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Not-a-session: Manuscripts to Materials

  • Sponsor: Research Group on Manuscript Evidence;
  • Societas Magica
  • Organizer: David Porreca, Univ. of Waterloo
  • Presider: Jason Roberts, Univ. of Texas–Austin

Practical Magic: Making Magical Artifacts and Using Them

There always seem to be a number of “emergent themes” each year at Kalamazoo. This year, Islamic topics are one of them, along with disability studies and themes of anger and despair. I’ve been keeping an eye peeled for books on Islamic mystical and magical traditions in order to do deep research for some topics that will appear the next Alpennia book I write (i.e., the one after Floodtide).

Session 233: Dress and Textiles II: Real and Unreal

  • Sponsor: DISTAFF (Discussion, Interpretation, and Study of Textile Arts, Fabrics, and Fashion)
  • Organizer: Robin Netherton, DISTAFF
  • Presider: Gale R. Owen-Crocker, Univ. of Manchester

A Change of Face, or, A Man in an Otter Suit

M. A. Nordtorp-Madson, Univ. of St. Thomas, Minnesota

[Speaker was unfortunately not able to attend.]

The Real Unreal: Chrétien de Troyes’s Fashioning of Erec and Enide

Session 175: Dress and Textiles I: Details from Documents

  • Sponsor: DISTAFF (Discussion, Interpretation, and Study of Textile Arts, Fabrics, and Fashion)
  • Organizer: Robin Netherton, DISTAFF
  • Presider: Gale R. Owen-Crocker, Univ. of Manchester

Saints Subverting Early Medieval Fashion - Sarah-Grace Heller, Ohio State Univ

All the participants have connections to the University of York. The session is organized to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the program there.

Thursday 7:30: Reflecting on Gender and Medieval Studies

·      Sponsor: Centre for Medieval Studies, Univ. of York

·      Organizer: Craig Taylor, Univ. of York

·      Presider: Craig Taylor

From Women to Men, and Back Again

Katherine J. Lewis, Univ. of Huddersfield

Session 97: Would You Write More, or What? The Quest to Publish Historically-Based Creative Writing in the Contemporary Literary Marketplace (A Roundtable)

·      Organizer: Curtis VanDonkelaar, Michigan State Univ.

·      Presider: Curtis VanDonkelaar

A roundtable discussion with Grace Tiffany, Western Michigan Univ.; Amanda Sikarskie, Univ. of Michigan–Dearborn; Merrie Haskell, Library, Univ. of Michigan Library; and Edward L. Risden, St. Norbert College.

Yes, it's that time again! I'm blogging the sessions I attend at the annual medieval studies congress at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo. (There will also be reports on book purchases.)

Session 49: When Medievalists Fictionalize the Middle Ages

  • Organizer: Rebecca Barnhouse, Youngstown State Univ.
  • Presider: Sharan Newman, Independent Scholar

The Mean Streets of Medieval York: The Murder Mystery as Cultural Lens

Candace Robb, Independent Scholar

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