Program Events

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Spring 2022

April 27, 2022. 2:00pm-4:00pm
“A Sexy Workshop for the Gender and Justice in Europe and the Americas before 1700 seminar”


Arnaud Fossier, Université de Boulogne, "Adultery, Bigamy and Impotence. Family Law vs Local Strategies in a Medieval Italian Church Court."

Chanelle Delameilleure, KU Leuven, "Abduction and consent in the late medieval Low Countries."

Yanay Israeli, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, “The Three Trials of Isabel González: Marital Conflict, Adultery and Judicial Strategies in a Late Medieval Village.”

May 3, 2022, 5:00pm

“Games Premodern Adventures”

Join us on Zoom for a roundtable discussion hosted by the Medieval Studies Certificate Program and the Henri Peyre Institute, co-sponsored by the GEMS Certificate Program and the Pearl Kibre graduate student medievalists.

Register here:

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Featured talks:

“Chasing the Good Ending: Modeling Interactive Fiction in the Classroom with La Fille du comte de ponthieu”

Kay Healy is a second-year student in the French PhD program at the CUNY Graduate Center. Kay received their B.A. in Politics from Marymount University with minors in French, International Studies, and Gender Studies. Their undergraduate thesis, “Thinking in Epigrams: Wicked and Western Political Philosophy” was awarded departmental honors and their undergraduate sociological study, “Tactical Submission in Lean In For Graduates,” was published in Magnificat, winning them the Robert Reed Prize for nonfiction writing. They presented “Tactical Submission” as part of a panel on pop feminism at the Virginia Association of Communication Arts and Studies’ 2018 conference and also served as a panel moderator at the 2018 World Affairs Council of America national conference. In 2019 they worked with the Embassy Adoption Program in Washington, D.C. to promote cultural exchange in elementary school classrooms, partnering with over 80 embassies. Their current research at the Graduate Center highlights theatre, interactive fiction, and art as propaganda and moral education.

“Early Modern Roleplaying Games and Performance”

Erika T. Lin is an Associate Professor in the Ph.D. Program in Theatre and Performance at the Graduate Center, CUNY. She is the author of Shakespeare and the Materiality of Performance, which received the 2013 David Bevington Award for Best New Book in Early Drama Studies. With Gina Bloom and Tom Bishop, she edited the essay collection Games and Theatre in Shakespeare’s England (2021), supported in part by a fellowship from the American Society for Theatre Research. Her prize-winning articles have appeared in Theatre Journal, New Theatre Quarterly, and elsewhere. She is now writing a book on seasonal festivities and early modern commercial theatre, a project recognized by various honors and grants including an Andrew W. Mellon Long-Term Fellowship at the Folger Shakespeare Library. She recently served as the Book Review Editor of Theatre Survey and as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Shakespeare Association of America, for whom she continues as the Board representative to the Bylaws Committee.

“Choose Your Own Arthur: Making Canon Interactive in Pendragon Rising”

Rebecca Slitt holds a PhD in medieval history from Fordham University and taught at the university level for eight years. Her academic research and publications focused on aristocratic and literary culture in 12th-century Britain and Normandy, including political friendship, tournaments, queenship, and historiography. Now, she is a partner, editor, and author for Choice of Games, a publisher of interactive fiction in all genres; and its spinoff romance label Heart’s Choice. She has drawn on her background in medieval history to edit Choice of Games titles such as Pendragon Rising and the Nebula-finalist Road to Canterbury; and as a contributing writer for tabletop roleplaying games such as Timewatch, Geist, and Noirlandia.

Co-sponsored by Henry Peyre Institute, The Certificate Program in Global Early Modern Studies, and the Pearl Kibre Medieval Study


Fall 2021

September 24, 2021, 5:00pm - 6:30pm 
"The Shape of Sex: Nonbinary Gender before Modernity"?
Speaker: Leah DeVun (Rutgers University)

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This talk explores ideas and individuals who allegedly combined or crossed sex or gender categories in Europe from 200–1400 C.E.. Focusing on several efforts to categorize sex in medical and naturalist contexts, DeVun looks at how and why efforts to define “the human” so often hinged on ideas about nonbinary sex. In a moment when questions about sex, gender, and identity have become incredibly urgent, this talk casts new light on a complex and often contradictory past. It examines how premodern thinkers contributed to a system of sex and embodiment that both anticipates and challenges modern beliefs about what it means to be male, female—and human.

Register at to receive access to the Zoom event.

Sponsored by the Medieval Studies Certificate Program, co-sponsored by the Pearl Kibre Medieval Study, the Medieval Club of New York, Global Early Modern Studies, and the Center for the Study of Women and Society.

October 21, 2021, 6:30pm 
"A History of Medieval Falconry in the 21st Century"
Featured speaker: Professor Anna Akasoy

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Register to access this online event

Sponsored by the Certificate Programs in Global Early Modern Studies and Medieval Studies

Spring 2021

March 10, 2021, 5:00pm - 6:30pm 
All the Stage's a World: Vernacular Cartography and the Castle of Perseverance 
Speaker: John Wyatt Greenlee (Cornell)

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Meeting ID: 892 5711 3417
Passcode: 567659

March 11-12, 2021, Graduate Center, CUNY and the University of Oldenburg (Germany) 

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An International Webinar: Erich Auerbach: Scholarship & Cultural Identity in Times of Crisis
Join us to explore varying views on Erich Auerbach’s relation to German, Jewish and Christian thought. As Auerbach’s influence as a scholar of medieval and modern literature has spread, his reputation has grown as a cultural-historical figure known for writing his most important literary and cultural history in exile during the National Socialist era. He now shares this focus of attention with Walter Benjamin, Theodor Adorno, and Hannah Arendt. This conference will feature new research by German and American scholars who will discuss Auerbach’s debt to secular, Christian and Jewish intellectual traditions in Germany.

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April 9, 2021, Rutgers University (Zoom) 
Inter-University Doctoral Consortium annual conference 
Details TBA 

May 7, 2021, Pearl Kibre Medieval Studies (student group) 
"Experiencing Medievalisms: Getting Medieval in a Changing World" (the CFP and description  here: []
Details TBA 


May 7, 2021, 4:00pm 
“Histoire de la prostitution dans le sud de la France à la fin du Moyen Âge” by Agathe Roby, Docteure en histoire médiévale, Université de Toulouse 
Details TBA 


October 4, 2019


2:00pm, room 5409
"The Public Scholar in the Precarious University: A Workshop"
Speaker: David Perry

Should academics go public? How does going public work? What are the risks of speaking out? What are the risks of being silent? What are the benefits? How to go about it? A widely-published journalist and historian, David Perry will speak about the perils and promises of breaking out of the Ivory Tower in this networked age, then lead the group in a workshop where they think about their own public voice.

7:30pm, room 4600 (English lounge)
The Rossell Hope Robbins Lecture, Medieval Club of New York:
Online Fanboys, Medievalism, and Global White Supremacy
Speaker: David Perry
Over the last few years, white supremacists bearing medieval symbols have both marched and committed mass murder around the Anglophone world and throughout Europe. These manifestations of hate, though, are just the tip of a very ugly iceberg. David Perry, journalist and medieval historian, has spent the last few years tracking the connections between medievalism and hate on sites like 8chan, 4chan, and the Neo-Nazi website Stormfront. He argues that we need to understand even the most seemingly innocuous medieval chatter in these spaces as part of a new, dangerous, phenomenon to which everyone studying the medieval past must be ready to respond.
Biography: David Perry is a journalist and medieval historian. After receiving a PhD from the University of Minnesota in 2006, David was a professor of history at Dominican University in the Chicago area. His book, Sacred Plunder: Venice and the Aftermath of the Fourth Crusade (Penn State University Press, 2015) explores the construction and contests over the memorialization of the Fourth Crusade as revealed in texts about the movement of relics from East to West. Since 2013, David has published over 400 essays in numerous outlets, including CNN, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, Pacific Standard, and The Nation. His journalism covers contemporary politics, parenting, health justice, higher education, and the myriad ways in which history informs the present. 

