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2009 Meeting
Chicago, IL
26-28 March 2009

Note: Online registration is now closed. Please register on-site.

DePaul University, the Illinois Medieval Association, Loyola University of Chicago, the Newberry Library, Northwestern University, the University of Chicago, and the University of Illinois at Chicago are pleased to host the 84th annual meeting of The Medieval Academy of America, 26–28 March 2009. This is also the annual meeting of the Illinois Medieval Association .

Sessions will showcase the broad range and interdisciplinary focus of medieval studies. Medievalists, of whatever chronological or disciplinary allegiance, should find ample offerings to engage their interests. A concurrent “mini-conference” at the Loyola University Museum of Art on medieval art objects in Chicago adds to the riches. Updated program information will be available on the Medieval Academy website.

On offer will be plenary lectures on stimulating topics, panel discussions, dialogues, as well as individual papers, many with respondents.

Sessions will take place at the Renaissance Chicago Hotel in downtown Chicago. The opening reception on Thursday will be held at the Newberry Library, an independent research library.

The conference is open to anyone interested in the Middle Ages and is not limited to members of the Medieval Academy. The Friday mini-conference at the Loyola University Museum of Art is free and open to the public.

The deadline to pre-register for the meeting and to reserve a hotel room at the conference rate is 2 March 2009.

Please note that registration after this date will incur a higher registration fee, and that some conference activities may not be available to late registrants.


All who plan to attend the Medieval Academy meeting should register by the pre-registration deadline, 2 March.

Social events . When registering be sure to sign up for every event you plan to attend, including those that are free of charge. Registering for all events assists conference organizers and is essential for the planning of catered events such as receptions and for scheduling buses. Please note that even free receptions will require admission tickets provided in the registration packets for those who have pre-registered for the events.

Registration categories . Everyone attending the conference and its sponsored events must register. Students and members of the Medieval Academy pay a discounted registration fee. Please remember that in addition to the sessions themselves, the registration fee includes complimentary coffee breaks, continental breakfasts, and receptions—all of which represent a substantial value.

If you are not a member of the Medieval Academy and wish to join to avoid the higher fees for non-members as well as to receive the many other benefits of membership, forms are available at the Academy website under “Member Information”.

Registration categories and fees are indicated on the registration form. Prices for lunches include tax and tip; the banquet price includes tax, tip, and wine.

Spouses/companions . A discounted registration fee of $70 is offered to non-medievalist companions of registrants who will not attend program sessions but wish to participate in social events such as the receptions. To register, specify the companion’s name as “Name 2” on the main registrant’s form and check the social events the companion will attend; if necessary, include additional payment for meals.

Late registration and cancellation fees . Pre-registration helps planners organize a successful meeting. The pre-registration deadline is 2 March 2009. A surcharge of $35 will apply to all registrations postmarked after the deadline and for on-site registrations. Due to catering deadlines, some social events may not be available to those who register after the deadline.

A fee of $30 to cover administrative costs will be charged for cancellations received before the registration deadline; the balance of your payment will then be refunded. Please note: Cancellations received after 2 March cannot be refunded.


By air . Chicago is abundantly served by both national and international flights at two major airports, O’Hare (to the northwest of downtown) and Midway (to the southwest). Chicago’s central location and the presence of numerous discount air carriers make it an affordable destination, even in the face of increasing airfares. To obtain the best fares, early reservations are recommended.

From O’Hare: the Renaissance Chicago Hotel can be reached by shuttle buses operated by GO Airport Express ($28.00 one way; $50.00 round trip; reductions for groups of two or more). Shuttles run every 10–15 minutes. Ticket counters are located at doors 1E, 2D, and 3F on the Baggage Claim level. Reservations to downtown Chicago are not required. Credit cards are accepted.

By public transportation, the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) Blue Line train runs every 6–10 minutes from the airport to downtown (follow the signs in the airport to the CTA station). The cash fare is $2.00 (subject to increase). To reach the Hotel, get off at the Clark/Lake station and walk two blocks east (toward the lake).

A taxi will cost $40–$50 plus tip. Credit cards are accepted (often reluctantly) on Chicago taxis.

From Midway: the Hotel can be reached by GO Airport Express ($23.00 one way; $40.00 round trip; reductions for groups of two or more). Shuttles run every 15 minutes; last shuttle at 10:30 PM. The Ticket Counter is located at Door 3, Lower Level. Reservations to downtown Chicago are not required. Credit cards are accepted.

By public transportation, the CTA Orange Line train runs every 6–10 minutes from the airport to downtown (follow the signs in the airport to the CTA station). The cash fare is $2.00 (subject to increase). Alight at the State/Lake station directly across the street from the Hotel.

A taxi will cost $30–$35 plus tip.

A trip from O’Hare will take 45-60 minutes by any mode of transportation, depending on conditions; a trip from Midway will be 30-45 minutes.

By train . Chicago is the center of Amtrak’s national passenger train network. Intercity trains arrive at Union Station, about one mile southwest of the Hotel. The CTA 151 bus will bring you from the station to within two blocks of the Hotel.

Public transportation . The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) serves the city with a comprehensive network of buses, subways, and elevated trains. Bus stops and train stations are in easy reach of the Hotel. Transit passes for one or several days are available for purchase online, and provide an economical and convenient option. Information on the system, including maps, routes, trip planning, fares, and passes, is available on the CTA website:


Valet parking with in-and-out privileges is available at the Renaissance Chicago Hotel at a cost of $45.00 a day.


