Sunday, March 29, 2009

Portals, Pathways, and Peregrinations

Portals, Pathways, and Peregrinations: Concepts of Mobility and
Exchange in the Long Middle Ages
4th Annual Medieval Studies/Pearl Kibre Medieval Study
Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference
March 27, 2009:Â CUNY Graduate Center, New York, rooms 9204 and 9205
9:00 – 9:30    Registration

9:30 – 11:00   Portals: New Constructions of Identity
Gordon Whatley, Professor of English, Queens College and the Graduate
Center, Moderator
                      Alice Lynn McMichael
(CUNY Graduate Center) – “Secular Travel Narrative and
Medieval Christian Society as Represented in Marco Polo’s Livre des
Merveilles in Morgan Manuscript 723”
David Heayn (Villanova University) – “Mary D’Oignies: The
Thirteenth-Century Beguine Movement as Gendered Alternative: Lay
Piety or Heresy”
Adin Lears (CUNY Graduate Center) – “An Ave Family Tree: Female
Kinship, Maternal Authority, and the Exchange of Sanctity in
Memling’s Shrine of St. Ursula at Bruges”Â
11:15 – 12:45 Pathways: Cultural Movement, Exchange and Assimilation
Anne Stone, Professor of Music, Queens College and the Graduate
Center, Moderator
Linda Stein (CUNY Graduate Center) – “Transmuting Violent Murder
into Devotional Art: Limoges Reliquaries of St. Thomas Becket”
Ethan Zadoff (CUNY Graduate Center) – “Intellectual Exchange and
Movement in Medieval England: The Case of Isaac Alfasi and Maimonides
in Late Twelfth and Thirteenth Century England”
Natalie Espino (Binghamton University) – “Continuity, Change, and
Text: Urban Space and Public Building in Early Medieval Italy”
Clare Wilson (CUNY Graduate Center) – “Lyric in Exile:
Troubadours in Foreign Courts and the Albigensian Crusade”
1:00 – 1:45     Brunch
2:00 – 3:00    Keynote Address
Evelyn Birge Vitz, Professor of French, New York University
“Performing the Passions, East and West: An Indian ‘Rasic’
Esthetic in Medieval French Storytelling”

3:15 – 4:45     Panel 3: Peregrinations: Modes and Methods of
Christian Expansion
Eric Ivison, Professor of History, College of Staten Island and the
Graduate Center, Moderator
Jennifer Jordan (CUNY Graduate Center) – “The Children's
Crusadeand Medieval Ideas of Childhood and Parenting”
Brandon Hawk (University of Connecticut) – “Three Stops and
Heaven: Topography in the South English Legendary Life of Thomas
AnnaLinden Weller – A Constantinopolitan Latin's Perceptions of
Byzantine Imperial Power: Heresiology and Cultural Interchange in
Hugo Eteriano's Contra Patarenos
Galia Halpern (New York University) – “To India: Geopiety and
Ethnicity in Representations of St. Thomas’s Travels from the
Twelfth to the Fifteenth Century”
A reception from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. will follow in the Certificate
Programs Office (Room 5109) on the 5th Floor of the CUNY Graduate
For more information, please contact
Organized with the generous support of the Medieval Studies
Certificate Program, the Doctoral Students’ Council, and the Ph.D.
Programs in Art History, English, and History.

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