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Annual Meeting Report

Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Medieval Academy of America, 2012

The Medieval Academy of America held its eighty-seventh annual meeting in St. Louis, Missouri, on 22-24 March 2012. The Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at St. Louis University.

Meeting of the Corporation. The annual meeting of the Corporation was held on Friday, 23 March. President Alice-Mary Talbot presided. The minutes of the eighty-sixth annual meeting were approved. Reports were delivered by the Executive Director, the Editor of Speculum, the Treasurer, and the Delegate to the American Council of Learned Societies.

The Van Courtlandt Elliott Prize was awarded to Lee Manion for his article "The Loss of the Holy Land and Sir Isumbras: Literary Contributions to Fourteenth-Century Crusade Discourse," Speculum 85 (2010), 65-90.

The John Nicholas Brown Prize was awarded to Christopher MacEvitt for his book, The Crusades and the Christian World: Rough Tolerance, published by the University of Pennsylvania Press in 2007.

The Haskins Medal was awarded to Richard William Pfaff for his book The Liturgy in Medieval England: A History, published by Cambridge University Press in 2009.

The Program Committee awarded travel subventions for meritorious papers to the following graduate students: Samantha Katz, Andrew Kraebel, Brendan Sullivan, Kristine Tanton, Bridget Whearty and Barbara Zimbalist.

The 2012 slate chosen by electronic ballot was presented to the assembled members by Alice-Mary Talbot. All present, without dissent, voted to accept the slate and elect the following: President (2012–13): Maryanne Kowaleski, Fordham University; First Vice-President (2012–13) Richard W. Unger, University of British Columbia; Second Vice-President (2012–13) William Chester Jordan, Princeton University; Councillors (2012–15): Christopher Baswell, Barnard College and Columbia University; Cynthia Hahn, Hunter College and the Graduate Center, CUNY; Maureen Miller, University of California, Berkeley; and Miri Rubin, Queen Mary Univ. of London; Nominating Committee (2012–14): Nancy Van Deusen, Claremont Graduate Univ.; and Nicholas Watson, Harvard University.

Session sponsored by the Fellows. The session sponsored by the Fellows was held on Saturday, 24 March. William Chester Jordan, President of the Fellows, presided. In the 2012 election Kathryn Kerby-Fulton, Brigitte Bedos-Rezak, and Charles Donahue, Jr. were elected Fellows. Robert J. Bartlett, Pierre Riche, and Carole Hillenbrand were elected Corresponding Fellows. Professors Kerby-Fulton, Bedos-Rezak, and Donahue were present for formal induction, as were Professors Monica Green and Maria Rosa Menocal, elected Fellows in 2011 and Professor Monique Bourin, elected a Corresponding Fellows in 2009. Citations were read by Lester K. Little, Orator of the Fellows. The session concluded with an address by William Chester Jordan, Princeton University, "The Gleaners.”

Plenary lectures. Caroline Bruzelius, Duke University, delivered an address entitled "Inside Outside: Friars and the Dynamics of Urban Space”; the session was introduced by Cathleen A. Fleck, Saint Louis University. Alice-Mary Talbot delivered the presidential address, "Searching for Women in the Archives of Mount Athos” on Saturday morning; the session was chaired by Maryanne Kowaleski.

CARA session. The CARA (the Medieval Academy of America’s Committee on Centers and Regional Associations) Plenary Session entitled, Where Waters Meet: Medieval Culture and Modern Ecology, took place on Friday morning, organized and chaired by Thomas Goodmann, University of Miami. Richard C. Hoffmann, York University (Toronto) delivered the address: "Too Many Catches? Consumption, Habitat, Climate, and Competition in Medieval European Fisheries."

