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Annual Meeting of the Medieval Association of the Pacific, 2014


Hosted by the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies


The 2014 Annual Meeting of the Medieval Academy of America will be held jointly with the Medieval Association of the Pacific on 10–12 April, in Los Angeles at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and hosted by the UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies.


The Program Committee invites proposals for papers on all topics and in all disciplines and periods of medieval studies. Any member of the Medieval Academy may submit a paper proposal, excepting those who presented papers at the annual meetings of the Medieval Academy in 2012 and 2013; others may submit proposals as well but must become members in order to present papers at the meeting. Special consideration can be given to individuals whose specialty would not normally involve membership in the Medieval Academy.


The meeting will coincide with a major exhibition at the Getty Villa, “Heaven and Earth: Art of Byzantium from Greek Collections.” The exhibition will include some 300

artifacts from different private and public museums and monasteries in Greece, as well as findings from recent excavations. In conjunction with this exhibition, Robin Cormack (Invited Lecturer in the Faculty of Classics, University of Cambridge, and Professor Emeritus, History of Art, University of London) will be the closing plenary speaker. The Academy is planning to close the meeting with a reception at the Getty Villa where the exhibition will be open to meeting attendees.


Theme. “Empires and Encounters” will be the theme of the meeting. The Medieval Academy welcomes innovative sessions that explore sites of encounter — both as places where new cultural forms emerge and where conflict and difference are manifest — or that examine the fallout from the formation and dissolution of empires. The broadest possible range of proposals on topics and for time periods, within and across all the disciplines, is sought for both commissioned and open sessions.


The year 2014 highlights the 1200th anniversary of the death of Charlemagne, whose empire claimed to have revived the fallen Roman Empire and set the stage for later imperial concepts in medieval Europe. It seems fitting, therefore, to choose “Empires and Encounters” — in all of their various manifestations — as the theme of the 2014 Annual Meeting.


Empires, of course, never exist in isolation; by nature they create along their boundaries zones of contact between ethnic, religious, political and cultural groups that in turn challenge the concepts of center and periphery through various forms of non-conflictual encounter. In drawing under the same rubrics peoples of varied traditions, histories, languages and customs, empires and encounters also challenge and change the nature and definition of such categories.


Location. Los Angeles is a place where encounters between different peoples and cultures are part of the fabric of everyday life. It is one of the most diverse and vibrant cities in the world, boasts an array of cultural and educational institutions, and forms the dynamic hub of Southern California.


The city is home to one of the world’s great research universities, UCLA. Located in the Westwood neighborhood of Los Angeles, UCLA’s beautiful campus is an easily accessible fourteen miles north of Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Sunset Boulevard of Hollywood fame forms the northern perimeter of the university, leading to shopping in Beverly Hills and the celebrity homes of Bel-Air. Nearby is the art-rich Getty Center in Brentwood, the classical Roman recreation that is the Getty Villa in Malibu, UCLA’s innovative Hammer Museum in Westwood, and the beachfront entertainments


of Santa Monica and Venice. Further afield: near Pasadena, The Huntington Library and Gardens with its medieval manuscripts, Gainsborough portraits and splendid plantings, all gathered within an elegant estate; near Hollywood, the Griffith Planetarium and legendary Hollywood theaters like Grauman’s Chinese (now TCL Chinese) and El Capitan; near downtown, the new home to the Endeavour space shuttle in Exposition Park and also UCLA’s Clark Library for rare books.


Proposals. Sessions usually consist of three 25-minute papers, and proposals should be geared to that length. The Program Committee may choose a different format for some sessions after the proposals have been reviewed. Session organizers may wish to propose different formats for their sessions, subject to Program Committee approval.


The proposal must have two parts:



(1) A cover sheet containing the proposer’s name, statement of Medieval Academy membership (or statement that the individual’s specialty would not normally involve membership in the Academy), professional status, email address, postal address, home and office telephone numbers, fax number (if available), and paper title;


(2) A second sheet containing the proposer’s name, session for which the paper should be considered, paper title, 250-word abstract, and audio-visual equipment requirements. If the proposer will be at a different address when decisions are announced in September 2013, that address should be included.


Submissions. Proposals should be submitted to Massimo Ciavolella, preferably by email to Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser. , '; document.write(''); document.write(addy_text35619); document.write('<\/a>'); //-->\n Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser. or on paper in two copies to:


Prof. Massimo Ciavolella

UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies

302 Royce Hall, Box 951485

Los Angeles, CA 90095-1485


The deadline is 15 June 2013.



Please do not send proposals to session organizers or to the Medieval Academy office.


Selection Procedure. Papers will be evaluated for their promise of quality and the significance of their topic. Session organizers will make an initial selection of papers and submit a plan to the Program Committee, which will make its final decisions by 15

September 2013. Notification of acceptance or rejection will take place shortly thereafter.



Topics. The Program Committee solicits papers for the sessions listed below. For information about a specific session, contact the session organizer.