Sponsors and Co-Sponsors: The Pearl Kibre Medieval Study, Medieval Studies Certificate Program (Graduate Center), PublicsLab (Graduate Center), Humanities Center (Graduate Center), Medieval Club of New York

CANCELLED: March 23, 2020, 4:00pm-6:00pm, room 9205
‘All things should belong to one world’. Fra Mauro’s Map of the World, Venice, c. 1450:
A Project and a Story of Multiple Voices
Featured speaker: Dr. Angelo Cattaneo
Moderator: Professor Hyunhee Park (History)

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Join Dr. Angelo Cattaneo for a compelling discussion on Fra Mauro’s mappa mundi (Venice, 1450) and his vision to build a fully connected world through an unprecedented ecumenical integration of maritime, fluvial, and caravan routes. Through a process of cosmographic imagination and by combining European, Arab, and Asian sources, Fra Mauro reformulated the very notion of “sea,” from a major metaphysical border of human action into the main stage of human activities.
Angelo Cattaneo is a Research Fellow in History at the National Research Council - C.N.R in Rome, Italy. He is the author of Fra Mauro’s Mappa mundi and Fifteenth-Century Venice (Brepols Publishers 2005) and author or editor of over a dozen other books and essays, on two main topics: the cultural construction of space, places and frontiers from the 13th to the 17th centuries and the history of cultural exchanges between Europe and Asia, with a focus on religion, missionary practices, and trade.
April 17, 2020, Columbia University
Inter-University Doctoral Consortium annual conference
Details TBA
April 23-25, 2020, Institute of Fine Arts
Interdisciplinary conference on real/imagined medieval pilgrimage
Details TBA
CANCELLED: May 1, 2020, Pearl Kibre Graduate Students conference, details TBA


March 15, 2019
How Opera Taught Me To Read
Speaker: Sarah Kay, NYU
Co-sponsored with Music



March 28, 2019. 6:00pm, Proshanky Auditorium
An Interdisciplinary Symposium on Le Roman de Fauvel: Performance, Pre-Concert Talks, Post-Concert Discussion, and Reception 
Organized by Christopher Preston Thompson

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April 12, 2019,5:00pm-7:00pm, room 9204
Simone Marchesi (Princeton University),  "The Tower and the Garden: The Task of the Translator in Medieval Vernacular Fiction "
Co-sponsored by Comparative Literature 


April 26, 2019, Princeton Club
2019 IUDC Medieval Studies Colloquium
Presenter: Christopher Preston Thompson (Ph.D. Candidate, Music) 

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May 3, 2019, 9:00am-5:00pm, room 5409
Crossing Boundaries: Towards an Interdisciplinary Medieval Studies.
Pearl Kibre Medieval Study's 14th annual conference
Key note speaker: Shirin Khanmohamadi, San Francisco State University  
See website for schedule and details:


May 3, 2019, 6:00pm-8:00pm, room 4116
Franziska  Meier (Georg-August-Universität Göttingen), "Boccaccio's response to Gerione's colors. A reading of Decameron VI 10."
Co-sponsored by Comparative Literature

FALL 2018

Fridays, 7:30PM-8:30PM (Room opens at 7:15PM)
CUNY Graduate Center—Room 9207

September 28, 2018
Prof. Natasha Sumner, Harvard University“
Fionn and the Storytellers: The Fenian Cycle in Gaelic Folklore”

October 19, 2018
Prof. Brendan Kane, University of Connecticut
“Teaching, learning, and researching Early Modern Irish (c. 1200-1650) in a digital age”

November 16, 2018
Irish-American Book Club
Book of the semester: 1014: Brian Boru & the Battle for Ireland
by Morgan Llywelyn (2014) - Discussion lead by Prof. Janet Butler Munch
Sponsored by
CUNY Institute for Irish American Studies
Lehman College Irish Language Program
Queens College Irish Studies Program
The Graduate Center Medieval Studies Certificate Program

October 12, 2018, 7pm, room 6494
Professor Christina Carlson, Iona College.  "Hagiographic Authority and Household Imagery in the 15th-century English Life of St. Radegund"

Sponsored by the Friends of the Saints and the Medieval Studies Certificate Program


March 16, 2017, 9:30am-6:00pm (Skylight Room)
Paradigms and Personae in the Medieval World: A Symposium in Honor of Elizabeth A. R. Brown

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Peggy Brown's distinguished scholarly career has been dedicated to combating inherited paradigms ("feudalism") and pursuing personae (Philippe le Bel). Join us in celebrating her scholarship at a one-day conference on March 16, 2018, at the Graduate Center. Additional information including complete program will be available soon.
See the conference website for full details.

Organized by Sara McDougall, Bonnie Wheeler, and Nancy Wu
Due to limited seating, reservation is essential.  Please reserve here.


February 3, 7:30pm (room 4406)
Medieval Club of New York event
Presentation on the Fordham University digital crusader law project by Laura Morreale and Nicholas Paul.

February 10, 11:30am-1:00pm (room 5105)
Works-in-Progress Series: A Presentation by Karl Steel
“Nothing to Lose: Medieval Castration, Clerical Celibacy, and a strange story from Peter of Cornwall’s Book of Revelations.”

February 10, 7:00pm (room 5105)
Friends of the Saints event
John F. Haldon, (Princeton University), will be speaking on the Vitae of the Saints Theodore the General and Theodore the Recruit of Euchaita in Byzantine Asia Minor (6th-9th centuries)

February 24, 4:00pm – 5:30 pm (room C205)
Medieval Music in Performance, by Christopher Preston Thompson

March 3, 7:30pm (room 4406)
Medieval Club of New York event
Jill Stevenson, Marymount Manhattan College, “Making End Time(s) in Medieval Performance”.

March 10, 7:00pm (room 5105)
Friends of the Saints event
David Heayn (Ph.D. Candidate, CUNY GC), will be presenting on early Byzantine monasticism in Lycia and Galatia in Asia Minor (6th and 7th centuries).

March 24, 11:30am-1:00pm (room 5105)
Works-in-Progress Series: A Presentation by Jennifer Ball
We will discuss a chapter in progress from Jennifer Ball's project on representations of Byzantine monks of the 9th-15th centuries. This chapter takes up monastic self-representation as it relates to their own agenda of issues surrounding monastic authority, prayer, and how best to live a monastic life. Images of The Heavenly Ladder of John Klimakos, it is argued, were used to instruct the monks, but also to offer polemical ideas on monastic issues of the day.

April 21, Columbia University
The annual Inter-university Doctoral Consortium Medieval Studies Conference will take place at Columbia University.  Paul Holchak of English will present work on behalf of our Medieval Studies program, along with graduate students from all the other Consortium campuses.

April 28, 7:00pm (room 5105)
Friends of the Saints event
Dr. Dina Boero (Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton) will be speaking on the cults of Saints Symeon Stylites the Elder and the Younger (6th and 7th centuries).

May 5, 7:30pm (room C201)
Medieval Club of New York event
Valerie Allen, John Jay College CUNY, “The Algebra of Atonement.”

For an updated listing of events and details, please visit the Medieval Studies website.


