Tuesday, September 25, 2012

September Announcements

Ms. Frag. 1 (Latin) from Saint John's Rare Books Collection.
Fragment from a 10th- or 11th-century Mass book.
  • First Annual Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies (Saint Louis University)
  • Sixteenth Century Society and Conference - Newberry Library Short Term Fellowship
  • Explorations of the Holy Roman Empire. Medieval Studies Abroad in Summer 2013
  • Mystery Chapel identified (from previous posting)
First Annual Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies
June 17-19, 2013
Saint Louis University
Saint Louis, Missouri

This Year's Plenary Speakers:

Peter Brown, Princeton University
Andrew Pettegree, University of St. Andrews


The Annual Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies (June 17-19, 2013) is a convenient summer venue in North America for scholars to present papers, organize sessions, participate in roundtables, and engage in interdisciplinary discussion. The goal of the Symposium is to promote serious scholarly investigation into all topics and in all disciplines of medieval and early modern studies.

The Symposium is held annually on the beautiful midtown campus of Saint Louis University. On campus housing options include affordable, air-conditioned apartments as well as a luxurious boutique hotel. Inexpensive meal plans are also available, although there is a wealth of restaurants, bars, and cultural venues within easy walking distance of campus.

While attending the Annual Symposium participants are free to use the Vatican Film Library, the Rare Book and Manuscripts Collection, and the general collection at Saint Louis University's Pius XII Memorial Library.

The Annual Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies invites proposals for papers, complete sessions, and roundtables. Any topics regarding the scholarly investigation of the medieval and early modern world are welcome. Papers are normally twenty minutes each and sessions are scheduled for ninety minutes. Scholarly organizations are especially encouraged to sponsor proposals for complete sessions.

The deadline for all submissions is December 15, 2012. Decisions will be made in January 2013 and the final program will be published February 15.

For more information and to submit your proposal online go to: http://smrs.slu.edu (or by email: smrs@slu.edu)

Sixteenth Century Society and Conference - Newberry Library Short Term Fellowship

This fellowship for PhD candidates or post-doctoral scholars offers up to one month’s support for work in residence at the Newberry. Preference will be given to those working in the early modern era, broadly defined (ca. 1450 – ca. 1660). Applicants must be members of the SCSC at the time of application and through the period of the fellowship.

Short-term fellowships are generally restricted to post-doctoral scholars, PhD candidates, or holders of other terminal degrees who live and work outside of the Chicago area and who have a specific need for Newberry collection. These fellowships require residency at the Newberry, unless otherwise noted. Some fellowships are open to other categories of applicants and Chicago residents. Please read the following descriptions carefully for the eligibility restrictions on particular fellowships and refer to Eligibility and Application Information. The tenure of short-term fellowships is one continuous month, unless otherwise noted. Scholars who have an extensive need for use of the collections may request two months of fellowship support. The award is $2,000 per month for most short-term fellowships.

Applications must be received electronically by January 15, 2013, 11:59 pm C.S.T. This includes the applicant’s own materials and all letters of reference.

For information on how to apply for the SCSC-Newberry Library Short Term Fellowship, please visit the Newberry Library Fellowship page at: http://www.newberry.org/apply-fellowships


Explorations of the Holy Roman Empire. Medieval Studies Abroad in Summer 2013

Students can earn up to seven transfer credits in Medieval and Early Modern Studies in the University of Florida's summer study abroad program "MEMS in Mannheim: Explorations of the Holy Roman Empire." Here is the program website:


In past years, students from Universities across the country have participated in this program, which will be in its seventh year.

The program will be team-taught by Mary Watt (Professor of Italian Studies and Chair of the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures) and Howard Louthan (Professor in the History Department).

If you have any students interested in Medieval Studies abroad next summer and in earning six credits, could you please direct them to me (<hasty@ufl.edu>)?

Best regards,

Will Hasty


Mystery Chapel Identified

The mystery chapel (based on a Trappist model) is located at that great pilgrimage site in the heart of the great prairie, Wall Drug (Wall, South Dakota).

Thanks to those who attempted to identify this (semi-)medieval structure. (See the picture in the previous post.)

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Back to School ... (and Cincinnati)

Chapel based on an 1850 Trappist chapel.
Any guesses on the location of this (semi-)Medieval structure?

  • Link to registration for MAM's 28th Annual Conference
  • Preliminary Schedule for MAM's 28th Annual Conference (Cincinnati, OH)
  • Last call for MAM sessions at Kalamazoo 2013
  • Mens et mensa CFP (Kalamazoo 2013)


Medieval Association of the Midwest’s 28th Annual Conference, September 27-29, 2012
Xavier University, Cincinnati, Ohio “Knowing (in) the Middle Ages”

Registration information and the form are available at the MAM website (www.hmml.org/mam). Here is a direct link to the registration form.  We look forward to seeing all of you in Cincinnati!
Please complete this form and send (either by email or post) by Friday, September 14
(along with your conference registration fee: $90.00/$50 for graduate student or professor emeritus)

