Welcome to the homepage of Vagantes, an annual, traveling conference for graduate students studying any aspect of the Middle Ages. The conference was conceived with several goals in mind: fostering a sense of community among junior medievalists, providing exposure to an interdisciplinary forum, and showcasing the resources of the host institutions—all hopefully within a student budget.
Vagantes was a term applied to wandering clergy and minstrels in the Middle Ages. The spirit of the wanderer (and wonderer!) is alive in our graduate student conference, which travels each year to a different university or college in North America.
Vagantes is now the largest conference in North America for graduate students studying the Middle Ages. Vagantes aims to provide an open dialogue among junior scholars from all fields of medieval studies. Each year, the conference features two faculty speakers, roughly twenty-four student papers, and an audience of approximately 100 people.
Vagantes emphasizes interdisciplinary scholarship; each year, presenters from backgrounds as varied as Comparative Literature, Archaeology, Art History, Classics, History, Anthropology, English, Philosophy, Manuscript Studies, Musicology, and Religious Studies come together to exchange ideas. In this manner, Vagantes fosters a sense of community for junior medievalists of diverse backgrounds, and because the conference does not have a registration fee, this community can flourish within the margins of a graduate student budget.
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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