International Congress on Medieval 2021: Medieval Art/Architecture related papers & panels, 10 – 15 May, 2021

Whilst the International Congress on Medieval Studies (ICMS) cannot take place in person, the wonderful committee have organised a virtual conference to take place.

We’ve had a look through the programme and have brought together all the Medieval Art related papers and panels. Please let us know if we’ve missed a panel or paper that you think Medieval Art Researchers would like to know about! You can see the full programme here.

The ICMS will run from Monday 10 May – Saturday 15 May 2021. All times are in Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).

Monday 10th May 2021

9:00 a.m. EDT

Session 1: New Research in Medieval Parish Church Art and Architecture I: Pilgrimage and Movement in the Medieval Parish Church

  • Organizer: Sarah Blick, Kenyon College
  • Presider: Therese E. Novotny, Carroll Univ.

The Church of Santiago of Carrión: Pilgrimage and Urbanization in Twelfth-Century Iberia, John Seasholtz, Univ. of Birmingham

Pilgrims in the Parish: Two English Case Studies, Catherine E. Hundley, Colorado College

Moving in Place: English Late Gothic Parish Church Baptismal Font Covers, Sarah Blick, Kenyon College


9:00 a.m. EDT

Session 2 – Jerusalem I: The Holy City in Textual, Visual, and Material Cultures

  • Sponsor: Center for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, Stanford Univ.
  • Organizer: Mareike E. Reisch, Stanford Univ.
  • Presider: Mareike E. Reisch

Meditation on Materiality: Reconstructing the Loca Sancta through Handmade Reliquary Boxes, Katharine Denise Scherff, Texas Tech Univ.

In Vestigiis Iesu Domini: Putting Jerusalem on One Leg at a Time in The Book of Margery Kempe, Nathan James Phelps, Univ. of Notre Dame

Navigating the Imagined: A Re-Evaluation of Jerusalem in Hugeburc of Heidenheim’s Vita Willibaldi, Liam Andrew McLeod, Univ. of Birmingham

Heavenly Jerusalem as Diagram: Symbolics in Devotional Practices, Lenka Panuskova, Instutite of Art History, Czech Academy of Sciences


9:00 a.m. EDT

Session 8: Science and the Study of Medieval Manuscripts

  • Sponsor: Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Yale Univ.
  • Organizer: Raymond Clemens, Yale Univ.; Gina Marie Hurley, Yale Univ.
  • Presider: Kristen Herdman, Yale Uni

Encountering the North: Biocodicological Investigation of Certain Romanesque Libri Pilosi, Elodie Amandine Leveque, Beast to Craft/Trinity College Dublin

Scientific Analysis of Manuscripts: Allowing Objects to Speak for Themselves, Richard R. Hark, Institute for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage, Yale Univ.

Manuscripts through Many Lenses, Gregory Heyworth, Univ. of Rochester; Alexander J. Zawacki, Univ. of Rochester


9:00 a.m. EDT

Session 11: Encounters during the Period of Crusades: History through Objects (A Panel Discussion)

  • Sponsor: Program in Medieval Studies, Univ. of Wisconsin–Madison
  • Organizer: Cathleen A. Fleck, St. Louis Univ.
  • Presider: Cathleen A. Fleck

A panel discussion with Paroma Chatterjee, Univ. of Michigan–Ann Arbor; Elizabeth Lapina, Univ. of Wisconsin–Madison; Laura J. Whatley, Auburn Univ.–Montgomery; Richard A. Leson, Univ. of Wisconsin–Milwaukee; and Anne E. Lester, Johns Hopkins Univ.


9:00 a.m. EDT

Session 13:  Art Historical Approaches to Medieval Environments

  • Sponsor: International Center of Medieval Art (ICMA) Student Committee
  • Organizer: Dustin Aaron, Institute of Fine Arts, New York Univ.
  • Presider: Dustin Aaron

A Saint, the Sun, and a Cloud: Sacred Meteorology in Santa Maria Novella, Giosuè Fabiano, Courtauld Institute of Art

Out of the Woods: The Ecologies and Natural Materials of the Historiated Doors of Auvergne, Katherine Werwie, Yale Univ.

The Trees of the Cross, Gregory C. Bryda, Barnard College


9:00 a.m. EDT

Session 17: The Cultures of Armenia and Georgia

  • Sponsor: Rare Book Dept., The Free Library of Philadelphia
  • Organizer: Bert K. Beynen, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Temple Univ.
  • Presider: Bert K. Beynen

The Constantinople School of Georgian Book Painting in 1070, Alexander L. Saminsky, Independent Scholar

Building Activity of the Emperor Heraclius in the Caucasus, David Khoshtaria, Chubinashvili National Research Centre

Wardrops’ Collection Online: The Typicon of the Georgian Monastery of the Holy Cross near Jerusalem, Irina Lobzhanidze, Ilia State Univ.

Ingushetia: The Untold Story, Two Discoveries behind The Scene, Magomet Albakov, Independent Scholar

Ingush Family Castles, Leyla Gagieva, Independent Scholar


11:00 am. EDT

Session 18: The Sacred and the Secular in the Monastic Chapter Room

  • Organizer: Charles Hilken, Saint Mary’s College of California
  • Presider: Brian Patrick McGuire, Independent Scholar

The Saga of the Sacred Stones, Thomas X. Davis, Abbey of New Clairvaux

The Chapter Room in the Chronicle of Montecassino, Charles Hilken


11:00 am. EDT

Session 19: New Research in Medieval Parish Church Art and Architecture II: Paintings and Worship in Medieval English Parish Churches

  • Organizer: Sarah Blick, Kenyon College
  • Presider: Sarah Blick

Reimagining the Trinity at an Anglo-Norman Parish Church, Kayleen J. Bobbitt, Independent Scholar

Plays, Paintings, and the Parish Church: Angel Costumes in Mural Paintings, Therese E. Novotny, Carroll Univ.

