Animal sessions in Kalamazoo 2014

MAD will not be present at Kalamazoo this year (49th International Congress on Medieval Studies May 8–11, 2014) , but many sessions will deal with various aspects of animals in the Middle Ages. This post provides an exhaustive selection of the animal sessions and papers in Kalamazoo this year.

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Thursday 3:30 p.m. Session 89 Bernhard Brown & Gold Room

Other Animals and Humans in Medieval Art

Sponsor: International Center of Medieval Art (ICMA)

Organizer: Martha Easton, Seton Hall Univ., and Corine Schleif, Arizona State Univ.

Presider: Corine Schleif and Martha Easton

  • Kalila and Dimna (Paris, BnF lat. 8504): Visual Lessons from Cross-Cultural Animals,
    Anna D. Russakoff, American Univ. of Paris
  • Animal, Human, or Both? The Monstrous Races in a Bestiary Compilation
    Elizabeth Morrison, J. Paul Getty Museum
  • “Partout la figure du lion”: The Enduring Legacy of the Coucy donjon Tympanum
    Richard A. Leson, Univ. of Wisconsin–Milwaukee

Thursday 3:30 p.m.Session 127, Schneider 1360

Monsters I: Parallel Worlds

Sponsor: Monsters: The Experimental Association for the Research of Cryptozoology

through Scholarly Theory and Practical Application (MEARCSTAPA)

Organizer: Asa Simon Mittman, California State Univ.–Chico, and Stefanie Goyette,

Massachusetts Institute of Technology/Harvard Univ.

Presider: Stefanie Goyette

  • Monstrous Ireland and the Fantasy of British Sovereignty
    Alexander Baldassano, Graduate Center, CUNY
  • Lady Macbeth and the Strix: Monstrous Maternity, Time, and Periodization
    Morgan Bozick, Pennsylvania State Univ.
  • (Not) Solving the Mystery: The Complexity of the Melusine Legendary in Medieval French and German Traditions
    Deva Fall Kemmis, Georgetown Univ., and Melissa Ridley Elmes, Univ. of North Carolina–Greensboro

Thursday 3:30 p.m. Session 138 Bernhard 212

Facing the Abyss: Visualizing Submarine Worlds, Aquatic Life, and Hybrids in Medieval Art

Sponsor: International Center of Medieval Art (ICMA) Student Committee

Organizer: Matthew Westerby, Univ. of Wisconsin–Madison

Presider: Matthew Westerby

  • “The world is damned and lost”: Alexander the Great and the Mirror of the Deep
    Peter Bovenmyer, Univ. of Wisconsin–Madison
  • There Be Dragons: Charting the Role and Evolution of Fish and Aquatic Monsters in Early Anglo-Saxon Art
    Melissa Herman, Univ. of York
  • Land, Water, Woman: Coudrette’s Melusine as a Symbol of Regional Identity in Late Medieval Poitou
    Shana Thompson, Univ. of North Texas

Friday 10:00 a.m. Session 181 Fetzer 2016

Guilds, Confraternities, and Merchant Companies in the Fourteenth Century

Sponsor: 14th Century Society

Organizer: Marie D’Aguanno Ito, Catholic Univ. of America

Presider: Marie D’Aguanno Ito

  • Nuisance and Necessity: Supervising the Leather Industry in Late Medieval Lucca
    Daniel Jamison, Univ. of Toronto

Friday 10:00 a.m.Session 198 Schneider 1275

Carolingian Art and Artists

Presider: Genevra Kornbluth, Kornbluth Photography

  • “The turtle dove and the swallow and the stork watched for the time of his coming”: Birds, Revelation, and the Ideal Viewer in Early Medieval Gospel Books
    Elizabeth Fischer, Univ. of North Carolina–Chapel Hill

Friday 10 PM Session 212 Bernhard 204

Animal, Vegetable, and Mineral: Textual and Material Evidence of Medieval Healing

Sponsor: Medica: The Society for the Study of Healing in the Middle Ages

Organizer: Linda Migl Keyser, Univ. of Maryland

Presider: Linda Migl Keyser

  • Mint, Mandrake, and Materia Medica: Localized Andalusi Medical Knowledge in Practice
    Allyssa J. Metzger, Harvard Univ.
  • Sixteenth-Century Italian Medical Recipe Books: Between the Ideal and the Practical
    Emily E. Hagens, Univ. of Minnesota–Twin Cities
  • Madness as Metaphor: Clinical Concepts in Medieval Psychiatry
    Mary Hardiman Farley, Univ. of Southern California
  • Diseases Shared by Humans and Animals
    William H. York, Portland State Univ.

