Σάββατο, 27 Φεβρουαρίου 2010

Medieval related Conferences for March 2010

1–2 March 2010. "Seeing Voices," the 6th annual MANCASS postgraduate conference will be held in the historic John Rylands Library, in Manchester, England.
How do we evaluate early medieval visual and material cultures? How do we 'see', via art and artefacts, the multivalent voices of the Anglo-Saxon world? This interdisciplinary postgraduate conference aims to explore and interpret the contribution made by Anglo-Saxon artwork and material objects to the various cultural discourses of the era - involving ideas about family, gender, religion and belief, nationhood and identity. It also seeks to address the issue of how the multi-disciplinary voices of researchers in Anglo-Saxon studies can speak effectively to each other.
The conference links with the Toller Memorial lecture and also includes Interdisciplinary Research Master Classes with Prof. Catherine Karkov (University of Leeds) and Prof. Gale Owen-Crocker (University of Manchester).
Call for papers: Twenty-minute papers from postgraduate students are invited for submission that explore how we interpret image and object as discursive media. Presentations of research that challenge the discreteness of Anglo-Saxon literature, art and artefact are particularly encouraged. Please send abstracts of no more than 250 words, to arrive by 18 December 2009.
Contact: Melissa Markauskas (melissa.markauskas@postgrad.manchester.ac.uk).


Medieval Association of the Pacific

5–6 March 2010. The annual meeting of the Medieval Association of the Pacific (MAP), hosted by the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington. Call for Papers: The Program Committee invites proposals for individual 20-minute papers in any area of medieval studies, as well as organized sessions of three 20-minute papers. Abstracts and session proposals should be submitted using our online system. Just click Submit General Session Abstract or Submit Organized Session Proposal on the MAP home page (http://www.csun.edu/english/map09/). The deadline for abstracts and organized session proposals is 15 October 2009. Conference registration (not yet available) will also work through the MAP web site. Take note: Participants will only be able to register for the conference if they are logged in. That is, they must be fully-paid ("active") members of MAP. 

Conference Program


Registration and Opening Reception: 5:30-7:00 pm -- Wyatt Hall Atrium


Registration 8:00 am - 4:00 pm -- Kilworth Chapel Lobby

Coffee Service: 8:00-9:00 am -- Kilworth Chapel Lounge

Session I -- 9:00 - 10:30 am
1. Sacred Portraits, Sacred Images -- Wyatt 109
 Chair: Linda Williams, University of Puget Sound
The Imago Pietatis: Origins-Influences-Forms
Ermioni Karachaliou, University of Manchester
Birmingham (U.K), Peckover Gr. 7: A Twelfth Century Greek Gospel Book with Later Additions
Kathleen Maxwell, Santa Clara University
Once Again about the Toufa
Diana Gilliland Wright, Independent Scholar
2. Law and Literacy -- Library Shelmidine Room (290)
 Chair: Greta G. Austin, University of Puget Sound
Who Owns the Land? How did we Get it?
John-Hilary Joseph Martin, Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology
Put in His Place: the Medieval English Attorney at “Home” in 1329
Arlene M Sindelar, University of British Columbia
The Literate Rebels of St Albans in 1381
James Thomas Bennett, The Ohio State University
3. Love and Sexuality -- Library Misner Room (127)
 Chair: Henry Ansgar Kelly, UCLA
When I was in my Tender Adolescence: Guibert of Nogent and the Trials of Virginity
Karen Cheatham, University of Toronto/University of Puget Sound
Patterns of Love in the Twelfth Century: the Vision of Aelred of Rievaulx and Marie de France
Elizabeth Walsh, Uiversity of San Diego
The Uncourtly Lovers of Havelok the Dane: A Mirror for Merchants
Jane Alison Minogue, California State University, Northridge
4. Chaucer I: The Clerk's Tale -- Library McCormick Room (303)
 Chair: Siân Echard, University of British Columbia
Coming to Terms with the Clerk’s Tale
John M. Fyler, Tufts University
Is Chaucer’s Griselda Immaterial?
Maria Bullon-Fernandez, Seattle University
The Good Griselda
Patricia Rasmussen, Eastern Washington University
5. Silences and Gaps: The Missing Monsters -- Library Presentation Room (020)
Organizer: Asa Simon Mittman, Chico State University and MEARCSTAPA
 Chair: Marcus Hensel, University of Oregon
Maps without Monsters
Asa Simon Mittman, Chico State University
Re-Membering Monsters: The Nature of Traits in Wolfram’s Parzival
Laurynn Lowe, Independent Scholar
Monster Esthetics, Material Monsters: Representing and Presenting Monsters in the Libro del conosçimiento de todos los reinos, manuscript Z
Heather Bamford, University of California at Berkeley

Break and Coffee Service: 10:30-11:00 am -- Kilworth Chapel Lounge and Wyatt 109

Session II -- 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
6. Dante, Petrarch, Boccaccio -- Library McCormick Room (303)
 Chair: Michael Curley, University of Puget Sound
Dante and the Debate on Virtue
Stan Benfell, Brigham Young University
The Crescendo of Love: Iconic Bernard as Guide through Dante’s Paradise
Marjory E. Lange, Western Oregon University
The Two Humanisms of Boccaccio and Petrarch
Karen Elizabeth Gross, Lewis & Clark College
7. Mysticism East and West -- Library Presentation Room (020)
 Chair: David Tinsley, University of Puget Sound
Violence and Love in the Mystical Visions by Mechthild von Magdeburg and Marguerite de Porete
Albrecht Classen, University of Arizona
Straws, Rings, and Embraces: The Intercession of the Saints and Union with Christ
Anna Harrison, Loyola Marymount University
Indo-Persian Islamic Mysticism: The Case of Gisudaraz
Firoozeh Papan-Matin, University of Washington
8. Middle English Literature I -- Library Misner Room (127)
 Chair: Jason M. Herman, University of Arizona
Accounting for Bureaucracy in the Ancrene Wisse Hagiographies
Cara Michelle Hersh, University of Portland
Playing with Chance in Three Medieval Dice Poems
Serina Patterson, University of Victoria
Citation and Conversion in the Middle English Sultan of Babylon
Anne Laskaya, University of Oregon
9. History and the Writing of History -- Library Shelmidine Room (290)
 Chair: Blair Sullivan, UCLA
Responses to the Plague in Early Medieval Europe
Peter Davidson Diehl, Western Washington University
Geoffroi de Courlon: A View from the Periphery
Chris Jones, University of Canterbury
Between Pilgrimage and Conquest: The Audiences and Generic Horizons of Gerald of Wales’s Itinerarium Kambriae
Michael A. Faletra, Portland State University / Reed College
10. Art and Cultural Exchange -- Wyatt 109
 Chair: Diliana N. Angelova, University of California at Berkeley
Armenian Frescoes in Famagusta Cyprus
Justine M Andrews, University of New Mexico
High-Medieval Encounters: The Role of Drawings
Ludovico Geymonat, University of California, Davis
The Ziza: Christians in a Muslim Guise
Erin Culver Giffin, University of Washington

Lunch: 12:30-2:00 pm -- Kilworth Chapel Lounge

Session III -- 2:00 - 3:10 pm
11. Plenary Address -- Kilworth Chapel Main Hall
 Chair: Michael Curley, University of Puget Sound
Aristocratic Power and the Natural World: Reshaping the Landscape at Hesdin, c. 1300
Sharon Farmer, University of California, Santa Barbara

Break and Coffee Service: 3:10-3:45 pm -- Wyatt 101, 109, 301, 308, 313

Session IV -- 3:45 - 5:30 pm
12. Old English Poetry -- Wyatt 308
 Chair: Paul Remley, University of Washington
In the Phoenix’s Paradise: The Legacy of the Celtic Otherworld in the Old English poem The Phoenix
Christopher Jeremiah Janus, Western Washington University
The Old English Advent Lyrics: From Exile to Eulogy
Heather C. Maring, Arizona State University
The Anglo-Saxon Reception of the Moralia: Hero and Exile in Gregory the Great’s Depiction of Job
Karl Arthur Erik Persson, University of British Columbia
Images of Enclosure in The Seafarer and The Wanderer
Keri Wolf, University of California, Davis
13. Masculinity and Sexuality -- Wyatt 313
 Chair: Katherine Allen Smith, University of Puget Sound
Representations of Femininity and the Presentation of Masculinity in von Aue’s “Der arme Heinrich”
Seth Alexander Berk, University of Washington
Armor Makes the Man: Virginity, Saintliness and the Ultimate Medieval Masculinity
Katherine Michelle Coty, University of Washington
Homoagapic, Homoerotic, and Everything In Between: Depictions of Love and Affection Among Men in Dante’s Divine Comedy
Justin Dylan Brock, Willamette University
14. Performance -- Wyatt 109
 Chair: Peter Greenfield, University of Puget Sound
“Turning th’ Accomplishment of Many Years Into an Hour Glass:” Henry V and Shakespeare’s Choral Historian
Christina Lynn Gutierrez, University of Texas at Austin
The Interrelation of Music and Liturgy: The Case of Meditation Chants
William Peter Mahrt, Stanford University
The Dean of Amiens Cathedral Interviews the Master Sculptor
Georgia Sommers Wright, Institute for Historical Study
15. Philosophy and Spirituality -- Wyatt 101
 Chair: George Hardin Brown, Stanford University
“There is No Reason to Take Recourse to Our Glorious God”: Nicole Oresme and Naturalistic Explanations of Religious Visions in Fourteenth-Century Paris
Andrew Michael Fogleman, University of Southern California
Transcendentia and the Harmony of Mind and World in Aquinas
Caery A. Evangelist, University of Portland
Nature and the Academic Pilgrim in St. Bonaventure’s Soul’s Journey Into God
Wendy Petersen-Boring, Willamette University
16. Gower and the Gower Project -- Wyatt 301
Organizer: Georgiana Donavin, Westminster College
 Chair: Georgiana Donavin, Westminster College
Gower and Langland
Michael Calabrese, California State University, Los Angeles
New Readers in the Early Audiences of Chaucer and Gower
Lynn Arner, Brock University
Hypertext, Cloning and Gower
Eve Salisbury, Western Michigan University

Banquet: 7:00-10:00 pm -- C.I. Shenanigans, 3017 Ruston Way, Tacoma


Registration: 8:00-9:00 am -- Wyatt Hall Atrium

Coffee Service: 8:00-9:00 am -- Wyatt Hall Atrium

Session V -- 9:00 am -10:30 am
17. War -- Wyatt 109
 Chair: Richard Unger, University of British Columbia
Monastic Perspectives on the Conversion of Warriors to the Religious Life, ca. 1000-1200
Katherine Allen Smith, University of Puget Sound
After the Crusade: Popular Resistance to the Papacy in the Thirteenth Century
Nathan Adam Daniels, San Francisco State University
Chaucer and Augustinian Just War Theory
Jennifer Arch, Washington University in St Louis
18. Encounters with the Other -- Wyatt 101
 Chair: Kirsten M. Christensen, Pacific Lutheran University
Encounters with the Other in Medieval German Literature
David Tinsley, University of Puget Sound
The Places Between: Hybridity and Identity in Medieval Travel Narratives
Dianne Margaret Evanochko, University of Rochester
Slaying the Tripartite Beast: The Movement Toward Charity in The Turke and Sir Gawain
Kyle Timothy Gustafson, University of Northern Colorado
19. Romance and Rhetoric: A Presentation of Essays in Honour of Dhira B. Mahoney -- Wyatt 301
Organizer: Georgiana Donavin, Westminster College
 Chair: Anita Obermeier, University of New Mexico
The Light of the Virgin Muse in Anglo-Latin Meditative Poetry
Georgiana Donavin, Westminster College
Rhetoric and Reception in Machaut’s “Je Maudi”
Phyllis Brown, Santa Clara University
Malory’s and the Vulgate Quest’s Grail of Fertility and Sterility
Anita Obermeier, University of New Mexico
20. Middle English Literature II -- Wyatt 307
 Chair: Denise Despres, University of Puget Sound
Christ’s Speech and the Power of the Word: The Life of the Virgin Mary and the Christ
Barbara Zimbalist, University of California, Davis
The Body of Christ and The Body of (Biblical) Texts: Julian of Norwich’s Eighth Showing of Jesus on the Cross
Jonathan Juilfs, University of Notre Dame
Playing Passion, and Playing Jews
Agatha Hansen, Queens University
21. Irish, Welsh, and Norse Literature -- Wyatt 313
 Chair: Karen Cheatham, University of Toronto/University of Puget Sound
Men of Action, Women of Wit: Gender as Characterisation in the Four Branches of the Mabinogi
Kit R.L. Kapphahn, Aberystwyth University
God in a Body: Loki’s Inescapable Corporeality in Snorri Sturleson’s The Prose Edda
Jennie Rebecca Friedrich, Western Washington University
Divine Deformity: The Plinian Races (via Isidore of Seville) in Irish Mythology
Phillip Andrew Bernhardt-House, Columbia College, NAS Whidbey Campus and Naval Station Everett/Marysville College

