Thursday, May 11, 2017

Eco Focused Sessions at Kalamazoo

Several sessions of potential interest to ecocritics and environmental historians have been convened for the International Congress on Medieval Studies starting this morning in at Western Michigan University. Many thanks to Ilse Schweitzer VanDonkelaar for compiling the list.


Thursday, 10:00 am

7 VALLEY I SHILLING LOUNGE (#s7)
Natura in the Twelfth Century 
Sponsor: Divinity School, Univ. of Chicago 
Organizer: Robert J. Porwoll, Univ. of Chicago 
Presider: Bernard McGinn, Univ. of Chicago
Rupert of Deutz on Nature, Sin, and the Mutability of Creation in Genesis 1 to 3 
Wanda Zemler-Cizewski, Marquette Univ.
Where Nature Indulges Herself in Secret and Distant Freaks: Creation Viewed from the Edges of the Twelfth-Century Cosmos 
Daniel Yingst, Univ. of Chicago 
The Invention of Natura: Poetry, Ecology, and Ecolinguistics in Bernard Silvestris, Alan of Lille, and Johannes de Hauvilla 
David Allison Orsbon, Univ. of Chicago
Respondent: Willemien Otten, Univ. of Chicago

15 FETZER 2030 (#15)
Archaeology of the Countryside 
Sponsor: Medieval Association for Rural Studies (MARS) 
Organizer: Adam Franklin-Lyons, Marlboro College 
Presider: Michelle Ziegler, Independent Scholar
Peasant Settlement and Agricultural Activities at Late Medieval Irish Tower House Castles 
Vicky McAlister, Southeast Missouri State Univ.
Archaeological, Palaeo-Pathological, and Palaeo-Environmental Reflections of Food Crisis in the Early Fourteenth-Century British Isles 
Philip Slavin, Univ. of Kent

29 BERNHARD 106 (#s29)
Nature versus Ecology (A Roundtable) 
Sponsor: Exemplaria: A Journal of Theory in Medieval and Renaissance Studies 
Organizer: Shannon Gayk, Indiana Univ.–Bloomington 
Presider: Shannon Gayk
Why Not Nature? 
Kellie Robertson, Univ. of Maryland
Playing Nature on the Early English Stage 
Robert W. Barrett, Jr., Univ. of Illinois–Urbana-Champaign 
“Thus seyth the Bok of Kendys”: Ecological Thinking in the Castle of Perseverance 
Rebecca Davis, Univ. of California–Irvine
“Dwell” . . . “Magyk Natureel”: The Possibilities of Middle English Terminologies 
Emily Houlik-Ritchey, Rice Univ.
Spirited Ecology in the Treatyse of Fysshynge with an Angle 
Myra E. Wright, Bates College
Unnatural 
Jeffrey Jerome Cohen, George Washington Univ.

43 SANGREN 1730
Dwelling in the Anglo-Saxon Landscape I 
Sponsor: Richard Rawlinson Center for Anglo-Saxon Studies and 
Manuscript Research 
Organizer: Catherine E. Karkov, Univ. of Leeds 
Presider: Donald G. Scragg, Univ. of Manchester
Creating Kingdoms: Landscapes of the Living and the Dead in Anglo-Saxon England 
Sarah J. Semple, Durham Univ. 
Richard Rawlinson Center Congress Speaker
Last Writes: Death and Landscapes of Memory in Anglo-Saxon England 
Jill Hamilton Clements, Univ. of Alabama–Birmingham


Thursday, 1:30 pm

66 SCHNEIDER 1280
Gender and Species: Ecofeminist Intersections (A Roundtable) 
Organizer: Carolynn Van Dyke, Lafayette College 
Presider: Lesley Kordecki, DePaul Univ.
Does It Have to Be about Women? Feminism Goes to the Dogs 
Carolynn Van Dyke
Compassion and Benignytee: A Reassessment of the Relationship between Canacee and the Falcon in Chaucer’s Squire’s Tale 
Melissa Ridley Elmes, Lindenwood Univ. 
La Femme Bisclavret: Gender, Species, and Language 
Alison Langdon, Western Kentucky Univ.
The Owl and the Nightingale: Belligerent Mothers and the Power of Feminine Speech 
Wendy A. Matlock, Kansas State Univ.
Flying, Hunting, Reading: Feminism and Falconry 
Sara Petrosillo, Univ. of California–Davis
Questioning Gynocentric Utopia: Nature as Addict in “Farewell to Cookeham” 
Liberty S. Stanavage, SUNY–Potsdam