Stephen Yandell     yandell@xavier.edu
Dept. of English, Xavier University
3800 Victory Parkway
Cincinnati, OH 45207-4446

***Please make checks payable to "Xavier University."***


Medieval Association of the Midwest’s 28th Annual Conference, September 27-29, 2012

Xavier University, Cincinnati, Ohio

“Knowing (in) the Middle Ages”: Preliminary Schedule

PDF version of this information is available on the MAM website at:

Thursday, September 27
Session 1 Knowing the Middle Ages through Film—panel discussion
      7:00-8:30 p.m.  Room 214, Gallagher Student Center
  David Mengel, Xavier University
  Stephen Yandell, Xavier University

Friday, September 28
(note: all paper sessions on Friday in Xavier University’s Gallagher Student Center)
Registration 9:00-10:00 a.m.  Gallagher Student Center lobby

Session 2 Early English Sanctity
      10:00-11:30 a.m. Room 360 (Clocktower Lounge), Gallagher Student Center
  “The Role of Sacred Landscape in Enriching he Cults of St. Mary of Egypt and St.
      Æthelthryth in Early Medieval England”  John Black, Moravian College
“What Do the Benedictines know?: Geffrei Gaimar’s Counter-Image of St. Edmund” 
      Timothy R. Jordan, Kent State University
“Remembering King Offa in the 12th and 13th Centuries”  Andrew Pfrenger, Kent State

Session 3 Seeing the Middle Ages
      10:00-11:30 a.m. Room 214, Gallagher Student Center
  “Performing the Manuscript”  Tatiana Godfrey
  “Manuscript, Print and Benedictines: Reflections on the History of the Book in the 15th
      and 16th Centuries”  Matthew Z. Heintzelman, Hill Museum & Manuscript Library
  “Knowing Phylactery: The Hortus Deliciarum and Visual Representations of Speech and
      Knowledge”  Dominique Hoche, West Liberty University
“Heroes and Heroic Narratives in Lorenzo Ghiberti’s Gates of Paradise”  William R. Levin,
      Centre College
Lunch 11:30-1:00—on your own, on campus

Session 4 Shakespeare’s Middle Ages
      1:00-2:15 p.m.  Room 360 (Clocktower Lounge), Gallagher Student Center
      “Knowing Emelye: Seeing the Self through the Other in Chaucer’s Knight’s Tale and
      Shakespeare and Fletcher’s Two Noble Kinsmen”  Bonnie J. Erwin, Wittenberg
  “The Disguised Knight Motif in Shakespeare’s Cymbeline”  Marilyn Claire Ford
  “Shakespeare’s Henry V and Medieval Kingship: Fighting, Wooing, and Dying”  Edward
      Risden, St. Norbert College
Session 5 Reading Marie de France
      1:00-2:15 p.m.  Room 214, Gallagher Student Center
  “Plusurs en ai oïz conter: Knowing through Performing the Lais of Marie de France” 
      Simonetta Cochis, Transylvania University
“‘Neither Person Nor Beast’: Dogs as the Liminal Human in Bisclavret and Sir Gowther” 
      Alison Langdon  Western Kentucky University
“On the Border: A Reading of Marie de France’s Lanval”  William F. Hodapp, The College
      of St. Scholastica
Session 6 Delicate Rhetoric
      2:30-3:45 p.m.  Room 360 (Clocktower Lounge), Gallagher Student Center
  “Meaning ‘spryngyth, burgenyth, buddyth, and florysshyth’: Reading Malory’s May
      Passages”  Stephen Atkinson, Park University
“The Wheel of Fortune and the Dance with Death in De Consolatione Philosophiae and
      Sir Gawain and the Green Knight”  Aaron Harrison, Xavier University
“Chaucer among the Rhetoricians”  Mel Storm, Emporia State University

Session 7 Arthurian Threads
      2:30-3:45 p.m.  Room 214, Gallagher Student Center
  “‘Reirdir on ane riche roche beside ane riveir’: Martial Landscape in The Knightly Tale of
      Golagros and Gawane”  Kristin Bovaird-Abbo, University of Northern Colorado
“Wagner’s Medieval Knowledge: Transformations of Gottfried von Straßburg’s Tristan
      un Isolde”  Aubri McVey Leung, Wabash College
“‘Warre and worshyp’: Chivalric Battle in Malory’s “Tale of King Arthur and the Emperor
      Lucius”  Lisa Robeson, Ohio Northern University
Plenary Lecture “Digital Philology”  Dr. Robert Fulk, Indiana University
      4:00-5:30 p.m.  Kennedy Auditorium, Conaton Learning Center 412

Reception 5:30-7:00 p.m.  Fenwick Conference Room,
      Center for Mission and Identity, Fenwick Place

Saturday, September 29
(note: all paper sessions on Saturday in Xavier University’s Schiff Family Conference Center, Cintas Center)
Registration  9:00-9:30 a.m.  Schiff Family Conference Center Lobby