Friday, February 26, 2016
Sancity and Sinfulness: Hagiographical Studies in Memory of Thomas Head
11th Annual Graduate Student Conference
10:00am-5:00pm, Room 9204

Schedule of Events

10:30: Registration and Coffee

11:00: Panel One –
Embodiment and Evidence
in the Lives of Holy Women

12:00: Lunch Break

1:00: Faculty Roundtable –
Hagiography and the Work of Thomas Head:
The Legends and the Legacy

2:30: Panel Two –
Exploring the Kinship of
the Sacred and the Secular

4:15: Reception
Sponsored by the Pearl Kibre Medieval Study, Doctoral Students Council, Ph.D. Programs in Art History and English and the Medieval Studies Certificate Program
Friday, April 1, 2016
Inter-University Doctoral Consortium Medieval Studies Conference
9:00am-6:00pm, Segal Theatre

Sponsored by the Medieval Studies Certificate Program

FALL 2015

Friday, November 13, 2015
7:30-9:30pm, Rooms 9205/9206

Medieval History & the Saints
Caroline Walker Bynum
Caroline Walker Bynum is the former Dean of the School of General Studies and  University Professor emerita at Columbia. She is also Professor emerita of Western History at Princeton’s Institute for Advanced Study, a former President of the American Historical Society, and a MacArthur Fellow.  She is the author of Holy Feast and Holy Fast and most recently Christian Materiality: An Essay on Religion in Late Medieval Europe.
Sponsored by the Medieval Studies Certificate Program

FALL 2014

Friday, October 24, 2014
9:30am-6:00pm, Segal Theatre
Dante in Comtemporary Perspectives
An all-day conference featuring sessions on 20th-Century Readers of Dante, Translations, and Dante High and Low.

Sponsored by  the Ph.D. Program in Comparative Literature (Italian Specialization), the Doctoral Students’ Council,the Renaissance Studies Certificate Program, the Medieval Studies Certificate Program, the Romance Languages Department (Hunter College), the World Languages Department (College of Staten Island), the Department of European Languages and Literatures (Queens College), the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures (City College of New York), the Department of Italian Studies (New York University), and the Renaissance Society of America.

Friday, November 7, 2014
10:00am-4:00pm, Room 9205

Persecution, Punishment and Purgatory in the Long Middle Ages

Sponsored by the Pearl Kibre Medieval Study and the Medieval Studies Certificate Program

FALL 2013

Friday August 23, 2013
9:30am-6:30pm FREE ADMISSION (suggested donation $8)
Please Register
Room 9204

Christ Among the Medieval Mendicants commemorates the 750th anniversary of the establishment of Corpus Christi as a universal feast day (1264) and the 750th anniversary of the Barcelona Disputation between Dominican Friar Paul Christian and Rabbi Moses Nachmanides (1263). 2013 is also (arguably) the 750th anniversary of St. Thomas Aquinas' composing the Summa Contra Gentiles, as well as the Office and Hymns of Corpus Christi. His Dominican superior, St. Raymond of Peñafort, is said to have been the inspiration for both the SCG and Disputation. Various experts will present on Eucharist and Evangelization.
9:00 Registration/9:15 Welcome Address
9:30-10:30 Barbara Walters, PhD (Kingsborough, CUNY)
10:30-11:30 Rev. Joseph Koterski, SJ, STD, PhD (Fordham)
11:30-12:30 "The Disputation" (film featuring Christopher Lee)
12:30-1:30 lunch on your own
1:30-2:30 Robert Chazan, PhD (NYU)
2:45-3:45 Ed Mazza, PhD (APU)
3:45-4:45 Lori Pieper, PhD (Tau Cross Books and Media)

The Morgan Library & Museum* 225 Madison Avenue (at 36th Street)
 5:15-6:30 Roger Wieck (Curator, Medieval and Renaissance Collections)
 "Illuminating Faith: The Eucharist in Medieval Life and Art"
*Free Admission for Registered Conference Participants. Open late. Refreshments available for purchase.
Sponsored by the Medieval Studies Certificate Program

Friday, September 27, 2013
Segal Theatre


We have been inspired by the recent experiments of thinkers, artists, and technologists who are crafting, composing, curating, inventing, agitating, building, healing, resisting, and playing as ways of inquiring into the limits and consequences of our humanities, university, and world. Presenters were invited
to think about critique in proximity to other modes of action, especially those of making and creation — todiscover creation and critique inhering in one another, or wending apart, or crossing one another again and again like a pair of knives being whetted, or like the faces of the proverbial Mobius strip.

List of Speakers
Ammiel Alcalay (The Graduate Center, CUNY)
Jamie “Skye” Bianco (New York University)
Bruce Holsinger (University of Virginia)
Eleanor Johnson (Columbia University)
Eirik Steinhoff (University of Chicago)
Allen W. Strouse (The Graduate Center, CUNY)
Henry Turner (Rutgers University)
Michael Witmore (The Folger Library)
Marina Zurkow + Una Chaudhuri (New York University)
Ethan Gould + Wythe Marschall (Hollow Earth Society)

Organizers: Allan Mitchell, Julie Orlemanski, and Myra Seaman
Sponsors: Ph.D. Program in English, Medieval Studies Certificate Program, and BABEL Working Group


Friday, March 1, 2013
10:00am-4:00pm, Room 9205
New Media & the Middle Ages

10:00       Registration

10:30       Panel 1: Sacred Technologies: Media and Memory

11:45        Panel 2: Digital Exploration: Mapping and Data Mining

12:45       Lunch Break

1:45        Keynote: Martin Foys, Associate Professor of              
English,Drew University; Co-director of the Digital Mappaemundi Project

3:00         Panel 3: Digital Humanities at Work: Current Projects

4:00        Reception
Sponsored by the Pearl Kibre Medieval Study and the Medieval Studies Certificate Program

Friday, March 1, 2013
7:30pm, Room 4406
Sarah McNamer  (Georgetown University)
Lecture: Title TBA
Sponsored by the Medieval Studies Certificate Program and the Medieval Club of New York

Thursday, March 7
5:30pm, Room C-201
Stephanie Trigg (University of Melbourne)
Presentation of work-in-progress: “'Especially delicious and exquisitely tender': Chaucer, Coleridge, Emotion and Affect”
Sponsored by the Medieval Studies Certificate Program

Friday, March 8
Time TBA, Rutgers University
Jennifer Little (English) will present a paper as a representative of Medieval Studies at the Graduate Center

FALL 2012

Friday, December 7, 2012
7:00pm, Room 9204

Martha Rust (Associate Professor of English; Director, Medieval and Renaissance Center at New York University):  "Lists, Numeracy, and the Culture of Reckoning in Late-Medieval England"
 In her current book project, Item: Lists and the Poetics of Reckoning in Late Medieval England, Professor Rust seeks to develop a theory of a written list as a device that functions within three signifying domains: the domains of words, of pictures, and of things.

Sponsored by the Medieval Studies Certificate Program


Friday, February 24
10:00am-5:00pm, Room 9206
Creation and Destruction in the Long Middle Ages

10:00 – Registration
10:30 – Panel 1: Secular literature & rood screens: creative forces in Italy
11:45 – Panel 2: Creative responses to death & destruction: reliquaries & transi-tombs
12:45 – Lunch
1:45 – Keynote: Sara McDougall, John Jay College, “The Creation of Indestructible Marriage”
3:15 – Panel 3: Reenvisioning sermons & narratives: creation through revision
4:30 – Reception

The Seventh Annual Medieval Studies/Pearl Kibre Medieval Study Interdisciplinary Student Conference with the generous support of the MSCP, DSC, and Art History, English, History, and Music departments

Friday, April 20
9:00am-5:00pm (tentative), Princeton Club
Further information to come shortly

FALL 2011

Friday, September 16
9:00am-5:00pm, Segal Theatre
A collaborative and interdisciplinary research project focusing on the theorization and practical development of the speculative dimensions of medieval studies. The speculative constitutes the dimension where discourse remains pleasurably and daringly open, both with regard to the nature of its object and with regard to its real, enworlded end, its ultimate for-itself.