Doom Tympana in English Parish Churches, Emily N. Savage, Univ. of St. Andrews


1:00 pm. EDT

Session 38: New Research in Medieval Parish Church Art and Architecture III: Placement, Identity, and Trade in Medieval Parish Churches

  • Organizer: Sarah Blick, Kenyon College
  • Presider: Catherine E. Hundley, Colorado College

The Deposition from the Cross in the Pyrenees: Between Painting and Sculpture in the Catalan Parish Church, Anabelle Gambert-Jouan, Yale Univ.

A Royal Portrait? Uncovering the Identity of Saints on the Late Medieval Screen at North Tuddenham, Norfolk, Lucy J. Wrapson, Hamilton Kerr Institute, Univ. of Cambridge

Mapping the Trade in Art with Digital Tools: Altarpieces in the Swiss Alps, Joan A. Holladay, Univ. of Texas.–Austin; Christine James Zepeda, Univ. of Texas.–Austin


1:00 pm. EDT

Session 47: Manuscript Studies without Manuscripts Sponsor: Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Yale Univ.

  • Organizer: Raymond Clemens, Yale Univ.; Gina Marie Hurley, Yale Univ.
  • Presider: Gina Marie Hurley

Books of Hours without the Books: A Case Study in Digital Editing, Hannelore M. Segers, Harvard Univ./Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection

The Sixteenth-Century Hampton Court Palace Records: Challenges in Digital Transcription, Charlotte A. Stanford, Brigham Young Univ.; Cope K. Makechnie, Brigham Young Univ.

Immersive Manuscripts, Big Screens to Small, Paul A. Broyles, North Carolina State Univ.


3:00 pm. EDT

Session 57:  Henry’s Revenge? Becket at 851 II: Pilgrims, Pilgrimages, and Artifacts

  • Organizer: Cary J. Nederman, Texas A&M Univ.
  • Presider: Cary J. Nederman

Picturing Martyrdom: Norwich Cathedral Bosses and the Origins of Their Iconography, Zina Uzdenskaya, Centre for Medieval Studies, Univ. of Toronto

John of Salisbury and the “Sacramental” Box, Karen Bollermann, Independent Scholar

“Felix Locus”: Procession and Liturgy at Canterbury Cathedral, 1173–1220, Katherine Nicole Emery, Independent Scholar


3:00 pm. EDT

Session 61: The Breath of All That Lives: New Research in Medieval Jewish Art I

  • Organizer: Elina Gertsman, Case Western Reserve Univ.
  • Presider: Elina Gertsman

Emotion and Motion: Modeling Conscientious Speculation, Marc M. Epstein, Vassar College

“The voice is the voice of Jacob, but the hands are the hands of Esau”: Reception, Deception, and the Senses in Fourteenth-Century Illustrated Haggadot, Reed Alexis O’Mara, Case Western Reserve Univ.

People of the Book: Rethinking Solutions to Aniconism in Medieval Ashkenazi Manuscript Illumination, Dustin Aaron, Institute of Fine Arts, New York Univ


5:00 pm. EDT

The Legacy of Otto Ege Sponsor: Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Yale Univ.

  • Organizer: Elizabeth K. Hebbard, Indiana Univ.–Bloomington
  • Presider: Raymond Clemens, Yale Univ.

Imaging Palimpsests in the Otto F. Ege Collection, Zoe LaLena, Rochester Institute of Technology; Malcolm Zale, Rochester Institute of Technology; Lisa Enochs, Rochester Institute of Technology

The “Diaspora” and Retrievals of Otto Ege Manuscripts: Reflections on Methodologies of Discovery, Mildred Budny, Research Group on Manuscript Evidence

Otto Ege and the American Dream, Elizabeth K. Hebbard

Otto Ege the Collector: The Ege Family Collection at the Beinecke Library, Lisa Fagin Davis, Medieval Academy of America


Tuesday 11th May 2021

9:00 a.m. EDT

Session 87: Saints Online: Using Digital Methods to Investigate the Cults of Saints

  • Sponsor: Mapping Lived Religion/Kartläggning av religion i vardagen, Linnéuniv.; Centrum för digital humaniora, Göteborgs Univ.
  • Organizer: Sara Ellis Nilsson, Linnaeus Univ.
  • Presider: Sara Ellis Nilsson

Using GIS to Illustrate and Understand the Influence of Saint Æthelthryth of Ely, Ian David Styler, Independent Scholar

Finding the Desert in the Fens: GIS as a Tool for Depicting the Growth of Saint Guthlac’s Cult, Meredith A. Bacola, St. Paul’s College, Univ. of Manitoba

Building Databases and Mapping Saints’ Cults: Digital Solutions to Working with Diverse Source Material in the Study of Medieval Lived Religion, Terese Zachrisson, Univ. of Gothenburg; Johan Åhlfeldt, Univ. of Gothenburg; Anders Fröjmark, Linnaeus Univ.


