Sunday, February 26, 2017

MAM meeting in Duluth (October 2016)

MAM at ICMS 2017

Session 16
Thursday 10:00 a.m.
Fetzer 2040

Medievalism and Don Quixote
Organizer: Carlos Hawley, North Dakota State Univ.
Presider: Paul E. Larson, Baylor Univ.

Between Babieca and Rocinante: Equine Performativity in the Spanish Chivalric Tradition
Bruce R. Burningham, Illinois State Univ.

Modernism versus Medievalism in Interpretation of Don Quijote
Wendell P. Smith, Wilson College

Reflections on Knights and Mirrors: El Caballero del Verde Gabán
Robert S. Stone, United States Naval Academy

Medievalism: Mio Cid’s Golden Age as the Cradle for Cervantes’s Decrepit Present
Jaime Leaños, Univ. of Nevada–Reno

Medieval Association of the Midwest (MAM) Executive Council Meeting
Thursday Noon
Bernhard 107

Medieval Association of the Midwest (MAM) Business Meeting and Reception with hosted bar
Thursday 5:30 p.m.
Bernhard 107

Session 284
Friday 3:30 p.m.
Valley III Stinson Lounge

Law, Loopholes, and Justice in Medieval Contexts and Beyond
Organizer: Toy-Fung Tung, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY
Presider: Toy-Fung Tung

From Dante’s Inferno to Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath: Usury, the Law, and Loopholes
Lucas J. McCarthy, Western Michigan Univ.

“Tenuto buono e male adoperando”: From Trickery to Criminality in Decameron 3.6 and 4.2
Margaret Escher, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY

Nature, the Ultimate Loophole: Francis Bacon, John Bulwer, and the Psychophys­iology of the English Courtroom
Jeffrey Wollock, Texas A&M Univ.

Session 390
Saturday 10:00 a.m.
Bernhard 211

Medieval Bridesmaids: Wedding, Bedding, and Bad Behavior in Romance
Organizer: Matthew O’Donnell, Indiana Univ.–Bloomington
Presider: Alison Langdon, Western Kentucky Univ.

Love on the Battlefield: Interfaith Attraction and Conversion in Three Middle English Romances
Elizabeth Melick, Kent State Univ.

Marriage, Mimicry, and Murder: Unwilling Wives and Feminine Feigning in Bevis of Hampton
Elizabeth A. Williamsen, Minnesota State Univ.–Mankato

Lady Guinevere’s Lover: Bloody Sheets and Bloody Bedchambers in Malory’s Morte Darthur
Matthew O’Donnell

Session 440
Saturday 1:30 p.m.
Bernhard 209

Medievalism and Pedagogy
Organizer: Audrey Becker, Marygrove College
Presider: Audrey Becker

Play, Games, and the Medieval World: Teaching Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s The White Company
Robert Sirabian, Univ. of Wisconsin–Stevens Point

Teaching Westeros: Medieval Studies, Medievalism, and George R. R. Martin
Carol Jamison, Armstrong State Univ.

“Medieval” Rhetoric, ISIS, and the Syrian Refugee Crisis: A Lesson for Teaching Political Medievalisms in the Undergraduate Classroom
Erin S. Lynch, Medieval Institute, Western Michigan Univ.

“Have you ever heard of Robin Longstride?”: Anachronism, Authenticity, and Teaching Robin Hood
Christian Sheridan, Bridgewater College

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Speculum: Postdoctoral Editorial Fellowship

Applications are now being accepted for a two-year Postdoctoral Editorial Fellowship at Speculum, the journal of the Medieval Academy of America.
The Speculum fellowship represents a significant fulfillment of one aspect of the Medieval Academy's continuing efforts to recognize and support extraordinary medievalists in the early stages of their careers. We believe that after the fellowship tenure, the Speculum fellow will be a more experienced scholar and editor and will be an exceptionally attractive candidate for academic positions, as well as for significant publishing and editorial opportunities.
This two-year full-time post at Speculum offers qualified individuals the opportunity to develop as scholars and editors. The term of the award is subject to the Fellow's acceptable performance of the duties required, as determined by the Editor of Speculum. Fellows will receive:
  • $43,000 annual stipend
  • Health benefits
  • Special Borrower's privileges at Widener Library, Harvard University
  • Limited travel funds
Fellows are expected to:
  • Continue to develop research program 1 day/ week.
  • Assume responsibilities for a particular set of editorial tasks at Speculum. These tasks will include, but are not limited to: liaising with book review editors; contacting reviewers; checking citations for accepted articles; proofreading reviews, Brief Notices, Books Received, and Tables of Contents, and entering corrections; proofing full issues of Speculum
  • Participate in the cultural life of medieval studies in the Boston area.
  • Reside in the Boston area during the fellowship period.
Eligible candidates must meet the following requirements and demonstrate the following qualifications:
  • PhD in some field of medieval studies completed before the end of spring term, 2017, but no earlier than January 1, 2011
  • Attention to detail and evidence of a high level of scholarly precision, particularly with regards to bibliographic detail
  • Strong work ethic
  • Facility with languages
  • Demonstrated ability to manage large amounts of digital information
The deadline for applications is 15 October. Click here for more information and to apply.