The registration desk will be located in the Grand Ballroom Foyer of the Renaissance Chicago Hotel (second level). It will be open Thursday from 11:00–6:00, Friday 8:30–6:00, and Saturday 8:30–12:00. Those who have pre-registered should pick up their conference packets at the registration desk.

The desk will also accept new registrations, subject to the higher rate imposed for late registrations. Payment must be by check or payable to the Illinois Medieval Association, or cash. No credit card payments will be accepted at the meeting.


All sessions will be held in function rooms at the Renaissance Chicago Hotel, as indicated in the program.

Book exhibits will be in the Grand Ballroom of the Hotel.

There is one off-site conference event: the opening reception on Thursday evening will be held at the Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton St., exactly one mile north of the Hotel. A shuttle bus will be provided for travel to and from the Newberry Library. Taxis are plentiful, and the Library is also easily reached by public transportation from the Hotel. Take the Red Line northbound from the Lake subway station (not to be confused with the State-Lake elevated station) to Chicago Avenue—the Library is one block west and 3 blocks north. Or take the 22 CTA bus from Lake and Dearborn (one short block west of the hotel) directly to the front door of the Newberry.

The Friday afternoon mini-conference on medieval art objects in Chicago will be held at the Loyola University Museum of Art, 820 N. Michigan Ave., across from the Water Tower Place shopping center. The Museum is a pleasant half-mile walk north of the Hotel or is easily reached by public transportation (CTA Red Line from Lake St. to the Chicago Ave. stop, or buses 145 and 146 from State and Lake).


Continental breakfasts (Friday and Saturday) will be available in the Foyer of the Grand Ballroom. Coffee breaks will be available at the same location throughout the conference.

Receptions and banquet . The meeting will include three receptions, the costs of which are included in the registration fee. Be sure to check the appropriate boxes on the registration form to receive reception tickets in your registration packet. Spouses and companions who will not attend conference sessions but who wish to attend these receptions should pay the fee requested on the registration form. All who wish to attend the banquet should also mark the registration form and pay the additional charge. The price of the banquet includes wine, tax, and tip. Banquet tickets may not be available for those who register late.

The opening reception (Thursday, 5:30 p.m.), as noted above, will be held at the Newberry Library. The Friday evening reception and the Saturday evening reception will take place in the Grand Ballroom area on the second floor of the hotel. The Friday banquet will take place in the Grand Ballroom.

Lunches . The business meeting lunch on Friday will be held in the Grand Ballroom, as will the lunch on Saturday.

Graduate students . Thursday evening at 7:30 p.m. a graduate student pub night social is scheduled at Fadó Irish Pub & Restaurant, 100 W. Grand Ave., an easy walk from the Hotel. A graduate student lunch is planned for Saturday from 12:30 – 1:30 at an off-site location (information available in the Registration packet or at the conference website).

Other food options . The Renaissance Chicago Hotel has a first-rate restaurant (the Great Street Restaurant), as well as the Renaissance Café and the Lobby Court Lounge. There are many excellent dining options in all price ranges close to the Hotel.


Publishers and booksellers will exhibit at the Renaissance Chicago Hotel in the Grand Ballroom (second level). The hours will be from noon to 6:00 p.m. on Thursday and from 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.


On Thursday before the opening session at 1:30, the Newberry Library, a major independent research library located at 60 W. Walton St., will offer brief tours with an introduction to the collections for Academy members wishing to learn more about the Library and its resources, including its manuscript holdings. If you are interested in visiting the Library on Thursday, please contact Megan Moore, Assistant Director, Center for Renaissance Studies, Newberry Library,, no later than 15 March.

On Sunday, no organized tour is planned, but highly recommended are the walking and bus tours of the Chicago Architecture Foundation. Several of the walking tours explore the numerous important architectural sites within a few blocks of the Hotel. For information and advance booking, see, or telephone (312) 922-3432. Tours are also available on Wednesday and Thursday for early arrivals. The website,, offers a broad range of tours and sightseeing activities available to visitors to Chicago. Information about cultural events will be posted on the website for the meeting. The Chicago Cultural Center, located near the Hotel in the beautifully restored former Public Library at 78 E. Washington is open daily and has much useful information for visitors.


The Medieval Academy is grateful to the individuals listed below for devoting many hours and much energy to organizing this event.

Program Committee

Barbara Newman, Northwestern Univ., Chair
Anne Clark Bartlett, DePaul Univ.
Thomas Bestul, Univ. of Illinois at Chicago
Dyan Elliott, Northwestern Univ.
Rachel Fulton, Univ. of Chicago
Theresa Gross-Diaz, Loyola Univ.
Richard Kieckhefer, Northwestern Univ.
Christina von Nolcken, Univ. of Chicago

Local Arrangements Committee

Thomas Bestul, Univ. of Illinois at Chicago, Chair
Shannon Ambrose, St. Xavier Univ.
Anne Clark Bartlett, DePaul Univ.
Michael George, Millikin Univ.
Theresa Gross-Diaz, Loyola Univ.
Mark Johnston, DePaul Univ.
Susan Phillips, Northwestern Univ.
Barbara Rosenwein, Loyola Univ.
Christina von Nolcken, Univ. of Chicago