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Rackham Workshops and MEMS-Related Groups


Forum on Research in Medieval Studies (FoRMS)

FoRMS is a Rackham Interdisciplinary Workshop that collaborates with the MEMS program on various events. FoRMS also hosts graduate reading group meetings and other activities throughout the academic year. Meeting announcements for 2023-24 will be circulated via the mems-grads listserv. Contact the student coordinators for more information.


Middle English Reading Group

The Middle English Reading Group welcomes graduate students and faculty with interests in Middle English literature and medieval literature at large to join us in reading Chaucer's Troilus and Criseyde during the 2023-2024 academic year. Please email Madeline Fox ( with any questions or concerns.

We will meet from 1:30-2:30pm on the following days to discuss the text:

2/1 -- Recap through Book III (Room 3222 AH)

2/22 -- Book IV 1-805 (Room 3222 AH)

3/14 -- Book IV IV 806-1701 (Room 3241 AH)

4/4 -- Book V 1-868 (Room 3241 AH)

4/25 -- Book V 869-1869 (Room 3222 AH)


Manuscript Studies Interest Group

MEMS is the home of the Manuscript Studies Interest Group, which meets monthly and welcomes faculty, graduate students, librarians/curators, fellows/visiting scholars, and anyone else at U-M interested in manuscript studies or engaged in research on manuscripts. For more information about the group and a schedule of upcoming meetings, click here.

Organized by Tina Bawden (History of Art) and Trent Walker (Asian Languages & Cultures) 


The Premodern Colloquium

The Premodern Colloquium began in 1979 with the inaugural meeting in the home of Tom Green (Law School, History). Tom Willette (History of Art), who would later serve as sole director, joined in the 1990s, and their collaboration with MEMS began in 2001. The PMC primarily serves as a forum to discuss works-in-progress with a committed community. Faculty and graduate students are welcome. For more information about the group and its history, as well as a schedule of upcoming meetings, click here.