Convivium: Medieval & Early Modern Studies

Siena Center for Medieval and Early Modern Studies


The name Convivium refers to a feast; a "banquet of the mind." In a pragmatic and practical world, it reminds us that learning at its best is not only functional, but is filled with joy and wonder.

Founded in 1999, Convivium is a multi-disciplinary, multi-cultural academic center focussed on the study of medieval and early modern life, in association with a range of departments and programs at Siena College. The Centerís activities cover a period roughly from 400 C.E., the fall of the Roman Empire, to 1700 C.E.

Convivium offers students the opportunity to do individual research and to take courses with faculty who are nationally active in medieval and early modern studies across a variety of disciplines.

Convivium also fosters a regional community of teacher-scholars, attracts visiting fellows and scholars to Siena, enriches Siena's Library, and sponsors an annual conference and a program of publications.