Wednesday, July 29, 2015

MAM 2015 Conference Information

Time to get up and join us at the 2015 MAM meeting at the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library!

Annual Conference, October 8-10, 2015
Hill Museum & Manuscript Library – Saint John’s University
Collegeville, Minnesota

The annual meeting/conference for MAM is rapidly approaching. Here is some basic information for everyone to start making their plans! We hope to see you in Collegeville in October!


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 to Kristie Bixby at the address on the form. If you are not certain about your current membership status, simply contact Kristie at

A youthful Saint Benedict on the Saint John's campus.

Registration forms will be posted soon on the NuntiaBlog site. On-site registration will also be available Friday morning, the opening day of the conference. For registration questions contact Matt Heintzelman, Hill Museum & Manuscript Library, St. John’s University, Collegeville, MN, phone: 320-363-2795, email:; or, Julie Dietman (same address) at The conference registration fee is $85.00 for regular MAM members and $45.00 for students, retired faculty, lifetime and patron members.

Getting to Collegeville

Driving:  The Hill Museum & Manuscript Library is located on the campus of Saint John’s University, about 1 ½ miles south of Interstate 94, at exit 156. This is about 10 miles west of the main Saint Cloud exits (171, 164, etc.) and about 1 ¼ hours northwest of Minneapolis. Be sure to turn south upon leaving the highway (DO NOT TRUST YOUR GPS!).

Flying: The closest larger town to Saint John’s University is Saint Cloud, Minnesota. While Saint Cloud does have an airport, the service is minimal. Your best option will be to fly to Minneapolis-Saint Paul Airport (MSP) and either rent a car or take the Executive Express shuttle from there. Executive Express stops both at Saint John’s and at the Holiday Inn in St. Cloud.

A 16th-century edition of Gospel and Epistle selections in German, from the Saint John's collections.


A block of rooms has been set aside for conference participants at the following two locations. Mention the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library (HMML) or Julie Dietman when you make your reservation. Please contact us if you encounter any difficulties booking rooms at one of these two locations.

Abbey Guesthouse: 1-320-363-2573 ( – This is the most convenient option, right on the Saint John’s campus and within five minutes from all conference venues.

Holiday Inn St. Cloud: 1-866-280-5236 ( – in central St. Cloud, close to shopping and food; however, about 11 miles from the Saint John’s campus. This option will work better for those who have a car at their disposal.

Additional options for lodging:

Super 8 (St. Joseph): 1-866-276-6393 – about 5 miles east in Saint Joseph, Minnesota (on Minnesota Highway 75;

Budget Host Inn (Avon): 1-866-295-5798 – about 5 miles west on I-94 (

Still more options: Many hotel chains are represented in the St. Cloud area, such as Motel 6, Americas Best Value, Travelodge, Fairfield Inn, Marriott, etc.

Saint Anne teaching the Virgin Mary to read--from a manuscript fragment in the Saint John's collections.

Conference Location

All sessions will take place on the Saint John’s University campus. Registration will be in the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library Reading Room. Plenary sessions and the banquet will be in the Founders’ Room in the Main Quad building. Other sessions will be either in the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library or at Saint John’s School of Theology.

Parking on Campus

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

Parking on campus is usually easier than this.
Scene from Lake Sagatagan on the Saint John's campus.

Conference Organizer
Matthew Z. Heintzelman
Curator for the Austria/Germany Study Center; Curator for Rare Books
Hill Museum & Manuscript Library
Saint John’s University
P.O. Box 7300
Collegeville, MN 56321-7300

Another Benedictine with a book.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

CfP: In Fashions Reminiscent (Kalamazoo 2016)

Call for Papers
Punctum Books Sponsored Session
at the 51st International Congress on Medieval Studies
Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, May 12-15, 2016

Punctum Books is seeking proposals for the following session:

In Fashions Reminiscent:  The Overlapping Objects, Discourses and Ideas of the Sixties and the Middle Ages

In John Kerry's well-known 1971 Senate Fulbright Commission testimony about the "ravages" of the Vietnam War, he compared the behaviors and ideologies of American military practice and policy in the Sixties to those of the Middle Ages.  He said that his fellow soldiers told stories about how "they had personally raped, cut off ears, cut off heads. . . cut off limbs, blown up bodies, randomly shot at civilians, razed villages in fashion reminiscent of Genghis Khan." As this statement suggests, though not often brought into conversation, the issues, concerns, and controversies of the Sixties have much to offer studies of the medieval world – and vice versa. Taking a cue from the complexities and challenges of the Vietnam Era, the Civil Rights movement, and other social developments of the Sixties, this session invites papers that explore trans-historical and/or cross-cultural overlaps between postmodern America and premodern Europe. By using the Sixties as a fresh way into the so-called Middle Ages, the organizers hope to explore the ways in which history and knowledge, past and present, are collapsed, collated, and inter-connected. Accordingly, the session will deliberately utilize a cross-disciplinary lens to analyze shared ideas, objects, perspectives, types, tropes, and terms, aiming to bring into sharper focus the similarities and differences between periods, ideas, discourses, nomenclature, and even academic disciplines. Seeking new connections and considerations, the organizers are looking for proposals that variously address (or work within) the following themes or threads:

-Drugs & Addiction (For example, what was the rationale of mind-altering in the Middle Ages? What were the accepted perceptions of medicinal vs. recreational drug usage, and how was "addiction" understood?)

-Dissent & Protest (What types of behaviors were seen as "radical" in the premodern world? In what ways is heresy simultaneously a political and religious revolt? What forms of "whistleblowing" are seen in the face of corrupt governments?)

-Security & Defense, Terror & Violence (Was there a kind of de facto "Iron Curtain" between Western Europe and the Saracen lands of "the East"? Does the "military industrial complex" effectively develop in the Middle Ages? Is the "Cold War" in any way connected to premodern European conflicts? How was politicized "terror" defined and understood?  What constituted police brutality, and what served to define/shape the premodern police force? What were major forms of "intelligence", investigation, and surveillance, and what types of paranoia were a result?)

-Religious Fanaticism (Where might the line be drawn between medieval/modern piety and fanaticism? What cultural and political role did fanatics – Christian and otherwise – play in premodern Europe?)

Please send proposals with a one-page abstract and Participant Information Form ( <> ) to Geoffrey W. Gust  ( ) by September 15, 2015.