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18 September, 2015

Conference Program: 30th Annual International Conference on Medievalism











Program of the 30th Annual International Conference on Medievalism

Thursday, October 1st:
6pm-7:30pm: Early Packet Pickup and Reception*

Friday, October 2nd
8am -9am: Registration and Packet Pickup

9am-10:30am: Two Concurrent Sessions

Session 1: American Medievalisms
Room: Harrisburg
Chair: TBA

Laurie Finke (Kenyon College) and Marty Shichtman (Eastern Michigan University):
“Take the A Train to the 14th Century": Robber Baron Medievalism

Kevin J. Harty ((La Salle University)
William Dudley Pelley, An American Nazi in King Arthur's Court

Usha Vishnuvajala (Indiana University)
Chivalry and the Limits of Courtly Love in Michael Curtiz's Kid Galahad (1937)

Valerie B. Johnson (Georgia Institute of Technology)
Draw Back Your Bow: Ecomedievalism, Modern Superhero Outlaws, and the Robin Hood Connection


Session 2: Early Modern Patrons of Medievalism
Room: Lancaster
Chair: TBA
Dustin M. Frazier Wood (Roehampton University)
Thomas Parker's Scholars: Medievalism, Patronage, and Collecting, 1704-1750

Clare A. Simmons, The Ohio State University
Mysteries Revealed: Scholars, Radicals, and the Rediscovery of Medieval English Drama

Rebecca Brackmann, Lincoln Memorial University
The Archbishop and His Books: William Laud's Donations to Oxford University

10:30am-11:00am: Coffee Service
11am-12:30pm: Two Concurrent Sessions

Session 3: Mapping the Medieval in the Works of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien
Room: Harrisburg
Organizer: Kristine Larsen (Central Connecticut State University)
Chair: Kristine Larsen (Central Connecticut State University)

Joe Ricke (Taylor University)
Fate and Providence in The Lord of the Rings: Tolkien's Philosophical Medievalism

Kristine Larsen (Central Connecticut State University)
Medieval Cosmology and Middle-earth: A Lewsian Walk Under Tolkienian Skies

Christopher Vaccaro, University of Vermont
'O mundanae regionis regina!': The Dame Nature Figure in the Works of Alain de Lille, Jean de Meun, Geoffrey Chaucer, and J.R.R. Tolkien

Session 4: Medievalism in the General Education Classroom (A Roundtable)
Room: Lancaster
Organizer: Lindsey Simon-Jones (Penn State Fayette)
Chair: Lindsey Simon-Jones (Penn State Fayette)
Participants: Lindsey Simon Jones (Penn State Fayette), Nancy Heckel (American Public University System), Alison Gulley (Appalachian State University), Carol L. Robinson (Kent State University, Trumbull), Victoria Muñoz (The Ohio State University), Heather Murray (Coastal Pines Technical College)

12:30pm-1:30pm: Lunch Break

Session 5: Astrolabe Demonstration and Workshop
Room: Lancaster
Organizer: Kristine Larsen (Central Connecticut State University)

1:30pm-3:00pm: Two Concurrent Sessions

Session 6: Genre and Medievalism
Room: Harrisburg
Chair: TBA

Jesse G. Swan (University of Northern Iowa)
Gothic Shakespeare: The Prototype for the Gothic

Harold C. Zimmerman (Indiana University Southeast)
What Makes a Film Medieval?

Martha Oberle (Independent Scholar)
A Mystery Writer's Medievalism

Session 7: Queering Medievalisms: A Response to Richard Utz’s Keynote Presentation at the 50th Annual International Congress on Medieval Studies
Room: Lancaster
Organizer: Carol L. Robinson (Kent State University, Trumbull)
Chair: Amy Kaufman (Middle Tennessee State University)
Participants: Pam Clements (Siena College), Nancy Heckel (American Public University System), Amy Kaufman (Middle Tennessee State University), Helen Young (University of Sydney), Lesley Coote (Hull University)
Respondent: Richard Utz, Georgia Institute of Technology

3pm-3:15pm: Short Break
3:15-5PM: One Session
Session 8: Can It Really Be Thirty Years? The Past and Future of Medievalism Conferences
Room: Harrisburg
Organizer: Richard Utz (Georgia Institute of Technology)
Chair: Richard Utz (Georgia Institute of Technology)
Participants: Kathleen Verduin (Hope College), William Calin (University of Florida), E.L. Risden (St. Norbert College), Elizabeth Emery (Montclair State University), Jesse Swan (University of Northern Iowa), Karl Fugelso (Towson University), Lauryn S. Mayer (Washington and Jefferson College), Usha Vishnuvajjala (Indiana University), Valerie B. Johnson (Georgia Institute of Technology).