9:00 a.m. EDT

Session 89: Mary on the Move: Marian Iconography in Late Medieval France

  • Organizer: Andrea Bianka Znorovszky, Ca’ Foscari Univ.
  • Presider: Christopher Mielke, Beverly Heritage Center

The Madonna and the Burning Bush or the Embers of a Marian Iconography, Fiammetta Campagnoli, Univ. Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne

The Heavenly “Queen of Flowers”: Some Aspects of Marian Religious Imagery in Late Medieval Europe and Its Related Iconographical Formulas, Yoanna Planchette, Bibliothèque nationale de France

An Immaculate Phenomenon: The Dissemination of the Virgin with Fifteen Symbols Iconography, Charlotte Wytema, Courtauld Institute of Art

The Virgin’s Presentation to the Temple in Illuminations and Frescoes of Late Medieval France, Andrea Bianka Znorovszky


9:00 a.m. EDT

Session 92: The Breath of All That Lives: New Research in Medieval Jewish Art II

  • Organizer: Elina Gertsman, Case Western Reserve Univ.
  • Presider: Aimee Caya, Case Western Reserve Univ.

Deliberate Imperfection: Is It Good for the Jews?, Julie A. Harris, Independent Scholar

Enduring Absences: The Architectural Semiotics of Toledo’s Synagogues, Christopher Swift, New York City College of Technology, CUNY

German Beast in an Italian Feast: Image Transference in Hebrew Illuminated Manuscripts, Zvi Orgad, Bar-Ilan Univ.


9:00 a.m. EDT

Session 96: Medieval Manuscripts in the Midwest: New Research from “Hidden” Collections

  • Sponsor: Rare Books and Manuscripts Library, The Ohio State Univ.
  • Organizer: Eric J. Johnson, Ohio State Univ. Presider: Eric J. Johnson

How a Noble Is Made: Evidence of Use in a Sixteenth-Century Spanish Letter of Nobility, Lucia Aja Lopez, Ohio State Univ.

Mark of Devotion and Brush with Destruction: The Hidden History of One Book of Hours, Kara Ann Morrow, College of Wooster

Exploring Columbus, The Ohio State University Library, MS.MR.13: La vie de madame sainte, Katherine Abigail Greff, Ohio State Univ.

Medieval Manuscripts from the Bibliotheca Phillippica at the Kenneth Spencer Research Library of the University of Kansas, N. Kıvılcım Yavuz, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, Univ. of Kansas


9:00 a.m. EDT

Session 98: Materiality of Languages: Epigraphy, Manuscripts, and Writing Systems in Byzantium and the Early Islamic Near East (324–1204) II

  • Sponsor: Univ. Warszawski; Narodowe Centrum Nauki (NCN); Jacksonville State Univ.
  • Organizer: Paweł Eugeniusz Nowakowski, Univ. Warszawski; Yuliya Minets, Jacksonville State Univ.
  • Presider: Adam Łajtar, Univ. Warszawski

Signing in Syriac: Artists’ “Signatures” and Identities in Late Antique Syria, Sean Leatherbury, Univ. College Dublin

The Making of Multilingualism: Between Space and Speech at Khirbat al-Kursi, Paweł Eugeniusz Nowakowski

Epigraphy, Entrances, and Eschatology: A Re-Examination of the Dome of the Rock, Blake Lorenz, KU Leuven


11:00 a.m. EDT

Session 102: Quo vadis? Medieval Italian Sculpture Studies in the New Millennium: In Honor of Dorothy F. Glass I

  • Sponsor: Italian Art Society
  • Organizer: Francesco Gangemi, Centro Tedesco di Studi Veneziani; Alison Locke Perchuk, California State Univ.–Channel Islands
  • Presider: Francesco Gangemi and Alison Locke Perchuk

Dorothy in Buffalo, Elizabeth C. Teviotdale, Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Univ. of California–Los Angeles; Beth A. Mulvaney, Meredith College

Romanesque Sculpture in Campania, Anno Domini 2021, Elisabetta Scirocco, Bibliotheca Hertziana Max Planck Institut für Kunstgeschichte

Materiality and Space at San Pietro al Monte in Civate. Gillian B. Elliott, George Washington Univ.

Lucignano’s Reliquary Tree, Karl Whittington, Ohio State Univ


11:00 a.m. EDT

Session 107: Christian-Muslim Exchange in the Medieval Mediterranean in Art and Science

  • Sponsor: Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection
  • Organizer: Julian Yolles, Univ. of Southern Denmark
  • Presider: Julian Yolles

In the Mirror of the Other: Imprints of Muslim-Christian Exchanges on Inscribed Objects from the Late Antique and Medieval Mediterranean, Esra Akin-Kivanc, Univ. of South Florida

Wrapping Up the Saints: Islamic Textiles and the Christian Cult of the Saints in Medieval Iberia, Nicole Genevieve Corrigan, Auburn Univ. Newfound

Ignorance: Latin Attitudes towards Foreign Knowledge and the Beginnings of the Medieval Translation Movement, John Mulhall, Harvard Univ.

Astrology in Translation from Arabic into Greek: Abū Maʿšar al-Balḫī and Māšāʾallāh ibn Aṯarī in Byzantine Manuscripts, Luca Farina, Univ. degli Studi di Padova/École Pratique des Hautes Études


11:00 a.m. EDT

Session 116: Dress and Textiles I: Rank and Signifiers

  • Sponsor: DISTAFF (Discussion, Interpretation, and Study of Textile Arts, Fabrics, and Fashion)
  • Organizer: Robin Netherton, DISTAFF
  • Presider: Robin Netherton

More Than Just Beads: Varying Interpretations of the Grave Goods of the Fifth-Century “Princess” of Zweeloo, Susan Verberg, Independent Scholar

Dressed to Fail: Textile Signifiers in Medieval Icelandic and Welsh Texts, Sarah M. Anderson, Princeton Univ.

