Comparative Literature Association. Lastly, Jon currently serves as the Chair for the Graduate Student Committee of the MAA.

  • Reed O’Mara is a second-year PhD student and Mellon Fellow who focuses on the art of medieval Germany. Reed, advised by Professor Elina Gertsman, graduated from CWRU with a M.A. in art history in 2020. Her primary research interests lie in Jewish illuminated manuscripts, the reception of medieval art, and the "global turn" in the study of the Middle Ages. Her article “‘On Golden Tablets’: The Cleveland Museum of Art’s Aṣṭasāhasrikā Prajñāpāramitā Manuscript as a Self-Referential Icon” appeared in 2020 in the journal Religions as a part of the special issue Seeing and Reading: Art and Literature in Pre-Modern Indian Religions. Reed has presented papers at various conferences, including the International Congress on Medieval Studies and the Medieval Academy of America (MAA). Reed currently serves on the Graduate Student Committee of the MAA, and she is also the Mentorship and Professionalization Coordinator for the Vagantes Conference on Medieval Studies Board of Directors.

  • Logan Quigley earned his Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame’s Department of English in 2022. His research explores experiences of and attitudes toward space and time as represented in the narratives, itineraries, and maps of the late Middle Ages. Check out his forthcoming publication, “Travels in Deleuzean Time: Virtual Pilgrimage, Temporal Paradox, and the Newberry and Bicester Stacions of Rome” in Exemplaria this spring.

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