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95th Annual Meeting of the Medieval Academy of America Virtual Version



Introductory Material



Two of the four plenarists chose to pre-record their lectures. These have been posted on the Medieval Academy's YouTube channel:

Opening Plenary: Peggy McCracken (Mary Fair Croushore Professor of Humanities; Professor of French, Women's Studies, and Comparative Literature; and Director, Institute for the Humanities, University of Michigan), "The Feelings of Natural Objects: Animacy, Ecology, and Phaeton’s Crash" [Cancelled]

CARA-MAP Plenary: Kim M. Phillips (Associate Professor of History, University of Auckland), "Gendering the Medieval Expansion of Europe: Men Washed Up"

CARA/MAP Responses

I am delighted to remind everyone that the MAA YouTube Channel remains active and that Kim Phillips's MAP/CARA Plenary Lecture is available for all who would like to watch. In addition, Shirin Khanmohamadi and Tanya Stabler Miller have offered their thoughtful and incisive response to Prof. Phillips's lecture linked here through the MAA blog. I encourage you to take the time to read and to continue to engage these compelling ideas. I also want to thank Profs. Khanmohamadi and Stabler Miller for taking the time to compose these texts during such a challenging moment. As medievalists, we know how powerful intellectual exchange and humanistic learning are in times of crisis and I am grateful for their commitment to both. 

Let me also take this moment to ask CARA Affiliates to please submit their program updates to Lisa so that these can be added to the blog and we can continue to keep our medieval communities and virtual scholarly lives connected.

Fellows Plenary: 
Introduction: Maureen C. Miller, University of California, Berkeley

Teofilo F. Ruiz
(Distinguished Professor & Robert and Dorothy Wellman Chair in Medieval History, University of California, Los Angeles), "Two Families and One Artist on the Eve of the Expulsion: Jews, Conversos, Foreigners and Muslims Living in Avila, 1440s-1492"

Poster Sessions from the UC Berkeley Heavenly Bodies Freshman-Sophomore Seminar:
Introduction:  Reconsidering Heavenly Bodies

Poster Session: Dorian Cole, "She is Clothed in Strength and Dignity: Joan of Arc at the Met"

Poster Session: Emily Su, "Alexander McQueen's Lochner Dress: Changing Identities and the Heavenly Bodies Exhibit"


Friday March 27


Welcome and Opening Remarks
Ruth Mazo Karras, Lecky Professor of History, Trinity College Dublin and President, Medieval Academy of America
Maureen C. Miller, Professor of History, University of California, Berkeley; Co-Chair of the Program Committee

Introduction: Renate Blumenfeld-Kosinski, Distinguished Professor Emerita, University of Pittsburgh, First Vice-President, Medieval Academy of America
Presidential Address: Ruth Mazo Karras, Lecky Professor of History, Trinity College Dublin, President, Medieval Academy of America

The Regulation of Sexuality in the Twelfth Century?


Masculinities and Cultural Translation

Chair: Jerome Singerman, University of Pennsylvania Press
Dark Age Jesus
Lynda L. Coon, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

The Monastic Culture of Sodomy
Dyan Elliott, Northwestern University

The Society for the Promotion of Eriugenian Studies at 50

Chair: Niklaus Largier, University of California, Berkeley
The Twists and Turns in Eriugena’s Path as Translator of the Pseudo-Dionysius
Mark Zier, Independent Scholar
Eriugena on the Nature of ‘Nothing’ (Nihil) and the Modes of ‘Non-Being’ (non esse)
Dermot Moran, Boston College

Eriugena’s Periphyseon as an Exercise in Thinking Nature
Willemien Otten, Divinity School, University of Chicago and President of the Society for the
Promotion of Eriugenian Studies

I.2 Poetics, Proverbs, and Aesthetics

Chair: Neslihan Senocak, Columbia University
Roger Bacon's Poetics: Nostalgia as Progressive Reform
C. Stephen Jaeger, University of Illinois, Urbana/Champaign

