The Premodern Colloquium

The Premodern Colloquium is a reading group that has been meeting for thirty years in the home of Tom Green (Law School, History) by whom it was founded as a forum for discussion of new work in the history of law. In recent years, it has evolved into a wide-ranging multidisciplinary group. Typically discussions focus on works-in-progress by local and visiting scholars or dissertation chapters presented by our own students. Discussions tend to be intense and lively, but people who present work also find the experience to be friendly and helpful. The PMC especially welcome graduate students to its regular meetings, both as discussants and as presenters of dissertation work in progress.

For more information, please visit the PMC page on the MEMS website:

Winter 2018 Schedule


   Sara Ahbel-Rappe, Classical Studies, University of Michigan

“Winged Horses, Celestial Asses, and Beauty through the Eyes: Bruno’sReception of Plato’s Phaedrus in his Italian Dialogues”


Ana Maria Silva, History, University of Michigan

“They Can Sustain the Trade of the Blacks: Economic Networks and the Boundaries of Religious Repression in 17th-C Cartagena de Indias”


Ellen Muehlberger, History & Near Eastern Studies, University of Michigan

“Locating Perpetua: The Passio Perpetuae et Felicitatis and Composition in         Late Antiquity”


Lyndal Roper, History, University of Oxford

Title forthcoming