Medieval sessions at the 125th Annual Meeting of American Historical Association

The American Historical Association has released its program for its 125th Annual Meeting, which will be held in the city of Boston from January 6–9, 2011. Here is a list of sessions taking place with medieval content:

Women of Independent Means? The Construction of Spiritual Life Stories in Late Medieval and Early Modern European Society

Thursday, January 6, 2011: 3:00 PM-5:00 PM

Joan of Arc: Neither Prophet nor Puppet – Larissa Juliet Taylor, Colby College
The Devil and the Saint: The Case of Teresa de Jesús – Elizabeth Rhodes, Boston College
“In the End, God Helped Me Defeat Myself”: The Spiritual Life of Camilla Battista Da Varano – William V. Hudon, Bloomsburg University

Religious Legal Institutions and Economic Performance in Comparative Jewish-Muslim Perspective

Thursday, January 6, 2011: 3:00 PM-5:00 PM

The Valuation of Intangible Assets in Jewish Law – Jeffrey L. Callen, University of Toronto
The Sabbatical Year Controversy in Palestine, 1889–1948 – Daniel A. Schiffman, Ariel University Center
Islamic Economics in Contemporary Iran: Is It Rooted in the Writings of Medieval Iranian Scholars? – Hamid Hosseini, King’s College

Printing before Gutenberg: Buddhist and Daoist Woodblock Prints from China

Thursday, January 6, 2011: 3:00 PM-5:00 PM

Sutras in Honor of Buddha: The Buddhist Impact on the Origins of Chinese Woodblock Printing – Denise Elisabeth Foerster, Yale University
About a Song-Dynasty (960–1276) Map Showing All of China – Hyunhee Park, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York
Printing the Daoist Canon under Mongol Rule, 1237–44 – Jinping Wang, Yale University
Spectacle and Entertainment: The Four Beauties and Commercial Printing of Early Thirteenth-Century China – Fan Zhang, Smith College

The Material Imagination in Late Antique Christianity

Thursday, January 6, 2011: 3:00 PM-5:00 PM

Shrine Gestures and Syncretism in Late Antique Christianity -David Frankfurter, Boston University
Women with Books in Late Antiquity – Kim Haines-Eitzen, Cornell University
Ritual, Theater, and Authentic Emotion in Late Antique Christianity – Anne Merideth, University of Rochester

Echoes of the Crusades in the West

Thursday, January 6, 2011: 3:00 PM-5:00 PM

The Place of Jerusalem in Western Crusading Rites – M. Cecilia Gaposchkin, Dartmouth College
Death, Distance, and Memory: The Crusades and Commemorative Culture in the Latin West – Nicholas L. Paul, Fordham University
A Templar between Guilt and Innocence: Matthew of Cressonessart in Philip IV’s Paris – Sean L. Field, University of Vermont

Creating a Sacred History for Aragon in the Medieval and Early Modern Period

Friday, January 7, 2011: 9:30 AM-11:30 AM

The Relics and Religiosity of Martí l’Eclesiàstic -Michael A. Ryan, Purdue University
Inquisition and Sacred Historiography in the Dominican Province of Aragon – Robin J. E. Vose, St. Thomas University
How the Holy Grail Came to Valencia: Sacred History in Post-Tridentine Aragon – Laura A. Smoller, University of Arkansas at Little Rock

Defending Legitimacy: Papacy and Empire in Late Medieval Political Thought

Friday, January 7, 2011: 9:30 AM-11:30 AM

Marsilius, History, and Legitimacy: Guido Terreni and Sibert of Beek Confronting the Defensor pacis – Thomas Turley, Santa Clara University
The “Autonomous” Imperial Coronation of Ludwig the Bavarian, 1328 in Rome – Frank Godthardt, German Historical Institute in Rome
Legitimization by Consent in Juan de Torquemada’s Defense of the Roman Empire – Thomas M. Izbicki, Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Perspectives on Medieval León-Castile I

Friday, January 7, 2011: 9:30 AM-11:30 AM

Cortes and Currency: The Beginnings of Royal Monetary Policy in Leon-Castile, 1065–1109 – James J. Todesca, Armstrong Atlantic State University
Towns on the Edge: Twelfth-Century Municipal War Policy in Leon-Castile and France – James F. Powers, College of the Holy Cross
Alfonso VIII, the Castilian Episcopate, and the Accession of Rodrigo Jimenez de Rada as Archbishop of Toledo in 1210 – Bernard F. Reilly, Villanova University

