2019 Conference Program

(with suggestions below for presenters)

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


Thursday, 7 November

  In conjunction with UNC’s Medieval and Early Modern Studies [MEMS] program, we are holding two events to complement the conference program. All conference delegates arriving on Thursday are warmly invited to attend. Both events are in Hamilton Hall, which is on the main UNC campus within easy walking distance of the principal conference venue.
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Charity Urbanski (University of Washington) will lead a seminar for graduate students on aspects of her recent research into medieval historiographical culture. Graduate students from beyond UNC who are attending the conference are warmly encouraged to participate. Details of the material that will be circulated in advance of the seminar will be supplied in due course. Details of the precise venue and time will also be supplied as soon as possible.

Dr. Urbanski will deliver a lecture in MEMS’s Dorothy Ford Wiley Crossroads Lecture series. The title of her paper is “Monsters in Anglo-Norman Historiography”. All those attending the conference are very warmly invited to come to this lecture, which will be held in Hamilton 569.


Friday, 8 November



Business Meeting for Officers and Councilors of the Society (Incubator Room)


Registration Opens


Session 1 — New Research Forum

Presiding: Charlie Rozier, Durham University

Giles Connolly, University of Birmingham

James Kawalek, University of Birmingham

Amanda Racine, Fordham University

Gabrielle Storey, University of Winchester




Session 2 — Piety and Power in the North of England, c.1050-1150

Chair: Jehangir Malegam, Duke University

“Politics and Rebellion in the North, 1066-1086”
        ♦ Chelsea Shields-Más, SUNY College at Old Westbury

“The Libellus de Exordio Revisited: Rewriting the Past”

        ♦ Stephanie Skenyon, University of Miami

“Placing Durham in Time and Space: The Annals of Durham, Cathedral Library MS B.iv.22”

        ♦ Charlie Rozier, University of Durham



Session 3 — Latin and Arabic Cultures

Chair: William Purkis, University of Birmingham

Was there a Translation Movement in the Norman Kingdom of Sicily?: Revisiting the Work of Charles Homer Haskins

♦ Robin Reich, Columbia University

Understanding Representations of Christian-Muslim Diplomacy in Western Christian Texts, c.1050–c.1300

Katy Mortimer, Royal Holloway, University of London

John of Worcester and the Introduction of Arabic Science into England in the Twelfth Century

Katharine Bader, University of Durham




Session 4 — Devotional Lives

Chair : Jenny Paxton, Catholic University of America

Raiders and the Last Ark: The Deuteronomic Covenant in Aelred of Rievaulx’s Relatio de Standard

Jesse Harrington, University of Cambridge

The Church of Saint James of Carrión: The Role of Money in the Devotional Infrastructure of Pilgrimage

John Seasholtz, University of Birmingham

All Abbots and No Costellos: The Many Theaters of the Regularis Concordia

John Wyatt Greenlee, Cornell University




Featured Speaker: Jean-François Nieus, Université de Namur

“The Rise of Administrative Lordship in Medieval Flanders: A Reassessment”

Presiding: Steven Isaac, Longwood University


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


Saturday, 9 November


8:45-9:00  Refreshments


Session 5 — Connectivity in the Norman and Angevin Worlds

Chair: John Cotts, Whitman College

Mourning the Angevins in the Limousin

Patrick DeBrosse, Fordham University

“Discreet Global Connections: French and English Monks Crossing the Channel”

Kathryn Salzer, Pennsylvania State University

Multiple Allegiance and its Impact: England and Normandy, 1066-1204

            ♦ Hannah Boston, Trinity College, Oxford




Session 6 — Marriage and Power

 Chair: Amy Livingstone, Ball State University

‘Against the King’s Will’: Royal Marriage, Domestic Planning, and the Rebellion of Edmund Ironside AD 1015

♦ Ryan Goodman, University of Manchester

‘To Married Persons’: The Gregorian Reform and the Problem/Power of Marriage

Alexandra Locking, Society of Fellows, University of Chicago




Featured Speaker:Simon Yarrow, University of Birmingham


‘Some Problems of the Peace’: Angelic Governance in Angevin England

Presiding: Nick Paul, Fordham University




Session 7 — Status and Agency

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

Reorienting Wilfrid of York: The Early Anglo-Saxon Episcopacy in Late Antique Perspective

Sihong Lin, University College, Dublin

The Comital Title in Carolingian and Post-Carolingian Political Culture

Fraser McNair, University of Leeds




Session 8 Priorities and Choices in Royal Politics

Chair: Rick Barton, University of North Carolina, Greensboro

“Crown and Church in Tenth-Century England: The Laws of King Edmund”

Nicole Marafioti, Trinity University, San Antonio

The Capetians, the Angevins, and the Crusade Between Acre and Bouvines

♦ Peter Raleigh, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill



The C. Warren Hollister Lecture
Fiona Griffiths, Stanford University
“'Not Wives but Concubines': Clerical Wives and Church Reform in Medieval Germany”

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


Reception: Incubator Room, Hyde Hall


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


Sunday, 10 November

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


Session 9 — Managing Women? Rethinking Women, Power, and Gender Hierarchy in High Medieval Europe

Chair: Laura Gathagan, SUNY College at Cortland

Managing Women in Medieval Champagne: Female Landholding, Gender, and Power 1179-1285

            ♦ Randall Todd Pippenger, Princeton University

Jewish and Christian Women in Business: Gender, Religion, and Power in Catalonia, 1250-1350

♦ Sarah Ifft Decker, Indiana University Bloomington

Transacting from the Cloister: Carthusian Nuns and Soft Power in the Thirteenth Century

Hollis Shaul, Miami University of Ohio




Session 10 — Life Cycles

Chair: Bob Berkhofer, Western Michigan University

Old Age and Retirement Among English Cistercian Abbots

Amelia Kennedy, Yale University

Neither Saint nor Crusader: Louis IX, rex puer, and Capetian Kingship, 1226–1235

Emily Ward, Darwin College, Cambridge




Session 11— Property, Community, and Identity

Chair: Austin Mason, Carleton College


 “From Ostmen to Normans: Changing Identities in Ireland’s Coastal Towns”

          Patrick Wadden, Belmont Abbey College

“The Fourth Leg of the King’s Throne: The Old English Legend of the Seven Sleepers and Ecclesiastical Views of Merchants in Early Medieval England, c.950-1050”

          Stuart Pracy, University of Manchester

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 (or 15  minutes in some cases). 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 the prescribed 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:

There is standard A/V provision in the Conference Room, Hyde Hall (Friday and Saturday) and Smith Room, Hampton Inn & Suites (Sunday) that meets routine conference needs – for example, the giving of PowerPoint presentations. If you have particular questions or 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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