83 BERNHARD 211
Early Medieval Monasticisms, New Questions, New Approaches I: Monastic Landscapes 
Sponsor: Network for the Study of Late Antique and Early Medieval Monasticism 
Organizer: Matthieu van der Meer, Syracuse Univ.; Albrecht Diem, Syracuse Univ. 
Presider: Albrecht Diem
Like a Fish Out of Water: Antony the Great and the Ascetic Landscape 
Daniel Lemeni, West Univ. of Timişoara
Consider the Cook, the Baker, and the Server: The Archaeology of Monastic Kitchens from Early Byzantine Monasteries in the Near East 
Darlene L. Brooks Hedstrom, Wittenberg Univ. 
Monastic Landscapes of the Mind: Pope Gregory’s Negotiation of Greek and Latin Psychology and Demonology 
Benjamin E. Heidgerken, St. Olaf College


Thursday, 3:30 pm 

116 SCHNEIDER 1330
Gower’s Animals 
Sponsor: John Gower Society 
Organizer: Brian Gastle, Western Carolina Univ. 
Presider: Gabrielle Parkin, Case Western Reserve Univ.
Fowl Play: Birds and Social Bonds in “Tereus, Procne, and Philomela”
Jeffery G. Stoyanoff, Spring Hill College
Animal Bodies, Social Critique, and Equine Medicine in John Gower’s “Tale of Rosiphelee”
Francine McGregor, Arizona State Univ. 
Animal Life and Men of Law in John Gower’s Mirour de l’omme and Vox clamantis
Natalie Grinnell, Wofford College
The Kinde Creatures: Fair Trade in the Tale of Adrian and Bardus
Roger Ladd, Univ. of North Carolina–Pembroke

135 SANGREN 1710
Medieval Ecocriticisms: Intersections (A Roundtable) 
Sponsor: Medieval Ecocriticisms 
Organizer: Heide Estes, Monmouth Univ. 
Presider: Heide Estes
Material Subjects, Vulnerable Bodies
Richard H. Godden, Loyola Univ. New Orleans
Queer Waste in Wynnere and Wastoure
Micah Goodrich, Univ. of Connecticut 
Environmental Diversity and the Cultural Terrain of a Temporal Monolith: 
Eosturmonath, Nisan, and the Paschal Table
Miriamne Ara Krummel, Univ. of Dayton
Reverberations from the Sibyl’s Cave: Tracking the Ecology, Materiality, and 
Authority of the Female Prophet across Medieval Europe
Alan S. Montroso, George Washington Univ.


Thursday, 7:30 pm

165 BERNHARD BROWN & GOLD ROOM
Wolves Outside, Inside, and at the Medieval Door 
Organizer: Laura D. Gelfand, Utah State Univ. 
Presider: Kathleen Ashley, Univ. of Southern Maine
Hagiography and Historical Encounters with Canis Lupus Lupus
Laura D. Gelfand
Saint Norbert and the Wolves of Prémontré
Ellen M. Shortell, Massachusetts College of Art and Design 
Wolf versus Lion: The Princely Avatars of Orleans and Burgundy
Elizabeth J. Moodey, Vanderbilt Univ.