Transmuting Christianity: Alchemical Speculation and Christian Doctrine in the Late Middle Ages

Friday, January 7, 2011: 9:30 AM-11:30 AM

Distilling Heaven: Franciscans and the Elixir, 1250–1350 – Zachary A. Matus, Harvard University
The Crucible of Creation: Popular Heresy Meets Vernacular Alchemy in Fourteenth-Century Languedoc – Louisa A. Burnham, Middlebury College
Was Alchemy Superstitious? Nicholas Eymeric’s Contra alchimistas and the Place of Alchemy in Late Medieval Critiques of Superstition – Michael D. Bailey, Iowa State University

Women’s Experience, Imaginary Women, and Male Authority

Friday, January 7, 2011: 9:30 AM-11:30 AM

Ordering the University with the Order of Love: Robert of Sorbonne, Pastoral Care, and the Beguinage of Paris – Tanya S. Stabler, Purdue University at Calumet
Silencing the Widow with a Prayer for Peace: Gerson, Valentina Visconti, and the Murder of Louis of Orléans (Paris, 1407–08) – Nancy McLoughlin, University of California at Irvine
Male Authors and Female Authority in the Medieval Military Sphere – Katrin E. Sjursen, Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville

Violence and Sovereignty in Europe, 1300–1800

Friday, January 7, 2011: 2:30 PM-4:30 PM

Denouncing Noble Violence in Fourteenth-Century Florence – Carol Lansing, University of California at Santa Barbara
Sovereignty and Debt in Late Medieval Mediterranean Europe – Daniel L. Smail, Harvard University
The Ritual and the Spectacle: Audience Perceptions of Capital Punishment in Early Modern France – Paul Friedland, Bowdoin College

Perspectives on Medieval León-Castile II

Friday, January 7, 2011: 2:30 PM-4:30 PM

Las Navas de Tolosa and the Institutionalization of the Crusade – Miguel Dolan Gomez, University of Tennessee
Foreigners and Foes in the Leonese Succession Crisis of 1230 – Janna C. Wasilewski, University of Maryland
Intermittent Crusades against the Moors in Late Medieval Castile – Joseph F. O’Callaghan, Fordham University

Center and Periphery in the Late Antique Religious Landscape of Italy

Friday, January 7, 2011: 2:30 PM-4:30 PM

Porphyry from Eusebius to Jerome and Augustine: The Transmission of Polemical Texts in Late Antiquity – Ariane Magny, Birkbeck College, University of London
Aristotle in Fifth-Century Italy: A Pelagian Interpretation – Lindsey Scholl, University of California at Santa Barbara
The Bishops and the “Great” King: Church and State in Ostrogothic Italy – Eric Fournier, West Chester University of Pennsylvania
Digressions and Culture in Paul the Deacon’s History of the Lombards – Félix Racine, University of St. Andrews

Persuasive Texts and Holy Contexts: Women, Writing, and Community in the Middle Ages

Friday, January 7, 2011: 2:30 PM-4:30 PM

A Sweet Cecilia for Benedictines, with Love from the Mendicants – Mary Beth Long, Ouachita Baptist University
Writing as a Spiritual Practice among the Holy Women of Helfta – Anna Harrison, Loyola Marymount University
“We’ll All Go Together When We Go”: Purgatorial Visions and the Convent Community in Medieval Germany – Jennifer Welsh, College of Charleston

Carolingian Emotions: Image, Rhetoric, and Reality in Ninth-Century Europe

Saturday, January 8, 2011: 9:00 AM-11:00 AM

Tempus Perturbationum: Emotional Responses to the Frankish Civil War – Andrew J. Romig, New York University
The Depiction of Emotion in Carolingian Art – Lawrence Nees, University of Delaware
Emotions and Rhetoric in the Epitaphium Arsenii – Mayke de Jong, Universiteit Utrecht

Fathers and Daughters in Islam: Spiritual Inheritance and Succession Politics, Thirteenth to Nineteenth Centuries