Chrétien’s Chevalier au lion: Nudity, Tattered Clothes, and the Distress of Undress, Monica L. Wright, Univ. of Louisiana–Lafayette

Thresholds of Fashion in the Sixteenth-Century Scottish Court, Melanie Bond, Eastern Michigan Univ.


11:00 a.m. EDT

Session 120: Modernity and Lateness in Medieval Architecture

  • Organizer: Alice Isabella Sullivan, Univ. of Michigan–Ann Arbor; Kyle G. Sweeney, Winthrop Univ.
  • Presider: Alice Isabella Sullivan and Kyle G. Sweeney

The Plague, the Parish, and the Perpendicular Style: Thoughts on the Dynamics of Architectural Change in Late Medieval England, Zachary Stewart, Texas A&M Univ.

 On the Peripheries of Gothic: Net Vaults in Prussia, Mazovia, and the Grand Duchy of Lithuania in Fourteenth to Seventeenth Centuries, Wojciech Szymon Wółkowski, Warsaw Univ. of Technology

Spiral Columns in Late French Gothic Religious Architecture, Marina Pozdnyakova, Scientific Research Institute of Theory of Architecture and Town-Planning, CNIIP of the Ministry of Construction of Russia


1:00 p.m. EDT

Session 122: Quo vadis? Medieval Italian Sculpture Studies in the New Millennium: In Honor of Dorothy F. Glass II

  • Sponsor: Italian Art Society
  • Organizer: Francesco Gangemi, Centro Tedesco di Studi Veneziani; Alison Locke Perchuk, California State Univ.–Channel Islands
  • Presider: Alison Locke Perchuk

Testimonial, Elizabeth C. Parker, Fordham Univ.

Medieval Marble Decorations.: From Ornament to Sacred Spaces, Ruggero Longo, Scuola IMT Alti Studi Lucca

Sculpting Space: Ideology and Practicality in the Churches of Twelfth-Century Rome, Catherine R. Carver, Univ. of Michigan/Wayne State Univ. Respondents: Peter S. Brown, Univ. of North Florida; Robert A. Maxwell, Institute of Fine Arts, New York Univ


1:00 p.m. EDT

Session 131: The Ethical Dilemma of Collecting Manuscript Fragments: Loss, Gain, Opportunity, and Cost (A Panel Discussion

  • Sponsor: Rare Books and Manuscripts Library, The Ohio State Univ.
  • Organizer: Eric J. Johnson, Ohio State Univ.
  • Presider: Eric J. Johnson

A panel discussion with Rose A. McCandless, Ohio State Univ.; Thomas A. Bredehoft, Chancery Hill Books and Antiques; James J. Sims, Collector; Eric White, Princeton Univ. Library; Raymond Clemens, Yale Univ.; and Katharine C. Chandler, Independent Scholar


3:00 p.m. EDT

Session 138: Quo vadis? Medieval Italian Sculpture Studies in the New Millennium: In Honor of Dorothy F. Glass III

  • Sponsor: Italian Art Society
  • Organizer: Francesco Gangemi, Centro Tedesco di Studi Veneziani; Alison Locke Perchuk, California State Univ.–Channel Islands
  • Presider: Francesco Gangemi

Dorothy Glass: The Early Years, Jaroslav T. Folda III, Univ. of North Carolina–Chapel Hill

From a Choir Screen to a Portal: Three Sculptures from San Marco, Venice, Ludovico V. Geymonat, Louisiana State Univ.

Was Lady Londonderry Duped? The Curious Story of an Italian Well-head, Roger A. Stalley, Trinity College Dublin Ireland

Quo Vadimus Nunc? Los Angeles!, Alison Locke Perchuk

Respondents: Francesco Gangemi; Dorothy F. Glass, Univ. at Buffalo


5:00 p.m. EDT

Reception – Italian Art Society

Reception – Medieval Academy Graduate Student Committee


7:00 p.m. EDT

Session 155: The Breath of All That Lives: New Research in Medieval Jewish Art III

  • Organizer: Elina Gertsman, Case Western Reserve Univ.
  • Presider: Marc M. Epstein, Vassar College

Visualizing Mosaic Law in Late Medieval Ashkenaz, Abigail Rapoport, Univ. of Pennsylvania

Illuminating the Darkness: Depictions of the Plague of Darkness in Medieval Illustrated Sephardic Haggadot, Benjamin L. Levy, Case Western Reserve Univ.

