The Société Guilhem IX seeks to disseminate information about Occitan, Provençal, and Langue d’Oc of the medieval and the modern periods, to facilitate communication among scholars interested in these subjects, and to encourage the study of the language, literature, and culture of southern France.
The group draws its name from that of the first troubadour whose works are extant: Guilhem de Peiteus (1071-1127), sixth Count of Poitiers and ninth Duke of Aquitaine.
In May of each year, the Société sponsors sessions at the International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University. The annual Business Meeting takes place at the Congress, and a members’ dinner is held in one of the better local restaurants.
TENSO: Bulletin of the Société Guilhem IX (ISSN 0890-3352) appears annually. It publishes articles on any aspect of Occitan studies, including literature, language, linguistics, and music, and prints scholarly essays, critical editions, translations, original verse in Occitan, book reviews, announcements, and bibliographical information. While English is the primary language, it also accepts items in French, Occitan, Catalan, Spanish, Italian, and German.
TENSO is accessible through the on-line service, Project MUSE.