1. Encountering Byzantium: The Empire through the Gaze of Others

Organizer: Sharon Gerstel (UCLA)


2. Byzantine Art as a Site of Encounter

Organizers: Elizabeth Morrison (Getty Museum) and

Sharon Gerstel (UCLA)


3. Architecture and Encounter

Organizer: Meredith Cohen (UCLA)


4. On Teaching the Middle Ages to K–12 [two sessions]

Organizers: Shennan Hutton (UC Davis) and Teofilo Ruiz (UCLA)


5. Travel and Pilgrimage Literature

Organizer: Michael Hanly (Washington State University)


6. The Postcolonial Encounter in Medieval English Literature

Organizer: Anne Laskaya (University of Oregon)


7. The Traffic in Religions

Organizer: Lisa Bitel (USC)


8. Encounters between Cultures: Conflicts and Conflict Resolution

Organizer: Warren Brown (Caltech)


9. Medicine and Literature

Organizer: Anita Obermeier (University of New Mexico)


10. Shipwrecks and Shipping

Organizer: Silvia Busch (UCLA)


11. What’s New in Medieval Studies?

Organizer: Teofilo Ruiz (UCLA)


12. Empires of Fantasy

Organizer: Sian Echard (University of British Columbia)


13. Encountering the Past and the Page in Medieval English Literature

Organizer: Matthew Fisher (UCLA)


14. Digital Humanities

Organizer: Scott Kleinman (Cal State University, Northridge)



15. Museums and the Presentation of the Middle Ages

Organizer: Elizabeth Morrison (Getty Museum)


16. Medievalism: The Middle Ages in Film and Video Games

Organizer: Anita Obermeier (University of New Mexico)


17. Cartography: Visual Representation of Encounters

Organizer: Nico-Wey Gomez (Caltech)


18. Preconceptions of the World outside Europe

Organizer: Nico-Wey Gomez (Caltech)


19. Medieval Culture of Empire

Organizer: Sharon Kinoshita (UC Santa Cruz)


20. Language Communities

Organizer: Massimo Ciavolella (UCLA)


21. Frederick II and the Islamic World

Organizer: Massimo Ciavolella (UCLA)


22. Sites of Encounter: Armenia

Organizer: Peter Cowe (UCLA)


23. Sites of Encounter: Norman Sicily

Organizer: Massimo Ciavolella (UCLA)


24. Sites of Encounter: North Africa

Organizer: Andrew Devereux (Loyola Marymount)


25. Sites of Encounter: Iberia

Organizer: Michelle Armstrong-Partida, University of Texas at El Paso


26. Scandinavians and Empire

Organizer: Anthony Perron, LMU


27. Charlemagne

Organizer: Warren Brown, Caltech


28. Queens, Empresses, and Women of Power

Organizer: Marie Kelleher (Cal State University, Long Beach)


29. Diversity of Religious Communities in the Medieval West

Organizer: Henry Ansgar Kelly (UCLA)


30. Gifts and Exchange

Organizer: Sharon Kinoshita (UC Santa Cruz)


31. Travel to Different Worlds

Organizer: Michael Cooperson (UCLA)


32. Ritual Encounters: Festivals, Processions, Parades and Triumphs

Organizer: Teofilo Ruiz (UCLA)


33. Exploration

Organizer: Maryanne Horowitz, Occidental College


34. Identifying Cultural Encounters and Networks from Archaeological


Organizer: Sharon Gerstel, UCLA


35. German Manuscripts and Imperial Authority: Routes of Transmission

Organizer: Kristen Collins (Getty Museum)


36. Manuscript Illumination

Organizer: Thomas Kren (Getty Museum)


37. Rome’s Revival: Encounters with Rome in the Middle Ages

Organizer: Warren Brown (Caltech)


38. Crusade Encounters

Organizer: Thomas Madden (St. Louis University)


39. Sites of Encounter in Medieval Literature

Organizer: Jennifer Jahner (Caltech)


Other Topics. The Program Committee welcomes submissions on other topics and will organize additional sessions to accommodate the best submissions.


Session Proposals. The Program Committee will consider proposals for entire sessions if their subject matter does not conflict with that of other sessions. Please consult with the Program Committee chair before preparing a proposal. Session proposals require the

same information as individual paper proposals; abstracts for the papers in the proposed session will be evaluated by the Program Committee.


Audio-Visual Equipment. Requests for audio-visual equipment must be made with the proposal. The program committee cannot guarantee AV equipment not requested in the original paper proposals.


Graduate Student Prizes. The Medieval Academy offers a Prize of $500 for the Best Graduate Student Paper given at the Annual Meeting. The Academy will also award Medieval Academy Annual Meeting Travel Bursaries of up to $500 each to graduate students for papers judged meritorious by a local committee appointed by the program committee chair. The amount of each bursary will be determined by the number of eligible graduate students. The prizewinner is also eligible for a travel bursary from the Academy. To be eligible for an award graduate students must, of course, be members of the Medieval Academy. Once their proposed papers have been accepted for inclusion in the program, they must submit complete papers to the Program Committee by 10 January 2014.

Plenary Events. The program will include three plenary speakers and at least one plenary session.


Presidential Address: Richard Unger, University of British Columbia Opening Plenary Speaker: Susan Boynton, Columbia University Closing Plenary Speaker: Robin Cormack , University of Cambridge CARA Plenary Session



Program Committee. The Program Committee consists of:


Lisa Bitel (University of Southern California) Warren Brown (California Institute of Technology)

Massimo Ciavolella, Chair (University of California, Los Angeles) Sharon Gerstel (University of California, Los Angeles)

Sharon Kinoshita (University of California, Santa Cruz) Scott Kleinman (California State University, Northridge) Elizabeth Morrison (J. Paul Getty Museum)

Anita Obermeier (University of New Mexico) Teofilo Ruiz (University of California, Los Angeles)


Local Arrangements Committee. The Local Arrangements Committee consists of:


Karen Burgess (University of California, Los Angeles) Benay Furtivo (University of California, Los Angeles)

Brett Landenberger (University of California, Los Angeles) Elizabeth Morrison (J. Paul Getty Museum)


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