Proverbs and Intertextual Debating in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales
Johanna Kramer, University of Missouri-Columbia
Comme s'il estoit vif: Peacocks, Natural Philosophy and the Edible Art of Altering Nature
Eileen Morgan, University of Notre Dame (Winner of an MAA Annual Meeting Bursary)

II.1 Translation and Literary/Textual Transmission across Religio-Cultural Spheres: The Vernacular and Contested Territories of Learning: England, Italy, France

Chair: Alison Cornish, New York University
What Did the Medieval Laity Hear When They Heard Latin?
Christopher Cannon, Johns Hopkins University
Dante’s Vita nova: A Vernacular School Text     
Filippo Gianferrari, University of California, Santa Cruz
Rhyming Reason: Latin Verse Grammars and Vernacular Poetic Practice     
Christopher Davis, Northwestern University

II.2 Narrative of the Dead: Liturgies, Tomb Effigies, and Embodied Materiality as Memory
[The participants in this session did not wish to have the recording posted]
Chair: Martha Newman, University of Texas, Austin
La belle inconnue: Reinscribing the History of a Forgotten Effigy     
Kavita Finn, Simmons University
Relics of the Flood: Material Experience and Understanding in the Old English Andreas
Celine Vezina, Yale University.

Saturday March 28
III.1 Law and Sovereignty in the Medieval State: The Legal Landscape of Early Medieval North-Central Italy
[The participants in this session did not wish to have the recording posted]

Chair: Maya Maskarinec, University of Southern California
'Secular' Legislation in the Service of Ecclesiastical Law at the Monastery of Monte
Amiata: Abbot Winizo's Petition to Count Hildebrand in the Early 11th Century

Maya Maskarinec, University of Southern California

Episcopal Jurisdiction and Legal Practice in Carolingian Italy
Michael Heil, University of Arkansas, Little Rock
Law and Capitulary: Lombard Law-Books in the Long Tenth Century
Thom Gobbitt, Austrian Academy of Sciences
Comment: Helmut Reimitz, Princeton University

III.2 Manuscripts, Documents, and Space

Chair: Myriah Williams, University of California, Berkeley
Sir John Prise and his Books: Medieval Manuscripts on the Welsh Borders
Helen Fulton, University of Bristol
The Making of a Sanctuary: Church Consecration and the Functionality of Sacred Space in
Post-Carolingian Catalonia, 850-1100

Adam Matthews, Columbia University

Competition and Adaptation in the Reign of Arnulf of Carinthia, 887-899
Jonathan Dell'Isola, The Catholic University of America

MAA Business Meeting and Awards Ceremony

Awarding of MAA Book Prizes, CARA Prizes, Student Bursaries, Inclusivity and Diversity
Travel Grants, followed by Annual Reports

IV.1 Pan-Mediterranean Dialogues: Natural Sciences: Scientific Exchanges and Medical Knowledge
[The participants in this session did not wish to have the recording posted]

Chair: Taylor McCall, Associate Editor, Speculum, Medieval Academy of America
Persian Alchemy in Greek Letters and Late Byzantine Engagement with Science from Abroad
Alexandre Roberts, University of Southern California
The Early Articella and the School of Salerno: Formation of a Medical Curriculum c. 1075-1150 CE
F. Eliza Glaze, Coastal Carolina University, co-presenting with Francis Newton, Duke University
“Anima non tangit corpus”: On Non-Natural Movement Between Avicenna, Taddeo Alderotti, and Guido Guinizzelli
Matteo Pace, Connecticut College
The Articella and the Urine Flask: Inventions in Response to Medieval Mediterranean Medicine
Robin Reich, Columbia University

Medieval Temporalities and Christian Interpretation

Chair: Marian Homans-Turnbull, University of California, Berkeley
Temporal Ascent: Considering the Visual Traditions of the Gradual Psalms in Relation to
Devotional Time

