Monday, May 25, 2009

2009 Conference Schedule & Suggestions for Panelists

Conference Schedule:

(You can download conference schedule, if you scroll down to the bottom of this post.)

Friday, November 5
9:00 am–11:15 Council Meeting

12:30–1:30 President’s Welcome & The C. Warren Hollister Memorial Lecture
Presiding: Bruce O’Brien, University of Mary Washington 

Francia and the History of Early Medieval Europe
Paul Fouracre, University of Manchester

1:450–3:15 SESSION I: The End of Roman Britain
Chair: Mary Frances Giandrea, American University

A.D. 410 and the Invisible Britons
Christopher A. Snyder, Marymount University

Recycling Rome After the Fall
Robin Fleming, Boston College

The End of Roman Britain: Roman Retrospectives
Michael Jones, Bates College

3:15–3:30 Tea break

3:30–5:00 SESSION II: Holy Violence: Theory, Practice and Representation
Chair: Emily Albu, University of California-Davis 

Crusading as an Act of Vengeance and the Study of the Ideas of Crusading
Susanna A. Throop, Ursinus College

Belligerent Bishops and Armed Abbots: The Portrayal of Clerical Warriors and Defenders
Craig M. Nakashian, Texas A&M-Texarkana

Representations of Warfare in the Morgan Picture Bible
Richard Abels, The United States Naval Academy

5:15-6:15 SESSION III: Learning and its Reception in the Twelfth-Century "Renaissance"
Chair:W. Scott Jesse, Appalachian State University

The Reception of the New Natural Philosophy in Twelfth-Century England: the Case of Merlin
Anne Lawrence-Mathers, University of Reading

Did Portugal Have a Twelfth-Century Renaissance?
André Vitória,Universidade do Porto

6:30 Drinks reception at the McMullen Museum of Art

Saturday, November 6

8:30-10:00 SESSION IV: Ideas of the Holy Man: Bishops and Abbots in France and England
Chair: Jennifer A. Paxton, The Catholic University of America

Monk-Bishops in the Third Generation of the English Monastic Reform
Tracey-Anne Cooper, St. John's University

Gerald of Wales and the Episcopal Ideal
Matthew M. Mesley, University of Exeter

De abbatibus [of Mont-Saint-Michel] rubrica abreviata: Towards a New Edition
Thomas N. Bisson, Harvard University

10:00-10:30 Coffee Break

10:30-12:00 SESSION V: Historiography in the Salian Age
Chair: William L. North, Carleton College

Cosmas on the See of Prague
Lisa Wolverton, University of Oregon

Frutolf of Michelsberg's Chronicle, the Schools of Bamberg and the Preservation of Imperial Polemic
T.J.H. McCarthy, New College Florida

Confronting the Past in Eleventh-Century Germany
David Warner, Rhode Island School of Design

12:00-1:00 Lunch, Department of History

1:00-2:00 Featured Speaker 2
Presiding: Paul Hyams, Cornell University

Objects as Subjects in Medieval Art
Herbert Kessler, John Hopkins University

2:30-4:00 SESSION VII: Hostages and Captive-Taking in the High Middle Ages
Chair: Tracey Billado, Seton Hall University

That's No Way to Treat A Lady! Hostage or Captive: What's the Difference?
Annette Parks, University of Evansville

Heroes, Hostages and Hagiography: The Function of Hostages in Medieval Irish Literature
Lahney Preston-Matto, Adelphi University

The Two Matildas: Treatment of Captives and Ideals of Queenship
Colleen Slater, Borough of Manhattan Community College, CUNY

4:00–4:30 Tea Break

4:30–-6:00 SESSION VII: Identity in Narratives of Conquest and Expansion
Chair: Belle Tuten, Juniata College

The Rise of Wessex Seen through Northumbrian Eyes
Karen L. Jolly, University of Hawai`i–Manoa

Politics and Portrayals: Ireland and the Normans in the Era of the Norman Conquest of England
Patrick Wadden, Exeter College, Oxford

The Castle in Conquest Narratives
Kim Kilmartin, Hertford College, Oxford

7:30 Annual food, drinks & shop-talk party at Valerie Ramseyer's house, co-sponsored by Boston College and Wellesley College (a walk or short-T-ride from the Marriott Hotel)

Sunday, November 8

8:30-10:00 SESSION VIII: Lordship, History, and the Dominae of Northern France
Chair: Laura Gathagan, SUNY-Courtland

Weathering Thirteenth-Century Warfare: The Case of Blanche of Navarre
Katrin Sjusen, Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville

Noblewomen and the Writing of History in Picardy and Flanders
Kathy Krause, University of Missouri-Kansas City

Rebellion and the Countess
Heather J. Tanner, Ohio State University

10:00-10:15 Coffee Break

10:15-11:30 SESSION IX: Texts, Rituals, and the Social Order
Chair: John Cotts, Whitman College

