2016 Conference Program

(with suggestions for presenters)

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Friday, November 4



Business Meeting for Officers and Councilors of the Society



Registration Opens



New Research Forum (Bagels and coffee provided)


Presiding: Nicholas Paul, Fordham University

Spirituality and Corporality in Eleventh and Twelfth Century Inventiones from Southern Italy and England

Bridget Riley, University of Toronto 

A Case of “Foreign” Rule? Charles of Anjou and the Nobility of Frankish Syria

Jesse Izzo, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

The Campaigns against Heresy and Usury in Early Thirteenth-Century Toulouse

Deborah Gail Shulevitz, Columbia University





C. Warren Hollister Lecture


Presiding: Heather Tanner, The Ohio State University, Mansfield

Succession and Interregnum in the English Polity: The Case of 1141

Stephen Church, University of East Anglia 





Session 1 — In the Shadow of the Conquest: Adaptation in the Anglo-Norman Church 

Chair: Jennifer Paxton, Catholic University of America

The Abbot, the Monks, and the Cheese: Standardization and Memorialization in Anglo-Saxon and Anglo-Norman Abingdon

Daniel O’Gorman, Loyola University, Chicago

The Codex Wintoniensis: Re-ordering the Past at Twelfth-Century Winchester

Jennie England, University of York

Controlling Political Communication in the Early Anglo-Norman Realm

Jeffrey Wayno, Columbia University





Session 2 — Scottish Charters and Cartularies: New Approaches

Chair: Austin Mason, Carleton College

The Models of Authority project: An Overview

Dauvit Broun, University of Glasgow

Diplomatic Models in the Charters of Melrose and Holyrood Abbeys

John Reuben Davies, University of Glasgow

Manuscript Growth in Scotland’s Earliest Cartularies

Joanna Tucker, University of Glasgow



Tea/Coffee Break


Session 3 — Foreign Bishops: Transplanted and Diasporic

This session sponsored by EPISCOPUS

Chair: Kathryn E. Salzer, Pennsylvania State University, University Park

The Strange Journeys of Thiemo of Salzburg: Exile, Martyrdom, and Memory

John Eldevik, Hamilton College

The Outsider’s Advantage of Bishop Zoen of Avignon

Christine Axen, Plymouth State University

The Norwegian Bishops of Fourteenth-Century Iceland

Michael Frost, Aberdeen University





Saturday, November 5



Session 4 — Living in a Material World: Royal Women and Material Culture


Chair: Amy Livingstone, Wittenberg University

The Afterlife of Theophanu’s Marriage Charter: Opera, Ottonian Queens, and the Early Modern Imagination

Laura Wangerin, Seton Hall University

Forming Alliances through Material Culture: The Eisiterioi of Agnes of France

Erin Jordan, Old Dominion University

Clothing the Priestly Body: Royal Women and Liturgical Textile Donations in the Eleventh Century

Laura L. Gathagan, SUNY Cortland





Session 5 — Documentary Culture in Medieval England


Chair: Sally Shockro, Merrimack College

A Domesday Microcosm: Lessons from the Burton Abbey Survey, 1094-1114

Carol Symes, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Documentation in the Works of Matthew Paris

Laura Cleaver, Trinity College, Dublin

Visions of the Antique Past: Inscribed Gems in Twelfth- and Thirteenth-Century England

John McEwan, Saint Louis University





Featured Speaker


Presiding: Richard E. Barton, University of North Carolina, Greensboro

Revolution(s) in Writing in the Middle Ages: Between Myth and History

Paul Bertrand, Université catholique de Louvain





Session 6 — Divinity and Its Discontents in Crusade Sources


Chair: Marcus Bull, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

St. Bernard and the Second Crusade: The Long-Term Effects of Miraculous Failure

Jay Rubenstein, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Earthly Kings, Heavenly Jerusalem: Ralph Niger’s Political Theology and the Third Crusade

John D. Cotts, Whitman College

A Swift Answer: Wind in the Sources of Crusades

Elizabeth Lapina, University of Wisconsin, Madison


Tea/Coffee Break


Session 7 — Monastic Constructions of Lay Power in the Empire and Beyond


Chair: Thomas McCarthy, New College of Florida

Monastic Liberties, Lay Transgressors: The Cases of Tegernsee and Bury St. Edmunds

Jonathan Lyon, University of Chicago

Monastic Memorializing of Martial Prowess: Wiprecht of Groitzsch, Henry IV, and Pegau

Lisa Wolverton, University of Oregon





Session 8 — Exon Domesday

Chair/Introduction: Julia Crick, King’s College London

The Content of Exon Domesday

Chris Lewis, King’s College London

The Writing of Exon Domesday

Julia Crick and Francisco Álvarez López (in absentia), King’s College London and University of Exeter

The Purpose of Exon and Domesday

Stephen Baxter, St Peter’s College, Oxford

William the Conqueror’s Property in Normandy and England

Alex Dymond, Corpus Christi College, Oxford


Party at William North’s House


Sunday, November 6



Session 9 — Medieval Violence Enacted and Remembered


Chair: Steven Isaac, Longwood University

Between Justice and Taboo: Punitive Blinding from Winchester to Byzantium

Jake Ransohoff, Harvard University

Crusading Participation in Normandy and Its Borderlands: The Evidence of French Traditions of the First Crusade

Simon Parsons, Royal Holloway, University of London

Mercenaries, States, and Organized Violence: North Africa and Europe, c.1100-1500

Michael Lower, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities





Session 10 — Discourses of Power in Medieval Genoa and Norman Italy


Chair: Victoria Morse, Carleton College

The Holy Heritage of the North: Authority and Identity in Norman-Italian Hagiography, 1060-1110

Devon R. Bealke, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

“The Luxuriant Southern Scene”: Textiles as Reflections of Power in the Norman Kingdom of Southern Italy and Sicily

Joanna Drell, University of Richmond

Genoa and the Institutionalization of Popular Law

John Manke, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities





Featured Speaker


Presiding: William North, Carleton College

Specific Fuzziness: Of Lines Drawn in the Sand and Water

William Ian Miller, University of Michigan Law School




A gentle reminder for those giving papers:

The point of giving a talk is as much about the questions and the conversation that arise during the Q&A period, as it is about the paper itself. Because of this, you are asked to stick closely to your allotted paper-giving time of 20 minutes. A 20-minute paper is generally a 10-page, 12-point-font typescript. Please be courteous to your fellow panelists and come prepared to give a paper of this length. Panel Chairs will be instructed (with, of course, a couple of minutes grace) to keep their panelists to time. We would all like to hear your conclusions, but will be robbed of the pleasure, if you have been dragged off the podium by your Chair.

For those using A/V:

The conference venue is equipped with a computer, connections for a laptop, a document camera, and a digital projector. If you are using a standard powerpoint presentation (Powerpoint, Keynote), please make sure that you have it downloaded on a flash drive to expedite panel set up. We can also accommodate presenters using their own laptop. Please email conference organizers by October 15 (haskinsconference@gmail.com) regarding your use of A/V; if you are not using A/V no reply is necessary.


You will need to bring copies of any handout with you to the conference. Eighty copies should suffice.

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