Concurrent sessions. Concurrent sessions were held on Thursday afternoon, Friday, and Saturday. The Thursday afternoon sessions were as follows: Cities and Their Saints (Organizer: Steven Schoenig, S.J., Saint Louis University; Chair: Jennifer Speed, Saint Mary's University): Mary Harvey Doyno, Princeton University; Janine Larmon Peterson, Marist College; Anne Heath, Hope College. Old Norse Literature and Culture (Organizer: Paul Acker, Saint Louis University; Chair: Sif Rikhardsdottir, University of Iceland): Paul Acker, Saint Louis University; Matthew Bardowell, Saint Louis University; Eric Bryan, Missouri University of Science and Technology; Anthony Cirilla, Saint Louis University. Nuns and Authority (Organizer and Chair: Colleen McCluskey, Saint Louis University): Karen Christianson, Newberry Center for Renaissance Studies; Richard A. Leson, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee; Victoria Valdes, University of Virginia. Civic Drama and Other Urban Performances (Organizer and Chair: Emma Lipton, University of Missouri, Columbia): Alexandra F. Johnston, University of Toronto; Pamela L. Longo, University of Connecticut; Robert W. Barrett, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Surprising Gender Constructions in Medieval Literature(Organizer and Chair: Evelyn Meyer, Saint Louis University): Adam Oberlin, University of Minnesota; Ernst Ralph Hintz, Truman State University. Centers and Peripheries: Evaluating the Place of Musicology and Art History in Medieval Studies: A Roundtable (Organizer: Michelle Urberg, University of Chicago; Sponsor: The Graduate Student Committee of the Medieval Academy of America and the International Center of Medieval Art Student Committee): Kirk Ambrose, University of Colorado, Boulder; Susan Boynton, Columbia University; Thomas Dale, University of Wisconsin, Madison; Margot Fassler, University of Notre Dame; Elizabeth Teviotdale, Western Michigan University. Las Navas de Tolosa: Eight-Hundred Year Anniversary (Organizer and Chair: Damian Smith, Saint Louis University; Comment: Miguel Gomez, University of Tennessee): James Todesca, Armstrong University; Bárbara Boloix Gallardo, Washington University; Sam Zeno Conedera, S.J., University of California, Los Angeles. Cognition and Sensation (Organizer: Julie Singer, Washington University; Chair: Carissa Harris, Northwestern University): Cristina Maria Cervone, Harvard University; Sara Gorman, Harvard University; Julie Singer, Washington University.

The Friday morning sessions were as follows: The Age of Saint Louis: Sanctity, Kingship, and the Arts (Organizer and Chair: Cathleen A. Fleck, Saint Louis University): Lisandra Costiner, Independent Scholar; Tova Leigh-Choate, Independent Scholar; M. Cecilia Gaposchkin, Dartmouth College; Sean L. Field, University of Vermont. Affect: Histories of Emotion (Organizer: Frank W. Grady, University of Missouri, Saint Louis; Chair: Patricia Ingham, Indiana University, Bloomington): Jessica Rosenfeld, Washington University; Paul Megna, University of California, Santa Barbara; Stephen Jaeger, University of Illinois. Science, Religion, and the Body (Organizer: Daniel Bornstein, Washington University; Chair and Comment: Leslie Lockett, The Ohio State University): Karl Whittington, The Ohio State University; Donna Trembinski, Saint Francis Xavier University; Bridget Whearty, Stanford University. Guibert of Nogent: New Interpretations of a Familiar Figure (Organizer, Chair and Commnt: Jay Rubenstein, University of Tennessee): Jehangir Y. Malegam, Duke University; Elizabeth Lapina, Durham University; Josephy McAlhany, Carthage College. Medieval Studies in Catholic Universities: A Roundtable (Organizer and Chair: Paul Acker, Saint Louis University): Ruth Evans, Saint Louis University; Antony Hasler, Saint Louis University; Lilla Kopár, The Catholic University of America; Robert Stanton, Boston College. Subverting the Mise-en-Page: Editorial Approaches before the Age of Print (Organizer: Susan L'Engle, Saint Louis University; Chair: James Morey, Emory University): Kathryn Gerry , University of Kansas; Sharon M. Rowley, Christopher Newport University; Susan L'Engle, Saint Louis University. Middle English Devotional Prose (Organizer: A. B. Kraebel, Yale University; Chair: Michael Sargent, Queens College and the Graduate Center, CUNY; Respondent: Nicholas Watson, Harvard University): Laura Saetveit Miles, Michigan Society of Fellows, University of Michigan; Steven Rozenski, Jr., Harvard University; A. B. Kraebel, Yale University. Multidisciplinary Approaches to Identity in the Medieval World: A Roundtable Discussion (Organizer and Chair: Christopher M. Roberts, Arizona State University): Rebecca Stephenson , University of Louisiana, Monroe; Brigitte Bedos-Rezak, New York University; Lynn Jones, Florida State University. Competition in the Middle Ages: Reports from a Franco-American Graduate Student Network (Organizers: Adam Kosto, Columbia University and Régine LeJan, Université de Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne; Comment: Michael Heil, Columbia University): Adrien Bayard, Université de Paris I-Panthéon-Sorbonne; Claire Tignolet, Université de Paris I-Panthéon-Sorbonne; Warren Pezé, Université de Paris I-Panthéon-Sorbonne; Arnaud Lestremau, Université de Paris I-Panthéon-Sorbonne; Lucie Malbos, Université de Paris I-Panthéon-Sorbonne

