UF Program in Medieval and Early Modern Studies (MEMS in Mannheim): A Walking Tour of Imperial Europe from the Romans to the Present.

Summer B: A Walking History of Imperial Europe from the Romans to the Present
Note: one week later than the official Summer B!

2018 Program Fee TBA.
Write to Professor Hasty, hasty@ufl.edu, to be included in a list serve of interested students.


This Summer B study abroad program explores European cultural history as having been organized around and shaped by imperialism from the Romans to the present. This cultural history includes recent phases when European imperialism has been subsumed by or incorporated in different kinds of nationalisms. The best and worst “nation builders” have been Europeans themselves (and their cultural descendants): “best” in the sense of inventing nations as cultural constructions that are associated in different ways with increasing possibilities and standards of living; “worst” in the sense that nations in their ongoing articulation with imperialism, besides being forcefully imposed on many regions in Europe and throughout the world, have led to the destruction of entire populations and two World Wars. The vision of a united Europe emerged in the twentieth century as a post-national and post-imperial alternative to the destructive imperial underside of nation states. This program takes students on a walking tour of some of the most important cities associated with this imperial, national, and (attempted) post-imperial cultural history of Europe.


Students in good standing who have completed the first semester of their freshman year, and are at least 18 years of age. Students from other universities and community colleges are welcome to apply.

Academic Credits: As this is a UF program, credits taken can satisfy major, minor, and university requirements with prior approval. UF GPA credit will be granted for courses taken with UF faculty.

Transfer credit will be earned with courses taught by local instructors at the University of Mannheim.


The University of Florida’s Medieval and Early Modern Studies Abroad Program in Mannheim, Germany (close to Heidelberg) offers students the opportunity:

  • -to study and travel in Europe and earn six credits of upper-division Humanities credit.
  • -to explore the rich political, literary, and artistic history of Medieval Germany during the age of the Holy Roman Empire in MEM 3730H, “Explorations of the Holy Roman Empire,” offered in English. MEM 3730H can be cross-listed for credit in History or German Studies.
  • -to take a one-credit Introduction to “Everyday German” (no pre-requisites), based on self-study and occasional class meetings with a Mannheim instructor for review purposes, thus providing students a convenient way to acquire some basic German language skills while in Germany.
  • -to complete an independent study project in a MEMS area of interest to the student’s interests and/or professional goals (MEM 4905H) under the supervision of the MEMS in Mannheim faculty.


  • The “Walking History of Imperial Europe” involves excursions to Trier – with the basilica of Constantine and other ancient buildings – where the Roman Empire first became “Holy”; to Aachen, home of Charlemagne and the Carolingian renovatio of the Roman Empire; to the Free Imperial Cities of Worms and Speyer on the Rhine river with their rich Jewish and Christian cultural heritage, and to other sites of interest in the historical Palatinate; to Nuremberg, where the Holy Roman Empire intersects with Hitler’s infamous “Third Reich”; and, finally, to Strasbourg, straddling the territories of former national rivals Germany and France and current seat of the European Union.
  • Program includes a regional transportation ticket that enables wide-ranging independent regional travel extending from Bavaria to France. Independent travel on the weekends is encouraged!


Students will be housed in dormitories of the University of Mannheim. The space in this program is limited and applications are considered on a space-available basis, so please apply early.

Contact Information

  • UFIC Study Abroad Advisor: Aaron Watkins – awatkins90@gmail.com.
  • Program Director/Instructor in 2018: Will Hasty, Professor of German and Medieval and Early Modern Studies, Co-Director, UF Center for Medieval and Early Modern Studies – hasty@ufl.edu