The Multivalent Pastoral: Animal Bodies in the Golden Haggadah, Julia R. LaPlaca, Univ. of Michigan–Ann Arbor


7:00 p.m. EDT

Session 159: Chaucerian Artifacts and Material Culture

  • Sponsor: Institute for Medieval Studies, Univ. of New Mexico
  • Organizer: Anita Obermeier, Univ. of New Mexico
  • Presider: Nicholas P. Schwartz, Univ. of New Mexico

Brooching Hearts: Material Love in Troilus and Criseyde, Clare H. Davidson, Univ. of Western Australia

Chaucer under Glaze: The Weller Pottery “Canterbury Tales” Vase, Anita Obermeier

Feminist Caricature, Comical Rape, and the Illustrated Wyf of Bath: A Liberated Woman’s Great Story!, Emily McLemore, Univ. of Notre Dame


Wednesday 12th May 2021

9:00 a.m. EDT

Session 163: The Global North: Medieval Scandinavia on the Borders of Europe

  • Sponsor: International Center of Medieval Art (ICMA)
  • Organizer: Laura Tillery, Norwegian Univ. of Science and Technology; Ingrid Lunnan Nødseth, Norwegian Univ. of Science and Technology
  • Presider: Laura Tillery and Ingrid Lunnan Nødseth

Countering Misrepresentations by Showcasing the Multicultural Vikings, Nancy L. Wicker, Univ. of Mississippi

Romanesque Crossroads: Ornamental Diversity in the Golden Altar from Lisbjerg, Denmark, Kristin B. Aavitsland, MF Norwegian School of Theology, Religion and Society

The Moor and the Arab in the Merchant’s Chapel, Malmoe, Lena Liepe, Linnaeus Univ.


9:00 a.m. EDT

Session 164:  La corónica International Book Award II: Session in Honor of Heather Bamford for Cultures of the Fragment: Uses of the Iberian Manuscript, 1100–1600 (University of Toronto Press, 2018) (A Roundtable)

  • Sponsor: La corónica: A Journal of Medieval Hispanic Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
  • Organizer: Michelle M. Hamilton, Univ. of Minnesota–Twin Cities
  • Presider: Isidro J. Rivera, Univ. of Kansas

A roundtable discussion with Nahir Otaño Gracia, Univ. of New Mexico; Ignacio Navarrete, Univ. of California–Berkeley; Simone Pinet, Cornell Univ.; and Ryan D. Giles, Indiana Univ.–Bloomington.

Respondent: Heather Bamford, George Washington Univ.


9:00 a.m. EDT

Session 166: Illuminated Manuscripts in the Insular World

  • Sponsor: Richard Rawlinson Center
  • Organizer: Catherine E. Karkov, Univ. of Leeds
  • Presider: Nicole Guenther Discenza, Univ. of South Florida

Carpet Pages: Why?, Stewart J. Brookes, Bodleian Library

Illuminating on the Edge: Considering the Use of Motif, Margin, and Identity in the Lindisfarne Gospels, Meg Boulton, Univ. of Edinburgh

Decorated Initials in Irish Liturgical Manuscripts, Seventh to Ninth Centuries, Carol A. Farr, Institute of English Studies, Univ. of London


9:00 a.m. EDT

Session 169: Monks and Saints: The Veneration of Relics in Early Medieval Monasteries I: Pre-Carolingian and Carolingian

  • Sponsor: Network for the Study of Late Antique and Early Medieval Monasticism; Syracuse Univ.
  • Organizer: Albrecht Diem, Syracuse Univ.
  • Presider: Isabelle Cochelin, Univ. of Toronto

Monks without Bones, Albrecht Diem

Relics, Revisited: The Saints of Redon in Pursuit of Salvation, Rutger Kramer, Radboud Univ.

The Monk’s Clothing as Symbol of Holiness in Early Antique Monasticism, Daniel Lemeni, West Univ. of Timisoara

The Cult of Relics in the Early Medieval Rupestrian Monastery of Saint Pedro of Rocas (Galicia, Spain): An Architecture at the Service of Worship and Devotion, Jorge López Quiroga, Univ. Autónoma de Madrid; Natalia Figueiras Pimentel, Complutense Univ. of Madrid


9:00 a.m. EDT

Session 172: The Future of Digital Manuscript Libraries (A Panel Discussion)

  • Sponsor: e-codices: Virtual Manuscript Library of Switzerland
  • Organizer: Christoph Flüeler, Univ. de Fribourg
  • Presider: Christoph Flüeler

A panel discussion with William Duba, Fragmentarium, Univ. de Fribourg; Benjamin Albritton, Stanford Univ.; Mariken Teeuwen, Huygens Institute, Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences; and Marianna R. Stell, Library of Congress


11:00 a.m. EDT

Session 184: Medieval Exhibitions in the Era of Global Art History I

  • Sponsor: International Center of Medieval Art (ICMA)
  • Organizer: Gerhard Lutz, Cleveland Museum of Art; Lloyd de Beer, British Museum
  • Presider: Gerhard Lutz

Is Exhibiting a Cross-Cultural Charlemagne Possible? Ex oriente (Aachen, 2003), William J. Diebold, Reed College

The exhibition “The Constance Council 1414–1418. World Event of the Middle Ages” in 2014: Presenting Medieval Culture as a Challenge in a Secular World, Karin Ehlers, Staatliche Schlösser und Gärten Baden-Württemberg

Lessons from the Caravan: Representing “Medieval” Africa, Sarah M. Guérin, Univ. of Pennsylvania

The Art of Africa in Medieval Exhibitions: Confronting Issues of Terms, Associations, and US-Based Discourses of Race, Andrea Myers Achi, Metropolitan Museum of Art


11:00 a.m. EDT

Sessions 186: Byzantine Studies I

  • Presider: Molly Lester, United States Naval Academy

The Material Culture of the Dining Table in Cappadocia: Authority and Sacrality in Religious Paintings, Caterina Lubrano, Univ. degli Studi di Roma Tor Vergata

The Athigganoi as the “Supervillain” in the Byzantine Empire: Crossing Identities between Jews and “Heretical” Christians, Michail Kitsos, Univ. of Michigan–Ann Arbor

The Byzantine Seals of Sardinia: Rise of the Archontes, Marco Muresu, Lancaster Univ


11:00 a.m. EDT

Session 190: Location, Location, Location: In-Situ Iconography within the Medieval Built Environment I: Topography and Threshold

  • Sponsor: Index of Medieval Art, Princeton Univ.
  • Organizer: Catherine Fernandez, Princeton Univ.
  • Presider: Catherine Fernandez

Location, Performance, History: The West Fa.ade of Wells Cathedral Reconsidered, Matthew M. Reeve, Queen’s Univ.

