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3/26/2020 to 3/28/2020
When: Thursday, March 26, 2020
Where: University of California
Berkeley, California 
United States

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Due to restrictions being placed on large meetings at UC Berkeley in March 2020, the Annual Meeting has been cancelled. Please click here for more information.

95th Annual Meeting

Medieval Academy of America 

at the

University of California, Berkeley  


Hosted by

Program in Medieval Studies of UC Berkeley


Concurrently with

Medieval Association of the Pacific Meeting


Plenary Addresses

Peggy McCracken

 Kim M. Phillips

Ruth Mazo Karras

Teo Ruiz 


68 Concurrent Sessions with a Range of Threads

  • Translation and Literary/Textual Transmission across
    Religio-Cultural Spheres

  • Gender and Power in Late Medieval Iberia

  • Law and Sovereignty

  • New Scholarship on Medieval Scandinavia

  • Music as/and Language

  •  Old Archives, New Approaches

  •  Multilingualism, Multiculturalism, and Multiconfessionalism
    in the Medieval Mediterranean

  • Medieval Health and Medicine  


Sessions and Roundtables

  • Classical tradition

  • Visual Arts

  • Pedagogy

  • Activism

  • Migration

  • Race

  • Museology

  • Fictionality

  • Anachronism

  • Manuscripts


A PDF of the program is available here.



Online registration will be open through March 6, 2020.


Online Registration fees:

MAA Member                                                                   $290

Retired MAA Member                                                    $125

Non-MAA Member                                                         $340

Student MAA Member                                                   $125

Student Non-Member                                                    $175

Unaffiliated/Independent Scholar MAA Member   $125

Unaffiliated/Independent Scholar Non-Member    $175

K-12 Educator                                                                  $25

Undergraduate Student                                                 $0

Spouses/Companions                                                    $75


The slight increases from last year's fees in the MAA Member, Non-MAA Member, and Spouses/Companions rates are due to the large number of graduate student presenters at this year's meetings, a happy result of the blind-review process.  We hope colleagues will not find these increases too onerous and will welcome the opportunity to support the next generation of outstanding medievalists.  Please note also that the period for reduced-rate online registration extends much longer than usual.


On-site registration will be available at the registration desk in the Martin Luther King Jr. Building, Kerr Lounge, and will be subject to a $50 surcharge for late registration (with the exception of K-12 educators).  The late registration surcharge goes into effect as of 21 February.  No refunds will be granted after 21 February.


Graduate Student Manuscripts Workshop

The Program in Medieval Studies of the University of California, Berkeley is offering a graduate-student run Graduate Student Manuscripts Workshop in advance of the annual meeting.  The workshop will take place on the Wednesday and Thursday of the Medieval Academy meeting, March 25th and 26th, in the seminar room of the Jean Gray Hargrove Music Library on Berkeley’s campus.

The workshop is designed to familiarize graduate students with the specific challenges and special opportunities of working with Western European musical and liturgical manuscripts, centered on in vivo work with examples from Berkeley’s own Hargrove and Bancroft collections. While the workshop will focus on liturgical and musical sources, it can also serve to introduce participants—especially those whose home institutions do not have manuscript collections—to working with manuscripts more generally. No prior experience with manuscripts or medieval musical or liturgical culture is strictly necessary, but basic Latin reading skills will be helpful.

In addition to fundamental aspects of manuscript handling, participants will be introduced to the structures of medieval musical and liturgical practices and the way those practices both inflect and can be seen in manuscripts ranging from antiphonals to sacramentaries. Participants will gain experience in topics—such as musical notation—not commonly taught in introductory manuscript study surveys, and will also be introduced to the wealth of detailed bibliographic resources available for extending their work beyond the workshop proper. Given the admitted complexity of the materials we’ll study together, this workshop is an invaluable opportunity to gain first-hand experience with and guidance through an exciting area of manuscript research that can often seem overly complex or intimidating.