Break and Coffee Service, 10:30-11:00 am -- Wyatt Hall Atrium

Session VI -- 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
22. Byzantine Art and Architecture -- Wyatt 109
 Chair: Kathleen Maxwell, Santa Clara University
The Jewels of Diplomacy: Pearls and Pearled Objects in the Late Antique and Early Islamic Middle East
Joel Walker, University of Washington
“Knead your devotion with this affirmation of faith”: the Mosaics of San Vitale and the Promotion of Justinianic Belief
Andrew Griebeler, University of Puget Sound
The Portico of the Empress Theodora
Diliana N. Angelova, University of California, Berkeley
Shifts in Byzantine Attitudes toward Pagan Imagery in Female Bodily Adornment
Alicia Wilcox Walker, Washington University in St Louis
23. English Vernacularities -- Wyatt 301
 Chair: Colette Moore, University of Washington
Foreign Language: Beowulf, Etymological Style, and the Uncanny
Matthew Thomas Hussey, Simon Fraser University
Lemmatizing the Old English Corpus
Scott Kleinman, California State University, Northridge
The Englishness of the Wycliffite Bibles
Henry Ansgar Kelly, UCLA
24. Old French Corporal Identities -- Wyatt 308
 Chair: Carol Harding, Western Oregon University
Thirst, Fire and Water: Desire and Empire in Old French Literature
Sandra Louise Evans, University of Puget Sound
This is not my Body: Understanding Transcendent Desire in Rutebeuf’s La vie de sainte Marie l’Egyptienne
Brody Dean Smith, University of California, Davis
Cycling through Spaces and Identities in Chrétien de Troyes’s Yvain
Heather Herrick Jennings, University of California, Davis
25. Crusades -- Wyatt 204
 Chair: Peter Diehl, Western Washington University
The (Un)Spoken Speech of 1095: Textual Complications and the First Crusade
Danielle N. Magnusson, University of Washington
An excitatorium for the Third Crusade: the Libellus de expugnatione Terrae Sanctae per Saladinum
John Henry Pryor, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Sydney
Fall of the Angeloi: How the 1204 Siege of Constantinople Led to the End of Empire
Gwendolyn Lea Perkins, Northcentral University, Washington State Historical Society
26. Sanctity and Devotion -- Wyatt 307
 Chair: Theresa Marie Earenfight, Seattle University
Reforming Self or Society? Omobono of Cremona, Raimondo ’Palmerio’ of Piacenza and the Beginnings of Lay Sanctity in the Italian Communes
Mary Harvey Doyno, Columbia University
Aelred of Rievaulx’s Life of Saint Edward, King and Confessor and the Seven Holy Sleepers of Ephesus
Kevin Padraic Roddy, University of California, Davis
Religion in Don Juan Manuel: Faith, Loyalty and Ambition
Maria Cecilia Ruiz, University of San Diego
27. The Pearl Poet -- Wyatt 101
 Chair: Michael Calabrese, California State University, Los Angeles
Labors of Love: “Crafte” in Cleanness and Piers Plowman
Elizabeth Schirmer, New Mexico State University
The First Shall be the Last: The Pearl and Equality in New Jerusalem
Blair Michelle Citron, University of California, Davis
Hit Is To Dere a Date: Pearl’s Parable of the Vineyard and the Rhetoric of Ricardian Kingship
David Kennedy Coley, Simon Fraser University

Lunch: 12:30-1:50 pm -- Kilworth Chapel Lounge

Session VII -- 1:50 - 3:00 pm
28. Plenary Address -- Wheelock Center Rasmussen Rotunda
 Chair: Kriszta Kotsis, University of Puget Sound
The Hand of God and the Hand of the Scribe
Jeffrey F. Hamburger, Harvard University

MAP Business Meeting: 3:00-3:30 pm -- Wheelock Center Rasmussen Rotunda

Break and Coffee Service: 3:00-3:45 pm -- Wyatt Hall Atrium

Session VIII -- 3:45 - 5:30 pm
29. Perceptions of Powerful Women -- Wyatt 109
 Chair: Sandra Louise Evans, University of Puget Sound
The Bad Witch
Logan Dale Greene, Eastern Washington University
The Strange Case of Adela of Blois
Kimberly Anne Klimek, Metropolitan State College of Denver
Honor-informed Knightly Transgressions and ’Gender Trouble’ in the Nibelungenlied
Brikena Ribaj, The Ohio State University
The Childless Queen: Maria of Castile (1401-48)
Theresa Marie Earenfight, Seattle University
30. Medievalism and Modern Translation -- Wyatt 204
 Chair: Jane Minogue, California State University, Northridge
“A singularly delightful picture-book”: Reading medieval books in modern pictures
Siân Echard, University of British Columbia
The Ugly Mother
Shannon Genzone, Eastern Washington University
The Modern Translations of Saint Gerald of Aurillac
Mathew Kuefler, San Diego State University
The Ministry of Women: The 1920 Lambeth Conference and Modern Perceptions of the Double Monastery
Thomas Cramer, University of Washington
31. Chaucer II: Self-Representation -- Wyatt 101
 Chair: Miceal Vaughan, University of Washington
When Mary becomes Eve: The Legend of Good Women and the Demise of Dido
Joanna Shearer, Nevada State College
Chaucerian (Im)potence: The Poetic and Empirical ’We’
Heather Ann Ritzer, Simon Fraser University
Chaucer’s Retraction: Examining the Case for Disavowal
Jason M. Herman, University of Arizona
Picturing Chaucer: Comic Philosophy Embodied in Thomas Hoccleve’s Regiment of Princes
Melinda Nielsen, University of Notre Dame
32. Translations of Antiquity -- Wyatt 301
 Chair: David Lupher, University of Puget Sound
Mightier than the Sword: Translatio as Conquest in the Roman de Troie
Alissandra Paschkowiak, Whitworth University
Amity and Profitability: Rereading Cicero in the Middle Ages
John Garrison, University of California, Davis
Ecclesiasticus classicus: The De Roma Poems of Hildebert of Lavardin
Cynthia White, University of Arizona
33. Naming, Knowing and Remembering Monsters -- Wyatt 307
Organizer: Asa Simon Mittman, Chico State University and MEARCSTAPA
 Chair: Asa Simon Mittman, Chico State University
Can the Monster Speak?: Silence and the Grendelkin’s Status as Monsters
Marcus Hensel, University of Oregon
The Monstrous and Modified Heroism in Beowulf
John Hill, US Naval Academy
Wulfstan’s Werewolf
Joyce Lionarons, Ursinus College
34. Contemporary Critical Approaches -- Wyatt 313
 Chair: Anne Laskaya, University of Oregon
“I have ordained you to be a mirror”: Margery Kempe’s Psycho-religious Quest for Self
Claudia Yaghoobi Massihi, University of California, Santa Barbara
Julian of Norwich’s Queer Text and Transgender Jesus
Lisa Manter, Saint Mary's College of California, and Stephanie Miller, Saint Mary's College of California
From Sinner to Saint to Symptom: A Lacanian Approach to the Digby Manuscript of Mary Magdalene
Joshua Michael Cohen, University of Northern Colorado
“Words that emanate from a living heart”: Henry Suso’s Vita and an audio-book as a means for teaching and research
Hildegard Elisabeth Keller, Indiana University
35. Medieval Visuals in the Pacific Northwest -- Kittredge Gallery
 Chair: Kriszta Kotsis, University of Puget Sound
Modern Icons: A North-West Painter Responds to the Medieval Tradition
Lisa Sweet, Evergreen State College
The Medieval Bible of the Tacoma Public Library
Michael Curley, University of Puget Sound
The Medieval Portland Project
Anne McClanan, Portland State University

Closing Reception: 5:30-7:00 pm -- Wyatt Hall Atrium


11–13 March 2010. The ninth annual Vagantes Graduate Student Conference will be held at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, Affiliated with the Medieval Academy's Graduate Student Committee, Vagantes is an annual traveling conference for graduate students studying any aspect of the Middle Ages. Its goals include fostering a sense of community among junior medievalists, providing a forum for interdisciplinary scholarship, and showcasing the resources of the host institution. To make the conference available to as many graduate students as possible, expenses are kept to a minimum. There is no registration fee, and social events such as receptions and the banquet are free to participants. The conference at UNM is partially funded by the University of New Mexico Graduate & Professional Student Association (GPSA) Projects Committee.
The conference will include twenty-four papers presented by graduate students in all areas of medieval studies. In addition, two keynote lectures are given by faculty members. The opening keynote for 2010 will be delivered by Timothy Graham, director of the Institute for Medieval Studies and Professor of History at the University of New Mexico. Call for papers: abstracts for twenty-minute papers are invited from graduate students working on any medieval topic. In keeping with the mission of Vagantes to advance interdisciplinary studies, submissions are encouraged in, but are not limited to, Art History, Manuscript Studies, History, Literature, Musicology, Religious Studies, and Philosophy. E-mail a brief c.v. and abstract of no more than 300 words by 9 October 2009 to Marisa Sikes, Dept. of English Language and Literature, Univ. of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM 87131 (msikes@unm.edu; http://www.vagantesconference.org). 


All Events will take place in Student Union Building (SUB) Ballroom A unless otherwise noted.

Thursday, 11 March

7:00-9:00PM Welcome Reception at O’Neill’s on Central

Friday, 12 March

8:00-9:30AM Registration and Breakfast

9:30-9:40AM Welcome Remarks

9:40-11:00AM Session I: Intellectual Debate, and Reform in Female Cloisters
Hrothsvita and the Women of Gandersheim: Modernity in the Tenth Century
Judy Spence, University of Maryland
Effective Piety: Deconstructing the Categories of Learning in the Twelfth Century
Sarah Spalding, Catholic University of America
Alien Cultures: Gender, Reform and Patronage in Late Medieval Germany
Jamie McCandless, Western Michigan University
11:00-11:20AM Break

11:20AM-12:40PM Session II: Creating Meaning with the Oral, the Visual, and the Verbal
'The Venym of Faueles Tonge': Modes of Oral Discourse and Textual Authority in Hoccleve's Autobiographical Poems
Danielle Bradley, University of Connecticut
Rewriting the Bayeux Tapestry: Baudri de Bourgueil’s Adelae Comitissae
Daniel Perett, University of Notre Dame
On Public Reading of Vernacular Literature in the Fifteenth Century
Hélène Haug, Université catholique de Louvain
12:40-2:20PM Lunch, not provided. See Registration packet for food options in SUB and nearby

2:20-3:40PM Session III: Imagining the Other in the Middle Ages
Slouching Towards Exegesis: Critical Approaches to The Siege of Jerusalem as Myth
Aaron Mercier, Ohio State University
Eschatology and Cosmology in the Illustrations of the Liber Floridus of Lambert of Saint-Omer
Elizabeth Woodward, Florida State University
A Phenomenological Reading of the Dead Whore of Babylon in Medieval Apocalypses
Nadia Pawelchak, Florida State University
3:40-4:00PM Coffee Break

4:00-5:20PM Session IV: Re-imagining & Re-approaching Medieval Texts & Concepts
'I Charge You, Daughters of Jerusalem': The Venerable Bede, the Song of Songs, and the Work of the Church
Hannah Matis, University of Notre Dame
Found in Translation: Medieval Translation Movements and the Rise of Hebrew Science in Provence
Eugene Smelyansky, University of California-Irvine
Mechthild of Hackeborn and the Kitchen God 
Donna Ray, University of New Mexico
5:30-6:30 Keynote Address:
“Antiquaries, Anglicans, and Anglo-Saxonists: Redeeming the Middle Ages in Early Modern England”
Timothy Graham, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of New Mexico, in SUB Santa Ana A&B

6:30-7:30PM Keynote Reception in SUB Scholars

Saturday, 13 March

8:00-9:30AM Registration and Breakfast

9:40-11:00AM Session V: Saints: Altering Perspectives
The Continental Short Recension of Adomnan's Vita Sancti Columbae: Its Origins and Redactions
Caitlin Murphy, Western Michigan University
Visual Faculty, Bodily Healing: Hieronymus Bosch’s Lisbon Temptation of St. Anthony
Nicole Conti, University of Texas-Austin
The Role of Bernard of Clairvaux in the Annulment of the Marriage of Louis VII and Eleanor of Aquitaine
Maria Wagner, Loyola University of Chicago
11:00-11:20AM Break

11:20AM-12:40PM Session VI: Textual and Material Patterns in the Middle Ages
Presider: Julia Finch, University of Pittsburgh
Cosmo-Coporeal-Cartography: Remapping the Medieval Body in the Works of Opicinus de Canistris
Peter Bovenmyer, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Image and the Pearl of Greatest Price
Kerilyn Harkaway-Krieger, Indiana University
Coin a Proverb: Inventive Paremiology in Minnesang
Adam Oberlin, University of Minnesota
12:40-2:00PM General Meeting with provided lunch

2:00-3:20PM Session VII: Medieval Structures: Breaking Up, Propping Up, and Putting Back Together
Confessing Desire:  Bending the Discourse of Inquisition towards Dissent in the Occitan Romance Flamenca
Christine Moreno, Ohio State University
Per Visibilia Invisibilia: Caryatidic Metaphors and Experience in the Hours of Jeanne d’Evreux
Shaun Wright, Florida State University
Human Rights, Authority, and Concilarism in the Late Medieval Church
Katherine Meyers, University of New Mexico
3:20-3:40PM Coffee Break

3:40-5:00PM Session VIII: Roots & Origins
Presider: Ketievia Segovia, University of New Mexico
"Anglo-Saxon Echoes of Feud and Family: The Sister’s Son in Malory’s Morte Darthur"
Bram Cleaver, University of New Mexico
Giotto’s St. Francis: Whence the Chariot?
Mithuiel Barnes, University of Louisville
Wulfstan and the Widows
Ben Reinhard, University of Notre Dame
5:00-6:00PM Keynote Address:
“Jewish History, Medieval Persecution, and Shifting Ethical Paradigms in Modern Scholarship”
Hannah Johnson, Dept. of English, University of Pittsburgh, in SUB Santa Ana A&B

6:00-7:00PM Keynote Reception in SUB Scholars

7:00-9:00PM Banquet and Closing Remarks

  The seventeenth biennial New College Conference on Medieval and Renaissance Studies

11–13 March 2010. The seventeenth biennial New College Conference on Medieval and Renaissance Studies will take place in Sarasota, Florida. The conference will be held on the campus of New College of Florida, the honors college of the Florida state system. The college, located on Sarasota Bay, is adjacent to the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, which will offer tours arranged for conference participants. Sarasota is noted for its beautiful public beaches, theater, art and music. The average temperatures in March are a pleasant high of 77F (25C) and a low of 57F (14C).
Call for papers: the program committee invites one-page abstracts of proposed twenty-minute papers on topics in European and Mediterranean history, literature, art, and religion from the fourth to the seventeenth centuries. Interdisciplinary work is particularly appropriate to the conference's broad historical and disciplinary scope. Planned sessions are welcome. The deadline for abstracts is 1 October 2009.
More information will be posted on the conference website as it becomes available, including plenary speakers, conference events, and area attractions (http://faculty.ncf.edu/medievalstudies). Send inquiries and abstracts (email preferred, no attachments please) to Nova Myhill, Division of Humanities, New College of Florida, 5800 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota FL 34243 (nmyhill@ncf.edu).

