2014 Conference: March 20–22, University of Texas at Austin

Welcome to the homepage of Vagantes, an annual, itinerant conference for graduate students specializing in any area of Medieval Studies. The vagantes were those medieval clergy, students, and minstrels who adopted the nomadic life. Their wandering spirit is the inspiration for our conference, which moves to a different North American university or college each year.

Vagantes is now the largest graduate student conference in North America for those studying the Middle Ages. The conference aims to both build and fortify the scholarly community of junior medievalists by emphasizing interdisciplinarity and showcasing the resources of the host institution. There is no registration fee, so as to encourage participation even within the margins of a student budget.

Each year, presenters from backgrounds as varied as Anthropology, Archaeology, Art History, Classics, Comparative Literature, English, History, Manuscript Studies, Musicology, Philosophy, and Religious Studies come together to exchange ideas. To foster a sense of community and continuity, the conference features an opening keynote address from a hosting institution faculty member and a closing keynote by a faculty member from the host for the following year.

Medieval Academy of America

Vagantes is co-sponsored by the Medieval Academy of America (MAA), and is affiliated with the MAA’s Graduate Student Committee. Interested in joining the MAA? Visit their website and learn about the benefits and student membership rates.


You can also join our Facebook group to meet other Vagantes members.

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