Friday, 10:00

214 BERNHARD 210
Landscape Approaches to the Plague 
Sponsor: Contagions: Society for Historic Infectious Disease Studies 
Organizer: Michelle Ziegler, Independent Scholar 
Presider: Philip Slavin, Univ. of Kent
Plague in the Sixth-Century Bavarian Landscape
Michelle Ziegler
44.7%: New archaeological Evidence for the Impact of the Black Death in 
England and Its Implications for Future Research
Carenza Lewis, Univ. of Lincoln 
Heterogeneous Immunological Landscapes and Medieval Plague
Fabian Crespo, Univ. of Louisville

216 BERNHARD 212
Green Spenser 
Sponsor: Spenser at Kalamazoo 
Organizer: Sean Henry, Univ. of Victoria; Rachel E. Hile, Indiana Univ.-Purdue Univ.–Fort Wayne; Susannah B. Monta, Univ. of Notre Dame 
Presider: Thomas Herron, East Carolina Univ.
Opening Remarks
David Lee Miller, Univ. of South Carolina–Columbia
“And straight they saw the raging surges reard”: Watery Wildernesses and Narratives of National Self in Spenser’s Book II of The Faerie Queene
Amber N. Slaven, Univ. of Louisiana–Lafayette 
Moving Metaphors: Spenser’s Clouds
Archie Cornish, Univ. of Oxford
“Seeking for Daunger and Aduentures” in Spenser’s Gardens
Christine Coch, College of the Holy Cross


Friday, 1:30

231 FETZER 1005
Justice 
Sponsor: International Arthurian Society, North American Branch (IAS/NAB) 
Organizer: Kevin S. Whetter, Acadia Univ. 
Presider: Nicole Clifton, Northern Illinois Univ.
Ruled by Counsel: Arthur, Justice, and the Influence of Merlin in Malory’s Morte Darthur
Russell L. Keck, Harding Univ.
Besieged Ladies: Thomas Malory’s Lyonesse and the Paston Letters
Kristin Bovaird-Abbo, Univ. of Northern Colorado 
Northern Justice: Morgause’s Sons, Arthur’s Nephews
Katharine Mudd, Northern Illinois Univ.
Environmental Justice in Arthurian Romance
Michael W. Twomey, Ithaca College

240 SCHNEIDER 1120
Materiality and Place in the Northern World I 
Sponsor: Richard Rawlinson Center for Anglo-Saxon Studies and 
Manuscript Research 
Organizer: Catherine E. Karkov, Univ. of Leeds 
Presider: Jill Frederick, Minnesota State Univ.–Moorhead
“The Gates of Paradise”: (Be)jeweled Borders, Precious Stones, and the Presentation of Paradise in the Early Church
Meg Boulton, Univ. of York
Water, Parchment, Place in Anglo-Saxon Manuscript Illumination
Tina Bawden, Kunsthistorisches Institut, Freie Univ. Berlin 
The Wolf of Winchester
Catherine E. Karkov

267 BERNHARD 158
Mappings II: Medieval Maps, Their Makers and Users 
Organizer: Dan Terkla, Illinois Wesleyan Univ. 
Presider: Rachel Dressler, Univ. at Albany
Seabirds to Starboard: Notes on Norse Navigational Technique
Gaetan Dupont, Cornell Univ.; Oren Falk, Cornell Univ.
The Geography of Devotion in the London Psalter Maps
LauraLee Brott, Univ. of Wisconsin–Madison 
Russian “Old Drawing”: The Problem of Attribution
Alexey Frolov, Institute of World History, Russian Academy of Sciences

272 BERNHARD 210
The Great Transition: Climate, Disease, and Society in the Late Medieval World (A Roundtable) 
Sponsor: Contagions: Society for Historic Infectious Disease Studies 
Organizer: Michelle Ziegler, Independent Scholar 
Presider: Michelle Ziegler
A roundtable discussion with Philip Slavin, Univ. of Kent; Wendy J. Turner, Augusta Univ. ; Carenza Lewis, Univ. of Lincoln; Boris Valentijn Schmid, Univ. i Oslo; 
Christopher P. Atwood, Univ. of Pennsylvania; Timur Khaydarov, Kazan National Research Univ.; and Hendrik Poinar, Ancient DNA Centre, McMaster Univ.


