Online Conference: Reclaiming Losses: Recovery, Reconquest, and Restoration in the Middle Ages, Princeton University, 6 March 2021

Princeton University cordially invites you to their Medieval Studies Graduate Conference, 2021:  Reclaiming Losses: Recovery, Reconquest, and Restoration in the Middle Ages. The conference will be held on Zoom on Saturday, March 6, 2021 from 10:00am – 4:30pm ESTRegistration is open to the public.

The conference will begin with a keynote address given by Professor Hussein Fancy, Associate Professor of History at the University of Michigan, entitled: “The Law is an Imposter: Restoring Imperial Authority around the Medieval Mediterranean.” 

The keynote address will be followed by six graduate student papers reflecting a range of historical contexts and disciplinary entry points. Diverse in their subjects, geographies, chronologies, and approaches, these papers share a common objective—to explore the circumstances under which medieval people made claims to past legacies, how they asserted those claims, and what it meant to express them as calls for restitution. 

To view the conference schedule, paper abstracts, and to register, please visit the conference website here. Graduate student speakers will include:

Javier Albarraìn (RomanIslam: Center for Comparative Empire and Transcultural Studies, Universität Hamburg): “Shaping an Islamic ‘Reconquest’: The Loss of Al-Andalus, 11th Century and Beyond” 

Maia Ruth Béar (Department of Medieval Studies, Yale University): “Making Things, Making Up for Things, Making Things Up: Female Creativity in a Middle English Romance” 

Camila Marcone (Center for Medieval Studies, Fordham University): “From Battleground to Hunting Ground: Recreational Spaces and ‘Reconquista’ in Alfonso XI’s Libro de la monteriìa” 

Michael J. Sanders (Fordham University): “1492, the End of the ‘Reconquest?’: Ferdinand II, Martín García, and the Iter per Hispaniam to Jerusalem”  

Bailey Sullivan (University of Michigan): “‘The statue I came to see is not here anymore’: The Restoration of Notre-Dame du Pilier at Chartres Cathedral” 

Kevin Vogelaar (Affiliated Scholar, Tufts University): “The Medieval Armenian Foundation Rite and the Construction of Loss” 

This year’s conference is organized by Rachel Gerber and Eric Medawar. The Program in Medieval Studies at Princeton University encourages interdisciplinary study of the European Middle Ages: its art, literature (Latin and vernacular), music, religion, science, philosophy, politics and economic and social structures.


Published by ameliahyde

Amelia Roché Hyde holds an MA from The Courtauld Institute of Art, where she studied cross-cultural artistic traditions of medieval Spain, taking an in-depth look at the context and role of Spanish ivories within sacred spaces. Her favorite medieval art objects are ones that are meant to be handled and touched, and she has researched ivories, textiles, and illuminated manuscripts at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The British Museum. Amelia is the Research Assistant at The Met Cloisters.

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