Publications series of Medieval Institute Publications of Western Michigan University provide a space for exploring what it has meant to be human through the ages, using literary, historical, and material sources and by employing innovative, popular, or interdisciplinary approaches. Our publications explore themes in the late-antique, medieval, and early modern periods on:
• Popular life – mundane, everyday, non-elite, vernacular, democratic
• Human emotions – love and hatred, beauty and disgust, etc.
• Human experience; definitions of "humanity" – strife and struggle, self-expression, personal achievement; living in community; survival in "natural" and built / engineered environments
• New bodies, forms, and media – the translation of human works / texts / artifacts into digital forms; the creation and survival of networks of human and non-human agents in premodern and modern cultures.
MIP publications are typically interdisciplinary and "edgy," in the sense of being cutting edge, or crossing disciplinary, geographical, or chronological boundaries.
MIP is MULTIdisciplinary | INTERNATIONAl | premodern
Humanities research plays a vital role in contemporary civic life and offers human and humane insights into today’s greatest challenges. Even so, the place of the humanities in education, in popular discourse, in politics, and in business is increasingly in question. Medieval Institute Publications is proud to take a stand for the humanities. We are committed to the expansion of humanistic study, inquiry, and discourse inside and outside of the university. We believe that humanities research should progress boldly, keeping pace with technological innovation, globalization, and democratization. We value a variety of established, new, and diverse voices in humanities research. We provide a platform for high-quality research that explores what it means and has meant to be human across cultures, continents, and eras. Research into the premodern world offers complex understandings of how cultural ideas, traditions, and practices are constructed, transferred, and disseminated among different agents and regions. Knowledge of the premodern past, in particular, helps us to contextualize contemporary debates about identity, integration, political legitimacy, creativity, and cultural dynamics. Understanding what it meant to be human in the premodern world is essential to understanding our present moment and our future trajectories. Current innovations in humanities research, employing digital tools for preservation, representation, and analysis, require us to return again to the earliest sources of our shared past, in the media and mentalities of the premodern world.
MIP University Press at Kalamazoo publishes monographs and thematically coherent collections across several series. It publishes journals and several series of affordable classroom texts for the Teaching Association for Medieval Studies (TEAMS).