Harry Ransom Center: Research fellowships

The Harry Ransom Center, an internationally renowned humanities research library and museum at The University of Texas at Austin, invites applications for its 2017-2018 research fellowships. More than 50 fellowships will be awarded for projects that require substantial on-site use of the Ransom Center's collections, supporting research in all areas of the humanities including literature, photography, film, art, the performing arts, music, and cultural history.

The fellowships range from one to three months, with stipends of $3,000 per month. Also available are $1,200 or $1,700 travel stipends and dissertation fellowships with a $1,500 stipend. All applicants, with the exception of those applying for dissertation fellowships, must have a Ph.D. or be independent scholars with a substantial record of achievement.

Please note that our application deadline has changed: The application deadline for 2017-2018 fellowships is November 15, 2016, 5 p.m. CST. The 2017-2018 fellowships will support research visits that will take place during the period June 1, 2017-August 31, 2018.

Fellows will become part of a distinguished group of alumni. Since the fellowship program's inauguration in 1990, the Ransom Center has awarded fellowships to more than 1,000 scholars from around the world.

For details and application instructions, visit:

Please circulate this announcement among colleagues and students.

Questions about the fellowship program or application instructions may be directed to

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

MAM in Duluth: Conference Information




(BL Harley MS. 978 – public domain image)


All sessions will take place on The College of St. Scholastica main campus. Founded in 1912 by the Benedictine community of St. Scholastica, the College strives to prepare students for the future by fusing liberal learning with professional training. The monastic community continues to sponsor and play an active part in the College’s development as the College honors its past, rooted in the medieval Benedictine tradition, while educating students in the present for a future of service to their communities and the world. The sisters of St. Scholastica join the College faculty in welcoming you to the campus in October.

Registration will be in the Mitchell Auditorium Foyer. Friday’s plenary address will be in the Mitchell Auditorium; Saturday’s plenary address will be in the Science Auditorium. Friday’s reception and banquet will be in Somers Lounge; Saturday’s reception and dinner will be in the Heritage Dining Room. Paper sessions will be either in Tower Hall or the Science Building.


All those presenting at the MAM Annual Conference must be members of MAM. If you have not yet joined, please send your check with the membership form (printable PDF available here) to Kristie Bixby at the address on the form. If you are not certain about your current membership status, simply contact Kristie at


Registration will be available online by early September via the Conference website (currently under construction: you will be notified when it is launched). The conference registration fee is $60.00 for regular MAM members and $40.00 for students, retired faculty, lifetime, and patron members. The registration fee includes admission to the receptions Friday and Saturday, the Friday banquet, and conference refreshments. The Saturday buffet dinner is optional and will cost $20.00 inclusive.


The College of St. Scholastica is located at 1200 Kenwood Avenue, Duluth, Minnesota.
  • Duluth International Airport: Delta Airlines and United Airlines offer regular service to DIA from larger hubs at Minneapolis/St Paul and Chicago respectively. Skyline Shuttle ( offers round-trip service to Duluth from the M/SP airport for $68 (takes 2.5-3 hours).
  • Bus: Jefferson Line ( offers service to Duluth, including a stop at The College of St. Scholastica. 
  • Automobile:
  • From I-35: Follow I-35 north to 21st Avenue East exit. Turn left onto 21st Avenue East and proceed to Woodland Avenue. Turn right onto Woodland Avenue and proceed to College Street. Turn left onto College Street and follow to The College of St. Scholastica.
  • From US Highway 53: Follow US Hwy 53 south to Arrowhead Road. Turn left onto Arrowhead Road. Follow Arrowhead Road to Kenwood Avenue. Turn right onto Kenwood Avenue and follow to The College of St. Scholastica.
  • From MN Highway 61: Follow MN Hwy 61 south to 21st Avenue East. Turn right onto 21st Avenue East and proceed to Woodland Avenue. Turn right onto Woodland Avenue and proceed to College Street. Turn left onto College Street and follow to The College of St. Scholastica.