Badly Ordered: Walahfrid Strabo's Vision of the Carolingian World in the Libellus de exordiis et incrementis quarandam in observationibus ecclesiasticis rerum
Mary Zito, The Catholic University of America

Relics or Gospels? The Evolution and Meaning of Swearing an Oath
Jonathan Elukin, Trinity College

11:30-12:00 Break

12:00-1:00 Featured Speaker 3
Presiding: Richard E. Barton, University of North Carolina-Greensboro

Norman Historians and William the Conqueror (1830–1945)
Veronique Gazeau, Université de Caen Basse-Normandie

1:00-2:00 Lunch, Department of History

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 needing AV equipment other than a microphone:
Please send your request, before November 1, to If you will be using PowerPoint, make sure, when you download your presentation onto a flash drive, to save it in the PowerPoint 97-2004 version, rather than as a .pptx.

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

Download a copy of the conference schedule here.

Where to Eat

Brookline is divided into a number of neighborhoods. If you walk from the Marriott Hotel to Beacon Street (the major thoroughfare just around the corner from the hotel) and stand with your back to the hotel, it will be easy to orient yourself to these neighborhoods. Both the area around the hotel and the territory to the right is known as Coolidge Corner. The main shopping and eating in Coolidge Corner can be found to your right on Beacon Street and along Harvard Street, one block down from the hotel. When you reach the intersection of Beacon and Harvard, turn left on Harvard St. If, instead, you take a right on Beacon St., but then take a right on Harvard Street, and then walk for 10 or 15 minutes, you will enter Brookline Village. If, on the other hand, you take a left on Beacon Street and walk for 15 or 20 minutes, you will hit Washington Square. You can also take the T to Washington Square (be sure to take the outbound train, and ask the conductor to tell you when to get off). You can download a copy of this list, if you scroll down to the bottom of this post.

Coolidge Corner
Zaftigs Delicatessen (for the mother of all breakfasts!), 335 Harvard St., Brookline
• Peet’s Coffee and Tea, 285 Harvard St, Brookline
Starbucks, 1655 Beacon St., Brookline
Washington Square
• Athans Cafe, 1621 Beacon St., Brookline
• Cafe Fixe, 1642 Beacon St., Brookline

Cheap & Cheerful [some entrees under $10; not all with table service]
Coolidge Corner
Anna's Taqueria (Mexican), 1412 Beacon St, Brookline
Dok Bua (Thai), 411 Harvard St, Brookline
Rod Dee Thai Cuisine (Thai), 1430 Beacon St, Brookline
Zenna Noodle Bar (Vietnamese), 1374 Beacon St, Brookline
Super Fusion Cuisine (Japanese/Korean), 690A Washington St., Brookline
• Boca Grande (Mexican), 1294 Beacon St., Brookline
• Rami (Middle Eastern/Kosher), 324 Harvard St., Brookline
• Upper Crust Pizza (Pizza), 286 Harvard St., Brookline
Brookline Village
T-Rex Taqueria (Mexican), 6 Cypress St., Brookline Village
• Family Restaurant (Turkish), 305 Washington St., nr. Brookline Village (huge, delicious portions)

Moderately Priced
Coolidge Corner
• Rani (Indian), 1353 Beacon St, nr Coolidge Corner, Brookline
Zaftigs Delicatessen (great deli food), 335 Harvard St., Brookline
Brookline Village
Matt Murphy's (pub with excellent food), 14 Harvard St., Brookline Village, (617) 232-0188
• Tashi Delek (Tibetan), 236 Washington St., Brookline Village
• Orinoco (Venezuelan), 22 Harvard St., nr. Brookline Village
• Pho Lemon Grass (Vietnamese), 239 Harvard St., towards Brookline Village
Washington Square:

Moderately Expensive
Coolidge Corner
The Publick House (unbelievable selection of beer as well as food),1648 Beacon St., Brookline, (617) 277-2880
Brookline Village
Pomodoro (Italian), 24 Harvard St, 617-566-4455 (reservations strongly recommended)
Washington Square
The Fireplace (Italian), 1634 Beacon St, Brookline, (617) 975-1900 (reservations strongly recommended)
The Washington Square Tavern (New American), 714 Washington St, Brookline, (617) 232-8989 (no reservations taken)
• Tamarind Bay (Indian, vegetarian friendly), 1665 Beacon St.

A short T-ride towards Boston
Taberna de Haro (Tapas), 999 Beacon St, Brookline, (617) 277-8272 (no reservations taken, but you can call ahead and put your name on the list for a shorter wait)
Elephant Walk (Cambodian), 900 Beacon Street, (617) 247-1500 (reservations strongly recommended)
• Jae's (Asian fusion), 1223 Beacon St., Brookline

Book News

Catholic University of America Afternoon Tea:
We are pleased to acknowledge that one of the presses displaying books at our conference, Catholic University of America Press, will be honoring a number of our members with recently published books–John Cotts, Jeff Rider, Alan Murray and Ruth Harwood Cline–by sponsoring our Saturday afternoon tea.

