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The International Medieval Sermon Studies Society (IMSSS) promotes and fosters the study of medieval sermons and preaching in Latin and the vernacular languages within their social, literary, religious, intellectual, theological, catechetical, political and historical contexts.

The Society also promotes and fosters the study of various artes praedicandi, and theories of preaching derived from them, as well as material used by sermon writers (e.g., Florilegia, commentaries, etc.).

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22nd IMSSS Symposium León (Now 2021, Jul. 16th – 20th, León, Spain) – Rescheduled

Conversions and Life Passages through the Mirror of Medieval Preachers
When Jul 16, 2021 10:00 AM to
Jul 20, 2021 10:00 AM
Where León (Spain)
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Dear Friends and Colleagues,

I hope you all are well. As you can imagine, we have been monitoring the evolution of the COVID-19 virus in Spain very closely. As many of you undoubtedly know, on March 14, the Spanish government declared a national state of emergency in order to minimize the spread of the disease.  At the end of March, the government will evaluate the situation and decide whether to extend the emergency obligatory measures. Obviously, the ability to celebrate the Symposium this July will depend not only on the situation in Spain but also on the extent to which the pandemic has been contained globally since this will determine whether there is a need to maintain the prohibitions and restrictions on international flights to and from Spain as well as other countries. The Council of the International Medieval Sermon Studies Society met this week to evaluate the situation and weigh our options regarding the possibility of maintaining the current date of July 17 to 21, 2020 or of postponing the Symposium to July of next year. I have been in touch with the Dominican house in León and they have assured me that we would be able to celebrate the Symposium there in the same place next year if need be. Since the situation of the pandemic is constantly evolving and the progression and trajectory of the disease differ from one country to another, the Council will wait until late April to communicate our definitive decision on the matter. The purpose of this message is simply to bring you up to date on the current situation.

Best regards and keep well,

Linda Jones

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Linda Jones – Host of the 22nd Biennial International Symposium of the IMSSS

“Conversions and Life Passages through the Mirror of Medieval Preachers”

Preaching and New Worlds: Sermons as Mirrors of Realms Near and Far

Publication of a collection of essays, from the 2016 IMSSS Symposium

The collection of essays that came out of the 2016 IMSSS Symposium has been published:

Preaching and New Worlds: Sermons as Mirrors of Realms Near and FarRoutledge Studies in Medieval Religion and Culture, 1st Edition, by Timothy J Johnson  (Editor), Katherine Wrisley Shelby (Editor), John D Young (Editor)

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Remembering Phyllis Roberts

At the 2018 IMSSS Symposium in Bristol, Anne Thayer shared her reminiscences of the Society’s founding Secretary, Phyllis Roberts, who had passed away earlier in the year. Phyllis had been an outstanding scholar and an even more superlative colleague and mentor to sermonists young and old, and Anne spoke for all of us in expressing our collective affection and sense of loss. The symposium was dedicated to Phyllis’s memory.

The link address is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZUTXCuirb7w