2010 Program

The sixteenth biennial New College Conference on Medieval and Renaissance Studies will take place March 11–13, 2010, in Sarasota, Florida. The program that follows is correct as of 5 February 2010. Further details will be added as we ascertain them. Please check that your name and paper title are listed correctly and email any corrections to medren@ncf.edu. Many thanks, and we look forward to seeing you in March!
Except where noted, all conference events will be held in the Sudakoff Conference Center on the New College campus. 
—The Program Committee


Thursday, March 11th
9-10:30 am Sessions 1-5

10:45-12:15 pm Sessions 6-10

2:00-3:30 pm Sessions 11-15

3:45-5:15 pm Sessions 16-20
5:30-7:00 pm Conference Reception, College Hall
Friday, March 12th
9:00-10:30 am Sessions 21-25

10:45-12:30 pm Sessions 26-30

2:15-3:30 pm Plenary I: “Battles for Bodies: Preaching, Burying and Building in the Medieval Italian City”
Caroline Bruzelius, Duke University
4:00-5:30 pm Choice of Tours at the John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art
5:00-6:30 pm Reception, Ringling Museum
Saturday, March 13th
9:00-10:30 am Sessions 31-35

10:45-12 noon Plenary II: “Rereading the Complete Sermons: A New Direction for Donne Studies”
Lori Anne Ferrell, Claremont Graduate University

2:00-3:30 pm Sessions 36-40


Session 1: Renaissance Rome
Chair: Samantha Kelly, Rutgers University

Papal Ceremony as a Tool of State: Martin V, Eugenius IV, and the Legacy of Avignon
Elizabeth McCahill, University of Massachusetts, Boston
The SPQR and the Reassertion of Papal Rule in Renaissance Rome
Carrie Benes, New College of Florida
Built Form and Meaning in the Sixteenth Century: The Building Campaigns of Pope Sixtus V, Counter Reform Style and a Spanish Connection
Rosanna Mortillaro, University of Western Ontario
Session 2: Women and Art
Chair: Maureen Zaremba, John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art

From Annunciation to Visitation at Reims Cathedral: Medieval Women as Wives and as Mothers
Marian Bleeke, Cleveland State University
The Naked, the Nude, and the Downright Unfeminine: Figures of Eve in Renaissance Italy
Allison Morgan, Case Western Reserve University

Savoldo’s Magdalen and the Veil: Meaning and Material in Renaissance Venice
Charlotte Nichols, Seton Hall University
Session 3: Conversion, Compulsion and Confusion: Religious Culture in Late Medieval and Renaissance Europe
Organizer: Howard Louthan, University of Florida
Chair: Emily Graham, University of Central Florida

A Jew in the Margin: The Conversion Narrative in Medieval Culture
Nina Caputo, University of Florida
The Role of Compulsion in the Sacraments: The Forced Baptism of Aragonese Muslims, 1521-28
Ben Ehlers, University of Georgia
Humanism and Heterodoxy in Renaissance Poland: The Confusing Origins of Anti-Trinitarianism
Howard Louthan
Session 4: Early Modern Bodies, Sex, & Text
Chair: Miriam Wallace, New College of Florida

Setting Plato Straight: Sexuality and Medical Hermeneutics in the Renaissance
Todd W. Reeser, University of Pittsburgh
Dé-jà Wooing in Othello’s Venice and in Shakespeare's Sonnet 95
Barbara L. Estrin, Stonehill College
Session 5: Cross-Cultural Currents in Mediterranean Literature
Chair: Uzi Baram, New College of Florida

Representations of the Afterlife in Dante and the Islamic Mi’raj
Jean Hakes, Georgia Perimeter College, Clarkston
The Philosopher-Castaway from Medieval Andalusia to Modern Europe
Mahmoud Baroud, University of Sydney
Perché in Genoa al nido mio: Spiritual Colonialism in Tommaso Stigliani’s Il Mondo Nuovo
Mary Watt, University of Florida
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Session 6: Art in Renaissance Tuscany
Chair: Caroline Bruzelius, Duke University
Saints Matthew and Anthony Abbot as Franciscan Exemplars in the Cappella Migliorati, San Francesco (Prato)
Amber A. McAlister, University of Pittsburgh, Greensburg
Benvenuto di Giovanni’s Painted Prophets in Siena Cathedral
Timothy B. Smith, Birmingham-Southern College
Maiolica and Manuscripts in Renaissance Pesaro
Sarah Cartwright, Metropolitan Museum of Art
Session 7: High Medieval Saints and Mystics: Sources and Authorial Intent
Chair: Thomas McCarthy, New College of Florida

Saint’s Life as Soapbox: Authorial Self-Insertions and Asides in the Work of Jocelin of Furness
Lindsay Irvin, University of Toronto
A New Melody for Hildegard von Bingen’s Ordo virtutum
Matthew Steel, Western Michigan University
The Promise of Eternity: Love and Poetic Form in Hadewijch's Stanzaic Poems or Liederen
Steven Rozenski, Harvard University
Session 8: Learning and the Transformation of the Late Medieval City
Chair: David Scheffler, University of North Florida
The Sins of Urban Society in the Preaching of Blessed John Soreth
D. Henry Dieterich, Ann Arbor, MI
The Pied Piper of Hamelin, the Transformation of the Guild System, and the Journeymen's Story-telling
Ken Kurihara, Fordham University
Portrait of a Medieval Canon Lawyer: Heinrich of Saxony
Michael J. Alexander, Virginia Polytechnic Institute
Session 9: Contextualizing Marlowe
Organizer: Sara Munson Deats, University of South Florida
Chair: Flora Zbar, University of South Florida
Christopher Marlowe, University Wit
Robert A. Logan, University of Hartford
The Jew of Malta and the Development of City Comedy: “The Mean Passage of a History”
Sarah K. Scott, Mount St. Mary's University
Searching for Faustus: The Context of Marlowe’s Great Tragedy
Sara Munson Deats
Session 10: The Crossroads of Travel and Identity in the Medieval Mediterranean
Organizer: Tovah Bender, Agnes Scott College
Chair and Commentator: Kathryn L. Reyerson, University of Minnesota

Tarsiana’s Priestly Arts: Narration, Education, and Sacrament in the Libro de Apolonio
Matthew V. Desing, University of Texas, El Paso
On the Trail of Knowledge: Travel and Medical Education in the Middle Ages
Kira Robison, University of Minnesota
“Niccolaio of Lucca, Now of Florence”: Artisan Immigrants, Identity, and Social Networks
Tovah Bender
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Session 11: The Debate over Mary: Protestants, Catholics and Reform in Sixteenth-Century Italy
Organizer: Duane Osheim, University of Virginia
Chair: Konrad Eisenbichler, University of Toronto
Pier Paolo Vergerio and the Polemic over the Holy House of Loreto in Reformation Italy
Duane Osheim
Counter-Reformation Mary: Printed Miracle Books and the Defense of Marian Piety
David D’Andrea, Oklahoma State University
Protestants, Demons, and the Virgin: An Exorcist’s Defense of Marian Images
Sherri Franks Johnson, University of California, Riverside
Session 12: Renaissance Tombs
Chair: Scott Perry, University of South Florida, Sarasota–Manatee
“That’s Not Really What I Was Going For”: Rejected Commissions in Italian Renaissance Art
Colleen Halpin, Case Western Reserve University
The Monument to Doge Leonardo Loredan in Ss Giovanni e Paolo (Venice) as Power Play
Adrienne DeAngelis, Courtauld Institute
Eternity under the Arches: Leon Battista Alberti, Sigismondo Pandolfo Malatesta and the Façade of the Tempio Malatestiano
Mimi Ginsberg, University of Maryland
Session 13: Tudor/Stuart Culture: Rhetoric and its Contexts
Organizers: Natalie Mears, University of Durham, and John F. McDiarmid, New College of Florida
Chair: Scott Lucas, The Citadel
Education in Political Rhetoric in Early Modern English Grammar Schools
Markku Peltonen, University of Helsinki
Governance and Persuasion in Early Modern English Localities
Phil Withington, Cambridge University
Physic and Rhetoric in Early Modern England
Jennifer Richards, Newcastle University
Session 14: Shakespeares Imitations  I—In Honor of Professor Mark Taylor
Chair: Anthony DiMatteo, New York Institute of Technology

Imitation and Adaptation in The Two Noble Kinsmen
Joel N. Feimer, Mercy College
Troilus and Cressida in the Light of Day: Shakespeare Reading Chaucer
Daniel M. Murtaugh, Florida Atlantic University
Shakespeare Imitating Montaigne
Joseph B. Wagner, Kent State University
Session 15: Minority Voices in Late Antique Christianity
Organizer: Robert McEachnie, University of Florida
Chair: Susan Marks, New College of Florida

Jews as the Other “Race” in Fifth-Century Northern Italy
Robert McEachnie, University of Florida
“Can You Hear Her Now?”: The Woman's Voice in Patristic Literature
Amy Hughes, Wheaton College
Redeeming the Memory of an “Arian” Past: Representation of Mission in the Fifth Century
Anna Lankina-Webb, University of Florida
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Session 16: Rethinking and Rewriting the Past in the Italian Renaissance
Chair: Duane Osheim, University of Virginia
The Renaissance and the Print Revolution Reconsidered: The Case of Neapolitan Historiography
Samantha Kelly, Rutgers University
The “Judicious Antiquarian”: A Reexamination of Cinquecento Ferrarese Historiography
Richard Tristano, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota
Machiavelli’s Bitter Ironies: Alberti and The Prince
William J. Connell, Seton Hall University
Session 17: Renaissance Masters
Chair: Virginia Brilliant, John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art

Nothing As It Seems: Annotations (Reconstructive and Deconstructive) upon Domenico Bernini’s Life of the Cavalier Gian Lorenzo Bernini
Franco Mormando, Boston College
Poesia and Portraiture: Titian’s Allegory of Prudence Reconsidered
Jerry Marino, Johns Hopkins University
The Gift of Rubens: Rethinking the Concept of Gift-Giving in Early Modern Diplomatic Culture
Michael Auwers, Universiteit Antwerpen
Session 18: Tudor/Stuart Culture: Aristocratic Women
Organizer: Natalie Mears, University of Durham
Chair: Elizabeth H. Hageman, University of New Hampshire

Mary, Lady Cheke: Surviving at Court through Five Reigns
John McDiarmid, New College of Florida
Elizabethan Noblewomen and Local Politics: Katherine, Duchess of Suffolk, and Bess of Hardwick
Alan Bryson, University of Sheffield
The Villiers Women at Court, 1628-1641
Sara Wolfson, University of Durham
Session 19: Shakespeares Imitations II—In Honor of Professor Mark Taylor
Chair: TBA

“The Jerks of Invention”: Shakespeare and Serious Play in the Renaissance
Anthony DiMatteo, New York Institute of Technology
Hearing and Metahearing in Hamlet
Laury Magnus, US Merchant Marine Academy
Leering in Lear
Marvin Hunt, North Carolina State University
Session 20: Early Medieval Texts & Contexts
Chair: David Rohrbacher, New College of Florida

Relic Ordeals by Fire in Visigothic Iberia
Mary Lester, University of Florida
The Martyrs of Cordoba and Changing Identities in Ninth-Century Muslim Spain
Alexandra de Padua, University of Florida
A Wolf with Sheep-Skin Papyri: Lupus of Ferrières and the Preservation of the Classical Past in the Carolingian Age
Sean Lafferty, University of Toronto

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Session 21: New Directions in the History of Medieval Southern Italy
Organizer: Valerie Ramseyer, Wellesley College
Chair: Carrie Benes, New College of Florida

Archaeology and the Study of Southern Italy and Sicily in the Early Middle Ages
Valerie Ramseyer, Wellesley College
From Robert Guiscard to Andreuccio of Perugia: Northern Italian Perspectives on the Regno during the Middle Ages
Joanna Drell, University of Richmond
Courtly Models: The Entertainments of the Counts of Ceccano
Carol Lansing, University of California, Santa Barbara
Session 22: Medieval French Romance
Christine McCall Probes, University of South Florida
Masculinities in Chrétien de Troyes: A Homoerotic Subtext
Basil A. Clark, Saginaw Valley State University
Matter of Greece, Rome, Britain, or France? Political Ideology and Literary History in Chrétien de Troyes’s Cligés
Levilson C. Reis, Otterbein College
Garden Walls and Perfume: Definitions of Space in Le Roman de la Rose
Elizabeth Lucia, Rhodes College
Session 23: Tudor/Stuart Culture: Executions
Organizers: Natalie Mears, University of Durham, and John F. McDiarmid, New College of Florida
Chair: Natalie Mears

Judicial Punishment in Ideal Societies
Cathy Shrank, University of Sheffield
Dressing for the Block: The Significance of Clothing Worn at Royal and Noble Executions in Sixteenth-Century England
Maria Hayward, University of Southampton
Painted Copies of John Foxe’s Acts and Monuments: Their Production and Purpose
Elizabeth Evenden, Brunel University
Session 24: Sidneian Poetics, Sacred and Profane
Sponsor: The Sidney Society
Organizer: Joel Davis, Stetson University
Chair: Andrew Strycharski, Florida International University

Sir Philip Sidney’s Astrophil and Stella as Occasional Verse: The Autobiographical Problem of Sidney Criticism from the Point of View of Manuscript Culture
Teemu Manninen, Finnish Graduate School of Literary Studies
“The Sunn-Beames of thy Face”: Re-Revealing God in the Countess of Pembroke's Psalmes
Claire Falck, University of Wisconsin
Sidney’s Epistolary Muse: The Defense of Poetry and Generic Ambivalence in Astrophil and Stella
Adam Neff, University of Virginia
Session 25: New Contexts for Beowulf
Chair: Nicole Guenther Discenza, University of South Florida

Blurring Distinctions Between the Mythological and Heroic in Old English and Old Norse Poetry
Ruth Cheadle, St Hilda’s College, Oxford
Beowulf and Thor: Additional Analogues?
Alexander M. Bruce, University of the South
Beowulf’s Arm/s
Lizz Angello, University of South Florida