Friday 1/30 PM Session 243 Schneider 1135

Violence and Vulnerability I: Slow and Systemic

Sponsor: Medieval Academy of America

Organizer: Diane J. Reilly, Indiana Univ.–Bloomington

Presider: Ruth Mazo Karras, Univ. of Minnesota–Twin Cities

  • Adam and Eve and the Animals
    Peggy McCracken, Univ. of Michigan–Ann Arbor

Friday 1:30 p.m. Session 254 Schneider 1330

The Word and the World: Exegetical Readings of Everyday Life in the Early Middle Ages

Organizer: Daniel Price, Univ. of Toronto, and Abigail Owen, Univ. of Toronto

Presider: Abigail Owen

  • Christian Typology and Medieval Bestiaries
    Tomas Flecker, Centre for Medieval Studies, Univ. of Toronto

Friday 1:30 p.m.Session 266 Bernhard 204

Herbal Therapies and Medicinal Gardens in Art, Literature, and Medicine

Sponsor: Medica: The Society for the Study of Healing in the Middle Ages

Organizer: Gerard P. NeCastro, Univ. of Maine–Machias

Presider: Gerard P. NeCastro

  • Plant, Bird, Fish, and Stone: Enrique de Villena, Cyranides and the Four Ingredients for Love in Medieval Iberia
    Felipe Esteban Rojas, Univ. of Chicago

Friday 3:30 p.m. Session 286 Fetzer 1040

Cistercians and the World

Sponsor: Center for Cistercian and Monastic Studies, Western Michigan Univ.

Organizer: E. Rozanne Elder, Western Michigan Univ.

Presider: Ralf Lützelschwab, Freie Univ. Berlin

  • Renart the Fox and Bernard the Ass
    Clare Balombin, Ohio State Univ.

Friday 3:30 p.m. Session 312 Schneider 1350

Speculum Arabicum: Medieval Encyclopaedism between the East and the West II

Sponsor: Action de Recherche Concertée, Fédération Wallonie

Organizer: Mattia Cavagna, Univ. catholique de Louvain

Presider: Baudouin Van den Abeele, Univ. catholique de Louvain

  • Between Orient and Occident: The Quotations from Arab Authors in the Zoological Books of Thirteenth-Century Latin Encyclopaedias
    Grégory Clesse, Univ. catholique de Louvain

Friday 3:30 p.m.Session 321 Bernhard 208

Global Sanctity

Sponsor: Hagiography Society

Organizer: Sara Ritchey, Univ. of Louisiana–Lafayette

Presider: Alison Frazier, Univ. of Texas–Austin

Repentant Demons, Contrite Cannibals, and Vengeful Crocodiles: Sin and

  • Sanctity in Medieval Arabic Christian Narratives
    Elizabeth L. Anderson, Yale Univ.

Saturday 10 AM Session 347 Schneider 1125

Old English Hagiography

Presider: Hans Sauer, Ludwig-Maximilians-Univ. München

  • Real and Imagined Animals in Anglo-Saxon Hagiography
    Todd Preston, Lycoming College

Saturday 10 AM Session 368 Schneider 1355


Presider: Holly R. Silvers, Minnesota State Univ.–Moorhead

  • Friend, Foe, or Food? The Role of Animals on a Middle Byzantine Bowl
    Lara Frentrop, Courtauld Institute of Art

Saturday 1:30 p.m. Session 390 Valley I Shilling Lounge

Animals in Marie de France

Sponsor: International Marie de France Society

Organizer: Matthieu Boyd, Fairleigh Dickinson Univ.

Presider: Ed Ouellette, Air Univ.

  • Of Loyalty and Love, Desire and Deceit: Birds in the Lais and Fables of Marie de France
    Sherron Lux, San Jacinto College
  • Le Laustic: Reflections on the Nightingale, Philomena, and Fabric
    Leslie Burress, Univ. of Louisville
  • Translating Bisclavret
    Katherine Kong, Univ. of Tennessee–Knoxville
  • “I don’t reckon you’re any better than a mad dog!”: The Transformative Power of Furor in Twelfth-Century Vernacular Literature
    Jonathan Sapp, Univ. of Akron

Saturday 1:30 p.m.Session 400 Schneider 1120

Market Power: Royal, Civic, and Manorial Enterprise in Fourteenth-Century England

Sponsor: Society of the White Hart

Organizer: Mark Arvanigian, California State Univ.–Fresno

Presider: Douglas Biggs, Univ. of Nebraska–Kearney

  • The Horse Trade in Medieval England
    Jordan Claridge, Univ. of East Anglia

Saturday 1:30 p.m.Session 401 Schneider 1125

Medieval Environments I: Disasters

Sponsor: Environmental History Network for the Middle Ages (ENFORMA)

Organizer: Ellen F. Arnold, Ohio Wesleyan Univ.