The College’s neighborhood is largely residential. The nearest accommodation is about a ten-minute drive. Duluth’s picturesque downtown/Canal Park area is about a fifteen-minute drive.

A block of rooms has been set aside for conference participants at the following two locations near the airport and the College. Each is about a ten-minute drive from campus. For either option, ask for the Medieval Association of the Midwest/St. Scholastica Conference when you make your reservation. Please note respective “reserve by” dates as they come early.

Additional options for lodging:

Duluth has several hotels and other accommodations (B&B, etc.), but our weekend (like most weekends here) seems quite busy. If you want to check out other possibilities, you may wish to begin at,, or


Parking will be available on campus for both days. Further details will be coming.

SHAKESPEARE’S FIRST FOLIO EXHIBIT – University of Minnesota Duluth

The Minnesota stop for the Folger Library’s First Folio Exhibit is at the Tweed Museum, UMD, located about 1.5 miles from the CSS Campus. The Exhibit’s Grand Opening will be Thursday, Oct 6, at 5:30 p.m. This event will be our only scheduled activity on the 6th and may be of interest to those arriving early. Our first plenary address, too, sponsored by the CSS English Department, will be open to the public as part of the Department’s and MAM’s partnership with the Exhibit. For more information, see

“MUSIC FROM SHAKESPEARE’S TIME AND PLAYS” – The College of St. Scholastica
Mitchell Auditorium, CSS, Saturday, October 8, 7:30 p.m. As part of the Folger Library’s First Folio Exhibit, and in conjunction with the MAM conference, the CSS early music faculty are offering a concert of English Renaissance music, including music from some of the Bard’s plays, performed on replica Renaissance instruments. The concert features William Bastian, tenor; Bianca Aspin, mezzo soprano; Edward Martin, lute; Shelley Gruskin, recorders, krummhorns, rauschpfeife; Penny Schwarze, viols; and LeAnn House, keyboards. Cost for conference participants is $5 at the door. (Those of you who were here in 2000 when CSS hosted MAM for the 16th Annual Conference will perhaps remember Shelley Gruskin’s interactive plenary address, “Saint Gregory’s Bird and Other Music from the Sky,” on early music and instruments.)


Voted Outside magazine’s Best Town Ever in 2014 (, Duluth is known for its outdoor lifestyle woven into a vibrant small-city cultural scene. The downtown and Canal Park areas offer a range of shops and restaurants, as well as an active harbor. A scenic walkway, much of it skirting Lake Superior from the Canal to 26th Avenue East, extends from the harbor to the east end of the city and Brighton Beach: some 7+ miles. A seven-mile sand beach extends from the other side of the Canal to the Wisconsin entry. And green-space woods exist throughout the city, including on the CSS campus. In addition to enjoying the conference’s heady atmosphere, the First Folio Exhibit’s historical insights, and the Early Music Group’s artistic performance, you may want to carve out some time to get outside. With a little luck, fall colors could very well be at their peak on our weekend.

Conference Organizer
William Hodapp
Professor of English
Coordinator, Medieval and Renaissance Studies
The College of St. Scholastica
218-723-5947 (best means of contact)

Sunday, May 1, 2016

See You in Duluth! MAM 2016 at the College of St. Scholastica

“Materiality and Performance”
Medieval Association of the Midwest
32nd Annual Conference

October 6-8, 2016
The College of St. Scholastica
Duluth, Minnesota

This year’s conference will coincide with the Folger Shakespeare First Folio Exhibit at the University of Minnesota, Duluth. Attendees will be able to take in the exhibit as well as other related events marking the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. The conference theme emphasizes performance and material culture. Organizers, however, will also welcome paper and session proposals on any topic related to medieval and early modern history, literature, and culture.

Paper/Session Proposals Deadline: Friday, July 22, 2016

Please send proposals or inquiries via email or regular post:

William Hodapp
The College of St. Scholastica
1200 Kenwood Avenue
Duluth, MN 55811-4199

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