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Session 26: Household and City-State: Social Relations in Renaissance Tuscany
Chair: Margery Ganz, Spelman College
Marital Relationships and Household Dynamics in Renaissance Florence
Megan Moran, College of Charleston
The Logistics of Trust: Aspects of Late Medieval Business Practices Among the Alberti and their Parenti
Susannah F. Baxendale, Center for Medieval & Renaissance Studies, University of California, Los Angeles
The Grand Ducal State through the Eyes of a Tuscan Grand Duchess
Giovanna Benadusi, University of South Florida
Opportunities and Barriers in the Creation of a Tuscan “Nobility” in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries
Judith Brown, Wesleyan University
Session 27: Religion, Rhetoric, and Education in Early Modern France
Chair: Amy Reid, New College of Florida
Silence and the Disconnected Poet: Possible Implications of Deafness in Du Bellay’s Les Regrets
David de Posada, Georgia College & State University
Marguerite de Navarre’s l’Heptaméron: A Finely-Tuned Sensitivity to Ancient and Renaissance Conceptions and Theories of Humor
Kristin Wasielewski, Franklin College
Torture, Martyrdom, and Social Pollution: An Image from Richard Verstegan's Theatrum crudelitatum haereticorum nostri temporis
Erin Glunt, Yale University
Poetry and Education in the Early Modern: The Petites Écoles of Port-Royal
Christine McCall Probes, University of South Florida
Session 28: Writing English Religious Identity
Chair: Heather White, New College of Florida
Assimilating the Ovidian: Christian Marriage as Conversion Technique in John Metham’s Amoryus and Cleopes
Jennifer M. Gianfalla, Young Harris College
Prospero’s Exile: A Sacramental-Historical Reading of The Tempest
Todd Edmondson, University of Louisville
Heresy and the Use of Allegory: Constructing the Radical Persona in Early Modern England
Douglas F. Jones, University of Iowa
George Herbert’s Anglican Anagrams and Mental Pictures
Jean-Christophe Van Thienen, Université Lille3
Session 29: Artful Passions among Sidneian Romances
Sponsor: The Sidney Society
Organizer: Joel Davis, Stetson University
Chair: Kathryn DeZur, State University of New York, Delhi
“Some kind of measure”: Form, Genre, and Authorship in Lady Mary Wroth’s Urania
Kristiane Stapleton, University of Wisconsin
Thought and Movement: Et in Arcadia est
Brad Tuggle, Spring Hill College
Closure and the Politics of Form in Sir Philip Sidney’s Poetics
Andrew Wadoski, Oklahoma State University
Session 30: Civic Institutions
Chair: Thomas Kuehn, Clemson University

Plainchant & Prestige: Chant Composition at the Cathedral of San Zeno, Pistoia
James Vincent Maiello, Vanderbilt University
The Presence and Absence of Peacemaking Rituals in Fourteenth-Century Italian Cities
Glenn Kumhera, University of the South
Who’s in Charge Here? Office and Lordship in a Small Catalan Town
Gregory Milton, University of South Florida
Perugia’s Podestà and the Circumstances of his Citizenship
Jennifer Konieczny, University of Toronto

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Session 31: Observing and Transmitting Culture in Mid-Cinquecento Tuscany
Organizer: Konrad Eisenbichler, Victoria College, University of Toronto
Nicholas Terpstra, Victoria College, University of Toronto

“The country is large and beautiful and happy”: Lelio Pecci’s Diary of his 1549 Mission to Flanders
Elena Brizio, Medici Archive Project
On Wings of Song: The Musical Fortune of a Poetic Gloss
Konrad Eisenbichler
Entertaining the Medici: Beltramo Poggi’s Plays for Francesco and Isabella de’ Medici
Gianni Cicali, Georgetown University
Session 32: Ideal and Reality in Medieval Governance
Chair: Gregor
y Milton, University of South Florida
Rebellion and the Perversion of Order in Frutolf of Michelsberg’s Chronicle
T. J. H. McCarthy, New College of Florida
Re-colonizing France: Templar Organization in the County of Champagne
Michael J. Peixoto, New York University
Burgesses under Secular and Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction in the Latin Kingdom of Cyprus (Twelfth to Sixteenth Centuries)
Marwan Nader, Cambridge University
Session 33: Tudor/Stuart Culture: Media for History
Natalie Mears, University of Durham, and John F. McDiarmid, New College of Florida
Chair: John F. McDiarmid

Henry VIII and the Problem of Historical Perspective in Edward Hall’s Chronicle
Scott Lucas, The Citadel
Letters and History: Private Correspondence and the Creation of a Narrative
Roger Kuin, York University
The Threads of (Personal) History: Lord Admiral Howard’s Tapestries of the Spanish Armada
Natalie Mears, University of Durham
Session 34: Stages of Early Modern Drama
Chair: Julienne H. Empric, Eckerd College

Staging Space and Time: Theater Design in The Menaechmi and The Comedy of Errors
Jennifer Low, Florida Atlantic University
A Most Conspicuous Eminence: Onstage Seating in the Caroline Private Theater
Nova Myhill, New College of Florida
“Exceeding rare & full of variety”: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Seventeenth-Century Masque
Eliza Fisher Laskowski, Peace College
Session 35: Shaping Identity in Fourteenth-Century Literature
Chair: Angela Tenga, Florida Institute of Technology

Resemblance, or the Importance of Paternity: Ideological Reflections of the Patrilineage in Boccaccio’s Ninfale fiesolano
Kristen Swann, Columbia University
The Domesticating of Sister Emelye in Chaucer’s The Knight’s Tale
Liam O. Purdon, Doane College
Traumatic Loss and the Internal Landscape of Memory in Pearl
Anthony Adams, Brown University
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Session 36: Social Responsibility in Late Medieval & Renaissance Italy
Jacqueline Gutwirth, Bronx Community College

Mendicant Prisons in Late Medieval Italy
Lezlie Knox, Marquette University
A Very Pious Union: Confraternities in the Bolognese Contado
Matthew Thomas Sneider, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth
Icons of Charity and the Limits to the Reform of Poor Relief in Cinquecento Bologna Nicholas Terpstra, Victoria College, University of Toronto
Session 37: Discourses of Literature and Theology in Early Modern Spain
Chair: Maria Esformes, University of South Florida

Fray Luis de León’s Spanish Commentary on the Song of Solomon and the Question of Biblical Translation
Mike Fulton, Wake Forest University
Oratoriae Libri: The Theological Discourse within Celestina by Fernando de Rojas
Martha Garcia, University of Central Florida
The Material Celestina: The Literary Value of Objects in Early Modern Spain
Samuel Sánchez-Sánchez, Davidson College
Session 38: Tudor/Stuart Culture: Religious Practices, from Liturgy to Laughter
John F. McDiarmid, New College of Florida
Chair: Lori Anne Ferrell, Claremont Graduate University

Bringing Home the Becon (and Whittingham, and Gilby…): Exile Writing and Practice in the Elizabethan Settlement
Beth Quitslund, Ohio University
Imaginary Calendars and Parodic “Saints” in Some Early Modern Satirical Almanacs
Anne Lake Prescott, Barnard College
Volpone’s Colorless Heaven
Suzanne Penuel, University of South Carolina, Lancaster
Session 39: Negotiating Female Authority in Medieval and Early Modern England
Chair: Nova Myhill, New College of Florida

Sexual Purity as Property: Economic Exchange in the Life of Christina of Markyate, the Vie de Seinte Audree, and the Book of Margery Kempe
Sally Livingston, Harvard University
Mothers of Sons Challenging Masculine Identity in the Chester Cycle
Betty Ellzey, Shepherd Universty
Maintaining the Quiet of the Country: Elizabeth I and Joan Fitzgerald, Countess of Desmond
Karen A. Holland, Providence College
“Natures House”:  Margaret Cavendish and the Country House Poem
Lise Mae Schlosser, Northern Illinois University
Session 40: New Perspectives on Medieval England
Chair: Boyd Breslow, Florida Atlantic University

Shame, Masculinity, and the Killing of Thomas Becket
Hugh M. Thomas, University of Miami
The Children of King John and Isabelle of Angoulême and their Upbringing
Ralph V. Turner, Florida State University
The County Elite and Political Power in Early Tudor Somerset, 1485-1547
Simon Lambe, St Mary’s University College, London

15–16 March 2011. "Quand l'image relit le texte," colloque organisé en collaboration entre l'Université Paris 3 Sorbonne Nouvelle (CEMA–EA 173) et l'Université Paris 4 Sorbonne (Sens, texte et histoire–EA 4089), in Paris.
Ce colloque a pour vocation d'approfondir, en s'appuyant sur des exemples précis et argumentés, l'étude des liens qui peuvent se tisser entre le texte et son iconographie dans les manuscrits médiévaux. Les conférenciers sont invités à montrer comment ils ont été amenés, à partir de l'illustration, à s'interroger sur la compréhension d'un texte ou même à la remettre en question, quel que soit le genre auquel ce texte appartient (romanesque, lyrique, dramatique, historique, scientifique, etc.).
Plusieurs axes peuvent être envisagés, entre autres :
- analyser le rôle que les images sont susceptibles de jouer dans la constitution de manuscrits cycliques en créant des jeux d'échos visuels chargés de souligner la continuité entre des oeuvres à l'origine indépendantes, comme c'est le cas, par exemple, dans le manuscrit de la BnF, fr. 60, où sont regroupés Thèbes, Troie et Enéas.
- étudier un corpus d'images marginales, afin de caractériser les rapports que ce type particulier d'iconographie entretient avec le texte.
- dans le cas précis des écrits historiques, et l'on songe par exemple à l'illustration des Chroniques de Froissart, interroger l'image quand elle se met au service de la propagande.
- questionner aussi, de façon plus théorique, la nature du lien entre le texte et l'image, qui peut se penser en termes de traduction, de contraction, de développement, de transposition ou même de contradiction.
- penser la spécificité de la rhétorique visuelle de l'image médiévale et de sa mise en page.
A partir des cas individuels, on essaiera de dégager des perspectives propres à enrichir les études théoriques et de proposer de nouveaux outils d'analyse. Quelle que soit l'approche privilégiée, les perspectives textuelle et iconographique seront suivies conjointement : les études iconographiques seront nourries d'un travail précis sur la tradition textuelle et sur la matérialité des manuscrits. Les frais de déplacement et de logement (une nuit d'hôtel) seront pris en charge par les Universités organisatrices. Les Actes du colloque feront l'objet d'une publication.
Appel à contributions: Les communications devront durer 20 à 25 minutes. Les propositions (1000 à 2000 signes), accompagnées de vos coordonnées académiques, sont attendues pour le 15 janvier 2010 (un accord de principe, avec un titre provisoire, d'ici le 15 novembre 2009) par voie de courriel à la double adresse: Sandrine Hériché-Pradeau (s.heriche_pradeau@aliceadsl.fr; Maître de Conférences–Université Paris 4 Sorbonne), et Maud Pérez-Simon (msimon@univ-paris3.fr; Maître de Conférences–Université Paris 3 Sorbonne Nouvelle).

The annual meeting of the Medieval Academy

18–21 March 2010. The annual meeting of the Medieval Academy will be held 18-21 March 2010, on Yale University Campus, New Haven, hosted by Connecticut College, Southern Connecticut State University, Trinity College (Hartford), University of Connecticut, Wesleyan University, and Yale University. The Program Committee invites proposals for papers on all topics and in all disciplines and periods of medieval studies. Any member of the Medieval Academy may submit a paper proposal, except that those who presented papers at the annual meetings of the Medieval Academy in 2008 and 2009 are not eligible to speak in 2010. Please do not submit more than one proposal. Sessions usually consist of three thirty-minute papers, and proposals should be geared to that length. A different format for some sessions may be chosen by the Program Committee after the proposals have been reviewed. Session organizers may wish to propose different formats for their sessions, subject to Program Committee approval.
The annual meeting of the Medieval Academy brings together medievalists from all disciplines and time periods. The Program Committee will capitalize on this strength by encouraging sessions that (1) address subjects of interest to a wide range of medievalists, and (2) put scholars from different disciplines and time periods in dialogue with each other. We are seeking innovative proposals for papers and sessions and hope to see cross-disciplinary participation wherever possible. For both the commissioned and the open sessions, we are looking for the broadest possible range of proposals of topics and of time periods, within and across all the disciplines.
Call for papers: Proposals should be submitted to Anders Winroth, preferably by e-mail (anders.winroth@yale.edu) or on paper in two copies, to Anders Winroth, Dept. of History, P.O. Box 208324, New Haven CT 06520-8324. The deadline is 15 May 2009. Please do not send proposals to session organizers or to the Academy office. The proposal must have two parts: (1) a cover sheet containing the proposer's name, statement of Academy membership (or statement that the individual's specialty would not normally involve membership in the Academy), professional status, postal address, home and office telephone numbers, fax number (if available), e-mail address (if available), and paper title; (2) a second sheet containing the proposer's name, session for which the paper should be considered, paper title, 250-word abstract, and audio-visual equipment requirements. If the proposer will be at a different address when decisions are announced in September, that address should be included.
For updated news of the conference, please go to the Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=33799240816.

Thursday, March 18

12:00-6:00 Registration Linsly-Chittenden Hall

2:00-3:15 Plenary Session

1. Opening Address
Welcome: Anders Winroth, Yale University
Introduction: Beatrice Gruendler, Yale University
Opening address: Angelika Neuwirth, Freie Universität Berlin, “Reclaiming the Qur’an as a European Text. Reflections on a New Qur’an Hermeneutics”

3:15-3:45 Coffee and Tea

3:45-5:30 Concurrent Sessions

2. Manuscripts, Texts, and Libraries of Medieval England: A Session in Honor of Richard W. Pfaff
Organizer and Chair: George Hardin Brown, Stanford University
Charles F. Briggs, University of Vermont, “Reconstructing the Role of Moral Philosophy in Medieval England and Beyond, One Manuscript at a Time”
Matthew Salisbury, Worcester College, Oxford, “A Reconsideration of the Identification and Properties of Medieval English Liturgical ‘Uses’”
Rodney Thomson, University of Tasmania, “Bringing the Renaissance to Oxford: The Early Library of Corpus Christi College”

3. A Millennium Ago: Scandinavia, 1010
Organizer and Chair: Oren Falk, Cornell University
Alison Finlay, Birkbeck College, University of London, “Negotiating the Millennium: Pagan Poets and Christian Patrons”
Douglas Bolender, University of Massachusetts, Boston, “The Creation of a Propertied Landscape: Iceland at the Millennium”
Margaret Cormack, College of Charleston, “Iceland’s First Christian Century”

4.  Medieval Elementary Education: Schools, Schoolrooms, Schoolbooks
Organizer: Christopher Cannon, New York University
Chair: Traugott Lawler, Yale University
Katherine Zieman, Notre Dame University, “The Secret Lives of Schoolchildren: Early Education and Privacy in Late Medieval England”
Kimberly Durkota, Fordham University, “Horae as Children’s Books: Teaching Literacy to Lay Children through Prayer. An Examination of New York, Pierpont Morgan Library, PML 19604”
Erika Kihlman, Stockholm University, “Poetry in Motion: The Medieval Sequence as a Vehicle for Grammar Teaching”

5. A Mediterranean Society in Retrospective: S. D. Goitein and His Work
Organizer and Chair: Youval Rotman, Tel Aviv University
Mark R. Cohen, Princeton University, “‘A Dwarf Standing on the Shoulders of a Giant’”
Peter N. Miller, Bard Graduate Center, “Goitein and Braudel: The Story of a Failed Collaboration”
Phillip I. Ackerman-Lieberman, Vanderbilt University, “Transcending Time, Space, and Communal Boundaries: Goitein’s Vision of the Mediterranean”
Jessica Goldberg, University of Pennsylvania, “Goitein, Free Trade Zones, and the Writing of Economic History”