Speakers include:
Jeffrey Cohen (English, George Washington University)
Graham Harman (Philosophy, The American University, Cairo)
Anna Klosowska (Modern Languages, Miami University of Ohio)
Allan Mitchell (English, University of Victoria)
Kellie Robertson (English, University of Wisconsin-Madison)
Julian Yates (English, University of Delaware)

Sponsored by the Ph.D. Program in English and the Medieval Studies Certificate Program
Free and open to the public


Friday, January 28
4:00-5:30pm, Room 4406 (English Program Lounge)

Roundtable Discussion
"Affect in Medieval and Early Modern Studies"
featuring Glenn Burger and Mario DiGangi,
with Patricia Clough (Respondent)
Sponsored by the Certificate Programs in Medieval Studies and Renaissance Studies and the Ph.D. Program in English

Friday, March 4
9:30am-5:00pm, Room 9204/9205

6th Annual Interdisciplinary Medieval Studies Annual Graduate Student Conference
Cultural Frontiers in the East & West

9:30 Registration (rm 9204/5)

10:00 Geographical Frontiers (rm 9204/5)

11:30 Scholarly Frontiers (rm 9204/5)

12:45 Lunch (rm 5409)

2:00 Keynote Address: (rm 9204/5)
Dr. Melanie Holcomb, curator, the Metropolitan Museum of
Art and The Cloisters: "Betwixt and Between: Archaeological
Treasures and the East/West Divide"

3:30 Byzantium as a Frontier (rm 9204/5)

4:45 Reception (rm 5105)

Sponsored by the Medieval Studies Certificate Program, Ph.D. Programs in Art History and Comparative Literature, and the DSC

Thursday, March 24
5:00-7:00pm, Room C-419
Reception: 5:00-5:15; Colloquium: 5:15-7:00pm

Dress and Status in Medieval Byzantium


Jennifer Ball (Art History/Brooklyn & GC)
"Breaking the Habit: Intrusions of Secular Dress on the Byzantine Monastic Habit"

Eric Ivison (History/Staten Island & GC)
"Burials and Social Status at Middle Byzantine Amorium (10th and 11th centuries CE)"

Thomas Head (History/Hunter & GC)

Sponsored by the Medieval Studies Certificate Program

Friday, April 8
2:00pm, Room 3207


Christopher Baswell (Barnard College, Anne Whitney Olin Professor of English, & Columbia University)
"Marginal Cripples at the Center"

Ephriam Shoham-Steiner (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Senior Lecturer, Department of Jewish History, and Tikvah Center for Law & Jewish Civilization)
"Double Periphery: Jewish "Businessmen" in the 11th- Century Rhineland"

Kathleen Biddick (Temple University Department of History)
"Liquid Sovereignty"
(the "crying machine" invented by Shakespeare at the end of Richard II and Ernst Kantorowicz' s reading of that tragedy)
Moderator: Sara Lipton (SUNY Stony Brook, Associate Professor of Medieval History & Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellow at the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers of the New York Public Library)
Sponsored by the Pearl Kibre Medieval Study and the Certificate Program in Medieval Studies

FALL 2010

Thursday, October 28
5:00pm, Room 5409

Filming a Saint: A Roundtable Discussion of
Margarethe von Trotta's "Vision"

A discussion of Margarethe von Trotta's film, Vision, and its attempt to
represent the extraordinary life and achievements of Hildegard von Bingen to a modern audience.
Panelists: Professors Matthew Goldie (English, Rider College); Tom Head (History, Hunter College & CUNY Graduate Center); Paula Massood (Film, Brooklyn College & CUNY Graduate Center)
Sponsored by the Medieval Studies Certificate Program & the Pearl Kibre Medieval Study


Friday, February 19
5:00 pm, Room TBA

Megan Moore
"Women's Work and the Making of a New Medieval Mediterranean"

Sponsored by the Ph.D. Program in French

Friday, February 26—CANCELLED
RE-SCHEDULED TO Tuesday, April 13 (see below)
Medieval Devotion:
Performative Reading and Visuality

Monday, March 1
4:00pm, Room 9206
Lecture Series
Byzantine Archaeology: New Approaches, New Discoveries

John F. Haldon (Byzantine History & Hellenic Studies/Princeton)
"Aspects of Byzantine Urbanism after the 6th Century: The Case of Euchaita"
Moderator: Eric Ivison (History/Staten Island)
Respondent: Chase Robinson (Provost & Distinguished Professor of History/GC)
This is the first of four lectures in the series.
Sponsored by the Ph.D. Program in History, the Medieval Studies Certificate Program, and the Center for the Humanities

Friday, March 12
9:00-5:00pm, Room 5409/14
Graduate Student Conference
Intimacy: Family, Fealty, and Friendship in the Middle Ages

9:30-12:45am; 2:00-3:45pm

Keynote Address: Professor Mary Erler (English/Fordham)
"The Pleasures of Home"

Sponsored by the Pearl Kibre Medieval Study, Medieval Studies Certificate Program, and Ph.D. Programs in Art History, Comparative Literature, English, History, and Music

Monday, March 22
4:00pm, Room 9205
Lecture Series
Byzantine Archaeology: New Approaches, New Discoveries

Joachim Henning (Institut für Archäologische Wissenschaften, Abteilung Vor- und Frühgeschichte, Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt am Main)
"Excavations at Pliska, Capital of the First Bulgarian Empire"
This is the second of four lectures in the series.
Sponsored by the Ph.D. Program in History, the Medieval Studies Certificate Program, and the Center for the Humanities

Tuesday, April 6
4:00pm, Room 9205
Lecture Series
Byzantine Archaeology: New Approaches, New Discoveries
Alessandra Ricci (Department of Archaeology and History of Art, Koç University, Istanbul)
"Metropolitan Legends: Excavation and Archaeo Park at the Byzantine Monastery of Satyros (Küçükyalı) at Istanbul"
This is the third of four lectures in the series.
Sponsored by the Ph.D. Program in History, the Medieval Studies Certificate Program, and the Center for the Humanities

Tuesday, April 13
1:30pm, Room 9205
Lecture Series
Byzantine Archaeology: New Approaches, New Discoveries

Christopher Sherwin Lightfoot (Associate Curator of Roman Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art)
"Boom or Bust? Evidence for the Byzantine Economy in Anatolia from the Excavations at Amorium"

This is the fourth of four lectures in the series.
Sponsored by the Ph.D. Program in History, the Medieval Studies Certificate Program, and the Center for the Humanities

Tuesday, April 13
4:30-6:30pm, Room C-204

Medieval Devotion:Performative Reading and Visuality
Jessica Brantley (English, Yale University)
"Sir Thopas and the Devotional Reader."
Marlene Hennessy (English, Hunter College, CUNY)
"London, British Library, Egerton MS 1821 and the Late Medieval Somatic Book"
Pamela Sheingorn (History/Theatre, CUNY Graduate Center)
"Hearing an Illuminated Manuscript: The Role of the Auditory System in Performative Reading"
Sponsored by the Certificate Program in Medieval Studies

Tuesday, April 27
6:00 pm, Room C-203,

Chase F. Robinson (Provost & Distinguished Professor of History & Medieval Studies, The Graduate Center, CUNY)

“The Politics of Islamic History: Some Reflections on Method and Perspective”
Sponsored by the Medieval Studies Certificate Program

FALL 2009

Friday, September 11

8:15am-5:00pm, Segal Theatre

"Authority and Authorship: Barking Abbey and Its Texts,"
An international conference dedicated to the memory of Jo Ann McNamara.
Sponsored by the Ph.D. Program in English, Medieval Studies Certificate Program/GC; Fordham University and the University of Illinois (Springfield)

5:30pm, Elebash Recital Hall

A memorial to honor Jo Ann McNamara's contribution to Medieval Studies at the Graduate Center and in the profession more generally.

Note that registration for the conference is not required to attend the memorial.

Sponsored by the Medieval Studies Certificate Program and The Graduate Center
Tuesday, November 3
Pearl Kibre Medieval Study (Room 5105)

Led by Professor Michael Sargent
This workshop will focus on one insular (English) hand: Anglicana.  You will have the opportunity to get up close and transcribe passages from four manuscript examples: one thirteenth century example showing the distinctive features of the Anglicana type; one mid-fourteenth century, relatively cursive example from the Harley lyrics; another mid-fourteenth century example from the glossed gospels, with a clear display of the hierarchy of scripts; and one legal document (a lease, in English). 

