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Schedule released for the 2011 International Congress on Medieval Studies

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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