The Friday afternoon sessions were as follows: Technologies of Writing: After Ong: In Memory of Walter J. Ong, S.J. (Organizer: Ruth Evans, Saint Louis University

Chair: James J. Murphy, University of California, Davis): Jay Diehl, Long Island Universit; Julia Bolton Holloway, University of Colorado, Boulder; Ian Cornelius, Yale University. Affect: Methodologies (Organizer and Chair: Frank W. Grady, University of Missouri, Saint Louis): Sif Rikhardsdottir, University of Iceland; Sarah McNamer, Georgetown University; Brendan Sullivan, New York University. Art of Sultanate India, 1206-1526 (Organizer: Michael Bednar, University of Missouri, Columbia; Chair: Ahmet Karamustafa, Washington University): Kimberly Masteller, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art; Michael Bednar, University of Missouri, Columbia; Blain H. Auer, Western Michigan University. The Archival Mind (Organizer and Chair: Daniel Bornstein, Washington University): Adam J. Kosto, Columbia University; Shannon McSheffrey, Concordia University; Roisin Cossar, University of Manitoba. Medieval Archaeology: Rivers, Water, and Natural Resources (Organizer: Thomas Finan, Saint Louis University, Chair: Damian Smith, Saint Louis University): Niall Brady, The Discovery Programme; Richard Oram, University of Stirling; Christopher Gerrard, University of Durham. Periculoso: Women and the Negotiation of Devotion (Organizer and Respondent: Kathryne Beebe, Southeast Missouri State University; Chair: Anne E. Lester, University of Colorado, Boulder): Karen Scott, DePaul University; Jennifer Deane, University of Minnesota, Morris; Leigh Ann Craig, Virginia Commonwealth University. Unorthodox Imagery and Vernacular Theology in the Later Middle Ages (Organizer and Chair: Sherry C. M. Lindquist, Knox College: Aden Kumler, University of Chicago: Elina Gertsman, Case Western Reserve Universit; Maria Laura Marchiori, University of Victoria, British Columbia. Crusade and the Mediterranean World: Studies in Memory of James M. Powell ( Organizer: Thomas F. Madden, Saint Louis University; Chair: Alfred J. Andrea, University of Vermont; Comment: Edward Peters, University of Pennsylvania): Megan Cassidy-Welch, Monash University (Australia); Michael Lower, University of Minnesota; Jessalynn Bird, Independent Scholar. Continuity and Change in Byzantium, 1204-1453 (Organizers: Cecily Hilsdale, McGill University and Sarah Brooks, James Madison University; Chair: Cecily Hilsdale, McGill University): Ece Turnator, Harvard University; Teresa Shawcross, Amherst and Mt. Holyoke College; Dimitrios Moschos, University of Athens. R. I. Moore and The War on Heresy: A Roundtable (Organizer: Mark Gregory Pegg, Washington University; Chair: Anne E. Lester, University of Colorado at Boulder): Mark Gregory Pegg, Washington University; Maureen Miller, University of California, Berkeley; Anders Winroth, Yale University; R. I. Moore, University of Newcastle. Books, Bodies, and Gender (Organizer and Chair: Anne Rudloff Stanton, University of Missouri, Columbia): Carissa M. Harris, Northwestern University; Megan Woosley, University of Missouri, Columbia; Elizabeth Moore Hunt, University of Wyoming. Theology in the Lives of Anglo-Saxon Saints (Organizer and Chair: Johanna Kramer, University of Missouri, Columbia; Thomas D. Hill, Cornell University; David F. Johnson, Florida State University; Derek Updegraff, University of Missouri, Columbia. Digital Research in Medieval Studies (Organizer: James R. Ginther, Saint Louis University; Chair: Jay Hammond, Saint Louis University): Julian Hendrix, University of California, Los Angeles; Robert Sanderson, Los Alamos National Laboratory; James Ginther. Re-examining Celestina: Old and New Perspectives (Organizer: Ana M. Montero, Saint Louis University; Chair: Evelyn Meyer, Saint Louis University): Memory Holloway, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth; Samuel Sánchez y Sánchez, Davidson College ; Ana M. Montero, Saint Louis University.bMajor Issues in Medieval Military History (Organizer and Chair: Thomas F. Madden, Saint Louis University): John France, Swansea University / United States Military Academy, West Point; Laurence W. Marvin, Berry College; Kelly DeVries, The Citadel / Loyola University, Maryland. The Conversion(s) of the North (Organizer and Chair: Lois L. Huneycutt, University of Missouri, Columbia): Michael J. Wehrman, Yale University; Shirin Fozi, Northwestern University; Megan Gilge, Saint Louis University.

