Medieval Diversity (MAM 2015)

 2015 Meeting of the Medieval Association of the Midwest

Medieval Diversity:

Other Lives, Other Voices, Other Stories

to be held at:

The Hill Museum & Manuscript Library, 
Saint John's University,
Collegeville, Minnesota
October 8-10, 2015


(subject to final changes)

October 8, 2015 (Thursday)

HMML Reading Room
Registration and welcome for early arrivals
Manuscript display in HMML classroom.
3:00-4:30 pm
Meet in HMML
Tour of Saint John’s Bible Behind-the-Scenes Vault Tour
Tim Ternes, Director of The Saint John’s Bible; limit 10; participants must pre-register for this session.  There will be two other opportunities for The Saint John’s Bible vault tours will available for sign-up at the registration desk upon arrival)
6:00-8:00 pm
HMML Reading Room
Reception for early arrivals
Hors d’oeuvres, wine and beer; manuscript display in classroom, brief tours of HMML premises and/or Saint John’s Bible display in Alcuin Library.

October 9, 2015 (Friday)

HMML Reading Room
Table open all day
coffee/rolls (8-11:00)
HMML Classroom
Session 1: Introduction to HMML and Its Mission (HMML staff)
Matthew Z. Heintzelman, Daniel Gullo
Meet in HMML Reading Room
Session 2: Campus tours
Church tour – Details TBA
The Saint John’s Bible Behind-the-Scenes Vault Tour (Tim Ternes, Director of The Saint John’s Bible; limit 10 people; sign-up at registration)
HMML Classroom
Session 3: Goat Skins, Goose Quills, and Wheat Paste: How to Use the Experience of Manuscript Materiality to Help Teach Medieval Literature
Organizer: Paul Gaffney (Hiram College)
Moderator: Jennifer Kolpacoff Deane (University of Minnesota, Morris)
Paul Gaffney: Teaching Medieval Romances in the Manuscript Context
Rebecca Mouser (Missouri Southern State University): Teaching Oral Tradition Through Medieval Materiality
Ellen Ketels Rentz (Claremont McKenna College): Mindful Materiality: Teaching Ethics and Empathy
Alcuin U12

Session 4:  Spanish Session
Moderator: Linde M. Brocato (University of Memphis)
Carlos Hawley (North Dakota State University): Juan Ruiz, Archpriest of Hita and the Fall of the Cuaderna Vía.
Jason Busic (Denison University): Mozarabic Theologians in Toledo: In-Between Two Worlds or Part of Both?
Abraham Quintanar (Dickinson College): From Texts to Words: The Dictionary of the Old Aragonese Language and its Text-Base
Lunch on your own

Founders Room
Plenary Session and Address
Introductions: Matthew Z. Heintzelman (Hill Museum & Manuscript Library)
Welcome to campus: Fr. Columba Stewart, OSB (Director, Hill Museum & Manuscript Library)?
Lisa Fagin Davis (Medieval Academy of America): The Manuscript Road Trip: Documenting Electronic Access to Medieval Manuscripts

HMML Classroom
Session 5: Questioning Convivencia
Moderator and Organizer: Ana Adams (Gustavus Adolphus College)
Michelle Hamilton (University of Minnesota): Conversion and Convivencia in Medieval Iberia
Linde M. Brocato (University of Memphis): Convivencia, Power, and Aesthetics: Adjectives and Community in Medieval Castile
Paul Larson (Baylor University): When convivencia Fails: Two Cases of Christian Anti-semitism in Berceo’s Milagros de Nuestra Señora
Alcuin U12
Session 6: English Literature and Romance
Moderator: Annette Morrow (Minnesota State University Moorhead)
Raychel Haugrud Reiff (University of Wisconsin-Superior): St. Denis, France: Chaucer’s Ideal Setting for the Satirical “Shipman’s Tale”
Kristin Bovaird-Abo (University of Northern Colorado): Mimesis, Rivalry, and Violence in King Horn
David Sprunger (Concordia College): Ecophobic Sleep in the Arthuriad
Free time for exploring Saint John’s
Church tour – Details TBA
The Saint John’s Bible  Behind-the-Scenes Vault Tour (Tim Ternes, Director of The Saint John’s Bible; limit 10 people; sign-up at registration)

Founders Room
Greetings from Matthew Z. Heintzelman (Hill Museum & Manuscript Library)
Greetings from Carlos Hawley (North Dakota State University and president of the Medieval Association of the Midwest)
Presentation: Fr. Columba Stewart, OSB: HMML’s Role in Today’s World

October 10, 2015 (Saturday)

HMML Classroom
Session 7: Cultural Boundaries in the Crosscurrents
Moderator: Daniel Gullo (Hill Museum & Manuscript Library)
Peter Ramey (Northern State University): Crafting Strangeness: Wonder and Artifice in the Exeter Book Riddles in Relation to Anglo-Latin Enigmata
Kate Tuley (University of Minnesota): A Single Crusader in Possession of a Syrian Territory Must be in Want of an Armenian Wife: The Role of Armenian In-Laws in Baldwin II of Jerusalem and Joscelin of Edessa’s Rescue and Ransom from Turkish Captivity in Latin, Syriac, and Armenian Accounts
Audrey D. Johnson and Michelle M. Sauer (University of North Dakota): Gendered Mutilation & Marking Masculinity: De-Nosing the Potent Male
Alcuin U12
Session 8: Approaches to Literature/Theory
Moderator: Jessica Harkins (College of Saint Benedict/Saint John’s University)
Mickey Sweeney (Dominican University): Magical History
Andrew Scheil (University of Minnesota): Medieval Literary Diversity and the Comparative Moment
Jonathan Wilcox (University of Iowa): The Pleasures—and Perils—of Digital Manuscript Facsimiles: Evidence for Craft in New Media
Founders Room
Plenary Session and Address
Introduction: Matthew Z. Heintzelman (Hill Museum & Manuscript Library)
William F. Hodapp (College of St. Scholastica): Liberal Learning and the Roman Goddess Minerva in the Middle Ages: A Case Study in Medieval Classicism
Lunch on your own
HMML Classroom
Session 9: Blended Medievalist Careers
Organizer: Timothy R. Jordan (Ohio University Zanesville)
Moderator: Eileen Smith (Hill Museum & Manuscript Library)
William F. Hodapp (College of St. Scholastica)
Matthew Z. Heintzelman (Hill Museum & Manuscript Library)
Timothy R. Jordan
Chad Judkins (Ph.D. 2013, Purdue University; via Skype)
Aubry McVey Leung (Wabash College)
Alcuin U12
Session 10: [VACANT – if needed]

Alcuin Library
Closing Reception
Light Hors d’oeuvres, wine and beer



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


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 in MS-Word or Adobe Acrobat format. 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. Please contact Julie Dietman (1-320-363-2741) to make arrangements to stay at the Guesthouse.

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.
If there is enough need, a shuttle between the Holiday Inn and Saint John's campus can be organized.

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.


Registration: A registration form will be available before August 24. Please return for updates!

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