During the conference, I am adding Twitter feeds to the sessions in the schedule below, so keep coming back!
The 52nd International Congress on Medieval Studies starts in full swing tomorrow with sessions and mead tastings and vespers and teaching workshops! If you haven’t heard of the conference at Kalamazoo before, here’s their about blurb:
The International Congress on Medieval Studies is an annual gathering of around 3,000 scholars interested in medieval studies. The congress features around 575 sessions of papers, panel discussions, roundtables, workshops and performances. There are also some 100 business meetings and receptions sponsored by learned societies, associations and institutions. The exhibits hall boasts nearly 70 exhibitors, including publishers, used book dealers and purveyors of medieval sundries. The congress lasts three and a half days, extending from Thursday morning, with sessions beginning at 10 a.m., until Sunday at noon.
I’ll be presenting on Saturday about Hardy and Hopkins and attending sessions throughout the week. See, all those posts about Hardy and Hopkins weren’t obsessive, but the fruit of research. Okay…they were obsessive. But aren’t obsession and research the same thing really?…
For the sessions that I want to attend, I thought I would post the schedule so you could follow along. You can also see the full schedule here and follow the conference as a whole with the hashtag .
You can also follow the official feed of the Congress:
I’ll try to live-tweet what I can. If you don’t hear anything from me at these times, it could be that the presenters have asked us not to share their papers through social media.
Thursday May 11 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Hope and Despair in Malory’s Morte Darthur
Organizer: Felicia Nimue Ackerman, Brown Univ.
Presider: Louis J. Boyle, Carlow Univ.
The Knight-Prisoner, Denying Despair through Hopeful Narration
Kevin T. Grimm, Oakland Univ.
“Than may a presonere say all welth ys hym berauffte”: Cycles of Hope and Despair in Malory’s World
Felicia Nimue Ackerman
Finding Hope in Despair: A Possible Source for Malory’s Boethian Consolation
Leigh Smith, East Stroudsburg Univ.
Post-Grail Stress Disorder: Lancelot’s Response to Trauma
Sarah B. Rude, Baylor Univ.
Hope from Despair: Malory’s Political Optimism in Le Morte Darthur
Lisa Robeson, Ohio Northern Univ
At this session, I wasn’t yet sure if I had permission to post anything on social media. I loved what Grimm had to say about a narrative continuing past despairing moments being a sign of hope, and I thought Rude’s application of trauma studies to mystical moments in the grail quest was refreshing and insightful.
Here are some general tweets about Malory to tide you over:
Thursday May 11 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM
C. S. Lewis and the Middle Ages I: Lewis and Mysticism
Sponsor: Center for the Study of C. S. Lewis and Friends, Taylor Univ.
Organizer: Joe Ricke, Taylor Univ.
Presider: Joe Stephenson, Abilene Christian Univ.
As Above, So Below: Medieval Echoes in the Underworlds of C. S. Lewis’s Fiction
Nathan E. H. Fayard, Univ. of Arkansas–Fayetteville
Lewis’s Turn Toward Contemplative Prayer
Robert Moore-Jumonville, Spring Arbor Univ.
Ransom’s Mystical Vision on Perelandra
Marsha Daigle-Williamson, Spring Arbor Univ.
Yearning and Disciplining Joy: Toward a “New Asceticism” in Lewis
Matthew A. Roberts, Abilene Christian Univ
Thursday May 11 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
The Craft (Beer) of Medievalism: Popular Culture, the Middle Ages, and Contemporary Brewing (A Roundtable)
Organizer: Megan Cook, Colby College
Presider: Megan Cook
Brewing in Hell: Infernal Imagery in Contemporary Belgian Beer Marketing and
Its Medieval Antecedents
Rosemary O’Neill, Kenyon College
Codex Cervisarius: A Pilgrim’s Guide to the Medievalism of Craft Beer in Québec
John A. Geck, Memorial Univ. of Newfoundland
Brewing Goes Berserk: Viking Medievalisms in Modern Craft Brewing
Stephen C. Law, Univ. of Central Oklahoma/Medieval Brewers Guild
This Must Be Belgium: Medieval Heritage Seeks Match with Craft Beer
Etienne Boumans, Independent Scholar
Drinking Like a Monk: Monastic Mystification and Modern Marketing
Nöelle Phillips, Douglas College
Friday May 12 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
The Second Shepherds’ Play: An Adaptation (A Film Screening)
Organizer: Douglas Morse, New School
Presider: Martin Walsh, Univ. of Michigan–Ann Arbor
A screening and discussion of a new film adaptation of the Wakefield Master’s Second
Shepherds’ Play. This pivotal medieval drama (also known as the Second Shepherds’
Pageant), rarely performed in the modern theater, has been adapted for the screen for the first time and shot on a working sheep farm outside of Cambridge, England.
