Representing the Middle Ages
The 28th Annual Conference of the Illinois Medieval Association
25-26 February 2011
Friday, February 25
Noon-1:30 / Registration.
1:30-3:00 / Session 1. Revising Philosophical Paradigms.
- Mark Kauntze, Mellon Fellow in Medieval Studies, Northwestern University: “Making Nature’s Hidden Workings Clear: Two Conceptions of Natural Philosophy in Boethius and Bernardus Silvestris.”
- Gerard L. Delahoussaye, Philosophy, Southern Illinois University Carbondale: “Scotus with Dante in Hell: What Are the Limits of Moral Concern?”
- Mathew Vanderpoel, University of Chicago Divinity School: “Angel and Demon, Human and Animal: Intertwined Representations.”
1:30-3:00 / Session 2. The Status and Roles of Holy Women.Chair: Theresa Gross-Diaz, History and Medieval Studies, Loyola University Chicago
- Maria Garcia-Otero, Spanish and Portuguese, University of Kansas: “Reading Politics and Consuming Ideology in the Cloister: Twelfth- and Thirteenth-Century Material Culture in the Female Monastery of Las Huelgas.”
- Tanya Stabler, Mellon Fellow, University of Notre Dame, and History, Purdue University Calumet: “What Did It Mean to Be Called a Beguine in Thirteenth-Century Paris?”
- Karen Scott, Catholic Studies and History, DePaul University: “Hearing and Interpreting the Bible in Late Medieval Italy: The Case of Catherine of Siena.”
3:00-3:30 / Coffee
3:30-5:00 / Session 3. Virtue, Reason, and Will: The Heritage of Medieval Representations.Chair: John Casey, Philosophy, Northeastern Illinois University
- Sheryl Overmyer, Catholic Studies, DePaul University: “Saint Thomas Aquinas’s Pagan Virtues?”
- Jason R. Aleksander, Philosophy, St. Xavier University: “The Problem of Theophany in Paradiso 33.”
- Molly Sturdevant, Philosophy, St. Xavier University: “Medieval Influences on Descartes’s Notion of the Will.”
3:30-5:00 / Session 4. The Ambiguities of Experience.Chair: Barbara Rosenwein, History, Loyola University Chicago.
- Elizabeth Weber, French, University of Illinois at Chicago: “Representing Incest in Saints’ Lives and Marian Miracles.”
- James Hicks, Independent Scholar: “The Floure and the Leafe as an Elephant with the Legs of a Horse: Deliberate Avoidance and Anxious Irony.”
- Andrea Stevens, English and Theatre, University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign: “Sudden Light, Sacred Blood: The Transfiguration of Christ in the York Cycle.”
3:30-5:00 / Session 5. Images of the East.Chair: Warren Schultz, History, DePaul University
- Vanessa Crosby, Religious Studies, Northwestern University: “Unraveling Microhistories: The Re-use and Re-construction of Islamic Tiraz Silks in Christian Reliquaries.”
- Alex G. Papadopoulos, Geography, DePaul University: “Exploring Byzantine Cartographies: Ancient Science, Christian Cosmology, and Geopolitics in Imperial-Era Mapping.”
- Alexander Wolfe, University of Chicago: “Marco Polo: Factotum, Auditor.”
5:00-6:30 / Reception.
Saturday, February 26
8:00-9:00 / Coffee and Continental Breakfast.
9:00-10:30 / Session 6. Medieval Audiences and Meanings.
- Stefan Vander Elst, English, University of San Diego: “Reconciliation and the Defenseless in the Medieval Latin Ruodlieb.”
- Cathy Hume, Independent Scholar: “The Storie of Asneth and Its Ladies: ‘discreet, devoute, diligent’.”
- Carissa M. Harris, English, Northwestern University: “Inserting ‘A greet tente, a thrifty, & a long’: Obscenity and Scribal Innovation in Fifteenth-Century Manuscripts of The Canterbury Tales.”
9:00-10:30 / Session 7. Medieval Texts and Modern Technologies.Chair: Kathleen Kennedy, English, Pennsylvania State University/Brandywine
- Allen J. Frantzen, English, Loyola University Chicago: “Using Digital Humanities to Teach Medieval English Literature.”
- Patrick McMahon, Loyola University Chicago: “And? – Distant Reading and Digital Textual Analysis in The Canterbury Tales.