Applicants will be asked to submit a five-hundred-word statement articulating your interest in the workshop, its potential to further your work, and any prior relevant experience as well as a current CV.  A link to the application form is available here.

A preview of the Hargrove collection’s riches is currently offered through an online exhibit, “The Language of Music”:  The exhibit introduces some of the themes that will be addressed in the meeting’s sessions on “Music as / and Language.”  Even more of the Hargrove's treasures are exhibited here:

Bonus Lunchtime Event Saturday March 28 12:45-1:45 pm: Medieval Visionaries of Vision: Grosseteste & Giotto 

A scientist and a humanities scholar — Prof. Tom McLeish FRS (Physics and Centre for Medieval Studies, University of York, UK and Asst. Prof. Henrike Lange (History of Art and Italian Studies, University of California, Berkeley — take complementary perspectives on two medieval figures of immense influence in the history of ideas, scientific and artistic, leading a lunchtime master class on the value of interdisciplinary readings across fields in the recovery of a united vision for the production of knowledge today. The introduction will include an account of the international Ordered Universe project. The Ordered Universe project brings science, philology, and history to bear on the natural philosophy of Robert Grosseteste, while producing both new historical scholarship and new science from the encounter. A discussion with participants will develop on the theme of good practice in interdisciplinary science-humanities research, mirrored by the value of integrating multiple disciplines in Giotto scholarship, and the role of imagination in the arts and sciences. 

Please RSVP by March 26th 2020 to with the subject line “RSVP Visionaries of Vision.”  Participants will meet at 12:45 sharp at the Campanile Way entrance to Doe Library.



Publishers and other organizations looking to advertise in the program, registration packets, and/or display books at the Annual Meeting of the Medieval Academy of America should submit this form: 2020 Annual Meeting of the Medieval Academy of America Vendor/Exhibitor Form.


Contact: Co-Chairs Maureen C. Miller and Katherine O'Brien O'Keeffe



The University of California, Berkeley campus is adjacent to downtown Berkeley and a short half-mile walk from the Downtown Berkeley BART station.  Registration, book exhibits and other events will be in the Martin Luther King Jr. Building on Sproul Plaza and sessions will be in historic Wheeler Hall just inside the Sather Gate.  

                • A campus map is available here.  

                • Information on disability access is available at Navigating Berkeley.

                • A golf-cart shuttle will be available to ferry mobility-impaired participants between the MLK building and Wheeler Hall.

                •Parents with infants may register before the meetings to obtain access to the lactation room on the third level of Wheeler Hall (Room 313).  To request a security code for room access, please complete the registration form available here: or visit the campus’s Breastfeeding Support website:

                • The closest public parking is conveniently available at the Lower Sproul Lot (under Zellerbach Hall; entrance on Bancroft Way near Telegraph Avenue) and at 2450 Durant Avenue (the Telegraph-Channing City of Berkeley garage).  Information on other campus parking garages, as well as driving directions, are available here.  

                • The campus and environs are also well served by public transit, both bus and BART / subway.  

                • Although it is sometimes possible to find taxicabs, the success of "ride sharing" services in the Bay Area makes these a much more reliable and inexpensive option than cab companies.


The San Francisco Bay Area is served by three airports:

                • San Francisco International Airport: SFO

                • Oakland International Airport: OAK

                • San Jose International Airport: SJC

SFO and OAK are directly on the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) system.  From SFO, take any Antioch-bound train to the 19th Street Oakland stop and change to a Richmond-bound train for the Downtown Berkeley BART station.  From OAK, take the Oakland Airport BART connector to the Coliseum BART station where you take a Richmond-bound train to the Downtown Berkeley BART station.  From SJC, there is a VTA #180 Express Bus to the Warm Springs/South Fremont BART station, from which you can take a Richmond-bound train to the Downtown Berkeley BART station.   BART is the least expensive (roughly $10-11) and, depending on traffic, often the fastest way to get from the airport to downtown Berkeley.

