2017 Conference Program

(with suggestions for presenters)

(Friday and Saturday sessions: Hyde Hall, McCorkle Place
Sunday sessions: Conference Hotel)


Thursday, 2 November


In conjunction with UNC’s Medieval and Early Modern Studies [MEMS] program, we are holding two events to expand the conference program. All conference attendees arriving on Thursday are strongly encouraged to attend. Both events are within easy walking distance of the primary conference venue, on the main UNC campus, and a campus map is included with the conference packet.

 2:00-3:30 Rachel Koopmans (York University, Toronto) will lead a seminar for graduate students on the challenges that face scholars whose principal metier is written sources when they consider medieval material culture. This event will take place in Hamilton Hall, Room 569. All graduate students registered for the conference are welcome.

Dr Koopmans will deliver a lecture in MEMS’s Dorothy Ford Wiley Crossroad Lecture series. The title of her paper will be "New Eyes, New Genitals, New Miracles: Eilward of Westoning and the Early Expansion of Thomas Becket's Cult." All those attending the conference are warmly invited to come to this lecture, which will be held in Peabody Hall, Room 104.


Friday, 3 November



Business Meeting for Officers and Councilors of the Society



Registration Opens



Session 1 — New Research Forum

Presiding: Katherine Hodges-Kluck, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Robin Reich, Columbia University

Allison Gose, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Daniel Morgan, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Michael Heil, University of Arkansas at Little Rock





Session 2 — New Approaches to English Legal Culture

Chair: Bruce O'Brien, University of Mary Washington

"Fragments among the Ruins: Anglo-Saxon Law North of the Humber before the Vikings"

♦ Kristen Carella, Assumption College

“Secular and Ecclesiastical Justice in the Early Tenth Century: Trial by Ordeal in the Reign of Æthelstan”

♦ Nicole Marafioti, Trinity University

“Reinterpreting Christian-Jewish Discourse in Secular Litigation: The Anglo-Jewry in the Court Coram Rege, 1234-1235”

♦ Rebecca Searby, University of York



Session 3 — Clear Thinking in a Crisis? Central Medieval British and Irish Historical Writing in Context

Chair: Thomas O’Donnell, Fordham University

“Looking Backwards, Looking Outwards, Looking Carefully: Historiography in the Gaelic World c.1100”

♦ Patrick Wadden, Belmont Abbey College

“Diocesan Politics and Historiography in Southern Wales”

♦ Joshua Byron Smith, University of Arkansas

“The Expanding Historical Universe: The Information Crisis of the Twelfth Century”

♦ Emily Winkler, St Edmund Hall, Oxford




Session 4 — “All that is gold does not glitter”: Everyday Objects and Early Medieval History

Chair and Respondent: Nancy Wicker, University of Mississippi

“Merchants, Migrants, and Creoles: Consuming Norse Culture During the Viking Age”

♦ Matthew Delvaux, Boston College

“Transformative Technology: How Hand-Built Pots Reshaped Early Anglo-Saxon Social Experience”

♦ Andrew Welton, University of Florida

“Conspicuous Presents: Grave Goods and Their Absence in Fifth-Century Britain”

♦ Janet Kay, Princeton University




Featured Speaker: Sarah Hamilton, University of Exeter

“Medieval Cursing and its Uses”

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


(See our Local Info Page for the Insider's Guide to dining around town.)


Saturday, 4 November



Session 5 — Rulership and the Vision of History in Twelfth-Century Britain

Chair: Richard Barton, University of North Carolina, Greensboro

“Dynastic Authority and Royal Legitimacy in Angevin Views of the Past, Present, and Future”

♦ Katherine Hodges-Kluck, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

“Royal Character and Royal Characters in the English Historical Imagination”

♦ Peter Raleigh, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

“Defending and Defaming the Anglo-Norman Dynasty in the Trial of Matilda of Scotland”

♦ Alexandra Locking, University of Chicago




Session 6 — Manuscript Culture and its Lessons

 Chair: Robert Babcock, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

“Letters from the First Crusade: The Manuscript Source Base Examined”

♦ Thomas Smith, University of Leeds

“Twelfth-Century Reading Strategies: Humdrum Transmission or Everyday Creativity?”

♦ Julie Barrau, Emmanuel College, Cambridge

“The New Edition of Ekkehard of Aura’s Chronicle”

♦ Thomas McCarthy, New College of Florida




Featured Speaker: William Purkis, University of Birmingham


“Holy Christendom’s ‘New Colony’: The Extraction of Sacred Matter and the ‘Colonial’ Status of the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem”

Presiding: Jaroslav Folda, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill




Session 7 — Women: Lordship and Culture

 Chair: Amy Livingstone, Wittenberg University

“Constance of France: The Lord’s Lady”

♦ Myra Bom, Royal Holloway, University of London

“Reassessing Anticipatory Association: Child Heirs, Mothers, and Preparation for the Throne, c.1050 to c.1250”

♦ Emily Ward, Emmanuel College, Cambridge

“Charter Evidence for Avoiding the In-Laws?: The Sons of Æthelstan “Half-King” and Queen Ælfthryth”

♦ Mary Elizabeth Blanchard, Ave Maria University




Session 8 — Houses of the Dead

 Chair:  Brett Whalen, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

“The Importance of the Churchyard in the Establishment of Local Parish Churches in the Era of the Great Rebuilding”

♦ Christine Bertoglio, Boston College

“Romping Bulls and Dancing Zombies: William of Malmesbury and the Cemetery”

♦ Anthony Perron, Loyola Marymount University




The C. Warren Hollister Lecture
 Constance Bouchard, University of Akron
“Medieval French Peasants: The New Frontier?”

Presiding: Robert Berkhofer, Western Michigan University


(See our Local Info Page for the Insider's Guide to dining around town.)


Sunday, 5 November

(Smith Room, First Floor, Hampton Inn and Suites, Carrboro)


Session 9 — The Cult of the Saints and Identity Formation

 Chair: Laura Wangerin, Seton Hall University

“Civil War, Royal Martyrdom, and the Writing of History in High Medieval Scandinavia”

♦ Elizabeth Hasseler, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Furta Sacra or Fictive Cult? The Curious Case of the Three Kings of Milan in Italian, German and Angevin Chronicles”

♦ Edward Coleman, University College, Dublin

“Text and Memory in Religious Communities of Southern Italy: St. Mercurius Between Charter, Liturgy, and Hagiography”

♦ Bridget Riley, University of Toronto




Session 10 — Space and Place in Historiography

Chair: Nicholas Paul, Fordham University

“The English Channel in Post-Conquest Thought”

♦ Tom Forster, University of Cambridge

Ita ut a laberinto: The Architecture of Genealogy in Lambert of Ardres’ Historia Comitum Ghisnensium et Ardensium Dominorum

♦ Alexander Profaci, Johns Hopkins University




Session 11 — Lordship and the Reach of Power

Chair: Jehangir Malegam, Duke University

“Rulership as Reformatio in an Age of Crusade: Reorienting Angevin Comital Authority under Fulk V”

♦ Basit Qureshi, Macalester College

“The Legal Culture of the March of Wales in the Late Eleventh Century”

♦ Lindy Brady, University of Mississippi

“Identity Politics and the Succession of Henry II”

♦ Mark Blincoe, California Baptist University

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:

Details of the A/V provision in the Conference Room, Hyde Hall (Friday and Saturday) and Smith Room, Hampton Inn and Suites (Sunday) will be available soon. If in the meantime you have particular questions and requests, please contact Conference Director Marcus Bull.


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

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