Illinois Medieval Association 

Serving Illinois Medievalists since 1983


Each year IMA hosts a meeting that features paper presentations and keynote addresses by a noted scholars of medieval studies. Upcoming and previous meetings and their respective keynote speakers include

2022-2023 Symposium Program.

2021-2022 Symposium Medieval Selves and Communities: Identities, Discourses, and Connections (Ongoing online symposium; click the link for the full program)

Panel 1: Place, Space, and Identity in Medieval Literature

Panel 2: Medieval Monstrosity (November 13, 1:00 Central)

Panel 3: Disease, Punishment, and Martyrs (January 22, 2022)

Plenary: Kathryn Jasper, Illinois State University“The Communication of Trauma and Monastic Friendship” (February 12, 2022)

2021 The Medieval Present (Dominican University, River Forest, IL)
Dorsey Armstrong

2020 Medieval Futures (Saint Mary's College, Notre Dame, IN)
Bernard McGinn
Dot Porter

2019 Southern Illinois University Edwardsville | CANCELED

2018 Medieval Bodies (Loyola University Chicago)

2017 Medieval Environments (Northwestern University)
Jeffrey Jerome Cohen (The George Washington University)

2016. Medievalism (Millikin University)
Meriem Pages, Keene State College

2015. Medieval Narratives (Saint Louis University)
Cynthia Robinson, Professor in Medieval and Islamic Art, Cornell University 
John Van Engen, Professor of Medieval History, University of Notre Dame

2014Seduction: The Art of Persuasion in the Medieval World (University of Illinois at Chicago)
Barbara H. Rosenwein, Loyola University Chicago.

2013Piety, Ritual, and Heresy: The Varieties of Medieval Religious Experience (Newberry Library) Gary Marcy, Santa Clara University

2012Re-Making the Classical: Appropriation and Transformation (Northern Illinois University)
Dale Kinney, Emeritus Professor, Bryn Mawr College

2011Representing the Middle Ages (DePaul University)
James Robinson, British Museum

2010Joint meeting with the Medieval Association of the Midwest (Dominican University) 
Tom Hanks, Baylor University; Robert Hanning, Columbia University

2009. In conjunction with the 2009 Medieval Academy of America meeting (Chicago)

2008. Pilgrimage in the Medieval World (Saint Xavier University)
A.C. Spearing, William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of English , University of Virginia

2007. The Medieval City (Eastern Illinois University)
Tours of London in Middle English Poetry, C. David Benson, University of Connecticut

2006. Peace and Power in Medieval Europe (The Newberry Library)

2005. Medieval Identities (Southern Illinois University)
William Marshal, Lancelot, and the Issue of Chivalric Identity, Richard W. Kaeuper, University of Rochester; and
Constructing and Questioning Identity in Medieval Conduct Literature, Roberta L. Krueger, Hamilton College

2004. The Central Ages (Northwestern University)
Should the Middle Ages Be Abolished? Alexander Murray, Oxford University

2003. Texts and Commentaries (DePaul University)
Absent Glosses: A Crisis of Vernacular Commentary in Late-Medieval England?" Alastair Minnis, The Ohio State University

2002. The Politics and Aesthetics of Gender in the Middle Ages (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)
"The Limits of Intolerance: Why Medieval Goddesses Were Not Heretical, Barbara Newman, Northwestern University

2001. Gestures, Behaviors, and Emotions In the Middle Ages (The Newberry Library)
Theories of the Passions and the Ecstasies of Late Medieval Religious Women, E. Ann Matter, University of Pennsylvania

2000. Uses of the Past (University of Chicago & Loyola University Chicago)
The West Falls, the East Survives: Reconsiderations about the End of Late Antiquity, Walter Goffart, University of Toronto

1999. X Out of Bounds (DePaul University) Queer Relations, Carolyn Dinshaw, New York University

1998. Medieval Communities (Eastern Illinois University) Land, Language, and Memory in Europe, 700-1100
Patrick Geary, UCLA

1997. Popular Piety: Prayer, Devotion, and Cult (University of Illinois-Chicago & Loyola University Chicago)
How Popular was Early Medieval Devotion? 
Ian Wood, University of Leeds

1996. Social Practice in the Middle Ages (University of Illinois-Chicago) Coronation as Legible Practice
Paul Strohm, Oxford University

1995. Children and the Family in the Middle Ages (Northern Illinois University
Narratives of a Nurturing Culture: Parents and Neighbors in Medieval England
Barbara Hanawalt, Ohio State University

1994. Figures of Speech: The Body in Medieval Art, History, and Literature (Loyola University Chicago)
Becoming Ethnographic: Reading Inquisitorial Authority in "The Hammer of Witches," Kathleen Biddick, Notre Dame University, and 
Figuring Forth the Body of Christ: Devotion and Politics, David Aers, Duke University

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