Sponsored by the Medieval Studies Certificate Program

Friday, October 30
Frist Campus Center Multi-Purpose Room
Princeton University

"Liminal Spaces"
A Symposium in Honor of Pamela Sheingorn

Spaces are limited and registration is required. There is no charge for the conference
To register, please contact Robin Dunham before October 20

Organized by Elina Gertsman & Jill Stevenson. Hosted by the Index of Christian Art at Princeton
University. Co-Sponsors: Ph.D Programs in Art History, English, Theatre, Medieval Studies Certificate Program, and Office of the Provost, CUNY Graduate Center

Conference Website:


Friday, February 6
6:30pm, Metropolitan Museum of Art

Barbara Boehm (Metropolitan Museum of Art)
"Choirs of Angels: Painting in Italian Choir Books, 1300-1500"

Sponsored by the Medieval Club of New York, Ph.D. Program in English and Medieval Studies Certificate Program.

Friday, March 6
7:30pm, Room 4406

Matthew Goldie (Rider University)
"The Antipodes: Maps and Travel Literature about Another World"

Sponsored by the Medieval Club of New York, Ph.D. Program in English and Medieval Studies Certificate Program.

Friday, March 20
9:00am-5:00pm, Skylight Room (Room 9101)

2009 Inter-University Doctoral Consortium
Colloquium in Medieval Studies
Reading, Writing and Storytelling in the Christian Middle Ages
9:00-9:30 Coffee and Welcome
Chair: Glenn Burger, Queens College and Graduate Center, CUNY
"Alan and the Cathars: The Anti-heresy Polemic of Alan of Lille"
Raymond J. Dansereau, Rutgers University
"The Disappearance of the Jew: The Glossa Ordinaria on Genesis 22 and the (Dis)continuity of Signification"Daniel Reginald S. Kim, Fordham University
"Tartar Fetishism: The Ocular and the Oracular"
Wan-Chuan Kao, CUNY Graduate Center

11:30-12:30 LUNCH


1) Music, Medieval Studies, and New York: Resources and Possibilities
A discussion with Susan Boynton, Columbia University, and Anne Stone, Queens College and Graduate Center, CUNY
2) Recording the Liturgy in Italian Monasteries
Chair: Susan Boynton, Columbia University

"Sacred Hymns for Secular Reform: Verona ms 109 and its Eleventh-Century Context"
Meredith Fluke, Columbia University
"The Monastic Choir Set of San Sisto in Piacenza and the Production of Choirbooks in Fifteenth-Century Italy"
Joanne Filippone Overty, Fordham University

Michael Sargent, Queens College and Graduate Center, CUNY, Chair

"Working for God: The Parable of the Vineyard in the Hands of Preachers"
Jeff Geary, SUNY Stonybrook
"Authorizing Women: Textual and Sexual Reproduction in the Old English Legend of St. Margaret"
Sarah Ostendorf, New York University
Sponsored by the Medieval Studies Certificate Program

Friday, March 27
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
CUNY Graduate Center, 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 Merveillesin 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

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 Crusade and Medieval Ideas of Childhood and Parenting"
Brandon Hawk (University of Connecticut) – "Three Stops and Heaven: Topography in the South English Legendary Life of Thomas Becket"
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 Center.

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.

Friday, April 3
7:30pm, Room 4406

Sarah Kay (Princeton University)
"Vernacular Verse Encyclopedism in Medieval France: System and System-Failure"

Sponsored by the Medieval Club of New York, Ph.D. Program in English and Medieval Studies Certificate Program.

Friday, May 1
2:00pm, Certificate Programs Office, Room 5109

Kalamazoo Run-Throughs and End-of-Year Party!
Jennifer Lynn Jordan, "Prester John and the Crusader Imagination"
Ethan Campbell, "'Be Ware of the Key': Anti-clerical Critique in The Play of the Sacrament"
Adin Lears, "Glittery Things: The Rhetoric of Sanctity and Female Homoaffective Desire in Hali Meidenhad and the Passion of St. Margaret"
Jennifer Little, "'Moste Sikere to a Symple Soule': Eucharistic Devotion, Innocent Song, and Unexamined Sentiment in Chaucer's Prioress's Tale"
Christopher Swift, "Colonial Staging of Alfonso X's Cantigas de Santa Maria"
Sponsored by the Medieval Studies Certificate Program
Friday, May 1
7:30pm, Room 4406

David Gary Shaw (Wesleyan University)
"Information by the Way: Townspeople and Cultural Networks in Later Medieval England"

Sponsored by the Medieval Club of New York, Ph.D. Program in English and Medieval Studies Certificate Program.


FALL 2008

Friday, October 17
7:30pm, Room 4406

Erin Felicia Labbie (Bowling Green University)
"The Long Drive of Courtly Love: Amor de Longh and the Object of Desire"
The Nineteenth Annual Rossell Hope Robbins Lecture

Sponsored by the Medieval Club of New York, Ph.D. Program in English and Medieval Studies Certificate Program. Information:

Friday, November 14
7:30pm, Room 4406
Paul Moses (Brooklyn College/CUNY)
"Uncovering the Story of Francis and the Sultan"

Sponsored by the Medieval Club of New York, Ph.D. Program in English and Medieval Studies Certificate Program.
Friday, December 5
2:00-4:00pm, 18th-Century Reading Room (Room C196.05, downstairs in the Library)

Michael Sargent (English)
Workshop on Scripts and Manuscripts, ca. 1200-1500
A hands-on tour of late medieval paleography and codicology
Sponsored by the Medieval Studies Certificate Program

Friday, December 5
7:30pm, Room 4406

Cary Howie (Cornell University)
"Waiting for the Middle Ages"

Sponsored by the Medieval Club of New York, Ph.D. Program in English and Medieval Studies Certificate Program.


Friday, February 29
2:00-4:30 pm, Room 9204

The Culture of Appearances in Medieval & Renaissance Europe

Francesca Sautman (French/CUNY)
"Hidden in Plain Sight: Women and Veiling in Late Medieval France"
Martin Elsky (English/Comparative Literature/Renaissance Studies/CUNY)
"The Eroticized House and the Renaissance Invention of the Private Room"

Eugenia Paulicelli (Comparative Literature/CUNY)
"The Fashioned Self: Public and Private Spaces in Giacomo Franco's Costume Book (Venice, 1600)"

Moderator: Glenn Burger (English/Theatre/Medieval Studies/CUNY)
Sponsored by Fashion Studies Forum, Medieval Studies, Renaissance Studies, & Women's Studies Certificate Programs, Ph.D. Programs in English, French & Psychology

Friday, March 7
4:00pm, Room 4406

Theresa Coletti (University of Maryland)
"'And hit any pintelle beare": Sacred and Social Epistemologies in the Chester Slaughter of the Innocents"
Sponsored by the Medieval Studies Certificate Program, and the Ph.D. programs in English and Theatre

