posted May 4, 2005

Researchers Participate in Medieval Studies Conference

 A faculty-student research team from Hope College will be among scholars from around the world when they make a presentation during the International Congress on Medieval Studies, being held at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo on Thursday-Sunday, May 5-8.

Dr. John Hanson, who is assistant professor of art history and director of the gallery of the De Pree Art Center, conducted the research with seniors Rachel Jamieson of Orchard Lake and Nancy Nicodemus of Holland. Their study, which they pursued during the recent spring semester, examines the effect of the murder of Thomas a Becket in 1170 on the Old Testament illustrations of the Winchester Bible, illuminated at the same time. The project grew out of a course at Hope in medieval art in the spring of 2004.

Hanson, Jamieson and Nicodemus will make their presentation during the International Congress on Saturday, May 7. They offered a preview to the Hope community through a lecture on Wednesday, April 27.

Some 3,000 scholars from around the world will be participating in the four-day conference. The event will feature more than 1,800 papers presented by scholars from more than 20 nations.