Saturday, 10:00

349 VALLEY I SHILLING LOUNGE
Exile and Arcadia: Space and Sovereignty 
Organizer: Will Eggers, Loomis Chaffee School 
Presider: John P. Sexton, Bridgewater State Univ.
Woods Free from Peril: Exile and Utopia in Shakespeare’s As You Like It
John Morrell, Loomis Chaffee School
Devil Dogs and Hobby Horses: Ritual and Community in The Witch of Edmonton
Jane Wanninger, Bard College at Simon’s Rock 
Early English Exclusion, Exile, and the Other
Will Eggers


Saturday, 1:30

417 SCHNEIDER 1220
Dwelling in the Anglo-Saxon Landscape II: Life, Death, and Wellbeing 
Sponsor: Dept. of Archaeology, Durham Univ. 
Organizer: Sarah J. Semple, Durham Univ. 
Presider: Helen Foxhall Forbes, Durham Univ.
Mortuary Topography and Landscape Perception in Early Medieval Southern England and the near Continent: A Multi-scalar Approach
Kate Mees, Durham Univ.
The Past and the Construction of Identity in the Landscape of Anglo-Saxon England
Adam Goodfellow, Durham Univ. 
“Her Own Place . . . Still Remembered”: Goscelin’s Saintly Architects and the Anglo-Saxon Landscape
Sarah Sutor, Univ. of Illinois–Urbana-Champaign


Saturday, 3:30

452 VALLEY I SHILLING LOUNGE
The Idea of the Garden in Medieval Literature 
Sponsor: Medieval Studies Institute, Indiana Univ.–Bloomington 
Organizer: Shannon Gayk, Indiana Univ.–Bloomington 
Presider: Shannon Gayk
Paradise Not Lost or Longed-For: The Phoenix’s Garden as Heaven’s Earth
Evelyn Reynolds, Indiana Univ.–Bloomington
An Apology for Medicine in Walahfrid Strabo’s De cultura hortorum
Jared Johnson, Centre for Medieval Studies, Univ. of Toronto 
On the Prettiness of Flowers, or, Ornamentation in the Medieval Garden
Isabel Stern, Rutgers Univ.
Response: Lynn Staley, Colgate Univ.


Sunday, 8:30

511 SCHNEIDER 1225
Settlement and Landscape I: Technological Approaches to the Medieval in the Modern 
Organizer: Vicky McAlister, Southeast Missouri State Univ.; Jennifer L. Immich, Metropolitan State Univ. of Denver 
Presider: Terry Barry, Trinity College Dublin, Univ. of Dublin
Socio-economic Changes in the Landscape of Early Medieval Ireland ca. 300–1000
John Tighe, Trinity College Dublin, Univ. of Dublin
Lordly Landscapes: Exploring Castle Siting in the Midlands of Ireland with GIS and Archaeological Survey
Jennifer L. Immich 
Lines in the Landscape? The Expansion and Contraction of the Mac Carthaigh Riabhach
Margaret Smith, St. Louis Univ.


Sunday, 10:30

540 FETZER 1010
Materia Medica: Plants, Animals, and Minerals in Healing 
Sponsor: Medica: The Society for the Study of Healing in the Middle Ages 
Organizer: William H. York, Portland State Univ. 
Presider: Linda Ehrsam Voigts, Univ. of Missouri–Kansas City
Origins and Ingredients: A Comparison of Early Medieval Remedies
Claire Burridge, Univ. of Cambridge
The Use of the Mandrake in the Early Middle Ages for the Gout, for the Conception, and as an Anesthetic
Arsenio Ferraces-Rodríguez, Univ. da Coruña 
Memory and Materia Medica in Avicenna’s Canon of Medicine: An Attempt at the Reconstruction of the Inner Logic of Application
Shahrzad Irannejad, Johannes Gutenberg-Univ. Mainz

551 SCHNEIDER 1255
Hunting for the Animal Subject in Anglo-Saxon England (A Roundtable) 
Organizer: Matthew E. Spears, Cornell Univ. 
Presider: Matthew E. Spears
A roundtable discussion with Benjamin Weber, Princeton Univ.; Heather M. Flowers, Minnesota State Univ.–Mankato; Danielle Ruether-Wu, Cornell Univ.; Kaitlin Griggs, Carleton Univ.; and Robert Stanton, Boston College.

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