Looking Ahead: Kalamazoo, May 14-17, 2015

There are 567 sessions at this year’s International Medieval Congress at Kalamazoo, Michigan, from 14-17 May.  It should be a rollicking good and educational time, as always. Here are some sessions and events that caught my eye (underlined sessions are the ones that I’ll most likely be attending…):

Thursday, 14 May 10:00 a.m.

Session 10, Fetzer 1010, The Seven-Hundredth Anniversary of the Great European Famine, 1315-2015.

Session 26 Schneider 1355, The Middle Ages in the Classroom.

Session 31, Bernhard 158, Aspects and Events of Medieval Military History, 452-1346. [Naturally, this is the one that I will attending, ipso facto.]

Session 32, Bernhard 159, Medieval Emotions: Affect and the Medieval Experience I [very tempting, since I’ve been drawn to studying the history of emotions of late. And a very strong session, with Chism and Kreuger on board.]

Session 42, Sangren 1710, Magna Carta in Context

Thursday, 14 May, noon

De Re Militari Business meeting, Bernhard 158.

Thursday, 14 May, 1:30 p.m.

Session 61, Fetzer 2016, The Cross in Medieval Art

Session 64, Fetzer 2040, Unanswered Questions about Joan of Arc

Session 65, Schneider 1140, The Welsh Arthur and His Afterlives in Medieval England, Scotland, and Wales.  –paper by my friend Chris Berard, who is always worth hearing.

Session 79, Bernhard 158, Medieval Military Technology [this is my session, so I guess this is the one I’ll be attending!]

Session 86, Bernhard 211, Jewish-Christian Studies

Thursday, 14 May, 3:30 p.m.

Session 110, Fetzer 1060, Iberian Borders and Beyond: Medieval Liminalities in Conversation

Session 114, Fetzer 2040, All Medieval Manuscripts Online: Strategic Plans in Europe.

Session 115, Schneider 1140, The Public Medievalist: A Roundtable on Engaging the Public with the Middle Ages

Session 129, Bernhard 158, The Annual Journal of Medieval Military History Lecture [Looking forward to David Green and Cliff Rogers talking English imperialism and military affairs during the HYW]

Session 133, Bernhard 209, Bede’s Library

Thursday Evening Events: Wine Hour in Valley III, Harrison 301 and Eldridge 307

Thursday 7:30 p.m. sessions. [Some day I’m going to attend one of those “Hell” sessions]

Session 166, Bernhard 158, The Crusades

Thursday Late Evening: Receptions from Toronto, Durham, and Leeds (Valley III Eldridge 306, Fetzer 1035, Fetzer 2016)

Friday, 15 May: Plenary Lecture, Cary J. Nederman, 8:30, Bernhard E. Ballroom

Friday, 10:00 a.m.

Session 185, Fetzer 1045: England’s Immigrants, 1350-1550 (A Roundtable)

Session 193, Schneider 1130, Making It or Faking It? The Strange Truths of “False Witness” to Medieval Forms

Session 203 Schneider 1275, The Fancy Pincushions: An Analysis of the Lethality of English Warbows and Wararrows against Armored and Unarmored Individuals through Experimental Archeology (A Demonstration)

Session 204, Schneider 1320 Breaching Religious Order: Towards New and Productive Uses of “Order as a Category of Analysis in Monastic and Mendicant Scholarship      –Julia McClure’s paper on “The Uses and Limits of Actor-Network Theories”

Session 220, Bernhard 208, The Crusades and the Levant

Session 226, Bernhard Brown and Gold Room 202, The Nature of the Middle Ages: A Problem for Historians? (A Roundtable)  –with Robin Fleming, Marcus Bull, Ruth Mazo Karras, Paul Freedman, and Nancy Partner, that’s going to be quite a roundtable.

Friday, 1:30 p.m.

Session 232, Valley II Garneau 205, Crusade and Literary Genre

Session 235 Valley I Shilling Lounge, Sacred and Secular Road Trips in Middle English Romance  –Bunch of interesting papers here, including certain-to-please ones by Kristi and Kate, but I’m particularly intrigued by Amber Dove Clark’s paper on Guy of Warwick, which is my favorite ME Romance.

Session 239, Fetzer 1045, Political Power and Influence in Late Medieval England.   –White Hart session

Session 245, Schneider 1120, Anglo-Saxon England.    –Some very intriguing papers on Alfred, Viking and A-S town relationships, and Aethelred…

Session 252, Schneider 1160, Love Thy Neighbor?   –another Guy of Warwick paper! This one by James T. Stewart, on ‘war and leadership’

Session 256, Schneider 1245, Western Europe in the Thirteenth and Fourteenth Centuries.   –A paper by Robin McCallum on “Urban Support for the Hundred Years War: Financian and Military Contributions from Bristol and Norwich to Edward III’s Campaign in France during the 1340s”

 Friday, 3:30 p.m.