Recent Books:
We are happy to announce that the following books, written by our members and conference attendees, have recently appeared or are now in press:

• William M. Aird, Robert Curthose, Duke of Normandy (c. 1050-1134) (Boydell: 2008)

• Emilie Amt and S.D. Church, eds., Dialogus de Scaccario, and the Constitutio Domus Regis (Oxford Univeristy Press: 2007)

• Mary Berg and Howard Jones, Norman Churches in the Canterbury Diocese (The History Press: 2009)

• Thomas N. Bisson, The Crisis of the Twelfth Century: Power, Lordship, and the Origins of European Government (Princeton: 2009)

• Matilda Tomaryn Bruckner, Chrétien Continued: A Study of the Conte du Graal and its Verse Continuation (Oxford University Press: 2009)

• Martin Carver, Portmahomack: Monastery of the Picts (Edinburgh University Press: 2008)

• Martin Carver, Catherine Hills, Jonathan Scheschkewitz, Wasperton: A Roman, British and Anglo-Saxon Community in Central England (Boydell: 2009)

• Elizabeth Coatsworth and Gale R. Owen-Crocker, Medieval Textiles of the British Isles c. 450-1100: an Annotated Bibliography, BAR, Brit. Ser., 445 (Archaeopress: 2007)

• John Cotts, The Clerical Dilemma: Peter of Blois and Literate Culture in the Twelfth Century (Catholic University of America: 2009)

• Carol Davidson Cragoe, How to Read Buildings: A Crash Course in Architecture (Rizzoli, 2008)

• Rees Davies, Lords and Lordship in the British Isles in the Late Middle Ages, ed. Brendan Smith (Oxford: 2009)

• Wendy Davies, Acts of Giving: Individual, Community, and Church in Tenth-Century Christian Spain (Oxford University Press: 2007)

• Kirsten A. Fenton, Gender, Nation and Conquest in the Works of William of Malmesbury (Boydell and Brewer, 2008)

• Robin Fleming, Living and Dying in Early Medieval Britain (Penguin: in press)

• Paul Freedman, Out of the East: Spices and the Medieval Imagination (Yale University Press: 2009)

• Mary Frances Giandrea, Episcopal Culture in Late Anglo-Saxon England (Boydell: 2007)

• John Gillingham, The English in the Twelfth Century: Imperialism, National Identity and Political Values (Boydell, 2008)

• Judith Green, Henry I: King of England and Duke of Normandy (Cambridge University Press, 2009)

• Ruth Harwood-Cline, trans., The Life of Blessed Bernard of Tiron (Catholic University of America: 2009)

• Samantha Kahn Herrick, Imagining the Sacred Past: Hagiography and Power in Early Normandy (Harvard University Press, 2007)

Cynthia Neville, Land, Law and People in Medieval Scotland (Edinburgh University Press: in press)

• Bruce O'Brien, Conquering Babel: Translation in England from Alfred to the Thirteenth Century (University of Delaware: in press)

• Gale R. Owen-Crocker, The Four Funerals in Beowulf (Manchester University Press: 2009)

• Gale R. Owen-Crocker and Robin Netherton, eds., Medieval Clothing and Textiles, 5 (Boydell: 2009)

• Gale R. Owen-Crocker, ed., Working with Anglo-Saxon Manuscripts (Exeter University Press: 2009)

• Alan V. Murray, The Clash of Cultures on the Medieval Baltic Frontier (Ashgate: 2009)

• Jeff Rider and Alan V. Murray, eds., Galbert of Bruges and the Historiography of Medieval Flanders (Catholic University of America: 2009)

• Christine Senecal, Catherine Clay and Chandrika Paul, Envisioning Women in World History, vol 1: from Prehistory to 1500 (McGraw-Hill: 2008)

• Brendan Smith, ed., Ireland and the English World in the Late Middle Ages (Palgrave: 2009)

• Pauline Stafford, ed., A Companion to the Early Middle Ages: Britain and Ireland c. 500-1100 (Wiley: 2009)

• Ian Short, trans., Geffrei Gaimar, Estoire des Engleis: History of the English (Oxford: 2009)

• Ralph V. Turner, Eleanor of Aquitaine, Queen of France, Queen of England (Yale: 2009)

• Elisabeth Van Houts and Patricia Skinner, eds. and trans., Medieval Writings about Women in Secular Life (Penguin: in press)

• Sally N. Vaughn and Jay Rubenstein, eds., Teaching and Learning in Northern Europe, 1000-1200 (Brepols: 2007)

• Alex Woolf, From Pictland to Alba: Scotland, 789-1070 (Edinburgh University Press: 2007)

• Suzanne M. Yeager, Jerusalem in Medieval Narrative (Cambridge University Press: 2008)

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