Friday, March 28
Martin E. Segal Theatre, CUNY Graduate Center

3rd Annual Medieval Studies/Pearl Kibre Medieval Study Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference.
Here Be Monsters: Beasts, Beastliness and Hybridity in the Long Middle Ages
Registration, 9:00 -9:30 a.m: in front of the Segal Theatre
Panel 1, 9:30 – 11:00 a.m: Textual Hybridity.
Moderator: Cynthia Hahn, Professor of Art History, Hunter College and the CUNY Graduate Center.
"A Mongrel Breed: Generic Hybridity and Monstrous Motifs in the Middle English Amis & Amiloun"
Adin Lears, English, CUNY Graduate Center.
"Humor and Other Purposes of the Late Medieval 'Profane' Badges"
Jennifer K. Cochran, Art History, Pennsylvania State University.
"The Monstrous Enemy: Demons (divs) in the Persian 'Book of Kings' (Shahnama)"
Francesca Leoni, Art and Archaeology, Princeton University.
"More than One, and Yet Not Many: Hybridity in Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew"
Clifford Stetner, English, CUNY Graduate Center
Panel 2, 11:15 a.m. - 12:45 p.m: Transformations.
Moderator: Steven Kruger, Professor of English and Medieval Studies, Queens College and the CUNY Graduate Center.
"'To Sen þat Selcouþe Siyt': Monstrous Guises in The King of Tars"
Gary Lim, English, CUNY Graduate Center.
"The Un-Captivating of the Fowle: Potentiality of the Avian in Chaucer"
Joseph C. Russo, English, Brooklyn College.
"'Written on the members of his flesh': St. Francis's Hybrid Body"
Jennifer Little, English, CUNY Graduate Center.
"Medieval Interfaith Marriages [title unconfirmed]"
Stephen Koss, English, CUNY Graduate Center.
Brunch 1:00 - 1:45 p.m.
Keynote Address, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
"Hound, Horse, and Quarry as Ritual Participants in Medieval Hunting"
Susan Crane, Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University
Panel 3, 3:15- 4:45pm: Wild (K)nights.
Moderator: E. Gordon Whatley, Professor of English, Queens College and the Graduate Center.
"Beastly Rehab: Life with the Animals in _Yvain_ and _Sir Gowther_"
Brigit McGuire, English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University.
"Sir Orfeo, the Anti-Ywain or the Christianization of the Romance Genre"
Mikhail Lipyanskiy, Comparative Literature, CUNY Graduate Center.
"Clothes Make the Man: Duality and Transformation in Marie de France's Bisclavret.''
Linda Stein, Comparative Literature, CUNY Graduate Center.
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 Center.
Co-sponsored by the Medieval Studies Certificate Program, Ph.D. Programs in English, History, and Theatre

Thursday, May 8
Medieval Percussion Instruments in Spain & Italy:
A Little Festival
1:00pm, Elebash Recital Hall
"De mar a mar: Music in the Medieval Iberian Peninsula"
A concert by the Ensemble Sendebar
Mauricio Molina, Director
3:00pm, Room 3491
Susan Forscher Weiss (Peabody Conservatory/Johns Hopkins) and
Ichiro Fujinaga (McGill University)
"New Evidence for the Origins of the Timpani in Western Europe"

Mauricio Molina (Ensemble Sendebar)
"Fai totz los cascavels ordir: Reconstructing the Timbre and Performance Practice of the Medieval Iberian Round Frame Drum with Jingles"
Reservations required for the 3:00pm seminar.  RSVP to   
No reservations needed for 1:00pm concert.

Sponsored by the Ph.D.-DMA Programs in Music, Medieval Studies Certificate Program, Barry S. Brook Center for Musical Research and Documentation, Foundation for Iberian Music

FALL 2007

Friday, September 28
3:00-5:00pm, Certificate Programs Office (Room 5109)
Cocktail Hour
for Medievalists & Early Modernists
welcoming new medieval and Renaissance students
Hosted by the Pearl Kibre Medieval Study & the Early Modern
Interdisciplinary Group (EMIG)

Friday, October 19
4:00-6:00pm, 18th Century Reading Room (Room C196.05 in the Mina Rees Library)

Workshop on Paleography and Codicology

A workshop on paleography and codicology aimed at students from all levels.  Led by Professor Michael Sargent (English), the workshop will look at a variety of manuscripts in Latin and English.  The workshop will begin by briefly considering the importance of abbreviations in Latin manuscripts and then look at various manuscripts of the Canterbury Tales to consider the implications of page layout and scribal intervention, and finally, look at a variety of manuscripts relevant to late medieval devotional literature.  This will be an informal, hands on event.  No prior knowledge of manuscripts is required. 
Thursday, November 1
5:30pm, The Medieval Study (Room 5105)

Movie Night & Conference Planning Meeting

Sponsored by the Pearl Kibre Medieval Study

Thursday & Friday, November 8-9
Reappraising Auerbach's Contexts
A Conference on the 50th Anniversary of Erich Auerbach's Death
On the 50th anniversary of his death, join world-renowned literary critics from Germany and the US for public panels on the life and work of Erich Auerbach, exploring everything from Auerbach in the Weimar period and Jewish Berlin to his time in Istanbul to his significance in literary studies today. Among other topics, papers will explore Auerbach's early publications on the law and previously untranslated archival materials, including those concerning Auerbach's Marburg professorship and his dismissal by Nazi authorities, as well as previously untranslated materials from the years following his arrival in the US after World War II.

Thursday, November 8:
Martin E. Segal Theatre

5:30-7:00pm: Representation and Its Influences
Karlheinz Barck , "Dante Meets Surrealism / Surrealism Meets Dante: The Dialogue between Auerbach and Benjamin"

Alexander Gelley, "Auerbach and Hans Blumenberg: Which Mimesis?"
7:15-8:00pm:  The Voice of Erich Auerbach
Introduction: Martin Vialon

Erich Auerbach, "On Dante": A Sound Recording of a Lecture Delivered at Penn State University, 1948

Friday, November 9:
Skylight Conference Room (9th floor)
11:00am-12:30pm: Life, History, Politics
Jane O. Newman, "Figuration and Politics: Auerbach/Krauss, Pascal/Corneille"

Matthias Bormuth, "Between St. Augustine and Goethe: Erich Auerbach's Idea of History and Life Conduct"
12:30-1:45pm:  Lunch
Harold M. Proshansky Auditorium  (C level)
1:45-3:15pm: Modernity and Post-modernity
Martin Vialon, "Mimesis, Film, and Mechanical Reproducibility: What Benjamin Learned from Auerbach"

Ackbar Abbas,"Auerbach's 'Delicate Empiricism': The Secular, the Empirical, and the Post-Colonial"
3:30-5:00pm: The Jewish Context
James Porter, "Erich Auerbach and the Judaizing of Philology"

Martin Treml, "Auerbach's Readings and the Warburg Institute: Jewish Legacies in the Fields of Kulturwissenschaft"
5:15-6:30: Keynote address
Stephen G. Nichols, "Fortuna, Fabula, Figura: Auerbach as Philosopher of the Secular World"
6:30-7:30: Reception
English Program Lounge (4406) 
Conference organizers: Jane O. Newman (University of California-Irvine); Martin Elsky (The Graduate Center and Brooklyn College, CUNY).  Conference sponsors: Office of Research and Graduate Studies, University of California, Irvine; Renaissance Studies Certificate Program, CUNY Graduate Center; Zentrum für Kultur- und Literaturforschung Berlin;Center for the Humanities, CUNY Graduate Center; Center for Jewish Studies, CUNY Graduate Center; Ph.D. Programs in English and Comparative Literature, CUNY Graduate Center; Medieval Studies Certificate Program, CUNY Graduate Center  

This conference is presented in coordination with an International Symposium organized by Claudia Hahn-Raabe (Goethe-Institut Istanbul) and Martin Vialon (Zentrum für Literatur- und Kulturforschung Berlin/Yeditepe University Istanbul): ERICH AUERBACH: PHILOLOGIE – GESCHICHTE – VERSTEHEN Teutonia-Haus, Tünel-Beyoğlu Istanbul, Turkey, December 14-15, 2007  

Friday, November 30
4:00pm, Ph. D. Program in English Lounge (Room 4406 )

Professor Sara Lipton (History/SUNY Stony Brook)
 "Jewish Eyes, 1120-70"

Sara Lipton's first book, Images of Intolerance: The Representation of Jews and Judaism in the Bible Moralisée, won the John Nicholas Brown Prize for Best First Book. Her talk will draw on her work connected with her current book project on how changing concepts of vision and witness in medieval Christian society intersected with the visual representation of the Jew.Her talk is drawn from an ongoing project concerning the representation of Jews in the Middle Ages.