Session 8 Using Holy Texts
      9:30-10:45 p.m. Conference Room 1
  “Hunger the Hound in ‘Piers Plowman’”  Rosanne Gasse, Brandon University
  “El Cid, Longinus’s Lance, Apocryphal Gospels and Folk Motifs: Notes on Poem of the
      Cid, Lines 351-57”  Alexander J. McNair, University of Wisconsin-Parkside
“The Heart’s Knowing: Understanding the Ineffable in Richard Rolle”  Christopher
      Roman, Kent State University Tuscarawas

Session 9 Breaking the Rules
      9:30-10:45 p.m. Conference Room 2
  “Sons of Monarchy: How the Hells Angels and Other Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs Reuse
      the Medieval in Resisting the Modern”  Aaron M. Long, University of Kansas
“Dame Sirith’s Subversion of the Fabliau Game of Sexual Conquest”  John P. Sexton,
      Bridgewater State University
“Wicked Women of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight”  Mickey Sweeney, Dominican
Session 10 On the Road with the NEH: Summer Seminars in Europe—panel discussion
      11:00-12:15 p.m. Conference Room 1
Matthew Z. Heintzelman, Hill Museum & Manuscript Library
William F. Hodapp, The College of St. Scholastica
Mickey Sweeney, Dominican University

Session 11 The Middle Ages Now
      11:00-12:15 p.m. Conference Room 2
  “Middleness and the Evolution of the ‘Medieval’”  Peter Goodrich, Northern Michigan
“Medievalists’ Longest Year: The Theft of the Codex Calixtinus”  Carlos Hawley, North
      Dakota State University
“Class Notes, Autumn 1912: G.L. Kittredge, Sith Thompson, and 100 Years of Folklore
      Studies and Middle English Romance”  Harriet Hudson, Indiana State University
Banquet 12:30- 2:30 p.m. Conference Rooms 4/5

Session 12 J.R.R. Tolkien’s Impact on Studying the Middle Ages—panel discussion
  2:30-3:45 p.m.  Conference Rooms 4/5
  James McNelis, Wilmington College
  Edward Risden, St. Norbert College
  Stephen Yandell, Xavier University


Last Call for Papers for MAM Sessions at Kalamazoo 2013

The Medieval Association of the Midwest is seeking submissions to the following sessions for the 2013 International Medieval Congress. Proposals of approximately 250 words (accompanied by the Participant Information Form, available at http://www.wmich.edu/medieval/congress/submissions/index.html#PIF) should be sent to the organizer for each specific session no later than Sept. 15.

The Formation of Identity in Middle English Arthurian Romance
Organizer: Kristin Bovaird-Abbo (Kristin.BovairdAbbo@UNCO.EDU)

Justice, Law, and Literature in the Middle Ages
Organizer: Toy Fung-Tung (ttung@jjay.cuny.edu)

Medievalists Reading and Teaching Shakespeare
Organizer: Edward Risden (edward.risden@snc.edu)

Lydgate without Chaucer
Organizer: Timothy Jordan (tjordan1@kent.edu)

(Un)true confessions: love's affairs, adventures and consolations in the Iberian Middle Ages
Organizer: Carlos Hawley (carlos.hawley@ndsu.edu)

Medieval Business: Commerce, Economics, and Trade
Langdon, Alison (alison.langdon@wku.edu)

Old Norse and Beowulf: Exploring the Great Divide
Organizer: Nikolas Haydock (nikolas.haydock@upr.edu)


Mens et Mensa:
Society for the Study of the Idea of Food
(Mostly) in the Medieval Mediterranean
Call for Papers
48th International Congress on Medieval Studies
May 9-12, 2013
Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo, MI
DEADLINE: September 15, 2012
Mens et Mensa: Society for the Study of the Idea of Food (Mostly) in the Medieval Mediterranean, an association of scholars of medieval intellectual, literary and social history that encourages cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural scholarship on the ideas, practices and artifacts concerning food, seeks papers for two panels at the 48th International Congress on Medieval Studies at Western Michigan University, May 9-12, 2013.

Playing with Food: Exploring Medieval Food-Ways in Classroom and Popular Culture (co-sponsored with the Medieval Association of the Midwest [MAM])

Everybody eats. Food and food-ways, like clothing, tools, arms and armor, are elements of medieval culture that excite interest from outside, draw new scholars to and strengthen disciplines in the field. For this session, Mens et Mensa and MAM seek papers and demonstrations that explore using medieval food and diet, and their representation in contemporary popular culture, in the classroom and out, to increase interest in the field, as well as how the examination of medieval food-ways deepens our understanding of the period.

Food Fights: Food and Violence in the Middle Ages
Food is a pacifier that is also a resource that occasions violence, sometimes even becoming  an instrument of violence. For this session, Mens et Mensa seeks papers that explore the ways in which medieval persons or communities understood, represented or used food, and the ideas, practices or artifacts associated with it, to make peace, as the occasion of violence or as an instrument of violence.
Submit an abstract and the completed Congress Personal Information Form (http://www.wmich.edu/medieval/congress/submissions/index.html#PIF)
by September 15, 2012, to:

John A. Bollweg  Phone: 630-390-6172
314 W. Traube Avenue e-mail: admin@mensetmensa.org
Westmont, IL 60559


Pax vobiscum!