Presider: Ellen F. Arnold

  • Epidemics, Epizootics, and Famine in Ireland, 500–800 AD
    Michelle Ziegler, St. Louis Univ.
  • Volcanic Events and European Climate Extremes, 670–730 CE
    Conor Kostick, Univ. of Nottingham
  • The Beginning of the End: Sheep Panzootics and Fortunes of Wool Industry in England, 1250–1330
    Philip Slavin, Univ. of Kent

Saturday 1:30 p.m.Session 425 Schneider 2345

The Medieval Monster as Mirror: Translation, Hybridity, and Cultural Identity

Sponsor: Medieval Studies Institute, Indiana Univ.–Bloomington

Organizer: Ben Garceau, Indiana Univ.–Bloomington, and Margot Valles, Michigan

State Univ.

Presider: Margot Valles

  • The Monstrosity of Beasts and Sinners in Beowulf: Issues in Translation
    Julie K. Chamberlin, Indiana Univ.–Bloomington
  • Transforming and Mirroring in The Turke and Sir Gawain
    Jean E. Jost, Bradley Univ.
  • The Object, the Dreamer, and the Dreamwork: A Folio in the Rutland Psalter
    Betsy L. Chunko, United States Military Academy, West Point

Saturday 1:30 p.m. Session 429 Bernhard 204

Animals in Arthuriana

Sponsor: Rossell Hope Robbins Library, Univ. of Rochester

Organizer: Kristi J. Castleberry, Univ. of Rochester, and Kara L. McShane, Univ. of


Presider: Kristi J. Castleberry and Kara L. McShane

  • The Monstrosity of Sin and the Prose Merlin’s Demon Cat
    Sharon Rhodes, Univ. of Rochester
  • Tristan and Medieval Hunting Manuals
    Emily R. Huber, Franklin & Marshall College
  • Shoulders Like an Ox, or, Smiling Like a Tiger? Arthurian Animal Identities in Terry Pratchett’s Albion
    Kristin Noone, Univ. of California–Riverside

Saturday 3:30 p.m. Session 456 Schneider 1125

Medieval Environments II: Resource Exploitation

Sponsor: Environmental History Network for the Middle Ages (ENFORMA);

Medieval Association for Rural Studies (MARS)

Organizer: Ellen F. Arnold, Ohio Wesleyan Univ.

Presider: Richard C. Hoffmann, York Univ.

  • Strategies and Ecologies: Hunting in Northern and Central Italy between 1300 and 1500
    Cristina Arrigoni Martelli, York Univ.

Saturday 3:30 p.m. Session 472 Schneider 1330

French Romance

Presider: Charles-Louis Morand-Métivier, Univ. of Vermont

  • Evolution de la figure du lion dans l’imaginaire médiéval et La Queste del saint Graal
    Catherine Scubla, Lycée Français de Gaudalajara

Saturday 3:30 p.m.Session 491 Bernhard Brown & Gold Room

In Honor of Geoffrey Richard Russom: Aspects of Early English Poetic Culture II

Organizer: M. J. Toswell, Univ. of Western Ontario

Presider: Amy N. Vines, Univ. of North Carolina–Greensboro

  • Boars and Beowulf
    Lindy Brady, Univ. of Mississippi

Sunday 8:30 a.m.Session 506 Schneider 1235

Doggy Deux: Dogs, Dogs, Dogs! Redux

Organizer: Laura D. Gelfand, Utah State Univ.

Presider: Laura D. Gelfand

  • Beasts, Bestiaries, and the Bayeux Tapestry: Man’s Best Friend Meets “the Animal Turn”
    Elizabeth Pastan, Emory Univ.
  • “Jagd nach der Treue,” or, When Desire Met Devotion
    Jane Carroll, Dartmouth College
  • Collars of Civility: Dogs in Some Medieval Manuscript Miniatures
    John Block Friedman, Univ. of Illinois–Urbana-Champaign
  • Dog Is My Co-Pilot: Canine Companions in English Biblical Drama
    Rob Wakeman, Univ. of Maryland

Sunday 10:30 a.m.Session 547 Schneider 1275

All God’s Brutes: Medieval Perspectives on the Ethical Treatment of Animals

Sponsor: Dept. of Philosophy, Marymount Univ.

Organizer: Ariane Economos, Marymount Univ.

Presider: Rosa Slegers, Babson College

  • Teleology, Tails, and Other Ends: Medieval Aristotelians on Ethics and Animals
    Ariane Economos
  • Rather They Should Be Working Gently: Muhammed ibn Zakariya Al-Razi on Animal Ethics and Transmigration
    Gary Gabor, Hamline Univ.
  • When Squirrels Take a Stand: Imagining English Law through the Natural World
    Katie L. Peebles, Marymount Univ.
  • From Symbolization to Identification: Human-Animal Communities and the Ethics of Boundaries
    Robert Stanton, Boston College

Sunday 10:30 a.m.Session 555 Schneider 1355

Historicizing Form

Sponsor: Graduate Medievalists at Berkeley

Organizer: Jacob Hobson, Univ. of California–Berkeley

Presider: Jacob Hobson

  • Constant Monsters, Changing Forms: The Impact of the Encyclopedic Form on Approaches to the Monstrous Races
    Rosalind Lintott, Univ. of Cambridge

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