6. Writing Work: Narrating Labor in the Later Middle Ages
Organizer and Chair: Kellie Robertson, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Ellen K. Rentz, Claremont McKenna College, “Half-Acre Bylaws: Harvest-Sharing in Piers Plowman”
Lisa H. Cooper, University of Wisconsin, Madison, “‘If I Had a Hammer’: Christ of the Trades and the Treachery of Tools in Late Medieval England”
Ethan Knapp, Ohio State University, “Labor in Gower”

7. Literature and the Courts
Organizer and Chair: Beatrice Gruendler, Yale University
Carl Davila, The College at Brockport, “‘They called her the imâm’: Artiste Slaves and the Production of Courtly Music in Ninth-Century Cordoba”
Jocelyn Sharlet, University of California, Davis, “Being Somebody: Women, Subjectivity, and Material Life in Medieval Arabic Literary Culture”

8. Outside In, Inside Out: Medieval Theologies of the Self
Organizer: Barbara Newman, Northwestern University
Chair: Jessica Brantley, Yale University
Barbara Newman, “Persona: Coinherence, Performance, and the Inner Self”
Rachel Fulton, University of Chicago, “Vas admirabile, opus Excelsi: The Virgin Mary as the Container of God”
Nicholas Watson, Harvard University, “The Whited Sepulchre: Towards a History of Hypocrisy, 1100-1400”

9. The Middle Ages in Film
Organizer and Chair: Brian Noell, Quinnipiac University
Martha W. Driver, Pace University, “What’s Right with this Picture? Meaning and Memory in Medieval Movies”
Carl James Grindley, Eugenio María de Hostos College, City University of New York, “Dante, Doré, Damned, and Dumb”
Michael A. Torregrossa, Society for the Study of Popular Culture and the Middle Ages, “King Arthur, Warrior Woman of Camelot? The Transformation of the Matter of Britain in TYPE-MOON’s Fate/stay night Franchise (2004– )”

5:30-7:00 Opening Reception British Art Center, with major funding from the Yale University Art Gallery

Friday, March 19
8:00-9:00 Continental Breakfast Linsly-Chittenden Hall

8:00-6:00 Registration Linsly-Chittenden Hall

8:30-10:00 Plenary Session

10. CARA Session: Beyond Vikings: Identity and Belief in Medieval Scandinavia
Sponsor: Medieval Academy of America’s Committee on Centers and Regional Associations (CARA)
Organizer: Thomas Goodmann, University of Miami
Chair: Nancy Wicker, University of Mississippi
Sverre Håkon Bagge, University of Bergen, “Snorri and Saxo: The Meeting between Latin and Vernacular Historiography in Scandinavia”
Olle Ferm, Stockholm University, “‘A good joke is now told about all abbots’: Just a Comic Tale or a Harsh Satire on Monastic Life?”
Brian Patrick McGuire, Roskilde University, “When Heaven Came Closer: The Coming of Pastoral Christianity to Medieval Denmark”

10:00-10:30 Coffee and Tea

10:30-12.15 Concurrent Sessions

11. Global French, Multilingual France in the High Middle Ages
Organizer and Chair: R. Howard Bloch, Yale University
Sharon Kinoshita, University of California, Santa Cruz, “Old French in/and the Medieval Mediterranean”
Stephen G. Nichols, Johns Hopkins University, “Tour de Babel and lo parler materno”
Daniel Heller-Roazen, Princeton University, “The Most Delectable of Languages”

12. A Millennium Ago: Courtiers and Bishops 1010
Organizer and Chair: C. Stephen Jaeger, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Jennifer P. Kingsley, Columbia University, “Aesthetic Self-Consciousness and Aesthetic Reform in the Imperial Church”
Helmut Flachenecker, Universität Würzburg, “1010: A Bishopric Is Born, Foreigners Have to Go?”
Gerd Althoff, Universität Münster, “Bishops and Other Magnates at the Court of Emperor Henry II”
Courtney de Mayo, University of Houston, “The West Frankish Bishops and the Early Capetian State, 987-1031”

13. Muslims, Jews, and Christians in Interaction
Organizer and Chair: Nora Berend, University of Cambridge
Kathryn A. Miller, Stanford University, “Operating an Interfaith Institution: Redemption of Christian and Muslim Captives in the Medieval Mediterranean”
Thomas Devaney, Brown University, “Religion, Community, and Spectacle in Jaén and Cyprus”
Micha J. Perry, Yale University, “Jewish Heaven, Christian Hell: A Twelfth-Century Jewish Perception of the Afterlife”
Alexandra Cuffel, Independent Scholar, “Ten Tribes as Muslim Trope: Intersections in Muslim, Jewish, and Christian Apocalyptic”

14. Round Table: Medieval Economic History and Robert Lopez
Organizer: Richard W. Unger, University of British Columbia
Chair: Kathryn L. Reyerson, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Participants: John H. Pryor, University of Sydney; James Masschaele, Rutgers University; James M. Murray, Western Michigan University; Richard W. Unger.

15. The Gift of Literature: New Perspectives on Medieval Patronage and Literary Circulation
Organizer and Chair: Deborah McGrady, University of Virginia
Jeanette Patterson, Johns Hopkins University, “Stolen Scriptures: The Wartime Politics of Owning the Bible historiale”
Jennifer E. Naumann, Florida State University, “Problematizing Patronage: The Book as Gift and the Repackaging of Harley MS 4431”
Helen Swift, St Hilda’s College, Oxford, “‘Circuits of power’: A Model for Rereading Poet-Patron Relations in Late-Medieval Defences of Women”

16. Gregory of Tours Reappraised
Organizer and Chair: Walter Goffart, Yale University
Alexander Callander Murray, University of Toronto, Mississauga, “The Political Perspective of Gregory of Tours’ Histories”
Joachim Henning, Johann-Wolfgang-Goethe Universität, Frankfurt-am-Main, “Sixth-Century Gaul’s Transformation: Gregory Read by an Archaeologist”
Joaquín Martínez Pizarro, State University of New York, Stony Brook, “The Pathos of Pretenders: Gundovald, Munderic, and Gisulf in Gregory of Tours’ Histories”
Andrew Gillett, Macquarie University, “Love and Grief in Merovingian Diplomacy”

17. The Medieval Book: Structure and Symbol
Organizer: Raymond Clemens, Illinois State University
Chair: Sarah Kelen, Nebraska Wesleyan University
Catherine Brown, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, “Remember the Hand: Early Iberian Scribes and the Articulate Codex”
Diane J. Reilly, Indiana University, “Scribebant auro: Bernard of Clairvaux and the Cistercian Choir Manuscript”
Alison Stones, University of Pittsburgh, “Romance Illustration as Symbol: Choices, Placements, and Treatments”

18. Beauty in the Two Cities: Religious Faith and Embodied Perception
Organizer: Sara Lipton, State University of New York, Stony Brook
Chair: Miri Rubin, Queen Mary College, University of London
Bruce Holsinger, University of Virginia, “On Liturgy and Beauty”
Sara Lipton, “Beauty and the Eye of the Beholder”
Talya Fishman, University of Pennsylvania, “Sensing Torah: A Medieval Jewish Thinker on Beauty as a Springboard to Faith”

12:15-1:00 Lunch

1:00-2:00 Plenary Session

19. Medieval Academy of America Business Meeting
Presider: Herbert L. Kessler, Johns Hopkins University
Presentation of reports; election of officers; awarding of prizes

2:00-3:45 Concurrent Sessions
20. From Medieval to Early Modern: Continuity or Change
Organizer and Chair: Jim Rhodes, Southern Connecticut State University
David Aers, Duke University, “A Second Whisper”
James Simpson, Harvard University, “Diachronic Dialogue, or Shouting across a Century”

21. A Millennium Ago: Thought 1010: Where Theory Met Practice
Organizer and Chair: Elizabeth Dachowski, Tennessee State University
Faith Wallis, McGill University, “Chartres and Medicine’s ‘theoretical turn’ in the Eleventh Century”
Florence Eliza Glaze, Coastal Carolina University, “Libri passionorum: Guarimpotus on the Passions of the Saints and the Diseases of the Body”
Domenico Lanera, Independent Scholar, “The Geometric Design of Castel del Monte Decoded”

22. Jewish Identities
Organizer and Chair: Jonathan Elukin, Trinity College, Hartford
Suzanne Yeager, Fordham University, “Medieval Jewish Identity and the Image of the City Besieged”
Wolfram Drews, Universität Bonn, “Jewish Identity in the High Middle Ages. Megillat Ahimaaz as Evidence for the Intersection of Different Cultural Traditions”
David Shyovitz, University of Pennsylvania, “The Origins of the ‘Mourner’s Kaddish’: Theological Adaptation and Interreligious Polemic in Medieval Jewish Liturgy”
Yosi Israeli, Tel Aviv University, “Undermining and Constructing Jewishness in conversos Identity: Profiat Duran and Pablo de Santa María”

23. Round Table: The Practical Uses of Manuscripts in Research and Teaching (Graduate Student Committee Session)
Organizer and Chair: Andrew Kraebel, Yale University
Participants: Mildred Budny, Research Group on Manuscript Evidence; Consuelo W. Dutschke, Columbia University; Martin Foys, Drew University; Fiona Somerset, Duke University

24. The Aesthetics of Enigma in Medieval Literature
Organizer and Chair: Jeff Rider, Wesleyan University
Matilda Tomaryn Bruckner, Boston College, “Laughter Where You Least Expect It: The Puzzling Pleasures of Humor”
Irit Ruth Kleiman, Boston University, “The Enigma of Origin, or Whom the Grail Serves”
Lucie Dolezalová, Charles University, Prague, “The Charm and Challenge of Textual Enigma in Twelfth-Century Latin Literature”

25. Food, Drink, Environment, and Crisis in Northern Europe
Organizer: Medieval Association for Rural Studies (MARS) Society
Chair: Tim Newfield, McGill University
John H. Munro, University of Toronto, “Changing Patterns of Alcoholic Consumption in Late-Medieval Flanders: The Relative Shift from Wine to Beer Consumption, as Revealed in the Excise Taxes, 1300–1500”
Richard Oram, University of Stirling, “Evaporating Profits? Economic and Environmental Benefits and Costs of Sea-Salt Manufacture in Medieval Scotland”
Nils Hybel, University of Copenhagen, “Food Supplies, Long Distance Trade, Climate, and Population, 1000-1350”
Philip Slavin, Yale University, “The Impact of War on the Fourteenth-Century Food Crisis in England”

26. Round Table: The Crisis of the Twelfth Century
Organizer: Paul Freedman, Yale University
Chair: Adam J. Kosto, Columbia University
Participants: Sharon Farmer, University of California, Santa Barbara; Geoffrey Koziol, University of California, Berkeley; Bernard Bailyn, Harvard University.
Respondent: Thomas N. Bisson, Harvard University

27. “The Loveliness of Many-Colored Gems”: Jewels in the Middle Ages
Organizers: Valerie Allen, John Jay College, City University of New York, and Mariah Proctor-Tiffany, Rhode Island School of Design
Chair: Henry Ansgar Kelly, University of California, Los Angeles
Brigitte Buettner, Smith College, “Neither Dead nor Alive: Precious Stones’ Paradoxical Materiality”
Karen Eileen Overbey, Tufts University, “Seeing through Skin: Gems, Jewels, and Crystals on Medieval Reliquaries”
Adin Lears, Cornell University, “Glittery Things: The Jeweled Rhetoric of Sanctity and Female Homoaffective Desire in Hali Meidenhad and the Passion of St. Margaret”
Respondent: G. Ronald Murphy, S.J., Georgetown University

3:45-4:15 Coffee and tea

4:15-6:00 Concurrent Sessions

28. John Boswell’s Medieval World
Organizer: María Rosa Menocal, Yale University
Chair: Giles Constable, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton
Ralph Hexter, Hampshire College, “‘In the spring of 1410 the saint came to Barcelona’: Fragments of an Unfinished Historical Novel by John Boswell”
David Nirenberg, University of Chicago, “The Power of Love in John Boswell’s Spain of the Three Religions”
María Rosa Menocal, “John Boswell’s Medieval Spain: That Stop on the Road to Christianity, Social Tolerance, and Homosexuality”

29. Anselm of Laon and His School
Organizer and Chair: John Wei, Grinnell College
Cédric Giraud, Université de Nancy 2, “Anselm of Laon in the Twelfth-Century Schools: Between fama and memoria”
Alexander Andrée, University of Toronto, “In principio erat uerbum: the Gospel of John, Anselm of Laon, and the Origins of a Standard Commentary to the Bible”
Suzanne M. LaVere, Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne, “‘Preach, O Gathering of My Friends!’  The Active Life in Anselm of Laon’s Song of Songs Commentary and the Glossa Ordinaria”

30. Old English Studies: A Celebration of Fred C. Robinson
Chair: Daniel Donoghue, Harvard University
Mary Blockley, University of Texas, Austin, “Assimilative Variation, or, Come Mighty Must!  Inevitable Shall!”
Mary K. Ramsey, Southeastern Louisiana University, “What’s in a Name If the Name Be Christ’s?”
Theo Vennemann, Universität München, “Athel, atheling, ethel: Origin and Decline of a Noble Family of Words”
J. R. Hall, University of Mississippi, “The Sword Hrunting in Beowulf: Unlocking the Word hord”

31. Planning the Action: Editions and Translations of Medieval Ordinals and Customaries
Organizer and Chair: Margot Fassler, University of Notre Dame and Yale University
Thomas Forrest Kelly, Harvard University, “Assembling the Ordinal of Monte Cassino”
Susan Boynton, Columbia University, and Isabelle Cochelin, University of Toronto, “A Collaborative Edition and Translation of the Cluniac Customary of Bernard”
Peter Jeffery, University of Notre Dame and Princeton University, “How Do You Get to St. Mary Major? Three Itineraries through the Eighth-Century Ordo Romanus Primus”

32. Medieval Holy Women at Home and Abroad
Organizer and Chair: Rosalynn Voaden, Arizona State University
Ann Marie Caron, Saint Joseph College, “The Liber Specialis Gratiae in Two Contexts”
Jane Tylus, New York University, “Habits of Writing: Catherine of Siena, and Late Medieval Women’s Literacy”
Claire Sahlin, Texas Woman’s University, “Violence against Women, Sexual Purity, and Ascetic Spirituality in the Lives of Holy Women of Medieval Scandinavia”

