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Crossing Boundaries: Program

Conference Schedule
Friday, May 3, 2019

The CUNY Graduate Center
365 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10016
Room 5409

Tapestry: Wild Men and Moors; German about 1440 From the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

8:30am-9:00am Registration & Breakfast

9:00am-10:15am Panel #1: Crossing TEMPORAL Boundaries
Moderator: Dainy Bernstein

Fate, Faust, and Magical Girls: Japanese Reception of German Medievalism through the Case of Puelli Magi Madoka Magicka
William Arguelles, GC

Crossing the Irish Border: Towards an Understanding of Ireland’s Early Medieval Sculptural Heritage
Megan Henvey, University of York

10:15am-10:25am Coffee Break

10:25am-11:40am Panel #2: Crossing AESTHETIC Boundaries
Moderator: Robin Hizme

“Luminous and Gracefully Decorated”: A Guided Reading of the Armenian Lives of the Fathers
Earnestine Qiu, Tufts University

Le Roman de la Rose and the Dialectic of Vices: Text and Image
Cortney Berg, Arizona State University

“In swich Englissh as he kan”: A Study of Chaucer’s Vernacular
Wesley Boyko, Vanderbilt University

11:40am-11:50am Coffee Break

11:50am-1:05pm Panel #3: Crossing NORMATIVE Boundaries
Moderator: Jennifer Alberghini

The Precarious Language of Madness in Thomas Hoccleve’s Complaint
Emily Price, GC

The Well Behaved Rarely Make History: A Case Study of Cross-Dressing in Regard to Sodomy Laws and Gender Constructions in the High and Late Middle Ages
Margaret Paz, San Francisco State University

“How Can I Know if This is Truly a Sickness, or Something Else?”: Medieval Epistemology of Humoral Imbalance of the Love-Sick Body in Cligès

Miranda Hajduk, GC

1:05pm-2:10pm Lunch Break

2:10pm-3:10pm Roundtable: Teaching Across Boundaries in Medieval Classes
Moderator: Steven Kruger, Queens College and GC
Kristina Richardson (History, Queens College), Jennifer Ball (Art History, Brooklyn College and GC), Abby Kornfeld (Art History and Jewish Studies, City College of New York), Lauren Mancia (History, Brooklyn College)

3:10pm-3:20pm Coffee Break

3:20pm-4:35pm Panel #4: Crossing CULTURAL Boundaries
Moderator: William Arguelles

Tristan and the Medieval World
Mark-Allan Donaldson, GC

Majority in Number, Minority in Status, the Legacy of Byzantium in Islamic State Administration
Aliya Abdukadir Ali, Exeter University

Gender, Disability, and Jews in the Old English “Elene”: Intersections
Heide Estes, Monmouth University

4:35-4:45pm Coffee Break

4:45pm-5:45pm Keynote
Moderator: Soojung Choe

Of Saracens and Their Objects in the Epic: Translation, Association, Desire
Shirin Khanmohamadi, San Francisco State University

5:45pm Reception

Medieval Family Matters: A Graduate Student Panel

flyer for event

Friday, March 1
The Graduate Center, CUNY
365 Fifth Avenue
Room 5409


  • Jennifer Alberghini (English, GC)
  • Joseph Pentangelo (Linguistics, GC)
  • Dainy Bernstein (English, GC)
  • Izzy Stern (English, Rutgers)

Faculty Respondent:
Sara McDougall (History, John Jay & French, GC)

Race and Religion in the Middle Ages: A Roundtable

Join us for a roundtable of graduate students discussing their work on race and religion in the Middle Ages.

Wednesday, December 12, 6-8pm
The Graduate Center, CUNY
Room 5409

Mark-Allan Donaldson: studying medieval texts without ignoring the presence of racial tension and representation.
William Arguelles: the essentially connected nature of the feminine and dynasty, and medieval imperialism.
Paola Maria Rodriguez: pagan characters in Dante’s Purgatorio.
Soojung Choe: shifting modes of representation of ‘Saracens’ from medieval romance to early modern theatre.