Respondents: Maura Giles-Watson, Univ. of San Diego; Liam Purdon, Doane Univ.
(“The Second Shepherds’ Play and the ‘Inventive’ Empirical Creaturely Triune Mind”)
Friday May 12 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM
Loneliness and Solitude in Medieval England
Organizer: Travis Neel, Ohio State Univ.; Spencer Strub, Univ. of California–
Presider: Fiona Somerset, Univ. of Connecticut
The Silence of the Lay Brother: Investigating the Invisible in Carthusian Communities
Francesca Breeden, Univ. of Sheffield
“This is youre owen hous, parde”: Imposition, Interruption, and Imprudence in
Troilus and Criseyde
Sarah-Nelle Jackson, Univ. of British Columbia
Mapping Eremitic Loneliness
Christopher M. Roman, Kent State Univ.–Tuscarawas
Friday May 12 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Teaching Monasticism (A Panel Discussion)
Sponsor: Center for Cistercian and Monastic Studies, Western Michigan
Organizer: Susan M. B. Steuer, Center for Cistercian and Monastic Studies,
Western Michigan Univ.
Presider: Stefano Mula, Middlebury College
A panel discussion with Virginia Blanton, Univ. of Missouri–Kansas City; Rabia
Gregory, Univ. of Missouri–Columbia; Colleen Maura McGrane, OSB, Benedictine
Sisters of Perpetual Adoration; Alcuin Schachenmayr, Pontifical Athenaeum Benedict XVI. Heiligenkreuz; and Judith Sutera, OSB, Mount St. Scholastica.
Saturday May 13 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
The Medieval Past
Presider: Geoffrey B. Elliott, Independent Scholar
Thomas Jefferson and the Continuity of the Anglo-Saxon Past
Michael Modarelli, Walsh Univ.
The Compromised Chronotope of Christminster: Hardy and Hopkins’s Incarnate Past
Christopher Adamson, Emory Univ.
Saturday May 13 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM
Tolkien and Language
Sponsor: Tolkien at Kalamazoo
Organizer: Brad Eden, Valparaiso Univ.
Presider: Brad Eden
“O’er the Moon, Below the Daylight”: Tolkien’s Blue Bee, Pliny, and the Kalevala
Kristine Larsen, Central Connecticut State Univ.
Music: The One Language in Which the Noldor Were Not Fluent
Eileen Marie Moore, Cleveland State Univ.
Elvish Practitioners of the “Secret Vice”
Andrew Higgins, Independent Scholar
Tolkien and Constructed Languages
Dean Easton, Independent Scholar
Saturday May 13 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Boethius’s De consolatione philosophiae: Reception, Translations, and Influence
Sponsor: International Boethius Society
Organizer: Philip Edward Phillips, Middle Tennessee State Univ.
Presider: Philip Edward Phillips
Chancing Analogic Thought in Boethius’s De consolatione philosophiae
Lucia Treanor, FSE, Grand Valley State Univ.
“Jewels in a Crown of Lead”: The Consolatory Structure of Coleridge’s Boethian Biographia literaria
Anthony G. Cirilla, Niagara Univ.
I couldn’t make it to this session, and it looked like it wasn’t live-tweeted, so here are the tweets about Boethius at Kalamazoo this year.
Sunday May 14 10:30 AM – Noon
Victorian Medievalism: Translation and Adaptation
Organizer: Daniel C. Najork, Arizona State Univ.
Presider: Daniel C. Najork
“A Vision Rather Than a Dream”: Adaptation of Structure and Self in News from
Amber Dunai, Texas A&M Univ.–Central Texas
Fixed Forms in the Kelmscott Penitential Psalms
Arthur J. Russell, Case Western Reserve Univ.
Translation and Adaptation from Medieval to Modern in a Victorian Illuminated Manuscript
William Diebold, Reed College
Women in the East: Exoticism and Healing in Sir Beues of Hamtoun and Ivanhoe
Sarah Star, Univ. of Toronto