33. Communication and Reform in Medieval Italy
Organizer and Chair: Maureen C. Miller, University of California, Berkeley
Alison Locke Perchuk, Los Angeles, “Monastic Identity and Reform: Strategies of Visual and Material Communication in Twelfth-Century Lazio”
Kathryn L. Jasper, University of California, Berkeley, “Between Papal and Local Reform: Peter Damian and the Administration of Monastic Property”
Benjamin Brand, University of North Texas, “Echoes of Ecclesiastical Reform in the Liturgies of Medieval Tuscany”

34. New Voices in Medieval Paleography: How Manuscripts Speak to Us in a Digital Age
Organizer and Chair: Barbara A. Shailor, Yale University
Linda Ehrsam Voigts, University of Missouri, Kansas City, “Medieval Manuscripts in a Remote American Collection: Preserved, Protected, and Accessible”
William P. Stoneman, Harvard University, “New Science out of Old Books: New Tools for the Study of Medieval Paleography”
David Ganz, King’s College, University of London, “Digital Scriptorium and the Study of the Earliest Latin Manuscripts in North America”

35.  Performance Theory and Medieval Texts
Organizer and Chair: Irina Dumitrescu, Southern Methodist University
Candace Barrington, Central Connecticut State University, “Performing Legal Discourse in the Trentham Manuscript”
James A. Schultz, University of California, Los Angeles, “Performance and Performativity in the Middle High German Frauenlied”
Thomas Meacham, Graduate Center, City University of New York, “Exchanging Words: Patronage and Epistolary Performance in Cambridge, Trinity College MS R.14.5”
Respondent: Elina Gertsman, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale

6:15-7:30 Reception Beinecke Library, with major funding from Cambridge University Press

7:30-9:00 Banquet

Saturday, March 20
8:00-9:00 Continental Breakfast Linsly-Chittenden Hall
8:00-1:00 Registration Linsly-Chittenden Hall

9:00-10:00 Plenary Session

36. Presidential Address
Introduction:  Elizabeth A. R. Brown, Graduate Center, City University of New York
Herbert L. Kessler, Johns Hopkins University, “Speculum: Reflections on the Shattered Surface of Late Medieval Art”

10:00-10:30 Coffee and Tea

10:30-12:15 Concurrent Sessions

37. Revisiting the Spanish Kingdoms: Session in Honor of the Eightieth Birthday of J. N. Hillgarth
Organizers: Ann Kuzdale, Chicago State University; Lucy Pick, University of Chicago; Thomas Burman, University of Tennessee, Knoxville; Mark Meyerson, University of Toronto.
Chair: Ann Kuzdale
Miguel Gomez, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, “‘Si finirem vitam meam in exercitu contra sarracenos’: The Wills of Las Navas de Tolosa”
Natalie Oeltjen, University of Toronto, “Money Talks: Fiscal Realities and the Shaping of Converso Identity in Majorca, 1391-1416”
Damian Smith, St. Louis University, “Crusade, Heresy, and Inquisition in and around the Lands of the Crown of Aragon, c. 1167-1276”
Respondent: Lucy Pick

38. A Millennium Ago: Law 1010
Organizer: Greta Austin, University of Puget Sound
Chair: Robert Somerville, Columbia University
Mohammad Fadel, University of Toronto Faculty of Law, “The Secularization of Islamic Law”
Charles M. Radding, Michigan State University, “Secular Law in Northern Italy”
Greta Austin, “The Rise of Western Canon Law in the Year 1010”

39. Jewish-Christian Relations and Vernacular Culture
Organizer and Chair: Anthony Bale, Birkbeck College, University of London
Ruth Nisse, Wesleyan University, “The Wars of the Sons of Jacob and the Rebirth of Epic in Early Medieval Europe”
Susan Einbinder, Hebrew Union College, “Jewish Physicians and Their Poetry: Responses to Christian Medicine Reflected in Verse”
Miriamne Ara Krummel, University of Dayton, “Rendering the Unseen Visible: The Language of Thirteenth-Century Manuscript Pictorials”
Lisa Lampert-Weissig, University of California, San Diego, “Temporality and the Myth of the Jew”

40. Medieval Drama: New Approaches
Organizer and Chair: Theresa Coletti, University of Maryland
Lynn Staley, Colgate University, “Wasteland and Dissolution”
Gail McMurray Gibson, Davidson College, “Medieval Drama in Afterlife: Early Modern Collectors and the Mystery Plays”
Helen Solterer, Duke University, “Three Paradoxes of Medieval Performance: Chartres 1935-1945”

41. Multilingualism and Macaronics
Organizer and Chair: Elizabeth Archibald, University of Bristol
Donna Alfano Bussell, University of Illinois, Springfield, “Penitence, Code-Switching, and the Inner Life in the Ancrene Wisse”
Simon Meecham-Jones, University of Cambridge, “Language Contact in the Welsh Penumbra: Evidence from MS Brogyntyn II”
Mark Amsler, University of Auckland, “Multilingual Literacies, Writing across Languages”

42. Revisiting Enclosure: New Approaches to the Study of Medieval Women’s Religious Life
Organizers:  Arbeitsgruppe geistliche Frauen im europäischen Mittelalter / Sigrid Schmitt, Universität Trier, and Alison Beach, Universität zu Köln
Chair: Alison Beach
Gisela Muschiol, Universität Bonn, “A Legacy of the Fathers: The Reception of Late Antique Concepts of Enclosure in the Early Middle Ages”
Julian Hendrix, University of California, Los Angeles, Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, “Gender and Intercessory Prayer in Carolingian Monasticism”
Jasmin Hoven, Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Göttingen, Projekt Germania Sacra, “Noble Nuns: between Contact, Claustration, and Isolation”
Sigrid Schmitt, “‘We Poor, sorrowful, god-captivated.’ Communities of Enclosed and Non-Enclosed Religious Women in the Late Middle Ages”

43. Script as Image: Epigraphy and Inscription in Medieval Art
Organizer and Chair: Jeffrey Hamburger, Harvard University
Ben C. Tilghman, Walters Art Museum, “Letters of Expanded Meaning in Insular Manuscripts”
Joshua O’Driscoll, Harvard University, “Visual Vortex: An Ineffable Image from an Ottonian Gospel Book”
Ittai Weinryb, Bard Graduate Center, “The Inscribed Image: Sculpture, Epigraphy, and the Making of Public Art”
Amanda Luyster, College of the Holy Cross, “Christ’s Golden Voice: Inscriptions at the Papal Palace, Avignon”
44. Cicero Refused to Die: The Fate of the Classics in the Middle Ages
Organizer: Nancy van Deusen, Claremont Graduate University
Chair: Sabine G. MacCormack, University of Notre Dame
Nancy van Deusen, “Medieval Cicero through the Eyes of Quintilian”
Frank T. Coulson, Ohio State University, “Reading Ovid in the Twelfth-Century Renaissance”
Rita Copeland, University of Pennsylvania, “The Advanced Authors in the Grammatical Curricula”

12:15-1:30 Lunch

1:30-3:15 Concurrent Sessions

45. Round Table: The Toronto Feminists: How Did We Get Here from There? And Where Is “Here”?
Organizer and Chair: Nancy Partner, McGill University
Participants: Judith M. Bennett, University of Southern California; Kathleen Biddick, Temple University; Dyan Elliott, Northwestern University; Maryanne Kowaleski, Fordham University.

46. Law, Church, and Crown in the Long Twelfth Century
Organizer: Joshua C. Tate, Southern Methodist University
Chair: Dominique Bauer, Sint-Lucas, Belgium
Karen Bollermann, Arizona State University, and Cary J. Nederman, Texas A&M University, “Once a Tyrant, Always a Tyrant?  John of Salisbury and the Becket Problem”
Emily K. Wood, Clemson University, “The Pragmatism of Protection: Philip Augustus’s Defense of the Church”
Joshua C. Tate, “Property, Patronage, and the Birth of the Common Law”

47. The Manuals of Instruction and Social Control in Fourteenth-Century England
Organizer: Margaret Jennings, Boston College
Chair: Stephen F. Brown, Boston College
Margaret Jennings, “The 1350 Revision of the Speculum Curatorum: Catechesis and Complaint as Tools for Social Control”
Eugene Crook, Florida State University, “Ranulph Higden ‘Edits’ Magna Carta: Maintaining Social Control as Mores Change”
Michael Haren, Dublin, “Confession, Social Ethics, and Social Discipline: The Case and Context of the Memoriale Presbiterorum”

48. Antiquity and the Middle Ages
Sponsored by the Society for Late Antiquity
Organizer and Chair: Ralph W. Mathisen, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
John Matthews, Yale University, “The Place of Classical Antiquity in Late Antiquity”
Barbara H. Rosenwein, Loyola University, Chicago, “The Emotions of Late Antiquity: Bridges or Ruptures with the Classical and Medieval Worlds?”
Danuta Shanzer, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, “Practice, Ritual, Law: Continuity and Change in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages”

49. A Millennium Ago: Art 1010
Organizer and Chair: Lawrence Nees, University of Delaware
Jonathan M. Bloom, Boston College and Virginia Commonwealth University, “The Fatimid Caliph al-Hakim bi-Amr Allah (996-1021) and the Arts”
Carolyn Malone, University of Southern California, “Saint-Bénigne in Dijon (1001-1018) and Bishop Bruno’s Ambitions during the Burgundian Wars”
William J. Diebold, Reed College, “‘Enthusiasm is astir for the great German rulers of the past: precisely at a time when there are no more emperors’: Exhibiting Ottonian Art in Modern Germany”

50. Tree Lines: Nature and Culture in Medieval Woodlands
Organizer and Chair: Paolo Squatriti, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Matthew Scribner, Queen’s University, Kingston, “Tree and Technology: Articulating the Ecological in The Dream of the Rood”
Laura L. Howes, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, “Forests in Middle English Romance: On the Page and on the Ground”
Richard L. Keyser, Western Kentucky University, “Common Rights, Eminent Domain, and Sustainability in Medieval Woodlands”

51. Chaucer Criticism: The Next Ten Years
Organizer and Chair: Alastair Minnis, Yale University
Robert W. Hanning, Columbia University, “Toward a New Chaucerian Synthesis: Possible? Desirable?”
Suzanne Conklin Akbari, University of Toronto, “Chaucer in Circulation”
Maura Nolan, University of California, Berkeley, “‘Oon of thyne eyen thre’: Chaucer in the Future”

52. Dante: Theology, the Arts, and Poetry
Organizers: Filippo Naitana, Mt. Holyoke College, and Giuseppe Mazzotta, Yale University
Chair: Filippo Naitana
Albert Russell Ascoli, University of California, Berkeley, “Authors and Readers, Active and Passive:  Recanting De Vulgari Eloquentia 2.8 in Purgatorio 2”
Teodolinda Barolini, Columbia University, “The Poetry of Theology and the Theology of Poetry: from Dante’s Lyrics to the Paradiso”
Ronald L. Martinez, Brown University, “‘Benedictus qui venis’: Palm Sunday in Dante’s Works”

3:15-3:45 Coffee and Tea

4:00-5:30 Plenary Session

53. Fellows Session
Organizer: Fellows of the Medieval Academy
Presider: Joan M. Ferrante, Columbia University
Induction of Fellows and Corresponding Fellows
Charles Donahue, Jr., Harvard Law School, “The Legal Professions of Fourteenth-Century England”

5:30-7:00 Closing Reception Whitney Humanities Center

22–25 March 2010. "Old St Peter's Rome," a conference at the British School at Rome, Italy. The basilica that was built by Constantine at the Vatican in the early fourth century to mark the burial place of the Apostle Peter became the central place for Christian worship in the West for more than a millennium until its protracted demolition over the course of the sixteenth century. The essential chronology of the construction of Old St Peter's, and the major modifications made to its fabric over subsequent centuries, are well established. But a great many questions remain to be answered about details of the building and its monuments, and on the ways in which the basilica and its environs functioned as a 'theatre' of worship, burial and power throughout the middle ages from the fourth to sixteenth centuries.
Confirmed contributors include: Prof. Dr. Lex Bosman and Prof. Dr. Bram Kempers (Univ. of Amsterdam) ; Prof. Herbert Kessler (Johns Hopkins Univ.) ; Prof. Paolo Liverani (Università degli studi di Firenze) ; Prof. Rosamond McKitterick (Univ. of Cambridge) ; Dr. Richard Gem (UK) ; Dr. Pietro Zander (Reverenda Fabbrica di San Pietro).
Contact: John Osborne, Carleton Univ., Canada (john_osborne@carleton.ca); Carol Richardson, Open Univ., UK (c.m.richardson@open.ac.uk); or Joanna Story, Univ. of Leicester, UK (js73@le.ac.uk).
Programme – updated February 15 2010


Monday 22 March

Plenary lecture (18.00–19.00 as part of the BSR public lecture series)
Paolo Liverani (Università degli studi di Firenze), St. Peter’s and the City of Rome
between the Late Antique and the Early Middle Ages

Tuesday 23 March

Session I 09.00-10.30
Chair for session I – Christopher Smith (British School at Rome)
Opening of conference and welcome - Christopher Smith (Director of the British
School at Rome)
Pietro Zander (Fabbrica di San Pietro in Vaticano), La costruzione della basilica costantiniana nelle testimonianze superstiti della Necropoli di San Pietro
Richard Gem (UK), Constantine, Constans and St Peter's: A New Solution to the Building History of the 4th-century Basilica

Session II 11.00-12.30
Lex Bosman (University of Amsterdam), Spolia in the Fourth-century Basilica
Joan Barclay Lloyd (LaTrobe University, Melbourne), Revisiting Old St. Peter's with Richard Krautheimer
Olof Brandt (Pontificio Istituto di Archeologia Cristiana), The Early Christian Baptistery of St. Peter's

Session III 14.00-15.30
Chair for sessions III and IV - Serena Romano (Université de Lausanne)
Meaghan McEvoy (Dumbarton Oaks/ University of Oxford ), The Mausoleum of Honorius: Late Roman Imperial Christianity and the City of Rome in the Fifth Century
Judson J. Emerick (Pomona College), Did the Early Christian Sant'Anastasia copy Old St. Peter's?
Annie Labatt (Yale University), The Life of the Roman “Anastasis” in Old St. Peter's from John VII to Formosus