Saturday, January 8, 2011: 9:00 AM-11:00 AM

Fathers and Daughters in Islamic History: A Typology – Julia Clancy-Smith, University of Arizona
“In Reality a Man”: Sultan Iltutmish, His Daughter Raḍiyya, and Female Sovereignty in Medieval Muslim India – Alyssa Gabbay, University of Washington
Süleyman and Mihrimah: The Favorite’s Daughter – Christine Isom-Verhaaren, Benedictine University

Peoples on the Periphery: Religion and Culture on the Frontiers of Late Medieval Empires

Saturday, January 8, 2011: 9:00 AM-11:00 AM

Religion, Ethnicity, and Allegiance in Almohad Iberia – Abigail Krasner Balbale, Harvard University
Call me Ishmael…Or Not: An Onomastic Lens into Jewish Society on Venetian Crete, 1300–1500 – Rena Lauer, Harvard University
Saints, Shrines, and Timurid Piety – Rubina Salikuddin, Harvard University

History, Society, and the Sacred in the Middle Ages, Part 1: Thinking about the City

Saturday, January 8, 2011: 9:00 AM-11:00 AM

One Arm, Two Bodies, Four Icons: St. George the Martyr, the Monastery of San Giorgio Maggiore, and Venetian Political Identity – David M. Perry, Dominican University
Pulp Mysticism and the Late Medieval Laity – Rabia Gregory, University of Missouri at Columbia
The Sacred Places and the Lay Communities: Politics of Inclusion and Exclusion in Late Medieval Sicily – Fabrizio Titone, Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies
The Papacy, the Commune, and the Struggle for SPQR in Fifteenth-Century Rome – Carrie Beneš, New College of Florida

The Invention of Early Christian Monasticism

Saturday, January 8, 2011: 9:00 AM-11:00 AM

Ascetics in Late Antiquity: Diversity, Ideology, and Identity – James E. Goehring, University of Mary Washington
How Interdisciplinarity and the Advent of Gender and Cultural Studies Have Reinvented Monastic Origins: Shenoute as Test Case – Caroline T. Schroeder, University of the Pacific
The Invention of Monastic Reading – Rebecca Krawiec, Canisius College

Women, Reform, and Monastic Culture

Saturday, January 8, 2011: 9:00 AM-11:00 AM

Nuns as Patrons of Reform – Fiona J. Griffiths, New York University
Religious Women and Church Reform: From Rhetoric to Participation, 1150–1250 – Anne E. Lester, University of Colorado at Boulder
Female Power and Monastic Reform: Fifteenth-Century Abbesses of Fontevraud and Sainte-Croix – Jennifer C. Edwards, Manhattan College

Rhetorics of Reform and Medieval Religion

Saturday, January 8, 2011: 11:30 AM-1:30 PM

The Semiotics of Pious Reform and Insurgent Historiographies in Early Islam – Thomas N. Sizgorich, University of California at Irvine
A Conversation Across Centuries: Reforming the Secular Clergy in Western Christendom, 800–1200- Maureen C. Miller, University of California at Berkeley
Reform, and Ever Reforming: From “Movements” to Conflicts, from Persons to Institutions, from the Twelfth Century to the Fifteenth – John H. Van Engen, University of Notre Dame

The Sacred and the Secular: The Effects of Ecclesiastical Literary Culture on Early Irish Society

Saturday, January 8, 2011: 11:30 AM-1:30 PM

From Paganism to Christianity: Relics and Social Customs in Seventh-Century Ireland – Niamh Wycherley, University College Dublin, Humanities Institute of Ireland
The Body as Practical Field for Saintly Power: Disability in Early Irish Saints’ Lives – Robyn Neville, Emory University
Secular and Sacred: The Narrative Theology of Betha Meic Creiche – Tomás O’Sullivan, St. Louis University
The So-Called “Monastic Rules” of Early Ireland – Patricia Kelly, University College Dublin

Religious Difference in Medieval Italy

Saturday, January 8, 2011: 11:30 AM-1:30 PM

Catholicism and Dualism in Dialogue: Religious Differences in Fourteenth-Century Piedmont – John Scholl, University of California at Santa Barbara
Interconfessional Relations in Medieval Southern Italy – Valerie Ramseyer, Wellesley College
The Normans of Sicily from the Other Side: Muslim Sources – Giovanna Palombo, University of California at Berkeley