Session 291, Fetzer 1005, Debatable Rule: (Re)assessing Medieval Statecraft, Power, Authority, and Gender (A Roundtable)

Session 294, Fetzer 1045, The White Hart Lecture: Anne Curry, “Agincourt 1415: Fact or Fiction?”    –Well, I guess I know where I’ll be.

Session 298, Fetzer 2030, How to Be a Heretic: Teaching Heterodoxies and Non-Christian Practices (A Roundtable)

Session 315, Scneider 1320, Fluctuating Networks: The Constructive Role of Broken Bonds in the Medieval Mediterranean and Beyond

Friday Evening Activities, 5:00 p.m.: Aside from the wine hours and the Palgrave MacMillan reception in Valley III, there’s the Society of the White Hart business meeting at 5:30 in Fetzer 2040, which I might attend.  And of course the annual Ashgate and Brill receptions at 9:00 p.m. in Valley III, and U Penn’s reception at 10:00. [And yes, in case you were wondering, this is where a lot of business gets transacted and new ideas are hatched.]  Going back a bit to 7:30, there is the annual Malory Aloud performance in Valley III, Stinson Lounge. I usually can’t attend, but it’s a good time.

Saturday, May 16, 10:00 a.m.

Session 363, Schneider 1160, Early Medieval Europe III.   –Phyllis Jestice’ on “Female Dukes and the Rhetoric of Power in Tenth-Century Germany”

Session 375, Schneider 1340, What’s New in Digital Humanities (A Roundtable).  –I probably won’t be attending this, but if you haven’t yet seen “Virtual Plasencia,” you should. It is amazing.

Session 390, Bernhard 210, New Approaches to Tenth- and Eleventh-Century European Reform

Saturday, 1:30 p.m.

Session 395, Valley III Stinson 303, Medieval Reception of Augustine of Hippo

Session 427, Schneider 1275, Markets, Fairs, and Merchant Travel in the Fourteenth Century.   –I’m particularly interested in Michael Hanrahan’s “Rebels, markets, and Social Networks in 1381.”

Session 432, Schneider 1335, Money on the Middle Ages

Session 448, Bernhard 210, “Can These Bones Come to Life?” I: Field Reports from Re-construction, Re-enactment, and Re-creation in the Classroom.

Session 449, Bernhard 211, Chivalry and Violence in Medieval Society   –Good stuff here, organized by Craig Nakashian, including a rare paper on Heinrich von Veldeke’s Eneasroman.

Saturday, 3:30 p.m.

Session 457, Valley II, Garneau 205, The Many Faces of Matilda: Commemorating the Ninth Centennial of Matilda of Tuscany/Mathilde di Canossa.

Session 467, Feetzer 1055, Law as Culture: Statues and Courts in Medieval England.

Session 472, Fetzer 2040, Rethinking Medieval Maps

Session 496, Schneider 1360, Teaching Medieval in a General Education Context (A Roundtable)

Session 503, Bernhard 204, Chivalry, Honor, and Martial Skill: Visual Displays of Power in the Later Middle Ages

Sunday, 17 May, 8:30 a.m.

Session 526, Schneider 1125, The Cultures of Georgia and Armenia

 Session 537, Bernhard 210, Greatest Lancastrian Legacy? The Seven-Hundredth Anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt. Great stuff on tap here.

Sunday, 10:30 a.m. Ok, never have I been faced with such dilemmas in Sunday sessions before…

Session 547, Fetzer 1040, Cistercian Textual Studies II  –paper on “The Image of the Solder in Bernhard’s Writings.”

Session 554, Fetzer 2040, Noble Conduct in the Twelfth and Thirteenth Centuries. My friend Peter’s paper, and David Crouch’s paper as well. Should be good.

Session 560, Bernhard 106, Kings, Queens, and Allies in Late Medieval Warfare; TEMA session, presider Devin Fields, with Don Kagay and Andy Villalon presenting, and a couple very interesting papers on Henry V.

Session 564, Bernhard 210, Bastard Feudalism at Seventy: The Legacy of K. B. McFarlane on the Study of Politics. –Ormrod, Biggs, and Arvanigian on deck, this should be good.

Session 566, Bernhard 212, Reflections on Medieval Violence.  –My friend Chris Guyol is presenting a great paper on monastic responses to the Hundred Years War.