Of Columns and Column Saints: Architectural Appropriation at Qal’at Sim’an, Laura H. Hollengreen, Univ. of Arizona

“Bearing Witness Then as Now”: Iconography and Epigraphy in the Latin Church of the Holy Sepulcher, Megan Boomer, Columbia Univ.

The Lives of Cats, Eels, and Monks on an Irish High Cross, Dorothy Verkerk, Univ. of North Carolina–Chapel Hill


11:00 a.m. EDT

Session 196: Architecture: Byzantium, Italy, and Spain

  • Presider: David Wallace-Hare, San Diego State Univ.

Stone Workers in Early Byzantium: Identity and Status in Light of Epigraphic and Archaeological Evidence, Giulia Marsili, Univ. of Bologna, Department of History and Cultures

Quintanilla de las Vi.as: Rethinking Foreign Influences, Anahit Ter-Stepanian, Southern Connecticut State Univ.

Mediterranean Horizons and Underground Spaces in Medieval Sicily: The Crypt of the Cathedral of Catania and the Crypt of San Marciano in Syracuse, Tancredi Bella, Univ. degli Studi di Catania; Giulia Arcidiacono, Univ. degli Studi di Catania


11:00 a.m. EDT

Session 197: Dress and Textiles II: Curious Examples

  • Sponsor: DISTAFF (Discussion, Interpretation, and Study of Textile Arts, Fabrics, and Fashion)
  • Organizer: Robin Netherton, DISTAFF
  • Presider: Monica L. Wright, Univ. of Louisiana–Lafayette

Lucky Charms: Instances of Protective Amulets and Trends in Byzantine Dress, Angela L. Costello, Independent Scholar

How Revealing: Attire in Late Thirteenth-Century Hispanic Texts, Marija Blašković, Univ. Wien

Quilts of Many Colors: The Paned Quilts of Henry VIII, Lisa Evans, Independent Scholar

Blackwork in Red, Cockatrice, and Rabbit: A Peculiar Jacobean Waistcoat-as-Bestiary, William E. Arguelles, Graduate Center, CUNY


1:00 p.m. EDT

Session 200: Environment II: The Interior Space

  • Sponsor: Index of Medieval Art, Princeton Univ.
  • Organizer: Catherine Fernandez, Princeton Univ.
  • Presider: Catherine Fernandez

“Feet of Clay”: The Significance of Media and Iconography in Thirteenth-Century English Architectural Interiors, Amanda R. Luyster, College of the Holy Cross

Transfiguring Frescoes: Framing Panel Paintings in Italian Medieval Mural Decoration, Alexis Wang, Columbia Univ.

Folding and Archiving Monumental Images: Bertha’s Tablecloth for the Cathedral in Lyon (Ninth Century), Vincent Debiais, École des hautes études en sciences sociales, Paris


3.00 p.m. EDT

Gathering – Association of Graduate and Early Career Scholars of Medieval Iberia (AGECSMIberia)

Gathering – Medieval Institute, Western Michigan Univ.; Goliardic Society, Western Michigan Univ.


Thursday 13th May 2021

9:00 a.m. EDT

Session 248: The Breath of All That Lives: New Research in Medieval Jewish Art IV (A Roundtable)

  • Organizer: Elina Gertsman, Case Western Reserve Univ.
  • Presider: Elina Gertsman

A roundtable discussion with Marc M. Epstein, Vassar College; Julie A. Harris, Independent Scholar; Diane Wolfthal, Rice Univ.; Adam S. Cohen, Univ. of Toronto; and Stewart J. Brookes, Bodleian Library.


11:00 a.m. EDT

Session 259:  Seal the Real I

  • Sponsor: Research Group on Manuscript Evidence
  • Organizer: Mildred Budny, Research Group on Manuscript Evidence
  • Presider: Derek Shank, Research Group on Manuscript Evidence

Sealing the Historical Record in Matthew Paris’s Chronica majora, Laura J. Whatley, Auburn Univ.–Montgomery

Antiquity Revisited: Ancient Gems in Medieval English Seals, John A. McEwan, St. Louis Univ.

Signed, Sealed, Delivered? Hoccleve’s Ambiguous Seal Practices, James Eric Ensley, Yale Univ.


11:00 a.m. EDT

Session 260: Archaeology of the Medieval Iberian Peninsula: The Archaeological Problem of Córdoba

  • Sponsor: Univ. Autónoma de Madrid
  • Organizer: Fernando Valdés Fernández Sr., Univ. Autónoma de Madrid
  • Presider: Fernando Valdés Fernández Sr.