Friday, March 9
4:00-6:00pm, Skylight Room

The Medieval & Early Modern Culture of the Book: A Conference in Honor of W. Speed Hill

Seth Lerer (Stanford University)
"From Medieval to Early Modern: Books and Readers of the 1550s"

Margreta de Grazia (University of Pennsylvania)
"Common-placing Shakespeare's Sonnets"

Co-sponsored by Ph.D. Programs in English and Comparative Literature and the Medieval Studies and Renaissance Studies Certificate Programs

Friday, March 16
9:00am-6:00pm, Segal Theatre
2nd Annual Medieval Studies/CUNY Medievalists Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference
Body/Booty: Medieval Ass-ets
Professor Valerie Allen  (John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY) will deliver the keynote address.    Her most recent publication is On Farting: Language and Laughter in the Middle Ages (Palgrave 2006).  

Organized by the Medieval Studies Certificate Program and the CUNY-Medievalists Pearl Kibre Library at the CUNY Graduate Center. 

Thursday, April 26
3:00pm, Certificate Programs Office (Room 5109)
Professors Stephen Kruger (English), Jerrilyn Dodds (Art History),  Karina Attar (Italian)
"Medieval Jews and Muslims"

Friday, May 18
3:00pm, Certificate Programs Office (Room 5109)
Meet new Medieval Studies faculty, Professors Peter Simpson (Philosophy)
and Cynthia Hahn (Art History) & end-of-year party

FALL 2006

Friday, December 1, 3:00pm, Room 5109

Glenn Burger (English); Jill Stevenson (Theatre); Anne Stone (Music)
"How Manuscripts Figure in My Work as a Medievalist"
We will also take a few minutes to discuss ideas for informal events for next semester.


Spring 2006

Friday, February 17, 2:30-3:30 pm , Room 5109
Diane Auslander (History)
"The Multiple Identities of a Composite Saint: Ethnicity and Religion in the British Isles"
Friday, March 10, 2:30-3:30 pm, Room 5109
Jill Stevenson (Theater)
"Performance and Visual Piety in Medieval York"
"During my talk, I will discuss my research trip to York and how I attempted to recapture the materiality of lay devotional practices by examining wills and inventories, and studying objects. I will also describe how I situate my dissertation within theatre studies and the challenges I've faced while trying to balance disciplinary priorities in an interdisciplinary project."
Friday, April 28, 2:30-3:30 pm, Room 5109
Jennifer Abeles (English)
"The Uses of Arthurian History in John Dee's The Limits of the British Empire"

"John Dee's The Limits of the British Empire is the earliest known text to argue for a British Empire that includes holdings outside of Britain, specifically in the New World. In my talk I will discuss Dee's use of medieval historiography to legitimate his notion of a British Empire. I will also consider the particular challenges I faced in editing this previously unpublished Early Modern manuscript text."

Masculinities in the long Middle Ages
March 17, 2006

9:30 a.m. Registration, Room 5109
10:30 - 6 p.m. Panels, Room 9205
2:45 p.m. Keynote Address,  "The Green Boy: Conquest, Memory and Gender"  Room 9205
6 p.m. Reception, Room 5109
Keynote Speaker:

Jeffrey Jerome Cohen, Professor of English and Human Sciences at George Washington University. Professor Cohen is the editor of The Postcolonial Middle Ages and Becoming Male in the Middle Ages, and the author of Medieval Identity Machines and On Giants, among others.
This conference was funded through generous donations by The Pearl Kibre Medieval Study, the Medieval Studies and Renaissance Studies Certificate Programs, and the Doctoral Programs in Comparative Literature, English, French, History, and Theatre at the Graduate Center, CUNY.
Conference Registration is free and open to the public!
For inquiries, email
Friday, April 7 at Rutgers University, New Brunswick NJ

FALL 2005

Friday, September 23
Professor Diane Watt  (University of Aberystwyth, Wales)
[co-sponsored with English]
5:00pm, Room C-202

Professor Watt is the author of Secretaries of God: Women Prophets in Late Medieval and Early Modern England and Amoral Gower: Language, Sex, and Politics in Confessio Amantis, and editor or coeditor of Medieval Women in Their Communities, The Arts of Seventeenth-Century Science, and The Letters of the Paston Women.

She will participate in a seminar on work-in-progress, discussing a chapter of her book on medieval women's writing. A draft of the chapter, "The Paston Letters (1440-1489)," is available to be read before the seminar. Professor Watt will speak briefly to begin the seminar, but we hope that participants will have been able to read the chapter beforehand and participate in discussion of it.  For an electronic copy of the chapter, email Glenn Burger at Hard copies are also available in the Certificate Programs Office, Room 5901, on the table at the left of the main entrance.


Friday, September 30
Certificate Programs Office, GC Room 5109

Our first Medieval Studies Seminar this semester will be a workshop on "Getting Published in Medieval Studies," led by Professors Tom Head (MSCP and History), Steve Kruger (MSCP and English), and Anne Stone (MSCP and Music).
The workshop will address such issues as the relationship between conference paper and journal article, and dissertation and book; when to publish and where; publishing within the disciplines and interdisciplinarily; and much more.

There will be ample opportunity to deal with individual queries. So come Friday, September 30, 2-4 pm in the Certificate Programs Office (Room 5109).
A beginning of term party will follow at 4 pm. If you can't make the workshop, please drop by afterwards for drinks and snacks.

Friday, October 28
Professor Edward Wheatley, (Loyola University, Chicago)
"Stumbling Blocks Before the Blind: Constructions of a Disability in Medieval England and France"

 4 p.m., GC  Room 4406
[co-sponsored with English]

Friday, November 4
Professor Michael Sargent (MSCP and English, CUNY)
"Anglo-Saxon Paleography and Codicology: A Basic Introduction"

5:00 p.m., GC Library, Eighteenth-Century Reading Room (lower level)
[co-sponsored with Anglo-Saxon Studies Consortium]

Friday, December 9
Professor Eric Ivison (MSCP & History, CUNY)
Professor Ivison will discuss his ongoing involvement with an archeological dig
of a Byzantine site in Turkey

2:00 p.m., Room 5109 (Certificate Programs Office)


Friday, February 25
Catherine McKenna (English/Comparative Literature/Medieval Studies Certificate Program)
"In from the Margins:  Celtic Studies and Medieval Studies in the 21st Century"
3:15pm, Provost's Conference Room (Room 8113)
Friday, March 18

Anne Stone (Music/Medieval Studies Certificate Program)
"Medieval Music and Interdisciplinarity"
3:15pm, Provost's Conference Room (Room 8113)

Friday, April 15
Katharine Jager (English)
"The Dress of Sense: Clothing, Performance, and the Wife of Bath"
Wan-Chuan Kao (English)
"Satorial Chaos and Visions of Sumptuary Order in Piers Plowman"

3:15pm, Provost's Conference Room (Room 8113)
Saturday, April 16

10-10:10 Welcome, comments
10:15-11:30 Negation and Formation

Martin Eisner, Italian and Comparative Literature, Columbia University
"Boccaccio between Dante and Petrarch: the Marriage of Philology and Galeotto in the Chigiano Codex.'

Mauricio Molina, Ph.D. Program in Music, CUNY
"The Square Drum in Medieval Spanish Iconography: Semitic and Messianic Symbol."

Rutgers speaker, TBA
11:45-1 Fashion Systems
Laurel Ann Wilson, History, Fordham University
"Sumptuary Law, Livery Rolls, and Fashion in Fourteenth-Century England."
Jenna Soleo, Ph.D. Program in Theatre, CUNY
"Staging Sienese Identity: the Politics of Performance Space in a Late Medieval City-State."
Nicole Smith, English, Rutgers University
"Fashioning Penance in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight."
1-2 Lunch
2-3:15 Historiography
Shirin Khanmohamadi, English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University
"Salvaging Native Culture, Appropriating Native Voice: the Cultural Memory of Marie de France's Lais.."
Hannah Johnson, English, Princeton University
"Writing the Middle Ages: A Few Notes on Genre and History"
3:30-4:45 Praying and Fighting Together
Rebecca Slitt, History, Fordham University
"Brothers in Arms: Military Friendship in the Anglo-Norman World."
Jill Stevenson, Ph.D. Program in Theatre, CUNY
"Performance and Visual Piety in Medieval York."
Tom Boeve, History, Princeton University. Title TBA.

