Medievalists at the 124th Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association

The American Historical Association will be holding its 124th Annual Meeting in San Diego, California on January 7-10, 2010.  The theme of this year’s conference is Oceans, Islands, Continents, and over 300 sessions will take place that cover history from all periods and all corners of the world.  For more information about the conference, please go to their website.

With the conference program now available, we have put up a list of medieval sessions and papers that will be taking place during the four day conference.  Most of these sessions will be taking place on Saturday, January 9th.

The Mandate of Heaven at the Local Level in Imperial China
Thursday, January 7, 2010: 3:00 PM-5:00 PM

Magistrates and Miracles: The Supernatural Arsenal of Fine Officials in Early Medieval China – Keith N. Knapp, The Citadel

“The Honor of Officials Depends upon the People”: Shrines to Living Officials in Imperial China – Sarah Schneewind, University of California, San Diego

Balloting Minyi (People’s Will): Populist Measures during the Late Ming Fiscal Reform – Siyen Fei, University of Pennsylvania

Divine Justice? Judicial Rituals and Official Legitimacy in Late Imperial China – Paul R. Katz, Institute of Modern History

Threads of Power, Violence, and Reputation: The Experiences of Women in the Crown of Aragon
Thursday, January 7, 2010: 3:00 PM-5:00 PM

The Power of Reputation: Adultery and Politics in Late Medieval Iberia – Núria Silleras-Fernández, University of Colorado at Boulder

He Said “Adulteress!” She Said “Abuser”: Marital Disputes in the Late Medieval Valencian Civil Courts – Dana Wessell Lightfoot, University of Texas at El Paso

Clerical Violence against Women: The Raping, Beating, and Harassing of Female Parishioners in Late Medieval Catalunya – Michelle Armstrong-Partida, University of California, Los Angeles

Christian-Muslim Relations in the Age of the Crusades: Toward a Synthesis
Friday, January 8, 2010: 9:30 AM-11:30 AM

Conquest, Kinship, and Conversion: Comparative Perspectives on Muslim-Christian Relations in the Medieval Mediterranean- Mark D. Meyerson, University of Toronto

Knowing, and Not Knowing, Your Enemy: Changing Attitudes toward Islam during the Crusade Era – Jay C. Rubenstein, University of Tennessee

Muslims Living (and Eating) under Christian Rule: The Intersection of Muslim and Christian Food Ways in Spain, Italy, and the Crusader States – Olivia Remie Constable, University of Notre Dame

How Scholarly Were Religious Women in the Middle Ages? (Nuns and Others)
Friday, January 8, 2010: 9:30 AM-11:30 AM

Education and Scholarship of Abbesses and Nuns in Anglo-Saxon England – George H. Brown, Stanford University

Religious Women Writing Their Own History (Late Medieval Germany) – Edeltraud Klueting, OFBMV de MC

Hrotsvit of Gandersheim c. 935–975 – Phyllis Brown, University of Santa Clara

Globalizing the Middle Ages
Friday, January 8, 2010: 9:30 AM-11:30 AM

SCGMA: The Scholarly Community for the Globalization of the Middle Ages – Geraldine Heng, University of Texas at Austin

Columbus’ Maps: European and Arabic Maps in Circulation – Marguerite Ragnow, James Ford Bell Library, University of Minnesota

Mapping Spaces in Early China – Roger Hart, University of Texas at Austin

A World of Hurt: Medieval Marriage Practice and Law in a Century of Crisis
Saturday, January 9, 2010: 9:00 AM-11:00 AM

In the Year of Mortality: Plague and Marriage in the Fourteenth-Century Diocese of Lucca – Corinne M. Wieben, University of California, Santa Barbara

Regulating Marriage in the Diocese of Troyes – Sara Ann McDougall, Yale University

Jewish Wives and Property in Late Medieval Perugia -Karen Anne Frank, University of California, Santa Barbara

Rethinking the Medieval Mediterranean
Saturday, January 9, 2010: 9:00 AM-11:00 AM

Ethno-religious Relations in the Medieval Mediterranean: Resolving the Paradox – Brian A. Catlos, University of California, Santa Cruz

Doing Literary History in the Medieval Mediterranean – Sharon Kinoshita, University of California, Santa Cruz

Northern Africa and the Greater Mediterranean: Gold Routes, Urbanism, and Textual Praxis in the Eighth to Thirteenth Centuries – Ray A. Kea, University of California, Riverside

The Cure of Souls, Liturgy, and Theology in the Middle Ages
Saturday, January 9, 2010: 9:00 AM-11:00 AM

The Widow and the Empress: The Empress Judith and Biblical Commentators – Marianne M. Delaporte, Notre Dame de Namur University

Radulphus de Rivo and the Windesheim Reform – J. Michael Raley, Wake Forest University

Monks, Canons, and the Cure of Souls in Late Medieval England – Nick Nichols, University of Wales at Lampeter

Community, Identity, and the Vocation of Laity in Medieval and Early Modern Christianity
Saturday, January 9, 2010: 9:00 AM-11:00 AM

