l'INSTITUT DU PLURALISME RELIGIEUX ET DE L'ATHEISME

2015 ANNUAL MEETING OF THE MEDIEVAL ACADEMY OF AMERICA

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 2013 or 2014; 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. 


Location: The Medieval Institute has one of the preeminent library collections for medieval 
studies in North America, and the University of Notre Dame’s Snite Museum of Art will 
showcase an exhibit on the reconstruction of a 15th-century Breton Book of Hours by the 
Library’s Department of Special Collections. The campus Digital Visualization Theater will be 
used for a 360-degree visual and aural presentation on the cosmology of Hildegard of Bingen, 
while the University’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, with five venues for film, theater, and 
music, will offer meeting attendees the chance to enjoy a variety of performing arts activities. 
Notre Dame is located about two hours’ drive from Chicago, with commuter train service 
available. Scholars may wish to extend their visit and take advantage of the opportunity for 
research or sightseeing. 

Theme: “Medieval Studies across the Disciplines” will provide a conceptual focus for the 
meeting. The Medieval Academy welcomes innovative sessions that cross traditional 
disciplinary boundaries or that use various disciplinary approaches to examine an individual 
topic. To both facilitate and emphasize interdisciplinarity, the Call for Papers is organized in 
“threads.” Sessions listed under these threads have been proposed to or by the Program 
Committee but the list provided below is not meant to be exhaustive or exclusive. 

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Proposals: Individuals may propose to offer a paper in one of the sessions below or propose a 
full panel of papers and speakers for a listed session or for a session they wish to create. 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. 

In order to be considered, proposals must be complete and include the following: 

(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 or cell 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 2014, that 
address should be included. 

(3) Additional sheets as necessary containing all of the above information when a full panel for a 
session is bring proposed. 

Submissions: Proposals should be submitted to the MAA Program Committee, preferably by 
email to 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: 

Medieval Academy Program Committee 
The Medieval Institute 
715 Hesburgh Library 
The University of Notre Dame 
Notre Dame, IN 46556 

The deadline is 15 June 2014. 

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

Selection Procedure: Paper and panel proposals will be reviewed for their quality, the 
significance of their topics, and their relevance to the conference threads. The Program 
Committee will evaluate proposals during the summer of 2014 and the Committee will inform all 
successful and unsuccessful proposers and announce the program in September of 2014. 

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THREADS AND SESSIONS: 

Anniversaries 
1. Dante’s Intellectual Formation (Organizer: Zygmunt Baranski, Univ. of Notre Dame) 
2. Lateran IV 
3. Magna Carta 
4. The Battle of Agincourt (Organizer: Suzanne LaVere, Indiana Univ.-Purdue Univ. Fort 
Wayne) 
5. The Council of Constance and the Great Western Schism (Organizer: Joëlle Rollo- 
Koster) 
6. Jan Hus and the Council of Constance (Organizer: Daniel Hobbins, Univ. of Notre Dame 
and Lisa Wolverton, Univ. of Oregon) 

The Cosmos and the Globe 
7. Hildegard of Bingen’s Cosmic Egg (Organizer: Margot Fassler, Univ. of Notre Dame) 
8. Configuring the Cosmos, Diagramming the World (Organizer: Danielle Joyner, Univ. of 
Notre Dame) 
9. Eco-Criticism 
10. Representing and Reacting to Landscapes 
11. The Medieval Globe (Organizer: Felipe Fernandez-Armesto, Univ. of Notre Dame) 
12. Global Exchange in the Middle Ages 
13. New Light on the Stars: Medieval Cosmology (John Contreni, Purdue Univ. and Bruce 
Eastwood, Univ. of Kentucky) 

Universities 
14. Theology in the University: Illustrations from the 13th to 15th Centuries (Organizer: Kent 
Emery, Jr., Univ. of Notre Dame) 
15. Artes and Philosophy in the University: Illustrations from the 13th to 15th Centuries 
16. Gender and the Medieval University 
17. Medieval Biblical Exegesis 
18. Mystical Theology 75 Years after Gilson (Organizer: Ann Astell, Univ. of Notre Dame) 

The North Sea 
19. North Sea Currents: Latin and Vernacular (Organizers: Amy Mulligan and Christopher 
Abram, Univ. of Notre Dame) 
20. Reading the Icelandic Sagas Differently 
21. Insular Monasticism 
22. North Sea Currents: Travelers and Travelers’ Tales 
23. Anglo-Saxon Ecologies 
24. Danelaw Cultures 
25. Archaeology 
26. Architecture 

Language and Regional Identity 
27. Continuity of English in the Multilingual Middle Ages (Organizer: Tim William 
Machan, Univ. of Notre Dame) 
28. Insularity and Language: Case Studies (e.g., Sicily, Bohemia, Iberia, Northern England) 
29. Performance and Embodiment of Medieval German Literature ! 
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Medieval Latin Literature 
30. Rhetoric in the Middle Ages (Organizer: Hildegund Müller, Univ. of Notre Dame) 
31. Dictionary of Latin from Regional English Sources 
32. Songs with Latin Texts 
33. Chronicles 
34. Prose Genres 

Manuscript Studies 
35. English Manuscript Studies (Organizer: Kathryn Kerby-Fulton, Univ. of Notre Dame) 
36. Women in the Scriptorium 
37. The New Philology at Twenty-Five (Organizer: Robert Meyer-Lee, Indiana Univ. South 
Bend) 
38. The Interdisciplinary Codex 
39. Margins/Marginalia 
40. The Future of the Critical Edition 
41. The Middle Ages Meets Digital Humanities: Text Editing 

Program Committee Members: 

Thomas F.X. Noble (University of Notre Dame), Cochair 

Christopher Abram (University of Notre Dame) 
Ann Astell (University of Notre Dame) 
Zygmunt Baranski (University of Notre Dame) 
John Contreni (Purdue University) 
Kent Emery, Jr. (University of Notre Dame) 
Nahyan Fancy (DePauw University) 
Margot Fassler (University of Notre Dame) 
Felipe Fernandez-Armesto (University of Notre Dame) 
Daniel Hobbins (University of Notre Dame) 
Claire Taylor Jones (University of Notre Dame) 
Danielle Joyner (University of Notre Dame) 
Encarnacion Juarez-Almendros (University of Notre Dame) 
Kathryn Kerby-Fulton (University of Notre Dame) 
Suzanne LaVere (Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne) 
Jonathan Lyon (The University of Chicago) 
Tim William Machan (University of Notre Dame) 
Robert Meyer-Lee (Indiana University South Bend) 
Tanya Stabler Miller (Purdue University Calumet) 
Amy Mulligan (University of Notre Dame) 
James Murray (Western Michigan University) 
Leah Shopkow (Indiana University Bloomington) 
Steven Stofferahn (Indiana State University) 
John Van Engen (University of Notre Dame) 
Frans van Liere (Calvin College)

 

 

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