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

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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

Sharan Newman