Call for papers

The Medieval and Renaissance Studies Consortium announces its second annual colloquium, an academic conference for undergraduates from participating Michigan colleges and universities.

Saturday, April 8, 2017
Hosted by Calvin College
Grand Rapids, MI

Undergraduate students at participating institutions are invited to submit abstracts of papers on any topic in medieval and Renaissance studies. Abstracts will be reviewed by a committee from the participating colleges, and students whose papers are accepted will present their work at the conference in the spring.

Generally, students submit abstracts based on major research papers they are writing or have written for a college course, usually in literature, history, art history, religious studies, or philosophy. Students then revise the paper for presentation at the conference.

The version of the paper presented should be no more than 15 minutes long (usually about 8 double-spaced manuscript pages), and should present original scholarship.

Abstracts should be limited to 200 words and are due January 16, 2017. Please email them to Prof. Debra Rienstra ( and mention the professor for whom you wrote the paper.

For advice on preparing an excellent abstract, and an example, see here.


Campus contacts

Students submit abstracts through the contact people at their respective institutions:
Consortium institutionContact person
Adrian CollegeRobin Bott
Albion CollegeIan MacInness
Alma CollegeDana Aspinall
Calvin College Debra Rienstra
Grand Valley State UniversityJo Miller
Hope CollegeCurtis Gruenler
Kalamazoo CollegeAmy Smith
Olivet CollegeKirk Hendershott-Kraetzer
Saint Mary’s CollegeChristopher Cobb
Wayne State UniversitySimone Chess
Western Michigan UniversityMargaret Dupuis


About the first colloquium

The consortium held its first colloquium in April 2009 at Adrian college.

This piece from Alma College describes the origins of the consortium.

This piece gives the perspective of students and faculty at Adrian College, which hosted the colloquium.

The Medieval and Renaissance Studies Consortium is a group of professors from eleven Michigan colleges who are committed to providing opportunities for undergraduate research in Medieval and Renaissance studies.