Spolia in Umayyad Mosques: An Approach to al-Andalus Case, Carmen González Gutiérrez, Univ. de Córdoba

3D Documentation of Tenth-Century Macsura’s Vault Construction System at

C.rdoba’s Mosque-Cathedral, Rafael Ortiz-Cordero, Cabildo Catedral de Córdoba

The Mosque-Cathedral of C.rdoba: Archaeological Methodology and Investigations in the Macsura, Raimundo Ortiz-Urbano, Cabildo Catedral de Córdoba

Caliphal Glass from Madinat al-Zahra, Ana María Zamorano Arenas, Univ. de Sevilla


11:00 a.m. EDT

Session 261: From Kerala to Timbuktu: Virtual Manuscripts and the Global Work of the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library (A Workshop)

  • Sponsor: Hill Museum & Manuscript Library (HMML)
  • Organizer: David Calabro, Hill Museum and Manuscript Library; Matthew Z.
  • Heintzelman, Hill Museum & Manuscript Library
  • Presider: Matthew Z. Heintzelman

A workshop led by David Calabro; Josh Mugler, Hill Museum & Manuscript Library; and James E. Walters, Hill Museum & Manuscript Library.


11:00 a.m. EDT

Session 263: Medieval Exhibitions in the Era of Global Art History II

  • Sponsor:    International Center of Medieval Art (ICMA)
  • Organizer:  Gerhard Lutz, Cleveland Museum of Art; Lloyd de Beer, British Museum
  • Presider:    Lloyd de Beer

Interreligious Dialogue: The New Permanent Medieval Galleries: Principal Aspects of “Christianity” as One of the Major World Religions at the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg, Germany, Christine Kitzlinger, Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg

The World beyond the Pages of Books: New Pathways for Exhibitions toward a Global Middle Ages in Los Angeles, Bryan C. Keene, Riverside City College

Curating Monsters: Grappling with Medieval and Modern Otherness in the Gallery, Asa Simon Mittman, California State Univ.–Chico; Sherry C. M. Lindquist, Western Illinois Univ.

Make It New: Student Curators Reframing the Medieval and Early Modern, Alexa Sand, Utah State Univ.


1:00 p.m. EDT

Reception – Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection


3:00 p.m. EDT

Session 279: Seal the Real II

  • Sponsor:    Research Group on Manuscript Evidence
  • Organizer:  Mildred Budny, Research Group on Manuscript Evidence
  • Presider:  Derek Shank, Research Group on Manuscript Evidence

By Our Own Hand: Cross-Signs in the Cartularies of Angoumois, Michael F. Webb, Independent Scholar

A Strange Seal from Grenoble from 1346, or, Head-Binding in France: Not Just for Toulouse Peasants?, David W. Sorenson, Allen G. Berman, Numismatist

Respondent: Mildred Budny


5:00 p.m. EDT

Session 297:  Intangible Cultural Heritage and the Global Middle Ages

  • Organizer:  Rebecca Straple-Sovers, Western Michigan Univ.
  • Presider:        Rebecca Straple-Sovers

A Universal Living Tradition of Acanthus-Arabesque Ornamentation in Christian, Islamic, and Hindu-Buddhist Religious Spaces, Hee Sook Lee-Niinioja, Independent Scholar

The Cultural Heritage of Mental Disability, Kisha G. Tracy, Fitchburg State Univ.

Contact: The Importance of Other Cultures at Norse/Viking Interpretive Sites, Megan Arnott, Western Michigan Univ.


5:00 p.m. EDT

Session 303: Manuscript Studies

  • Presider:    David W. Sorenson, Allen G. Berman, Numismatist

The Prologue of Gilbertus Porretanus and the Hamburg Apocalypse: How the Cycle Was Born, Polina Yaroslavtseva, Centre for the Study of Manuscript Cultures, Univ. Ham- burg

Death of the Body and Spirit in a Multi-Text Manuscript: Ontological Security in

the Wellcome Apocalypse of the Late Middle Ages, Britt Boler Hunter, Florida State Univ.

An Italian Hand in the Annunciation Page in the Belles Heures of the Duke of Berry?, Marilyn V. Gasparini, Independent Scholar

The Medieval Carol and Montage Form: A Reading Practice, Andrew Finn, Princeton Univ.


Friday 14th May 2021

9:00 a.m. EDT

Session 330: Medieval Badges and Miniature Objects

  • Organizer:  Ann Marie Rasmussen, Univ. of Waterloo
  • Presider:        Lloyd de Beer, British Museum

The Point of the Sword? Questioning Miniature Sword Badges Found in London, Jennifer M. Lee, Indiana Univ.-Purdue Univ.–Indianapolis

Heads Up: Comparing the Canterbury Collection of Saint Thomas Becket Head Badges with the Lost Head Reliquary, Lucy Splarn, Univ. of Kent

What’s Cooking? How to Understand a Penis in a Pan (Bruges, Bruggenmuseum 25-2/3), Ann Marie Rasmussen


9:00 a.m. EDT

Session 331: Middle Grounds: The Politics and Aesthetics of Medieval Mediocrity

  • Sponsor:    Medievalists@Penn
  • Organizer:  Aylin Malcolm, Univ. of Pennsylvania; Rawad Wehbe, Univ. of Pennsylvania
  • Presider:    Rawad Wehbe

The Ordinariness of Ivory in the Gothic Era, Marian Bleeke, Cleveland State Univ.