Airport Express is still offering shared van service from SFO and OAK, but ride-sharing services (e.g., Uber, Lyft) are taken over most of this market and there are now ride-sharing pickup zones at both airports.  Taxi service is available from all airports but is quite expensive: from SFO to downtown Berkeley is usually $100-120.



The conference registration desk will NOT be able to provide luggage storage services.  You can, however, leave your bags at locations convenient to campus using Bounce for $5.95 per day.



Because of high occupancy levels at Berkeley hotels, there is no reserved block of rooms for conference attendees.  We urge all intending to participate in the conference to reserve lodging as soon as possible.  The major hotels closest to campus are the Hotel Shattuck Plaza, the Graduate Berkeley Hotel, and the Berkeley City Club.  More economical choices, still close by, are the Berkeley YMCA Hotel and the Nash Hotel, and there are other chain hotels (Travelodge, Quality Inn, Super-8, Howard Johnson) along University Avenue.  Online room-sharing, house & apartment rental services can also be good options.  More local lodging options and information on the local restaurant scene are available at Visit Berkeley.  



Two area services provide childcare for visitors.  Destination Sitters will provide services at your hotel or other lodging; is a more moderately priced option servicing Berkeley.

Parents with infants may register before the meetings to obtain access to the lactation room on the third level of Wheeler Hall (Room 313).  To request a security code for room access, please complete the registration form available here: or visit the campus’s Breastfeeding Support website:




Please note the upcoming deadlines for travel bursaries and awards in conjunction with the Annual Meeting:


Student Bursaries:

Graduate students who are members of the Medieval Academy of America and who have had their papers accepted for presentation at the 2020 meeting are eligible to apply for a Medieval Academy Annual Meeting Bursary of up to $500.  The bursaries will be awarded to graduate students for papers judged meritorious by the local Program Committee, and one applicant will be awarded the prize for Best Student Paper.  The application includes a biographical form and the completed paper.  The deadline for applications is 31 December 2019.  Click here to apply:


Inclusivity and Diversity Travel Grant:

The Academy presents an annual Inclusivity and Diversity Travel Grant of $500 to one Annual Meeting participant presenting an accepted proposal on the study of inclusivity and diversity in the Middle Ages, broadly conceived.  This grant competition is adjudicated by the Academy's Inclusivity and Diversity Prize Committee (  and preference will be given to student, junior, adjunct, or unaffiliated scholars.  The deadline for applications is 31 December 2019.  Click here to apply:


Program Committee:

Maureen C. Miller & Katherine O’Brien O’Keeffe, University of California, Berkeley (co-chairs)

Sabrina Agarwal, University of California, Berkeley

Asad Ahmed, University of California, Berkeley

Diliana Angelova, University of California, Berkeley

Mary Harvey Doyno, Sacramento State University

John Efron, University of California, Berkeley

Fiona Griffith, Stanford University

Marian Homans-Turnbull, University of California, Berkeley

Eleanor Johnson, Columbia University (Alumni/ae Representative)

Ruth Mazo Karras  (ex officio as MAA president)

Shirin Khanmohamadi, San Francisco State University

Sharon Kinoshita, University of California, Santa Cruz (Alumnae/i Representative)

Geoff Koziol, University of California, Berkeley

Henrike C. Lange, University of California, Berkeley

Niklaus Largier, University of California, Berkeley

Daniel Lee, University of California, Berkeley

Maria Mavroudi, University of California, Berkeley

Laurent Mayali, University of California, Berkeley

Nasser Meerkhan, University of California, Berkeley

Dan Melia, University of California, Berkeley

Maura Nolan, University of California, Berkeley

John Ott, Portland State University (ex officio as MAP president)

Elaine Tennant, University of California, Berkeley

Jonas Wellendorf, University of California, Berkeley

Emily Zazulia, University of California, Berkeley



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