PKMS 2019 Conference CFP: Crossing Boundaries

Crossing Boundaries: Towards an Interdisciplinary Medieval Studies

Date: May 3, 2019

Location: The Graduate Center, CUNY

Keynote Speaker: Shirin Khanmohamadi, San Francisco State University

The Pearl Kibre Medieval Study’s 14th annual conference in May will showcase a variety of scholarship with interdisciplinary or intersectional approaches. It will also consider the field of medieval studies in light of recent conversations such as those about Eurocentrism, racism, sexism, homophobia, and transphobia at Leeds and Kalamazoo. It will specifically seek to open spaces for graduate students and other potentially vulnerable members of academia to engage with the recent debates and other complicated and controversial topics.

The 2018 PKMS conference explored the relationship between French and English departments, literatures, and cultures. The 2017-2018 workshop series focused on decentralizing Europe in medieval studies in our research and teaching. Medieval scholars often work across disciplines, but the institutional lack of communication across disciplinary borders has become more apparent recently, and the need to collapse those borders more urgent. The 2019 PKMS conference will expand those conversations beyond England and France, bringing together medieval scholars who work in various disciplines and with various methodologies for this day-long conversation, as the culmination of a year of graduate-student workshops on interdisciplinarity and intersectionality in medieval studies.

We invite proposals for intersectional and/or interdisciplinary papers in medieval studies from all disciplines, regions, languages, methodologies, theoretical approaches, etc. We also welcome proposals for papers on the practical aspects, challenges, and benefits of interdisciplinary and intersectional work in medieval studies. Submit 250-word abstracts to medieval.study@gmail.com by December 31, 2018 JANUARY 31, 2019.

Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Spatial, temporal, and disciplinary boundaries in medieval studies
  • The history of medieval studies
  • The “Global Middle Ages”
  • Global views of the European Middle Ages
  • Working with multiple languages
  • Working with translations and editions
  • Medieval translations and adaptations of texts
  • Studies in comparative religion
  • The politics of medievalism
  • Legal status of women in various regions, religions, etc.
  • Representations of women across multiple contexts
  • Medieval studies and a method of colonization
  • Similar traditions in Western and non-Western contexts
  • Digital Humanities in medieval studies
  • Medievalists and medicine / medieval medicine
  • Dis/ability in the Middle Ages
  • Medievalists teaching non-medieval topics and texts
  • Later uses of medieval music, art, and motifs
  • Medieval ideologies and constructions of identity surrounding gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, religion, and social class

CFP: Race and Religion in the Middle Ages

The Pearl Kibre Medieval Study
Call for Papers

Race and Religion in the Middle Ages:
An Interdisciplinary Roundtable and Workshop

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

This roundtable will feature students from various disciplines discussing their work on race and religion in the Middle Ages.

To submit a proposal for a five-to-ten-minute presentation, email a 100-word abstract to medievalstudy@gmail.com by Friday, November 30, 2018.

Potential topics:

  • race and religion in medieval thought
  • religious world-maps
  • contemporary scholars and medieval race
  • racism in medieval studies
  • conversion and conversion narratives
  • interfaith marriage and relationships
  • inter-religious interactions and perceptions
  • whiteness and perceived whiteness
  • medieval race in the modern consciousness

November 27: Guest Lecture, Carissa Harris

Voicing Violence:
Reading Rape Survival Narratives from the Medieval Pastourelle to the Daniel Holtzclaw Case

Carissa Harris
Temple University

November 27, 6-8pm
The Graduate Center, CUNY
Room 5409


Brad Fox, English

Sara Rychtarik, French

Mark-Allan Donaldson, Comparative Literature

Miranda Hajduk, English

Queer theory, disability studies, late medieval

Rebecca Wiegand Coale, Music

12th and 13th century French sacred music, secular music, theology

2018-2019 Events

Check back on this website and on our Facebook page for updates!

