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2019 Annual Meeting

94th Annual Meeting

Medieval Academy of America

The Global Turn in Medieval Studies

7-9 March, 2019

The 94th Annual Meeting of the Medieval Academy of America will take place in Philadelphia on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania. The meeting is jointly hosted by the Medieval Academy of America, Bryn Mawr College, Delaware Valley Medieval Association, Haverford College, St. Joseph’s University, the University of Pennsylvania, and Villanova University.

This year’s meeting spotlights the “global turn” in medieval studies, treating the Middle Ages as a broad historical and cultural phenomenon that encompasses the full extent of Europe as well as the Middle East, southern and eastern Asia, Africa, and the Americas. The program will feature three plenary addresses and seventy concurrent sessions, representing a range of threads, including “Expanding Geographies of the Middle Ages,” “Approaches to Historiography,” “Interfaith Encounters: Real and Imagined,” “Gender Matters,” “Intersections Across Disciplines and Borders,” Digitizing the Global Middle Ages,” “Transmission and Technologies of Knowledge,” and cover topics addressing the natural world, the arts, material culture, literary studies, legal traditions, race and ethnicity in the global Middle Ages, to name a few. Roundtables, hands-on workshops, and lightning talks will highlight concepts and practices in K-12 education, diversity and race in the medieval studies, pedagogy and research in global medieval contexts, and practices and ethics of digital scholarship.

A pdf of the program is available here.

The Program Committee is pleased to offer the following Musical Interludes for the Closing Reception on Saturday Night at the Philadelphia Museum of Art:
Christopher Preston Thompson (singer/medieval harpist) and the duo Hafez Kotain (percussionist) and Phyllis Chapell (vocalist/guitarist) from ARTtolerance, whose mission is to advance the role of the arts in dialogues, transcend communication boundaries and explore common ground, through performances, events, conferences and workshops.


Download the Sched conference app to your mobile device from your app store, then search in the app for "MAA2019" to find the event. Or visit the website at You will need to log in or create a new account to access the conference site.

Online registration has closed.

On-site registration will be available at the registration desk in the Faculty Lounge (Rm 135) on the 1st floor of Fisher-Bennett Hall, 3340 Walnut St, and will be subject to a $50 surcharge for late registration. The late registration surcharge goes into effect as of 15 JanuaryNo refunds will be granted after 15 February.

On-site Registration fees:
MAA Member                                                                $325
Non-MAA Member                                                       $375
Student MAA Member                                                 $175
Student Non-Member                                                  $200
Unaffiliated/Independent Scholar MAA Member $175
Unaffiliated/Independent Scholar Non-Member  $275
K-12 Educator                                                                $0
Undergraduate Student                                               $0
Spouses/Companions                                                  $75

Note that student non-members will be offered a free one-year introductory membership to the Academy - stop by the meeting registration desk for details.

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: 2019 Annual Meeting of the Medieval Academy of America Vendor/Exhibitor Form.

Contact: Lynn Ransom & Julia Verkholantsev

The University of Pennsylvania is centrally located in the University City neighborhood of Philadelphia with easy access to the city’s many cultural institutions, historic sites, architectural landmarks, and lively Center City district (see Evening receptions will be held at the Penn Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (Friday) and the Philadelphia Museum of Art (Saturday). Participants will be granted free access to both museums throughout the meeting. A ticketed excursion to visit the medieval collections and architecture of the Glencairn Museum will take place Thursday morning. Free tours of medieval collections in the Rare Book Department of the Free Library of Philadelphia and the Rosenbach Museum & Library are also available on Thursday morning. Sign up for these events is required.
A block of rooms has been reserved at the Sheraton Hotel-University City Hotel. Reservations can be made for the Sheraton at this website until 3 February depending upon availability. For other local hotels at comparable Penn rates, please visit this website. Ask for the “Penn Discount” when making reservations at these hotels. For some of the many local dining options, please visit this website.

For directions to the University of Pennsylvania campus, please visit this website. A campus map is available here. All sessions and events, excluding the Saturday night reception, are within 1-2 blocks from each other. Bus transportation to the Philadelphia Museum of Art on Saturday night will be provided. Penn is well served by SEPTA, the city’s public transportation system, which includes subways, trolleys, buses, and regional rail.


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 2019 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 2018. Click here to apply:
Inclusivity and Diversity Travel Grant:
Beginning in 2019, the Academy will present the 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 will be adjudicated by the Academy's Inclusivity and Diversity Committee (, and preference will be given to student, junior, adjunct, or unaffiliated scholars. The deadline for applications is 31 December 2018. Click here to apply:

Program Committee:
Lynn Ransom & Julia Verkholantsev, University of Pennsylvania (co-chairs)
Daud Ali, University of Pennsylvania
Chris Atwood, University of Pennsylvania
Kevin Brownlee, University of Pennsylvania
Mary Caldwell, University of Pennsylvania
Linda Chance, University of Pennsylvania
Paul M. Cobb, University of Pennsylvania
Catherine Conybeare, Bryn Mawr College
Talya Fishman, University of Pennsylvania
Fr. Allan Fitzgerald, Villanova University
Scott Francis, University of Pennsylvania
Nicholas Herman, University of Pennsylvania
Tom Izbicki, Rutgers University & Delaware Valley Medieval Association
Ada Kuskowski, University of Pennsylvania
Ann Matter, University of Pennsylvania
Maud McInerney, Haverford College
Paul Patterson, St. Joseph’s University
Montserrat Piera, Temple University
Dot Porter, University of Pennsylvania
Jerry Singerman, University of Pennsylvania Press
Emily Steiner, University of Pennsylvania
Eva del Soldato, University of Pennsylvania
Elly Truitt, Bryn Mawr College
David Wallace, University of Pennsylvania (ex officio as MAA president)


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