Ten papers to look forward to at the 48th International Congress on Medieval Studies


Western Michigan University has released a sneak preview of the schedule for this year’s International Congress on Medieval Studies. The congress, which will be held from May 9th to 12th, features 582 sessions that cover a wide range of topics. Aquinas, Chaucer and Dante are all well-represented in sessions this year, as are papers that examine the Hospitaller Order  (which was founded 900 years ago in 1113) and modern perceptions of the Middle Ages.  We have picked ten papers that might be drawing a crowd during the congress:

“Good Fees, Fat Farms, and Concubines”: Religious Life in Kilkenny Prior to the Reformation
John Bradley, National University of Ireland–Maynooth
in Session 25: Religious Landscapes in Medieval Ireland

Viking Winter Camps in England: New Archaeological Evidence
Dawn M. Hadley, University of Sheffield
in Session 43: The Vikings in England

What Did Richard III Watch for Entertainment instead of TV?
Richard B. Foster, Independent Scholar
in Session 63: Fifteenth-Century England

Volcanoes in Snorri’s Edda: A New Reading of the Fight between Thor and Hrungnir
Nancy Marie Brown, Independent Scholar
in Session 85: Old Norse Literature and Culture

“Our Lord saw a goat, and took his tail and made it into a woman’s tongue”: Women as Gossipers in the Writings of Late Medieval Iberian Moralists
Núria Silleras-Fernández, University of Colorado–Boulder
in Session 182: Gossip and Courtly Reputation in the Medieval Mediterranean




Why Did Eastern Saints Help Crusaders in the Battle of Antioch in 1098?: Saints’ Cults and the Struggle for Power between the Normans and the Byzantines
Elizabeth Lapina, University of Kent
in Session 250: The Crusades I

The Mysterious Case of the Ghost Who Was Not There
Amy Amendt-Raduege, Whatcom Community College
in Session 282: Monsters I: Haunting the Middle Ages

The Queen of Sicily’s Paris Shopping List, 1277
Sarah-Grace Heller, Ohio State University
in Session 427: Dress and Textiles IV: Speaking of (and with) Clothing and Textiles

The Calamitous Fourteenth Century in England: All Doom and Gloom?
George Stow, La Salle University
in Session 452: Crown and Country in Late Medieval England

From Housing the Pilgrim to Nursing the Sick: A Change in the Order’s Notion of Hospitality in the Middle Ages (Twelfth to Fifteenth Center)
Jyri Hasecker, Westfälische Wilhelms-University Münster
in Session 576: The Nine-Hundredth Anniversary of the Order of the Hospital: Hospitaller Rules and Statutes II

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Sharan Newman