October 10: Student Workshop
Medievalist Methods: An Interdisciplinary Workshop
Room 5409

November 27: Guest Lecture
Carissa Harris, “Voicing Violence: Reading Rape Survival Narratives from the Medieval Pastourelle to the Daniel Holtzclaw Case.”
Room 5409

December 12: Student Roundtable / Workshop
Race and Religion in the Middle Ages

March 1: Student Roundtable / Workshop
Medieval Family Matters: A Student Roundtable

April 1:
“Whan that Aprille Day” poetry event

May 3: Annual Conference
Crossing Boundaries: Toward an Interdisciplinary Medieval Studies
Keynote Speaker: Shirin Khanmohamadi, San Francisco State University

Medievalist Methods: An Interdisciplinary Workshop

October 10, 2018
Room TBA

Join us for presentations from students and faculty about their research methods and challenges, with specific attention to interdisciplinary work, followed by open discussion among all participants and attendees.

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Undergraduate Conference in Medieval and Early Modern Studies, Dec 1 2018

Tell your students about this opportunity!

The Thirteenth Moravian College Undergraduate Conference in Medieval and Early Modern Studies will be held on Saturday December 1, 2018 on Moravian’s campus in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.  We’d be delighted if you’d bring the conference to the attention of your students and colleagues and encourage students to present or attend presentations and performances at the conference. CFP posters will be coming soon by snail mail.

We sincerely welcome contributions from all departments in explorations of connections to the period between approx. 500 C.E. and 1800 C.E. In the past, we’ve had some great papers, panels, and poster presentations that began as coursework, in addition to engaging performances in music, drama, and dance. The conference generally draws over 200 people and typically features presentations and performances by 80 to 100 students from 30 schools or so.

The typical presentation format consists of a 15-minute paper or a 45-minute group performance, but alternative formats are certainly considered. Both registration and submission of proposals will open October 1 and will be handled via the conference website. The deadline for the submission of proposals is November 3. For a look at past conferences, please visit our website at http://www.moravian.edu/medieval/

We’re still working on final details for our plenary speaker and concert; those details will be announced soon on the conference website.  The day typically runs from about 9:00am-4:00pm, with performance and reception following. Registration and all activities (apart from lunch) are free for presenters and attendees.

Bethlehem, in eastern Pennsylvania, is easily accessible from the Philadelphia area (about an hour and a half’s drive), the New York City area (about two hours’ drive), and other locations in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic.

We would be happy to answer any questions you might have about the conference. Please look out for the cfp and feel free to email questions to sandybardsley@moravian.edu.

Dainy Bernstein, English

Research Interests: Childhood Studies; Education in the Middle Ages; Late Medieval British Texts; Medieval Ashkenazic Texts; Children’s and Young Adult Literature; Contemporary Orthodox Jewish Children’s Texts.

Dainy is a sixth-year PhD student in English. She studies medieval childhood and education. She earned her BA in English Literature with a minor in Classical Studies from the City College of New York. She is working on her dissertation titled “Medieval Adulting: Ideologies of Genre and Education in Late Medieval British Literature.”

Dainy is a WAC Fellow at Hostos Community College, and teaches courses at Lehman College and College of Staten Island. She served as the co-chair of the English Student Association in 2015-2016, and currently serves as co-chair of PKMS with Soojung Choe.

The kids are the future. And the past.

Email: dainybernstein@gmail.com


Tactics for Teaching Diverse Pasts: A Crowd-Sourced Online Compendium

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How do we share the diversity of the past with our students? How can we actively resist white supremacy, patriarchy, classism, homophobia, transphobia, and other modes of oppression? And how might we challenge evolutionary assumptions about progress and modernity which may play into students’ misformed notions of the past?

We would like propose a casual, informal, no-budget, open-access collection of teaching strategies for diversifying the study of early texts. We’re seeking concrete ideas that have worked in your literature classrooms: exercises, texts, critical lens, assignments, and other ideas. The goal is less polished writing than a kind of public brainstorming and sharing of ideas that work.

We’d like to request submissions that map out a single teaching idea that has worked in your classroom. Submit ideas using our online form before June 15, 2018.

