MAA News – Kalamazoo Congress

In 2014, as always, the Medieval Academy will have a strong presence at the International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo (May 8-11):

Susan L. Einbinder (University of Connecticut) will deliver the Medieval Academy Plenary Lecture on Friday, May 9 at 8:30 AM in the East Ballroom of the Bernhard Center. Her topic will be “The Libel of the Lamb: Violence and Medieval Metaphor.”

The Medieval Academy will also sponsor two related sessions:

Friday, 1:30 PM (Session 243): “Violence and Vulnerability I: Slow and Systemic.” Organizer: Diane J. Reilly, Indiana Univ.-Bloomington; Presider: Ruth Mazo Karras, Univ. of Minnesota-Twin Cities; “Violence to the Dead: Negative Translation and Damnatio Memoriae” (Dyan Elliott, Northwestern Univ.); “Ceremonies of Peasant Violence and Seigneurial Violence” (Paul Freedman, Yale Univ.); “Adam and Eve and the Animals” (Peggy McCracken, Univ. of Michigan-Ann Arbor).

Friday, 3:30 PM (Session 296): “Violence and Vulnerability II: Sacred and Spectacular.” Organizer: Diane J. Reilly, Indiana Univ.-Bloomington; Presider: William Chester Jordan, Princeton Univ.; “Sacrilege at Cambron: Anti-Jewish Narrative, Judicial Combat, and the Cult of the Virgin Mary in Hainaut, 1326” (Walter Simons, Dartmouth College); “Preaching the Vulnerable Christ” (Sara Lipton, Stony Brook Univ.); “Utrum ludei deberent occidi a fidelibus: Violence against Jews from School to Street” (Deanna Klepper, Boston Univ.)

On Friday at 3:30 PM, the Committee on Area and Regional Associations (CARA) will sponsor a panel titled “Writing the Middle Ages for Multiple Audiences” (Session 287). Organizer: Michael A. Ryan, Univ. of New Mexico; Presider: James M. Murray, Western Michigan Univ.; Panelists: David M. Perry (Dominican Univ.), Ellen F. Arnold (Ohio Wesleyan Univ.), Matthew Gabriele (Virginia Tech.) and Laura Saetveit Miles (Univ. i Bergen).

On Sunday at 8:30 AM, the MAA Graduate Student Committee (GSC) will sponsor a discussion on “Open Access and Graduate Student Dissertations: A Roundtable on the Changing North American Publishing Industry and What Grads Need to Know.” (Session 505). Organizer: Christopher Riedel, Boston College; Presider: Christopher Riedel; Panelists: Seth Denbo (American Historical Association), Caroline Palmer (Boydell & Brewer), Dorothy Carr Porter (Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies, Univ. of Pennsylvania), Suzanne Rancourt (Univ. of Toronto Press) and Melissa Levine (Univ. of Michigan-Ann Arbor).

The GSC will also sponsor a reception with cash bar (Fetzer 1045) on Thursday evening at 5:30.

Lisa Fagin Davis (Acting Executive Director) and Sarah Spence (Editor of Speculum) will be staffing a Medieval Academy table in the Exhibit Hall during conference hours. We hope you’ll stop by to meet them and let them answer all your Medieval-Academy-related questions.

More information about the IMC is available here:

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