5pm-7pm: Post-session conviviality at the Bigelow Grille, located in the hotel.

8pm-10pm: The First Annual Conference Movie Snarkfest! Join us for snacks, festive libations, and good-natured mockery as we watch one of Hollywood’s less-acclaimed contributions to the medievalism corpus. This year: Graham Baker’s Beowulf! Room TBA.

Saturday, October 3rd
8am-9am: Registration and Packet Pickup
9am-10am:
PLENARY ADDRESS
Susan L. Aronstein (University of Wyoming)
Avalon of the Heart: Mapping Medievalism in Glastonbury
Room: Harrisburg

10am-10:30am: Coffee Service

10:30am-12pm: Two Concurrent Sessions
Session 9: Women, Power and Medievalism
Room: Harrisburg
Chair: TBA

William C. Calin, University of Florida
The French Counter-Reformation Baroque: Pierre Le Moyne's epic St. Louis

Michael Evans, Delta College
Medieval European Queenly Intercession  in Seventeenth-Century North America

Ann Howey, Brock University
Refusing the Sword: Feminist Ethics in Patricia McKillip's Medievalist Fantasies

Session 10: Metamedievalism
Room: Lancaster
Chair: Lauryn S. Mayer, Washington and Jefferson College
Pam Clements, Sienna College
H is for Hawk: A Map of Meta-Medievalism

Richard Utz, Georgia Institute of Technology
Here, There, Everywhere: Mapping Residual Medievalisms

Daniet T. Kline, University of Alaska Anchorage
Getting Meta on Neo: Rethinking Neomedievalism through Metamodernism

M.J. Toswell, University of Western Ontario
Medievalism and the Modern University: Unexpected Synergies

12pm-1pm: Lunch Break
Session 11: UNICORN Information Session
Room: Lancaster
Organizer: Carol L. Robinson (Kent State University, Trumbull)
Chair: Pam Clements (Siena College)

1pm-2:30pm: Two Concurrent Sessions

Session 12: Medievalism and Visual Culture
Room: Harrisburg
Chair: TBA

Karl Fugelso, Towson University
My Own Private Dante: Tom Philips' Symbolic Inferno

Angela Jane Weisl, Seton Hall University
Mapping Everrealm: Space, Time, and Medieval Fictions in The Quest

Kevin Moberly (Old Dominion University) and Brent Moberly (Indiana University)
"Bring Out Your Dead!”: World of Warcraft, The Great Funeral Raid, and (once again) The Death of the Medieval

Session 13: Reading Sansa’s Rape in A Game of Thrones: The Uses and Abuses of Sexual Violence in Medievalist Fantasy (A Roundtable)
Room: Lancaster
Organizer: Daniel T. Kline (University of Alaska, Anchorage)
Chair: Daniel T. Kline (University of Alaska, Anchorage)
Participants: Lauryn S. Mayer (Washington and Jefferson College), Amy S. Kaufman (Middle Tennessee State University), Paul B. Sturtevant (Public Medievalist – Smithsonian Institution), Daniel T. Kline, University of Alaska, Anchorage)
2:30pm-2:45PM: Short Break
2:45pm-4:15: Two Concurrent Sessions

Session 14: Medievalists Get Creative
Room: Harrisburg
Chair: Lauryn S. Mayer (Washington and Jefferson College)
Readers: E.L. Risden (St. Norbert College), Pam Clements (Sienna College)

Session 15: Festive Medieval Gaming Workshop and Virtual Scavenger Hunt
Room: Lancaster
Organizer: Carol L. Robinson (Kent State University, Trumbull)
Chair: Nancy Heckel (American Public University System)
Participants: Carol L. Robinson, (Kent State University, Trumbull), Nancy Heckel (American Public University System), Kevin Moberly (Old Dominion University), Brent Moberly (Indiana University)

4:30pm-5:30pm: Business Meeting
Room: Harrisburg

6pm-8pm: Banquet

Sunday, October 4th
9am-11am: Post-conference Brunch Outing*

*Please contact Lauryn Mayer (lmayer@washjeff.edu) if you will be attending the reception and/or brunch outing.