Submissions should include the following information:
• Title
• Type of Institution
• What kind of class you’ve used this tactic in (upper- or lower-level, in-person or online, approximate size)
• The tactic itself
• Why and how it was effective, any problems you faced, and what you might do differently next time
• Amount of time required, in class and for any homework assignments

Submissions will be collected, organized, and uploaded to a website for others to use, adapt, and share.

Boyda Johnstone (Borough of Manhattan Community College/CUNY)

Matthew Harrison (West Texas A&M)

Lone Medievalist Course (Re)Design Workshop

Reposting from the Lone Medievalist Facebook page:

Have a medieval-focused course you want to design or redesign for the next academic year? Would you like to workshop it with others? Join the Lone Medievalist Course (Re)Design Workshop!

The philosophy this workshop is based on is Backward Design, a pedagogical approach that begins with course goals and outcomes before moving into instructional strategies, assignments, and assessment. We will workshop through the method with the goal of providing feedback, ideas, and suggestions for participants to consider as they work on a chosen course.

When: July 16-August 10th (four weeks)

Format: There will be two synchronous Google Hangout meeting times scheduled per week (possibly Mondays and Thursdays, time depending on those who sign up), but participants can choose one to attend (unless you want to be in both!). The two times are to increase the chances for participation. They will have the same focus each week. In addition, there will be asynchronous opportunities to provide and receive feedback as well as take a look at suggested readings and materials.

– Week 1: Backward Design and Course Goals/Outcomes
– Week 2: Instructional Strategies
– Week 3: Learning Activities and Assignments
– Week 4: Feedback and Assessment

Facilitator: Kisha Tracy, in addition to being the co-founder of Lone Medievalist and Associate Professor of English Studies, is also the Co-Coordinator of the Center for Teaching and Learning at Fitchburg State in Massachusetts. In this capacity, she facilitates numerous course (re)design workshops for faculty. She also teaches a graduate course on Learner-Centered Assessment for a higher education teaching certificate program. Given this experience, she decided to run a workshop just for medievalists wanting to (re)design a course in a workshop environment in order to get feedback from others!

Sign Up/Questions: Please email Kisha at ktracy3@fitchburgstate.edu if you would like to sign up for the workshop or have any questions!

PKMS Conference: Channeling Relations in Medieval England and France

Program Schedule:

8:00am Registration – Room 5105

9:00am Panel – Room 9205
The Language of Prison, the Prison of Language: Images of Enclosure and Expansion in the Ballades of Charles d’Orleans
Paola M. Rodriguez (The Graduate Center, CUNY)
Brief est a metre en escrit: 
Insular Textual Traditions of Thirteenth-Century French Lyric
Terrence Cullen (New York University)
Cest liure est a moy: Owning ‘French Books’ in Fifteenth-Century England
J.R. Mattison (University of Toronto)
Moderator: Sara Rychtarik (The Graduate Center, CUNY)

10:15am Coffe – Room 9205

10:30am Digital Presentation – Room 9205
Fordham University (Simon Parsons, Stephen Powell, Patrick DeBrosse, Amanda Racine)
Moderator: Michael Sargent (Queens College and The Graduate Center, CUNY)

11:15am Coffee – Room 9205

11:30am Panel – Room 9205
Channeling the Lore of St Hilary through the Cross-Channel Book Trade
Martha Rust (New York University)
Alain Chartier’s Le Quadrilogue invectif in England and Scotland: Diplomatic Affect and the Peaceable Conscience.
Sara Torres (University of Virginia)
Compiler Decisions: French and Latin in the early thirteenth-century Leges Anglorum Londiniis Collectae
Katherine Har (University of Oxford)
Moderator: Mark-Allan Donaldson (The Graduate Center, CUNY)