- Rebecca Cameron, English, DePaul University: “The Orlando Project as a Model for Digital Projects in the Humanities.
9:00-10:30 / Session 8. Art and Its Meanings.Chair: Susan Solway, History of Art and Architecture, DePaul Univeristy
- Virginia Chieffo Raguin, Art History, College of the Holy Cross: “Display, Meaning, and the Categorization of Global Art.”
- Amy Austin, Modern Languages, University of Texas at Arlington: Oliueros de Castilla, Narrative Frames, and Powers in the Visual.”
- Isidro J. Rivera, Spanish and Portuguese, University of Kansas, Lawrence: “Devotional Practices and Visual Culture in Andrés de Li’s Tesoro de la pasion.”
10:30-11:00 / Coffee.
11:00-12:30 / Meeting of the Whole and the Plenary Session.
- James Robinson, Curator of Late Medieval Collections at the British Museum: “Material Understanding: Making the Middle Ages Matter at the British Museum.”
12:30-1:30 / Lunch.
1:30-3:00 / Session 9. Musical Objects and Their Meanings.
- Lucia Marchi, Modern Languages, DePaul University: “Chasing Voices, Hunting Love: Sounds, Images, and Words in the Italian Caccia.”
- Cathy Ann Elias, Music, DePaul University: “Shifting Meanings: Secular Songs Reused as Moralizing Agents.”
- Anna Kathryn Grau, Music, DePaul University: “Representing ‘Women’s Songs’ in Stories: Female-Voice Lyric Interpolations.”
1:30-3:00 / Session 10. Anglo-Latin Culture in Eighth-Century Northumbria.Chair: Shannon Ambrose, English, St. Xavier University.
- Justin Hastings, Loyola University Chicago: “Latinity and Identity in the Whitby Life of Gregory the Great.”
- Scott DeGregorio, University of Michigan, Dearborn: “Monastic Reading: Bede, Gregory, and Scriptural Understanding in the Early Middle Ages.”
- Paul Hilliard, University of Saint Mary of the Lake, Mundelein: “Bede’s Use of History.”
1:30-3:00 / Session 11. Reworking History, Sanctity, and foreign Objects in the Late Middle Ages.
- Catherine Rock, English, Stark State College: "History Light: The Short Metrical Chronicle.”
- Julia Miglets, History, Northwestern University: “Holy Mediocrity: Re-presenting Sanctity in Fourteenth-Century Italy.”
- David Perry, History, Dominican University: “Relic-laundering and Re-presentation: The Monastery of San Giorgio Maggiore in Medieval Venice.”
3:00-3:30 / Coffee.
3:30-5:00 / Session 12. How To Be a Man.
- Andrew G. Miller, History, DePaul University: “What Did They Mean by That? Malevolent Tail Docking in Medieval Europe.”
- Jessica Clancy, English, Loyola University Chicago: “Re-presenting Pearl as a Materialist Dream Vision.”
- Mickey Sweeney, English, Dominican University: “Gawain and Chastity.”
- Marie Wallin, English, Luleå University, Sweden: “Malory the Criminal – Malory the Romantic Genius.”
3:30-5:00 / Session 13. Modern Audiences and Meanings.
- Janet T. Marquardt, Art, Eastern Illinois University: “Françoise Henry: Presenting Irish Medieval Art.”
- Alexander McNair, Spanish, University of Wisconsin Parkside: “’they loosed the reins and pricked forward’: Robert Southey Translating The Poem of the Cid.”
- Kelly Austin, Romance Languages, University of Chicago: “Translating Romanceros: The Interpretations of and Influence on W. S. Merwin.”
- E. L. Risden, English, St. Norbert College: “O Dragon, Where Art Thou? ‘Othering’ in Beowulf Films.”
5:00-6:30 / Reception.
- Eastern Illinois University
- Loyola University
- Northern Illinois University
- University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Mickey Sweeney, Dominican University
Bill Fahrenbach, DePaul University
Mark D. Johnston, DePaul University
Mark Amos, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale
Raymond Clemens, Illinois State University
Francine McGregor, Eastern Illinois University
Anita Riedinger, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale
David Wagner, Northern Illinois University
Edward Wheatley, Loyola University
Michael W. George, Millikin University