Schedule released for the 2011 International Congress on Medieval Studies

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The Medieval Institute  of Western Michigan University has released the schedule for the 46th International Congress on Medieval Studies, which takes place May 12-15, 2011. This year’s congress will feature 580 sessions covering a vast number of topics related to history, religion, literature and medievalism.

You can download the schedule as a PDF file here.

Here are twelve papers that you might want to consider attending while at the congress

Loose Canons: Perceptions of Canonical and Monastic Life in Medieval England, by Nick Nichols, Westminster Christian Academy at Session 4: Choosing an Order: Navigating Competing Models for the Religious Life in Medieval Christianity (Thursday 10am)

Mary as Priest? Neglected Evidence from Byzantine Art, by Matthew J. Milliner, Princeton University at Session 74: New Rhetorical and Artistic Interpretations of the Virgin Mary (Thursday 1:30pm)

Medieval Logistics and Byzantium: The Case of Manzikert (1071), by John F. Haldon, Princeton University at Session 135: The Annual Journal of Medieval Military History Lecture (Thursday 3:30pm)

And What Was Wrong with Gruit? Preserving Beer in the Middle Ages, by Richard W. Unger, University of British Columbia at Session 153: The Enigma of Medieval Gruit: What Were Ales Like before the Advent of Hops? (Thursday 7:30pm)

The Twelfth-Century Lesson Plan: What Teachers’ Notes Tell Us about Teaching Beginning Students in the Multilingual Environment of the English Monastic Classroom, by Melinda J. Menzer, Furman University at Session 192: Symposium on Teachers and Students in the Middle Ages (Friday 10am)

Sense and the Senses in Medieval Food and Wine Pairing, by Azélina Jaboulet-Vercherre, Yale University at Session 246: What’s for Dinner? The Medieval Menu (Friday 1:30pm)

Buying and Buying: One Woman’s Land Acquisition as Political Strategy in Thirteenth-Century Portugal, by Miriam Shadis, Ohio University at Session 338: Women in Thirteenth-Century Europe (Friday 3:30 pm)

“Blindness is most wretched”: Living with Visual Impairments in the Later Middle Ages, by Eliza Buhrer, Cornell University at Session 394: Living with Disabilities in the Middle Ages (Saturday 10am)

The Inscribed Gold Strip of the Staffordshire Hoard: Text and Script, by Thomas P. Klein, Idaho State University at Session 435: Topics in Medieval Archaeology (Saturday 1:30pm)

Bad Tidings: Messages and Media in Malory’s Morte Darthur, by Elizabeth S. Sklar, Wayne State University at Session 499: Letters and Legacies: Correspondence in the World of Arthur (Saturday 3:30pm)

“Viking” North America: The North American Public’s Understanding of Its Norse Heritage, by Megan Arnott, University of Western Ontario at Session 528: The Central Issue: What Does the Public Actually Think about the Middle Ages? (Sunday 8:30am)

Germanic Pre-Christian Tree Worship and Post-conversion Cross Veneration, by Annie C. Humphrey, University of Connecticut at 558: The Medieval Forest (Sunday 10am)

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Sharan Newman