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Annual Marco Symposium

The annual Marco Symposium is held every year in late March or early April. The Symposium brings 10 leading experts in their field to the University of Tennessee for two days of talks on that year’s theme. A round-table discussion by all the participants concludes the weekend.

The Symposium is Marco’s signature event of the year, and typically attracts members of the larger Knoxville community in addition to students and faculty at UT and scholars from across the region. The theme of the Symposium changes each year. Faculty who are interested in submitting a proposal should contact

2020 Symposium: “Visions of the End”

Friday & Saturday
April 3-4
Great Room, International House (1623 Melrose Ave.)
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

John of Patmos writing down his visions of the Apocalypse, c. 1400-1405 (Philadelphia Free Library, Lewis E M 8:13b)

The 17th annual Marco Symposium will explore the theme of Apocalypse. During the course of two days, eleven leading scholars will discuss medieval and Renaissance responses to the Book of Revelation written by John of Patmos. Completed around 100 C.E., John’s Book of Revelation anticipates a final judgment by analyzing such foreboding precursors as terrifying beasts and natural disasters. Recoiling from frightful threats and aspiring for eternal salvation, medieval and Renaissance writers and artists balanced fears about the final days with promises of renewal.

This year’s Symposium is presented in conjunction with the “Visions of the End, 1000-1600” museum exhibition at McClung Museum of Art.

Program Information:

*Detailed program forthcoming

Featured Speakers:

  • Richard Emmerson (Florida State University) – keynote speaker
  • Laura Ackerman-Smoller (University of Rochester)
  • Robert Bast (UTK)
  • Kathryne Beebe (University of North Texas)
  • Jennifer Feltman (University of Alabama)
  • Mayte Green-Mercado (Rutgers University-Newark)
  • Jennifer Jahner (Cal Tech)
  • Benjamin Saltzman (University of Chicago)
  • Stephen Shoemaker (University of Oregon)
  • Brett Whalen (University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill)
  • Roger Wieck (The Morgan Museum)

Registration Information:

The Marco Symposium is free and open to the public.

There is no official registration required, but it would help us to know that you are planning to come so that we can get a better head count and can print you a name tag. Please email our Program Coordinator, Dr. Katie Hodges-Kluck, at

Lodging for the 2020 Symposium:


Guest Parking Information:

Visitor parking is located in the Volunteer Hall Garage (1545 White Ave.). Further details about UT visitor parking are available at the Parking & Transit Services website.

Free street parking is available in the neighborhoods around campus (e.g. Fort Sanders), but cannot be guaranteed. Guests can also get to campus via the free trolley from downtown.

The campus map is available online here.

2019 Marco Symposium
Death and Dying in Medieval Judaism, Christianity, and Islam
2018 Marco Symposium

Navigating Language in the Early Islamic World


2017 Marco Symposium

Carolingian Experiments

2016 Marco Symposium
Rome: Beyond the Discourse of Renewal
2015 Marco Symposium
‘Cry Havoc!’: War, Diplomacy and Conspiracy in the Middle Ages and Renaissance
2014 Marco Symposium
Reconceiving Pre-Modern Spaces
2012 Marco Symposium
Grounding the Book: Readers, Writers, and Places in the Pre-Modern World
2011Symposium 2011 Marco Symposium
Gardens, Real and Imagined
2010Symposium 2010 Marco Symposium
The Building Blocks of France
2009Symposium 2009 Marco Symposium
Humanism and Its Economies
2007Symposium 2007 Marco Symposium
Saints & Citizens: Religion and Politics in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance
2006Symposium 2006 Marco Symposium
The Book of Travels: Genre, Ethnology, Pilgrimage from 1250-1650

2005Symposium 2005 Marco Symposium
Interactions and Images: Cultural Contacts Across Eurasia, 600-1600

2004Symposium 2004 Marco Symposium
Spectacle and Public Performance in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance

2003Symposium 2003 Marco Symposium

Books and Readers in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance

2002Symposium 2002 Marco Symposium

Scripture and Pluralism: The Study of the Bible in the Sectarian Worlds of the Middle Ages and Renaissance