Chair: Dwight Brautigam, Huntington University

Speakers: Beth Allison Barr, Baylor University , Caitlin Corning, George Fox University , Melissa Franklin-Harkrider, Wheaton College , Jennifer Hevelone-Harper, Gordon College and Kurt Werthmuller, Azusa Pacific University

Political Constructions of Gender and Female Lords in the Middle Ages
Saturday, January 9, 2010: 9:00 AM-11:00 AM

A Mother of Higher Significance: The Authority of the Church and the Authority of Women in Medieval Europe – Megan McLaughlin, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Dancing among the Matrices: Women, Property, and Lordship in Twelfth-Century England – RáGena C. DeAragon, Gonzaga University

Scheming Widows, Silent Daughters: Power, Gender, and the Aristocratic Family in Fourteenth to Fifteenth Century Languedoc – Justine Marie Firnhaber-Baker, All Souls College

Popes, Merchants, Mercenaries, and the Medieval Mediterranean
Saturday, January 9, 2010: 11:30 AM-1:30 PM

Fighting for the Enemy: The Mercenary between Christianity and Islam – Michael Lower, University of Minnesota

Merchants and Identity in the Medieval Mediterranean World – Kathryn L. Reyerson, University of Minnesota

Merchants and the Great Western Schism: Malaise or Business as Usual? – Joëlle Rollo-Koster, University of Rhode Island

Illuminating the Importance of Islands and Maritime Interaction Points in Islamic Empires, Part 1: The Indian Ocean
Saturday, January 9, 2010: 11:30 AM-1:30 PM

The View From the Boat: Rethinking the Early Arab “Conquests” in Sind and Hind From Maritime and Riverine Perspectives – Elizabeth Lambourn, De Montfort University

Red Sea and Persian Gulf Island Polities in the Tenth–Fifteenth Centuries – Roxani Eleni Margariti, Emory University

Piracy, the Military Revolution, and the Transformation of Ottoman Ship-Building Technology in the Early Modern Indian Ocean – Giancarlo L. Casale, University of Minnesota

On the Edge of Empire: Politics, Trade, and Violence in Coastal Gujarat in the Eighteenth Century – Ghulam Nadri, Georgia State University

Slavery and the Fall of the Roman Empire: Exchanges, Identities, and Ideologies in the New Mediterranean
Saturday, January 9, 2010: 2:30 PM-4:30 PM

The New Coordinates of the Slave Trade in Late Antiquity: Africa, the Mediterranean, and the Near East – Kyle Harper, University of Oklahoma

Slavery and Roman Identity in the Fifth-Century Mediterranean – Jonathan P. Conant, University of San Diego

The Physics and Metaphysics of Late Ancient Slavery – Gregory Smith, Central Michigan University

Illuminating the Importance of Islands and Maritime Interaction Points in Islamic Empires, Part 2: The Mediterranean World
Saturday, January 9, 2010: 2:30 PM-4:30 PM

The Island of Cyprus in the Early Islamic World: Harmonizing Legal and Geographical Visions – John J. Curry IV, University of Las Vegas

Commanders of Sea Raids (wulat ghazw al-bahr): Early Islamic Maritime Policy in the Syrian Coast – Rana Mikati, University of Chicago

“Our Ships Are Horses”: The Anti-Crusader Defense Strategy of the Mamluks, 1250–1517 – Albrecht Fuess, CNRS – Université de Tours

Sea Ghazis, Warrior Priests, and One Ottoman Patron’s Articulation of Just War, c. 1497–1508 – Nabil Sirri Al-Tikriti, University of Mary Washington

Christians, Muslims, and Monks in Medieval Southern Italy
Saturday, January 9, 2010: 2:30 PM-4:30 PM

Notaries, Advocates, and Judges: The Relationship between Legal Officials and Monasteries in Early Medieval Benevento- Sarah Louise Whitten, University of California, Los Angeles

“May God Lead you to the Bosom of Abraham”: The Papacy and the Muslims of Italy before the Crusades – Louis I. Hamilton, Drew University

A Second Saladin: The Muslims of Sicily, Markward of Anweiler, and the Emergence of the Anti-Muslim Critique – Joshua Birk, Smith College

Telling Medieval Women’s Stories
Saturday, January 9, 2010: 2:30 PM-4:30 PM
San Francisco Room (Marriott)

Girlinda and Alpais: Telling the Story of Two Textile Fabricators in the Carolingian Empire – Valerie L. Garver, Northern Illinois University

Piecing Together the Fragments: Telling Medieval French Noblewomen’s Lives through Image and Text – Amy Livingstone, Wittenberg University

Sisters and Brothers: Interpreting the Evidence for Sibling Relationships in Staufen Germany – Jonathan Reed Lyon, University of Chicago

Royal Women in Medieval Spain: Catalina of Lancaster, Leonor of Albuquerque, and Maria of Castile – Theresa M. Earenfight, Seattle University

Muriel, a Jew of Oxford: Using the Dramatic to Understand the Mundane in Anglo-Norman Towns – Charlotte Newman Goldy, Miami University

Well-Behaved Women Making History: Women in Late Medieval Westminster – Katherine L. French, State University of New York at New Paltz


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