Maggie Crosland, Courtauld Institute of Art
The Temporality of Trauma: Defective Exegesis and the Collapse of Supersessionist
Identity in the Perslesvaus

Adrian McClure, Purdue University

Time and Devotional Poetics in John Lydgate’s Kalendarium
Joanna Murdoch, Duke University (Winner of an MAA Annual Meeting Bursary)

V.1 Multilingualism, Multiculturalism, Multiconfessionalism in the Medieval Mediterranean: Muslim, Jewish, and Christian Retellings of the Hebrew Bible in the Medieval Mediterranean

[The participants in this session did not wish to have the recording posted]

Chair: David Wacks, University of Oregon
Prophetic Paragons in a “World of Others’ Words”
Andrea Pauw, University of Virginia Toronto (Winner of an MAA Annual Meeting Bursary)
The First Pregnancy of Eve: An Exegetical Conundrum
Skyler Anderson, Princeton University
Jewish, Muslim, and Christian Retellings of the Abraham and Sarah Story in Medieval Iberia
David Wacks, University of Oregon
Comment: David Wacks, University of Oregon  

V. 2 Walls and Portals: Borders and Limits in Architecture, Law, and the Visual Arts

[The participants in this session did not wish to have the recording posted]

Chair: Henrike Lange, University of California, Berkeley
The Sculpted Zodiac: Bordering Ecclesia and Astrologia?
Shelley Williams, Brigham Young University
Magi on the Wall: Foreigners, Women, Gender and the Definition of Iconophile Orthodoxy
Kriszta Kotsis, University of Puget Sound
The Icon of San Sisto (Rome): Borders and Limits for Viewing the Sacred
Kirstin Noreen, Loyola Marymount University


Sunday, March 29

CARA Session: Expanding the MedievALL Conversation: Inclusive Programming
beyond and off the Tenure Track

The year’s CARA Meeting takes up the charge opened to the MAA during the 2019-2020 year to
make room for medievalists of all professional standing. Drawing on CARA’s goal of generating
greater connectivity between independent, unaffiliated, and practicing medievalists working off
the tenure-track to deepen the networks that facilitate the kinds of questions and pursuits ALL
medievalists engage, this year’s meeting will address ways of expanding the MedievALL
Conversation. To this end, not only will we hear from several panelists who are medievalists by
training and intent, but who also pursue professional lives beyond the typical tenure-track. We
will also hear from members of the MAA’s Ad Hoc committee on Professional Diversity convened
to address all medievalists, and we will discuss ways to implement significant strategic changes
to expand the programing of Medieval Centers and Programs to find pathways toward greater
inclusivity, inter-connection, and community. We will hear from panelists who can speak to
professional lives outside the traditional academic track and will address the mutual benefits of
learning what medievalists in all jobs and professional setting do. We will learn how their skills
have helped them and what their professional pathways have encouraged them to do that a
traditional trajectory would not have. In other words, this CARA conference especially seeks to
delve to the very core of CARA’s mission and what it can do to expand the reach and support of
medievalists at large. Ours will be, it is hoped, the beginning of a longer, more fruitful, and
expansive conversation and commitment as we move toward the MAA’s 2025 Centennial year.

Chair: Anne E. Lester, (Johns Hopkins University) CARA, Chair

Marie Richards, (Independent Scholar), "Medievalists in the Public Sector: Joining the
Foreign Service?”

Alison Walker
, (Independent Scholar), “A Janus-faced Approach to Starting Over: Good
News and Harsh Truths from Beyond the Academy”

Kavita Mundan Finn, (MIT, Independent Scholar), “The Once and Future Fangirl”

Sarah Davis-Secord, (University of New Mexico), “Putting Professional and Career
Diversity into Practice in Graduate Training”

Laura Morreale, (Independent Scholar, Ad Hoc Committee on Professional Diversity,
Chair), "Reaching Medievalists Beyond the Professoriate: Best Practices for CARA

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