2019 CARA Meeting

Please join us on Sunday morning 10 March for the annual CARA Meeting, after the conclusion of the Medieval Academy of America Annual Meeting in Philadelphia.

CARA (the Committee on Centers and Regional Associations) is the Medieval Academy’s forum for those who are concerned with the administration of institutes, graduate centers, undergraduate programs and committees, and research libraries; with the organization of regional and local groups of medievalists; and with teaching. CARA assists institutions and individual medievalists in meeting the challenges that face medieval studies in the classroom, the library, and other institutional settings locally and nationally. It supports those who work to develop special projects and programs of instruction, local and regional networks of medievalists, and centers of research and institutions in medieval studies. It is concerned with pedagogy at all levels. Institutions and individuals who wish to support and enhance medieval studies are invited to join CARA and participate in its meetings and programs.

You may register for the CARA Meeting when you register online for the MAA Annual Meeting. Please note that pre-registration is required. The $50 registration fee covers the cost of breakfast and lunch. If you have already registered for the MAA Annual Meeting, please contact Lisa Fagin Davis to add the CARA Meeting to your registration.

Chair, Anne E. Lester (Johns Hopkins University)

Kislak Center
Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center
University of Pennsylvania
3420 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Taking Up the Global Challenge: Expanding the Purview of Medieval Studies — Questions, Solutions, Innovations

In recent years medieval scholarship and programming has become increasingly global in its orientation. Courses and books on the Silk Road, the Indian Ocean, the Medieval Atlantic, Viking Exploration, and Medieval Africa, for example, have made it abundantly clear that the medieval world was a complex and connected place. The revisioning of ‘medieval’ to extend far beyond the traditional bounds of Europe has offered exciting and expansive, and vitally urgent, calls to likewise expand and revision Medieval Studies Programs and Programming coordinated by Medieval Studies Centers and Regional Associations. This year’s CARA meeting convenes to discuss taking up the global challenge. We have asked this year’s speakers to address how they have implemented changes in programming, in structuring their centers and curricula, for example to become more global in vision and scope. Conceiving of the Middle Ages in a global context also has vital public outreach potential especially when it draws on the resources and missions of Museum collections to do so. Speakers will discuss their own institutional and research experiences, frames for outreach, intellectual goals and implications, and the potentials for the future in taking up the medieval global challenge.

8:30-9:00 AM: Light breakfast & Registration

9:00-9:15 AM: Welcome and Introductions

9:15-11:15 AM: CARA Session: Taking Up the Global Challenge: Expanding the Purview of Medieval Studies — Questions, Solutions, Innovations

Sarah McNamer (English, Georgetown University)
Afrodesia McCannon (English, NYU)
Bryan Keene (Getty Museum)
Elina Gertsman (Art History, Case Western Reserve) and Sonya Mace (The Cleveland Museum of Art)

Questions and Discussion

11:15-11:30 AM: Break

11:30 AM-12:15 PM: Business Meeting
Reports from CARA Affiliates and Members

12:15-1:00 PM: Lunch and Continued Discussion

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