Session IV 16.00-17.30
Antonella Ballardini (Università degli studi Roma Tre), Per una ricostruzione dell'oratorio di Giovanni VII nell'antica basilica Vaticana: la decorazione architettonica e scultorea
Paola Pogliani (Università degli studi della Tuscia), Per una ricostruzione dell'oratorio di Giovanni VII (705-707) nell'antica basilica Vaticana: i mosaici
Per Jonas Nordhagen (University of Bergen), Palladium of the Urbs: The Orant Maria Regina of A.D. 705-707. Byzantine Image-making before Iconoclasm

Wednesday 24 March

Respondent/chair for sessions V and VI - Yitzhak Hen (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev)
Session V 09.00-10.30
Alan Thacker (IHR University of London), Clergy and Custodes at Old St Peter's, 4th- 8th Centuries
Eamonn O'Carragain (University of Cork), Interactions Between Liturgy and Politics in Old St Peter's, 670-740: John the Archcantor, Sergius and Gregory II and III
Peter Jeffery (University of Notre Dame), The Roman Liturgical Year and the Early Liturgy of St. Peter's

Session VI 11.00-12.30
Charles McClendon (Brandeis University), Old St Peter's and the Iconoclastic Controversy
Ann van Dijk (Northern Illinois University), Old St. Peter's and the Cult of Icons in Rome

Session VII 14.00-15.30

Rosamond McKitterick (University of Cambridge), The Role of Old St Peter's in the Liber Pontificalis
Joanna Story (Leicester University), The Carolingians and Old St Peter's
Caroline Goodson (Birkbeck College, University of London), Old St Peters and the political topography of Carolingian Rome

Session VIII 16.00-17.30
Carmela Vircillo Franklin (American Academy in Rome), The Legendary of St Peter's Basilica: Hagiographic Traditions and Innovations in the Late 11th century
John Osborne (Carleton University), Plus Caesare Petrus: The Medieval Understanding of the Vatican Obelisk  

Thursday 25 March

Session IX 09.00-10.30
Katharina Christa Schüppel (Leipzig University), The Stucco Crucifix of St. Peter's: Textual Sources and Visual Evidence on the Renaissance Copy of a Medieval Silver Crucifix
Carol M. Richardson (The Open University), Papal tombs in Old St Peter's after Avignon
Robert Glass (Princeton University), Filarete's Renovation of the Porta Argentea at Old St. Peter's

Session X 11.00-12.30
Catherine Fletcher (Rome Fellow, British School at Rome), The Altar of St Maurice
and the Invention of Tradition in St Peter’s
Bram Kempers (University of Amsterdam), A Hybrid History: The Antique Basilica with a Modern Dome
Close of conference – Susan Russell (British School at Rome)

 "Voix de femmes médiévales / Medieval Women's Voices,"

26–27 March 2010. "Voix de femmes médiévales / Medieval Women's Voices," colloque du Centre d'Etudes Médiévales Anglaises (CEMA) à l'Université Paris-Sorbonne (Paris 4). Contact: Gloria Cigman (gloria.cigman@orange.fr; http://www.cema.paris4.fr).
Consultez le programme du colloque et visualisez la couverture du programme. 

The Mid-Atlantic Renaissance-Reformation Seminar (MARRS)
26–27 March 2010. The Mid-Atlantic Renaissance-Reformation Seminar (MARRS), at Washington and Lee University, in Lexington, Virginia. The plenary address by Melissa Meriam Bullard will be on “The Secrets of a Renaissance Merchant in His Studiolo.”
Call for papers: submit a proposal for a twenty-minute paper by 19 December to David S. Peterson, History Dept., Washington and Lee Univ., Lexington, VA 24450 (540-458-8094; fax: 540-458-8498; petersond@wlu.edu; http://mrst.wlu.edu).

Mid-Atlantic Renaissance-Reformation Seminar (marrs) March 26-27, 2010 - Conference Program

Friday Evening, March 26

5:00- 6:15 PM: Opening Reception, Alumni House (#1 on map)
6:30- 7:45 PM: Plenary Address, Leyburn Library, Northen Auditorium (#40 on map)

Melissa Meriam Bullard, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill,

"The Secrets of a Renaissance Merchant in His Studiolo."

8:00 PM: Banquet, Sheridan Livery Inn (35 N. Main St.)  (menu)

Saturday Morning, March 27

8:00 AM: Coffee Service, Leyburn Library, foyer outside Northen Auditorium (#40 on map)
8:30-10:00 AM: Panel I: Italian Studies (Northen Auditorium)
Moderator: George Bent, Washington and Lee University.
Anthony J. Lichi, Old Dominion University, "From the Good Death to the Art of Dying
Well. Petrarch, Savonarola and Deathbed Imagery."
Alan Cottrell, Montclair State University, "The Physicality of Poliziano's Language in
the Miscellanea."
Robert Policelli, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, "Between Fortuna and Virtù:
The Idea of Italia in Machiavelli's Last Years."
10:00-10:30 AM: Coffee Break
10:30-11:30 AM: Panel II: Travelling East (Northen Auditorium)
Moderator: Domnica Radulescu, Washington and Lee University.
Pascale Barthe, University of North Carolina, Wilmington, "(Re)capturing Constantinople: Poetics of Conquest in Bertrand de La Borderie's Discours du voyage de Constantinoble (1542)."
Rosemary Lee, University of Virginia, "Observing Trifles in Jerusalem: Pietro della Valle and the Holy Fire of 1616."
11:30-11:45AM: Coffee Break
11:45 AM -12:45 PM: Panel III: To the North (Northen Auditorium)
Moderator: Holly Pickett, Washington and Lee University.
Jeff Persels, University of South Carolina, "A Huguenot Keeping Catholic Accounts: The Polemical Uses of Corporate Greed, Circa 1580."
Clifton W. Potter, Jr., Lynchburg College, "'Life Upon the Wicked Stage . . . .' Elizabeth I in Nineteenth-Century Drama."

Conference Registration:

Please send me a check for $35.00, which includes the price of the banquet, made out to Washington and Lee University, by March 12. The menu will include chicken, beef, seafood and vegetarian choices, and the chicken and beef items can be prepared gluten free. You need not choose now, but please indicate if you have any special dietary requirements.
David S. Peterson
History Department, Baker Hall
Washington and Lee University
Lexington, VA 24450
(540) 458-8094


Rooms will be available at Lexington's Hampton Inn Col Alto, 401 East Nelson St., for a conference rate of $99.00 + tax. For reservations call (540) 463-2223 before March 14, 2010. Indicate that you will be participating in the conference.
Note: Hampton Inn Col Alto has extended the deadline to receive the $99 conference rate to March 14.

  "Landscapes and Societies in Ancient and Medieval Europe East of the Elbe. Interactions between Environmental Settings and Cultural Transformations,"
26–27 March 2010. "Landscapes and Societies in Ancient and Medieval Europe East of the Elbe. Interactions between Environmental Settings and Cultural Transformations," an international workshop organized by the Department of History of York University and the Graduate School "Human Development in Landscapes," at Christian-Albrechts-Universität Kiel, to be held on the Keele Campus of York University, Toronto, Canada. This is the Fourth International Workshop of the Interdisciplinary Association "Gentes trans Albiam - Europe East of the Elbe in the Middle Ages."
Landscapes can be defined, in the words of Denis E. Cosgrove, as "visibly distinct regions." Landscapes can be understood as the natural environments in which a society is embedded, or as the set of representations with which members of a society observe and describe a region and give it significance. The idea of landscape is dependant on the one hand on the material reality of a given region, on the other hand on the sense attached to it by human beings beholding it. Medieval Europe east of the Elbe presents an interesting field for the investigation of landscape transformations. The area is characterized by many features that clearly distinguishes it from the Mediterranean regions throughout the Middle Ages—absence of Roman traditions, late appearance of Latin culture, colonization movement, chartered towns. There were generally independent developments concerning society, economy, and religion which led to the creation of a distinct cultural area. All of this makes this part of the European continent attractive for a consideration of large-scale and longue durée interactions between landscapes and societies. The workshop will bring together a small group of young scholars (16 papers) from North America and Europe working in the fields of archaeology, history, palaeobotany and palaeozoology.
Call for papers: Papers in the fields of history, archaeology and related disciplines are invited. The papers should present a link with parts of Europe outside the borders of the Roman Empire as well as with environmental and/or social history. The main focus will be on the medieval period but papers dealing with Antiquity are invited, too. Doctoral students and young scholars will be particularly considered.
Please send a short abstract (less than one page) and a CV by e-mail to one of the organizers by 20 October 2009. Deadline for abstracts: 20 October 2009. Invitations will depend upon available funding. A publication following the workshop is considered. Contact: Sunhild Kleingärtner (skleingaertner@ufg.uni-kiel.de), Sébastien Rossignol (rossigno@yorku.ca), or Donat Wehner (donatwehner@gshdl.uni-kiel.de).
Friday, 26 March 2010
9.00-9.20 Welcome
- Carolyn Podruchny (York University): For the Department of History
- Sébastien Rossignol (York University): Presentation of the Interdisciplinary Association “Gentes trans Albiam – Europe East of the Elbe in the Middle Ages”
- Sunhild Kleingärtner, Ulrich Müller, Donat Wehner (University of Kiel): Presentation of the Graduate School “Human Development in Landscapes” at the University of Kiel
- Grischa Vercamer (German Historical Institute in Warsaw): Presentation of the German Historical Institute in Warsaw
9.20-9.35 Sunhild Kleingärtner, Donat Wehner (University of Kiel), Sébastien Rossignol (York University): Introduction to the subject “Landscapes and Societies in Ancient and Medieval Europe East of the Elbe. Interactions between Environmental Settings and Cultural Transformations”
9.35-10.15 First Keynote Address
Chair: Richard C. Hoffmann (York University)
- Piotr Górecki (University of California at Riverside): People, land, and settlement “East of the Elbe,” 1150–1310: A very large subject in a very small place
10.15-10.25 Discussion
10.25-10.45 Coffee break
10.45-12.00 Session 1 Colonization, expansion, and the environment
Chair: Sébastien Rossignol (York University)
- Corneliu Varlan (Université Laval): Présence romaine au Nord-ouest de la mer Noire et son impact sur la société et l’environnement de la région
- Artur Blażejewski (University of Wrocław): Cultural changes in the upper Oder basin in late Antiquity
- Timothy Newfield (McGill University): The Eastern European origins of early medieval livestock pestilences
12.00-12.30 Discussion
12.30-14.00 Lunch
14.00-15.15 Session 2 Communications and networks
Chair: Richard C. Hoffmann (York University)
- Martin Gravel (Université de Montréal): Les missi impériaux et la conquête de l’Est : les défis de la communication dans l’expansion orientale de l’Empire carolingien
- Sarah Nelly Friedland (University of Kiel): Network analysis in Slavonic archaeology – An example from the Plön area in Wagria (Schleswig-Holstein)
- Kai Schaper (University of Kiel): Cultural landscapes and aspects of Slavonic musical instruments and soundtool
15.15-15.45 Discussion
15.45-16.15 Coffee break
16.15-17.30 Session 3 Encountering the environment
Chair: Sunhild Kleingärtner (University of Kiel)
- Ülle Sillasoo (Tallinn University): A cultural history of plants in medieval Livonia
- Ulrich Schmölcke (Kiel): Animals in the ports of trade of the Baltic sea
- Magdalena Wieckowska (University of Kiel): Settlement history on the basis of pollen analysis in the Middle Ages
17.30-18.00 Discussion
Saturday, 27 March 2010
9.00-9.40 Second Keynote Address
Chair: Sébastien Rossignol (York University)
- Jüri Kivimäe (University of Toronto): Colonizing the landscape: a
case study of medieval Livonia
9.40-9.50 Discussion
9.50-10.40 Session 4 Perception of landscapes
Chair: Donat Wehner (University of Kiel)
- Andris Šnē (University of Latvia): Landscape and long-term change: Sense of place, centrality, and identity in medieval Livonia
- Heidi M. Sherman (University of Wisconsin Green Bay): Staking the Novgorodian frontier: The Orthodox Christianization of Staraia Ladoga’s pagan landscape in the twelfth century
10.40-11.00 Discussion
11.00-11.20 Coffee break
11.20-12.35 Session 5 Taming of nature
Chair: Ulrich Müller (University of Kiel)
- Ben Krause-Kyora (University of Kiel): “Pig in a poke.” Molecular-genetic and archaeological investigations at early mediaeval pigs (Sus scrofa) in North-East-Europe
- Ingo Petri (University of Kiel): Topography of metal handicrafts
- Daniel Zwick (University of Kiel): Dynamics for cultural change in the Baltic Sea region in the age of the Northern Crusades: A maritime archaeological perspective
12.35-13.00 Discussion
13.00-14.30 Lunch
14.30-15.35 Session 6 Social formation and symbolic landscapes
Chair: Colin M. Coates (York University)
- Krzysztof Fokt (University of Wrocław), Archaeological remarks on rural landscapes in Silesia and Upper Lusatia
- Tomasz Gidaszewski, Jarosław Suproniuk, Marta Piber Zbieranowska, Michał Zbieranowski (Institute of History, Polish Academy of Sciences): Transformations of the natural landscapes of the Upper Noteć Region from the tenth to the sixteenth century
15.35-15.50 Discussion
15.50-16.10 Coffee break
16.10-17.00 Session 7 Political and social transformations
Chair: Grischa Vercamer (German Historical Institute in Warsaw)
- Przemysław Wiszewski (University of Wrocław), Power, memory and political landscape in the late middle ages
- Cameron M. Sutt (Austin Peay State University): “The empty land” and the end of slavery: social transformation in thirteenth-century Hungary
17.00-17.20 Discussion
17.20-18.00 Session 8 Interaction between physical environment and social landscape
Richard C. Hoffmann (York University): Summarizing remarks
All participants: Interdisciplinary Roundtable Discussion
Kontakt:Sunhild Kleingärtner
Institut für Ur- und Frühgeschichte, Christian-Albrechts-Uni
Johanna-Mestorf. Str. 2-6, D-24118 Kiel

26–27 March 2010. "Dante's Volume from Alpha to Omega: A Graduate Symposium on the Poet's Universe," is sponsored by the Department of Italian Language and Literature, at Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut. Dante's Divine Comedy is a totalizing vision—a work emanating from and culminating in the poet's glimpse of a universe "bound with love in a single volume." In the twenty-first century, the goals of universal digitization and constant accessibility that mark our information age might seem far removed from Dante's vatic rendering of the cosmos, and yet our technological models of thought might equally be understood as the current form of an encyclopedic impulse that stretches back to, and extends well beyond, the fourteenth century. "Dante's Volume from Alpha to Omega" will explore how the encyclopedism of today can enrich, inform, or obscure our understanding of Dante's universe and its poetic representation.
The keynote speaker will be Prof. Giuseppe Mazzotta (Yale University).
Call for papers: in the interests of interdisciplinarity, paper topics may include, but are not limited to the following:
Receptions of Dante: commentary, exegesis, and philology
Representations of Dante: the visual, acoustic, and cinematic arts
Dante and the place of language
Dante and the sciences
Poetry as knowledge and self-knowledge
In the shadow of the Comedy: the 'minor' works
Nature, necessity, and freedom in the Comedy
The world outside the secretissima camera: social/institutional history in Dante's time
Justice earthly and divine
Dante and the lyric tradition
Theology, history, and the politics of exile
Classical and medieval theories of love
Ethics and psychology
Style and rhetoric
Theological and philosophical debates in the thirteenth century.
Presentations should not exceed 20 minutes (approximately 9–10 pages of double-spaced text) and may be in Italian or in English. Please submit an anonymous abstract (no longer than 250 words) and, on a separate page, a cover sheet with the title of your paper, your name, affiliation, and contact information (including telephone and e-mail address). Kindly send this information as Microsoft Word file attachment to yaledantesymposium@gmail.com by 15 November 2009. Further information will be available on the events webpage of the Yale Italian Department http://www.yale.edu/italian/news/index.html as the symposium draws nearer.