Death and the Maiden: Inflicting and Experiencing Violence in the Accounts of Female Saints

Saturday, January 8, 2011: 11:30 AM-1:30 PM

The Old English Judith: A Palimpsest – Laurence Erussard, Hobart and William Smith Colleges
“Maiden who might be worth so much”: Watching Spectators and Reading Torture in the Life of Saint Margaret – Allison Adair, Fordham University
Paths of Pain: Sainthood for Historical Female Taoists – Janice Bogstad, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

History, Society, and the Sacred in the Middle Ages, Part 2: Part II: Thinking about the End

Saturday, January 8, 2011: 2:30 PM-4:30 PM

The Pincer of Past and Future in the Early Middle Ages: Odo of Cluny and Adso of Montier-en-Der – Matthew Gabriele, Virginia Tech
Ademar of Chabannes and the Early Eleventh-Century Western Roots of the Crusades – Daniel F. Callahan, University of Delaware
Living in the Prophetic Present: Jan Hus and the Response to the Antichrist’s Advent – Phillip Haberkern, Princeton University

Fabulous Donations: England and Italy, 1350–1550

Sunday, January 9, 2011: 8:30 AM-10:30 AM

For the Greater Glory of My Soul and Memory – Barbara Harris, University of North Carolina
The Donation of Marco Carelli – Martina Saltamacchia, Rutgers University-New Brunswick
Pious Legacies of Professors and their Families in Trecento Bologna- Shona Kelly Wray, University of Missouri at Kansas City

Women’s Religious Patronage in Early Medieval Europe: Medieval and Modern Connections

Sunday, January 9, 2011: 8:30 AM-10:30 AM

Quae Meritis Propriis Effulget: The Ecclesiastical Patronage of Queen Fredegund – Gregory Isaac Halfond, Framingham State College
Secret Knowledge and the Protection of the Soul: Cynewulf’s Juliana as Patroness and Dialectician – Christina M. Heckman, Augusta State University
Judith of Flanders and Her Books: Patronage and Politics – Mary Dockray-Miller, Lesley College

711-2011 Commemoration of the 1300th Anniversary of Islam in the Iberian World, Part 1: Encounters and Transmissions between Muslims, Christians, and Jews in Medieval Iberia

Sunday, January 9, 2011: 8:30 AM-10:30 AM

Refugees under the Almoravids – Juan Camilo Gómez-Rivas, American University in Cairo
Conversion in the Crown of Aragon – Jarbel Rodriguez, San Francisco State University
Anti-Jewish Legislative Discourse in Castile – Maya Soifer Irish, Rice University
Promoting Holy War in Composite Societies: The Cases of Jaén and Cyprus – Thomas C. Devaney, Brown University

Reimagining Christianity in the Early Middle Ages: Communities and Contexts

Sunday, January 9, 2011: 8:30 AM-10:30 AM

Afterlife and Underworld in Bede’s Ecclesiastical History – Sally Shockro, Boston College
Grave Goods, the Cult of the Saints, and Making Christian Burial Communities in Early Medieval England – Austin Mason, Boston College
Real Christians Can Wear Pants! Manners, Motivations, and the Loci of Christianization in the Ninth Century – William L. North, Carleton College

Religious Experiences of Women in the Carolingian World

Sunday, January 9, 2011: 8:30 AM-10:30 AM

The Song of Songs, A Feminized Clergy, and the Nurturing of the Early Medieval Church – Hannah Matis, University of Notre Dame
Perceptions of Women’s Magic in the Carolingian Era – Martha Rampton, Pacific University
Gender and Ascetic Practice in the Carolingian World – Lynda L. Coon, University of Arkansas

Does 1500 Matter?: Society and the Sacred in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe

Sunday, January 9, 2011: 11:00 AM-1:00 PM

Does 1500 Matter? The Case of John of Capistrano – James D. Mixson, University of Alabama
Mary, Martha, and Domestic Pieties across “The Great Divide” – Jennifer Kolpacoff Deane, University of Minnesota at Morris
How Scholastic Were the “Lutheran Scholastics”? The Cultural Dynamics of Early Lutheran Orthodoxy – Susan R. Boettcher, University of Texas at Austin

For more details and the view the full program, please go to the American Historical Association website

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