12:45pm Lunch Break

1:45pm Roundtable – Room 9205
Glenn Burger (Queens College and The Graduate Center, CUNY)
Deborah McGrady (University of Virginia)
Sara McDougall (John Jay College and The Graduate Center, CUNY)
Elizabeth Robertson (University of Glasgow)
Karl Steel (Brooklyn College and The Graduate Center, CUNY)
Moderator: Francesca Canade Sautman (Hunter College and The Graduate Center, CUNY)

2:45pm Coffee – Room 9205

3:00pm Panel – Room 9205
“[que] vos ditz gardiens del passage de Douere nous soeffrent passer…”: Late Medieval Englishwomen’s Francophone Culture.
Jocelyn Wogan-Browne (Fordham University)
Fantasies of Conquest: Political Marriage and the Assimilation of the East in Cliges and Bevis of Hampton
Wooree Heor (The Graduate Center, CUNY)
An Anglo-Norman Vision of Albina’s Empire
Alexander Baldassano (Queensborough Community College, CUNY)
Moderator: William Arguelles (The Graduate Center, CUNY)

4:15pm Coffee – Room 9205

4:30pm Keynote – Room 9205
Anglo-French: a translatable or untranslatable zone?
Ardis Butterfield (Yale University)
Introduction – Stephanie Grace-Petinos (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

5:30pm Reception – Room 5105

Organizers: Stephanie Grace-Petinos (University of Wisconsin-Madison); Deborah McGrady (University of Virginia); Elizabeth Roberston (University of Glasgow); Sara Rychtarik (Graduate Center, CUNY)
Sponsored by the Pearl Kibre Medieval Study, the Doctoral Students’ Council, the Henri Peyre French Institute, the Medieval Studies Certificate Program, the Ph.D. Program in Art History, the Ph.D. Program in English, and the Ph.D. Program in History


UPDATED CFP: Channeling Relations in Medieval England and France

Channeling Relations in Medieval England and France

Organizers: Stephanie Grace-Petinos (University of Wisconsin-Madison); Deborah McGrady (University of Virginia); Elizabeth Robertson (University of Glasgow); Sara Rychtarik (Graduate Center, CUNY)
Date: May 4, 2018
Location: CUNY Graduate Center
Keynote Speaker: Ardis Butterfield

For medievalists, interdisciplinary work has always been a necessity, and our major annual conferences reflect this need to broaden our understanding of the dynamic and widespread time period. While medieval scholars may specialize in one area of medieval studies, they also understand that separating traditions – by culture, language, religion, geographic borders, etc. – can create a limited and narrow understanding of the Middle Ages. This is especially the case for medievalists who study medieval England and France. Although, or perhaps because, they were frequently engaged in war, these two countries had many rich literary and cultural exchanges over the course of the Middle Ages. For Middle English scholars, French literature and music are often valuable resources for the sources of the works of popular authors such as Geoffrey Chaucer, and so are often read in medieval English classes. Yet why is Chaucer not routinely read in French departments? Or, on the other side, medieval English texts, law, as well as literature, were often written in French, not English. But British literature survey courses often limit their coverage of the Anglo-French corpus to one or two lais of Marie de France.

This one-day conference offers the opportunity for scholars, whether they usually preserve or cross departmental lines in their own work, to come together with scholars from departments with whom they may not routinely discuss academic work/research/approaches. While this conference focuses on literary and cultural exchanges between England and France, we are not discounting other traditions and welcome submissions for individual papers or full panel proposals that also incorporate other perspectives, particularly non-western.

Topics to be discussed can include, but are by no means limited to:

  • A text that belongs to both the English and French traditions
  • A text, legend or corpus of characters that exist with variations in each tradition
  • A textual theme shared by both traditions
  • A historical event that occurred in both traditions (i.e. The Hundred Years War)
  • Religious orders or religious figures prominent in both England and France
  • Historical or literary figures that travel throughout England and France
  • French texts that circulate within England; English texts that circulate within France; English and/or French texts that circulate within both England and France

This event is hosted by Pearl Kibre Medieval Study at the CUNY Graduate Center, with contributions by the Medieval Studies Certificate Program.

Please send abstracts of 250 words to pkmsconference@gmail.com by January 31, 2018.