"New Directions in Medieval Scandinavian Studies,"

27–28 March 2010. "New Directions in Medieval Scandinavian Studies," the 30th Annual Conference of the Center for Medieval Studies, will be held at Fordham University, Lincoln Center Campus, in New York City.
This international conference seeks to explore the ways in which traditional interpretations of medieval Scandinavian culture, literature, history, and religion are being challenged or advanced by new methodologies and new questions. Plenary speakers will be Vésteinn Olason, recently Director of the Arni Magnússon Institute in Reykjavík; Matthew Driscoll, Director of the Arnamagnaean Institute in Copenhagen; and a Norwegian scholar now residing in the U.S., Kirsten Seaver.
Call for papers: we welcome papers in all disciplines, including art and architecture, archaeology and landscape, folklore, history, law, linguistics and philology, literature, and religion, but we are particularly interested in papers that can speak to larger issues in Scandinavian studies. These include, but are not limited to how to resolve disputes about dating the earliest vernacular texts; orality and literacy; methods of editing vernacular texts and translations; the mechanics and meaning of Christianization; the relationship between sanctity and politics, particularly in terms of saintly rulers; the extent and impact of the Scandinavian diaspora; the periodization and pace of state formation; settlement patterns and social stratification in town and country; and the influence of nationalism and romanticism on interpretative frameworks.
Send an abstract and a cover letter with contact information (incl. e-mail address) to Conference Committee, Center for Medieval Studies, FMH 405, Fordham University, Bronx, NY 10458, USA (fax: 718-817-3987; medievals@fordham.edu).

Conference Program
8:30-8:55   Registration and Coffee
8:55-9:00   Welcome, Maryanne Kowaleski, Director of the Center for Medieval Studies, Fordham University
9:00-10:20  Session 1A: Plenary Lectures
Chair:  Martin Chase, S.J., Fordham University
The Composition of Hávamál—Oral or Written?
Vésteinn Ólason, University of Iceland
Tristan in Iceland: The Continuing Saga
Matthew Driscoll, University of Copenhagen
10:20-10:45  Coffee Break
10:45-12:15  Concurrent Sessions
2A.  Literary Theory and the Sagas
Chair: Haruko Momma, New York University
La sagesse sauvage: Towards a Structural Analysis of the Icelandic Sagas
Oren Falk, Cornell University
Dialogue with Theory: Bakhtinian Directions for Saga Studies
Carl Phelpstead, Cardiff University
Psychoanalysis and the Sagas
Torfi Tulinius, University of Iceland
2B.  Questions of Poiesis: Poetry outside the Canon
Chair: Christina Carlson, Iona College
The Genesis of Strengleikar: Scribes, Translators, and Place of Origin
Ingvil Brügger Budal, University of Bergen
From Darkness Comes Light: Reading Medieval Scandinavia from the Perspective of Riddles
Hannah Burrows, University of Sydney
Praising King Olaf: Oral Tradition in Christian Skaldic Poetry
Rolf Stavnem, University of Aarhus
2C.  Með Lögum Skal Land Byggja: The Emergence of Law in the North
Chair: Wolfgang Müller, Fordham University
Dismissing "The Good Old Law": New Interpretations of Danish Law and Legal Culture
Per Andersen, University of Aarhus
For Each Criminal a Punishment. Gender and Legal Responsibility in Swedish Medieval Law
Christine Ekholst, Stockholm University
Documenting the Reception of Learned Law: The Evidence of the Local Courts
Anders Leegaard Knudsen, Society for Danish Language and Literature
12:15-1:30:  Lunch (a list of local restaurants will be provided)
1:30-2:15  Session 3A:  Plenary Lecture
Chair:  Richard Unger, University of British Columbia
Slow Fade, No Credits: How Norse Greenland Slipped from Late Medieval Knowledge
Kirsten Seaver, Stanford University
2:15-2:30  Break
2:30-4:00  Concurrent Sessions
4A:  The French Connection:  Interactions between Scandinavian and Continental Texts
Chair:  Susanne Hafner, Fordham University
Shortened Norse Translations of French Romances
Hanna Steinunn Thorleifsdottir, University of Caen
Signs of Identity in the Alexander's Saga
K. P. Middel, Groningen University
Converting the Scandinavian Vikings to Christian Normans: Warner of Rouen's Moriuht as a Tool of Conversion at the Norman Ducal Court c.1000 A.D.
Sally N. Vaughan, University of Houston
4B:  New Approaches to Skaldic Poetry
Chair: Lilla Kopar, Catholic University of America
Towards a Skaldic Lyric
Daniel D. Brielmaier, University of Toronto
Þórsdrápa – A Minimal Reading of Skaldic Poetry
Rune Flaten, University of Oslo
Patterns of Variation in Skaldic Poetry: Can We Arrive at a Firmer Footing?
Mikael Males, University of Oslo
4C:  Blurred Genres: Historiographical Considerations
Chair:  Ragnheiður Mósesdóttir, University of Copenhagen
Retelling the Fall of the Commonwealth
Ármann Jakobsson, University of Iceland
Contemporary Kings' Sagas and Fundamental Interdisciplinarity: Toward an Assessment of the Historico-Literary Approach in Hákonar saga Hákonarsonar
Adam Oberlin, University of Minnesota
Annals and Sagas: Historiography, Politics, and Culture in Medieval Iceland
Elizabeth Ashman Rowe, University of Cambridge
4:00-4:30  Coffee Break
4:30-6:00  Concurrent Sessions
5A:  Re-imag(in)ing the Medieval North: Interpretations in Contemporary Film
Chair:  Martha Driver, Pace University
Gods as Kids in The Mythical Detective Loki Ragnarok
Cecilia Ovesdotter Alm, Cornell University
Who's Savage Now? - The Vikings on Film in North America
Kevin J. Harty, LaSalle University
Hrafn Gunnlaugsson’s “Raven Trilogy” of Films about Medieval Scandinavia:  Spaghetti Western Meets Icelandic Saga
Lorraine K. Stock, University of Houston
5B:  Plans for a New History of Pre-Christian Religions in the North
Chair:  Stephen Mitchell, Harvard University
Old Norse Religion as an Archaeological Challenge
Anders Andrén, Stockholm University
The Textual Traditions
John Lindow, University of California Berkeley
Some Tendencies in the General Study of Religion: The Consequences for the Study of Old Norse Religion
Jens Peter Schjødt, University of Aarhus
5C:  Keeping their World Large: Culture Contact in the North Atlantic
Chair: Michael Staunton, University College, Dublin
The Vikings in Ireland 795-836: Raids and Bases?
Emer Purcell, University College Cork
Reading Hrólfs saga kraka and Pwyll Pendefig Dyfed as Literary Analogues
Lindy Brady, University of Connecticut
A Norse-Gaelic Settlement in Western Iceland and its Impact on the Christianization of Iceland and Greenland
Jens Ulff-Møller, Columbia University
6:00-7:00  Reception: Plaza Atrium
9:00-9:15  Registration and Coffee
9:15-10:00  Session 6A:  Plenary Lecture
Chair: Roberta Frank, Yale University
What the Face Reveals: An Analysis of the Sagas and Tales of Icelanders
Kirsten Wolf, University of Wisconsin
10:00-10:15  Break
10:15-12:15   Concurrent Sessions
7A:  New Technologies for the Study of Medieval Scandinavia
Chair: Richard Sacks, Columbia University
Unmixing Mixture with Statistics: Analyzing the Language of a Medieval Birgittine Manuscript
Jonathan Adams, Society for Danish Language and Literature
Digitizing Medieval Danish Society
Johnny Grandjean Gøsig Jakobsen, University of Copenhagen
Knowledge for Everyman 1492-1750:  A Registration and Selection of Early Danish Textbooks
Vibeke A. Pedersen, University of Copenhagen
The Kuli Runestone and the “Improvement” of Norway by Christianity: Laser Technology and New Readings/Interpretations
James E. Knirk
7B:  The Life of Myth
Chair: Joseph Harris, Harvard University
Archaeological versus Architectural Models of Norse Mythology. Or: Is Going Forwards the Way Forward?
Christopher Abram, University College London
Thor and the Volk: From Jacob Grimm to Heinrich Himmler
Martin Arnold, University of Hull
Tolkien’s Legend of Sigurd and Gudrún: Creative Drama or Scholarly Exercise?
Rory McTurk, University of Leeds
Ginnungagap: The Gaping Maw
Carrie Roy, University of Wisconsin
7C:  Uncertain Loyalties: The Dynamics of Conversion
Chair:  Anders Winroth, Yale University
Resisting Conversion in Medieval Scandinavia
Maths Bertell, Stockholm University
Poppo's Ordeal: Courtier Bishops and the Success of Christianization at the Turn of the Millennium
Michael H. Gelting, University of Aberdeen
“Priests, Poets, and Charismatic Legitimation: Using Weber and Bourdieu to Understand Top-Down Conversion in Medieval Scandinavia”
Kevin Wanner, Western Michigan University
Jelling – New Excavations and New Insights into the Structure of a Viking Age Royal Domain
Mads Dengsø Jessen, University of Aarhus
12:15-1:30:  Lunch (a list of local restaurants will be provided)
1:30-2:15   Session 8A:  Plenary Lecture
Chair: Richard Gyug, Fordham University
Diaspora and Identity in the Viking Age
Lesley Abrams, Oxford University
2:15-2:30  Break
2:30-4:00  Concurrent Sessions
9A:  East, West, and North: Emerging Cultural Identities in Medieval Scandinavian Art
Chair:  Nina Rowe, Fordham University
Embodying Virtue. Identity and Church Art Patronage in Twelfth-Century Denmark
Kristin B. Aavitsland, University of Oslo
"Byzantios" Reconsidered
Lena Liepe, University of Oslo
The Politics of St. Olav’s Burial:  A Fresh Look at the Trondheim Altar Frontal
Margrethe C. Stang, Norwegian University of Science and Technology
9B:  Siðmidöld: Pushing the Boundaries
Chair:  Susan Boynton, Columbia University
New Directions in Icelandic Ballad Studies
Paul Acker, Saint Louis University
Rask 98, Modal Change, and Oral Transmission in 17th-Century Iceland
Árni Heimir Ingólfsson, Iceland Academy of the Arts
On the Circulation of Vernacular Medical Texts in Late Medieval and Early Modern Iceland
Shaun F. D. Hughes, Purdue University
9C:  New Approaches to Saga Narratives
Chair: Marlene Ciklamini, Rutgers University
Egill Skallagrímsson as Gorilla/Guerilla Hero: Strategies of Mastery and Deformation in Medieval Iceland
Amy C. Mulligan, University of Bergen
Myth and Memory in the Construction of Arons saga
Úlfar Bragason, University of Iceland
Inside and Outside in Gísla saga Súrssonar
Kendra Willson, UCLA
4:00-4:30  Coffee Break
4:30-6:00  Concurrent Sessions
10A:  Environmental Issues: Culture, Climate, and Landscape in Medieval Nordic Consciousness
Chair: Merrill Kaplan, Ohio State University
Limits of Cultural Identification on the Western Fringes of the Norse Diaspora
Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough, University of Cambridge
Culture Contact in the Norse North Atlantic AD 800-1500
Dayanna Knight, University of Nottingham
Good Weather, Bad Weather: The Use of the Natural World in Gísla saga
Bernadine McCreesh, University of Quebec
10B:  Virtus et Virilitas: The Making of Holy Men in Medieval Scandinavia
Chair: Ruth Mazo Karras, University of Minnesota
Masculinity, Christianity and Sanctity
Ásdís Egilsdóttir, University
History, Tradition, and Authorial Strategy in Aelnoth of Canterbury’s Gesta et Passio
Jonathan Grove, University of Cambridge
Kings Erik, Olaf, and Solomon in Late Medieval Swedish Art
Kathryn Martin, University of Pittsburgh
10C:  Around the Baltic
Chair:  Nicholas Paul, Fordham University
The Influence of Nationalism on the Interpretative Frameworks of the Medieval Scandinavian Stateand Urbanization Processes. Case Study: The Town of Lödöse
Erika Harlitz, University of Gothenburg
The Lost King: King Eric of Pomerania and the War of Schleswig
Markus Hedemann, Society for Danish Language and Literature
How the Crusades Have (Re)emerged in Recent Scandinavian Research
Carsten Selch Jensen, University of Copenhagen
6:00-7:00  Reception: Plaza Atrium

30–31.March 2010. "Utrumque ius? The Education of a Lawyer," a colloquium to be held at Robinson College, Cambridge. Utrumque ius will focus on the "technical" issues of the discipline: the genres and formats of medieval legal collections; people and books; education "centres"; and the ways lawyers were trained and became professionals. It will also address navigating the books and related literature, as well as the benefits and difficulties of using legal texts as historical sources. The colloquium is aimed chiefly at postgraduate students and early career medievalists. There are a limited number of places and CLASMA (Church, Law and Society in the Middle Ages Research Network) would like to invite applications for grants covering the colloquium, accommodation in Cambridge for the nights of 29-30 March, meals including a reception and colloquium dinner on 30 March. The deadline for applications is Wednesday, 24 February 2010. Completed forms and any queries should be addressed to Danica Summerlin, CLASMA Administrative Assistant (clasma.colloquia@googlemail.com).