Friday, April 22
The Medieval Studies Certificate Program,
the Provost's Office, and the Ph.D. Programs in
Comparative Literature and English at the Graduate Center,
as well as the Department of English at Queens College,
 invite you to a party in honor of
Catherine McKenna

5:30-7:30 pm
Room 5109, CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Ave
Join us to bid Catherine fond farewell as she takes up her new position as
Margaret Brooks Robinson Professor of Celtic Languages and Literatures
at Harvard University
RSVP  to Glenn Burger:
c/o English, CUNY Graduate Center
Anyone interested in contributing to a gift for Catherine should send
a check made out to Glenn Burger at the above address.
Friday, May 13
Anne Johnson (Music)
"On the Nature of Music: The Significance of the Latin Term natura in Medieval Writings on Music"

3:15pm, Provost's Conference Room (Room 8113)
An end of the year celebration follows the lecture


Fall 2004

Friday, November 5

Pamela Scheingorn (History/Theatre/Medieval Studies Certificate Program)
"Medieval Studies and Interdisciplinarity"

2:30p.m., Room 5109 (Office of Certificate Programs)

Friday, November 19

Thomas Head (History/Medieval Studies Certificate Program)
"Medieval Studies and Anthropology"

2:30p.m., Room 5109 (Office of Certificate Programs
Friday, December 3

End of semester celebration and discussion of Medieval Studies seminars for the
Spring semester
4:30p.m., Room 5109 (Office of Certificate Programs)


Expanding Medieval Studies: The Mediterranean Basin
This year-long seminar will bring to CUNY leading scholars in the areas of Byzantine, Near Eastern, and Andalusian medieval studies, each to present a paper on his or her area of research.
Schedule of Speakers:
October 17
Michael Sells (Haverford College)
"The Infinity of Desire: Poetry and Mysticism in the Islamic
and Christian High Middle Ages"

4:30 p.m., Room C201/202
October 24
Maureen C. Miller (George Mason University)
"A 'Shotgun Wedding'?: Episcopal Weakness and Ritual
Marriage in Medieval Florence"

4:30 p.m., Room 9205
November 14
Maria Rosa Menocal (Yale University)
"Meditations on the Memory of Medieval Spain"
4:30 p.m., Segal Theatre
December 12
Peter Brown (Princeton University)
"In the Shadow of Pirenne: Writing the History of the Early Middle Ages"
4:30 p.m., Skylight Conference Room 9100
February 6
Ross Brann (Cornell University)
"Andalusi Moorings"
4:30 p.m., Segal Theatre
February 27
Paul Freedman (Yale University)
"Spices and the Exotic in the Middle Ages"
4:30 p.m., Skylight Conference Room 9100
March 19
John Duffy (Harvard University)
Motifs on the Move: Some Byzantine Legends
and Beneficial Tales at Home and Abroad

4:30 p.m., Segal Theatre
April 23
Joanna Drell (University of Richmond)
"The Construction of Mediterranean Identity:
The Norman Kingdom of Southern Italy and Sicily"

4:30 p.m., Segal Theatre


Friday, April 25, 2003
The New York City Doctoral Consortium in Medieval Studies
Third  Annual Colloquium 12:30 – 6:00 p.m. Glucksman Ireland House, New York University
1 Washington Mews (at Fifth Avenue, south of 8th St.)
Hosted by The Medieval and Renaissance Center (MARC) New York University
12:00 – 12:30  Light Lunch and Introduction
12:30 – 2:30    A Showcase of Doctoral Work in Medieval Studies
Christina Christoforatou, English, CUNY Graduate Center: "Byzantine Gardens of Desire"
Christine Sciacca, Art History, Columbia University, "The Body and Blood of Christ at Weingarten Abbey"
Caroline Dunn, History, Fordham University: "She Was Raveshid Ayens Hyr Wel, Whatsoever She Sey: Consenting Daughters, Threatened Fathers, and the Ravishment of Women in Late Medieval England"
Katherine Smith, History, New York University: "Miracle-Writing and Monastic Identity at the Abbey of Mont-Saint-Michel" 
2:30 – 2:45      Break
2:45 – 4:15      Student Panel: Anglo-Norman Studies
Organized by Prof. Jocelyn Wogan-Browne, English, Fordham University
Deborah Smith-Bernstein, CUNY Graduate Center, Chair of Round Table: "Introduction: Interdisciplinary Work for Graduates"
Karen Trimnell, Fordham University: "Denis Piramus's Prologue to La Vie Saint Edmund le Rei: The Good, Bad, and Best Uses of Literature"
Brenna Mead, Columbia University: "Ants, Jews, and Other Readers in Guillaume le Clerc's Bestiaire Divin"
Karl Steele, Columbia University: "Robert of Gretham's Prologue to the Miroir or Evangiles des Domnees"
Diane Auslander, CUNY Graduate Center: "Intercultural intertextuality in the Anglo-Norman Life of St Modwenna"
4:15 – 6:00   Reception
Friday, April 19, 2002
The New York City Doctoral Consortium in Medieval Studies
Second Annual Colloquium
2:00 – 7:30 p.m., Martin Segal Theatre
The Graduate Center  Hosted by The Medieval Studies Certificate Program
The Graduate Center, City University of New York
Program 2:00 - 4:00: A Showcase of Doctoral Work in Medieval StudiesDavid Georgi, Comparative Literature, New York University: "Language Made Visible: Language Names, the Writing of the Romance Vernaculars, and Francophone Identity in Post-Conquest England"; Michael Vargas, History, Fordham University: "An Average Guy Getting By: The Dominican Company Man in the Fourteenth Century, according to the Provincial Acta of Aragon.";Jacqueline Jung, Art History, Columbia University: "Peasant Meal or Lord's Feast? The Social Iconography of the Naumburg Last Supper";Jennifer Brown, English, Graduate Center, CUNY: "Watching Elizabeth: Elizabeth of Spalbeck and the Male Gaze"
4:00 – 4:30 Break
4:30 – 6:00: Faculty and Student Panel:Teaching the Medieval Survey Course:Thomas F. Head, History, CUNY, chair; Robert W. Hanning, English, Columbia;Martha Rust, English, NYU; Rick Wright, German, Fordham; Anna Russakoff, Institute of Fine Arts, NYU
6:00 – 7:30  Reception, Room 5109
Friday, April 23, 1999, 1:30 p.m.
Recovering a Plausible Past: Discovering the Tombs of the Saints in Medieval Apulia
Thomas F. Head
Hunter College and GSUC
Grace Building Room 4069
Thursday - Sunday, April 8 - 11, 1999
The Annual Meeting of the Celtic Studies Association of North America
Co-sponsored by Glucksman Ireland House, New York University
For conference venues and program, click here.
Friday, December 4, 1998, 4:30 PM
Getting Started: The Weird and Wonderful Life of a Junior Medievalist
Leslie Abend Callahan
Mellon Fellow, University of Pennsylvania
Grace Building Room 4000
Tuesday, October 20, 1998, 4:15 PM

Violence in Medieval Spain

Louise Mirrer
Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs, CUNY

The President's Conference Room, 1804
33 West 42nd Street

Co-sponsored by the Medieval Study
Friday, October 2, 1998, 7:30 PM

Knowing Where the Bodies are Buried: Tradition and Invention in the Cult of Relics, c. 750-c. 1100
Tom Head
Hunter College and The Graduate Center, CUNY

Third Floor Studio

Co-sponsored with the Medieval Club of New York
Wednesday, April 29,1998, 4:15 PM

The Hagiography of Saint Brendan: The State of Research

Tomas O Caoimh
The Heritage Council & University College Cork

Grace Building 4017