The Saturday morning sessions were as follows: Memorializing the Crusade in Texts, Objects, and Ceremonies (Organizer: James Naus, Saint Louis University; Sponsor: The Crusades Studies Forum, Saint Louis University; Chair: Louis Haas, Middle Tennessee University): Marcus Bull, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; James Naus, Saint Louis University; Nicholas L. Paul, Fordham University. Clerical Culture (Organizer and Chair: Daniel Bornstein, Washington University; Comment: Janelle Werner, Kalamazoo College): Gavin S. Fort, Northwestern University; Frances Andrews, University of St Andrews; Gregory Waldrop, S.J., Fordham University. Performing Piety I (Organizer: Julie Singer, Washington University; Chair: Jessica Rosenfeld, Washington University): Barbara Zimbalist, University of California, Davis; Jacqueline Jenkins, University of Calgary;Ann Hubert, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Reading Religious Cultures: Late Medieval Reformations of the Book (Organizer: Rabia Gregory, University of Missouri, Columbia; Chair: John Pendergast, Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville): Susan M. B. Steuer, Western Michigan University; Matthew Z. Heintzelman, Hill Museum and Manuscript Library; Kathleen E. Kennedy, Pennsylvania State University, Brandywine. The State of Medieval Irish Studies I (Organizer: Thomas Finan, Saint Louis University; Chair: Tomás O'Sullivan, Saint Louis University): Thomas Finan, Saint Louis University; Tómás Ó Carragáin, University College-Cork. Heresy and Religious Identity (Organizer: Fiona Somerset, Duke University; Chair: Mark Gregory Pegg, Washington University): Jesús Velasco, Columbia University; Fiona Somerset, Duke University; Rob Lutton, Nottingham University. The Mediterranean World in Crisis? 1300 and the Forces of Change (Organizer and Chair: Barbara H. Rosenwein, Loyola University, Chicago): Monique Bourin, Université de Paris I-Panthéon-Sorbonne; Lluís To-Figueras, Universitat de Girona; John Drendel, Université du Québec à Montréal. The Representation of Disability in the Middle Ages (Organizer: Philip Gavitt, Saint Louis University; Chair: Linda Ehrsam Voigts, University of Missouri, Kansas City): Walton O. Schalick III, University of Wisconsin, Madison; Christopher Baswell, Barnard College, Columbia University; Irina Metzler, Swansea University.

The Saturday afternoon sessions were as follows: Crusades Studies in North America: The Next Generation (Organizer: Thomas F. Madden, Saint Louis University; Chair: Jay Rubenstein, University of Tennessee): Ann Zimo, University of Minnesota; Meghan Holmes Worth, University of Tennessee; Walker Reid Cosgrove, Saint Louis University Performing Piety II (Organizer and Chair: Julie Singer, Washington University): Kristine Tanton, University of Southern California; John Romano, Benedictine College; John T. Sebastian, Loyola University, New Orleans. Late Medieval Popular Religion and the Urban Middle Class (Organizer and Chair: Rabia Gregory, University of Missouri, Columbia): Julie Mell, North Carolina State University; Nathan Hofer, University of Missouri, Columbia; Jennifer L. Welsh, College of Charleston. Feminism and Middle English Literature (Organizer and Chair: Ruth Evans, Saint Louis University): Nicole Sidhu, East Carolina University; Samantha Katz, Yale University; Holly Crocker, University of South Carolina. Branding Friars: New Perspectives on Mendicant Identity in the Medieval Church (Organizer: Neslihan Senocak, Columbia University; Chair: Augustine Thompson, O.P., Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology, Berkeley): Neslihan Senocak, Columbia University; Guy Geltner, University of Amsterdam; Sita Steckel, University of Münster. The State of Medieval Irish Studies II (Organizer: Thomas Finan, Saint Louis University; Chair: David Borgmeyer, Saint Louis University; Terry Barry, Trinity College, Dublin; Roger Stalley, Trinity College, Dublin; Salvadore Ryan, National University of Ireland-Maynooth. Gender and the Medieval Mediterranean (Organizer and Chair: Megan Moore, University of Missouri, Columbia): Sarah C. Davis-Secord, University of Texas at Arlington; Paul Dingman, University of Rochester. Lordship, Rebellion, Crime, and Lèse-majesté (Organizer: Heather J. Tanner, The Ohio State University): Heather J. Tanner, The Ohio State University; Jolanta N. Komornicka, Boston University; Katrin Sjursen, Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville.

Special events. Receptions were held on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings; the banquet was held on Friday evening. Tours of the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis and the Medieval Collections of the Saint Louis Art Museum and the Vatican Film Library, Pius XII Library were offered to conference attendees. A book display was open throughout the meeting.


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