Ellebaut and the Flesh of Old French, Adam Gustan-Grant, Univ. of Michigan–Ann Arbor


9:00 a.m. EDT

Session 335: From the Sanctuary to the Museum: Displaying the Sacred

  • Organizer: Lena Liepe, Linnaeus Univ.
  • Presider: Lena Liepe

From the Sanctuary to the Museum and Beyond: Displaying and Studying the Sacred in the Twenty-First Century, Georges C. Kazan, Univ. of Turku

Reanimating Saint Anne: Discourses on a Late Medieval Polychrome Sculpture in the Exhibition “Transformation”, Noëlle L. W. Streeton, Univ. of Oslo

From Whitewashing to Digitizing: The Fates of the Medieval Wooden Sculptures in Hollola Church (Häme County, Finland) from the 1760s up to the Present, Katri Soili Kaarina Vuola, Univ. of Helsinki

A Museum and a Place of Worship: How the Middle Ages Reemerged in Swedish Churches in the Early Twentieth Century, Henrik Widmark, Uppsala Univ.


1:00 p.m. EDT

Session 346: Many Hands: Resources for Digital Paleography (A Roundtable)

  • Sponsor: Center for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, Stanford Univ.; Hill Museum & Manuscript Library (HMML)
  • Organizer: Benjamin Albritton, Stanford Univ.
  • Presider: Matthew Z. Heintzelman, Hill Museum & Manuscript Library

A roundtable discussion with Philip Abbott, Stanford Univ.; Isabella Magni, Rutgers Univ.; David Calabro, Hill Museum & Manuscript Library; Samantha Blickhan, Zooniverse/Adler Planetarium.

Respondent: Agnieszka Backman, Stanford Univ.


1:00 p.m. EDT

Session 347: Visual and Verbal Portraits in Manuscripts and Printed Books

  • Sponsor: Early Book Society
  • Organizer: Martha W. Driver, Pace Univ.
  • Presider: Jill C. Havens, Texas Christian Univ.

Jean de Vignay at the Heart of the Early Valois Court: The Portrait of the Translator in the Jeu des échecs moralisé (Morgan Ms. G. 52), Lisa Daugherty Iacobellis, Ohio State Univ. Libraries

“A Knyght ther was, and that a worthy man”: The Knight’s Portrait in Caxton’s Illustrated Edition of The Canterbury Tales (1483), Anamaria Gellert, Independent Scholar

“Marie our Maistresse”: A Verbal Portrait of Queen Mary I at Her Accession, Valerie E. Schutte, Independent Scholar


1:00 p.m. EDT

Session 353: Monumental Crucifixes: Histories, Materials, and Meanings

  • Sponsor: Cleveland Museum of Art; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
  • Organizer: Marietta Cambareri, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
  • Presider: Shirin Fozi, Univ. of Pittsburgh

Between Vadstena and Florence: A New Look at Crucifixes in Europe around 1400, Gerhard Lutz, Cleveland Museum of Art

Hoc Maiorum Religioso Exemplo: The Medieval Origins of Milan’s Stational Crosses, Pamela A. V. Stewart, Eastern Michigan Univ.

Christ in the Wunderkammer: Displaying the Crucifix at Barcelona’s Museu Frederic Marès, Michelle K. Oing, Stanford Univ.

The Scientific Examination of Romanesque Polychrome Wood Sculptures: A Cooperative Effort between the Metropolitan Museum and French Conservators, Lucretia Kargère, Metropolitan Museum of Art


Saturday 15th May 2021

11:00 a.m. EDT

Session 410:  Describing Devotion (A Roundtable)

  • Organizer: Beth Williamson, Univ. of Bristol
  • Presider: Beth Williamson

A roundtable discussion with Jessica Brantley, Yale Univ.; Matthew S. Champion, Australian Catholic Univ.; Sean Curran, Trinity College, Univ of Cambridge; Emily Guerry, Univ. of Kent; and Alexa K. Sand, Utah State Univ.


11:00 a.m. EDT

Session 412: Reproductive Cultures: New Approaches to the Facsimile

  • Organizer: Sigrid Danielson, Grand Valley State Univ.
  • Presider: Evan Anslem Gatti, Elon Univ.

Plaster Casts In and Out of Favor (and Storage), Martha Easton, Saint Joseph’s Univ.

“Even Better Than the Real Thing”: Experiencing Authenticity with Manuscript Facsimiles, Jennifer Borland, Oklahoma State Univ.

Carl Nordenfalk’s Color of the Middle Ages (1976) and the Pittsburgh Facsimiles Today

Shirin Fozi, Univ. of Pittsburgh; Kiana Jones, Univ. of Pittsburgh

On the Cost of Facsimiles: Why Are Modern-Day Replicas So Necessary, Yet So Hardly Accessible?, Giovanni Scorcioni, FacsimileFinder.com


1:00 p.m. EDT

Session 418: Remembering Robert Mark and Andrew Tallon II: Interdisciplinarity in Studying Gothic

  • Sponsor: AVISTA: The Association Villard de Honnecourt for the Interdisciplinary Study of Medieval Technology, Science, and Art
  • Organizer: Robert Bork, Univ. of Iowa
  • Presider: Nancy Wu, Independent Scholar

Inverting Panofsky’s Gothic Architecture and Scholasticism, Sergio L. Sanabria, Miami Univ.

The Cosmogony of Villard de Honnecourt, Murray G. Rochon, Independent Scholar

The Place for Gothic Space between Reims and Soissons, Kyle Killian, Florida State Univ.

Drawing Flyers at Clermont and Limoges, Michael T. Davis, Mount Holyoke College; Stefaan van Liefferinge, Columbia Univ.


3:00 p.m. EDT

Session 431: Remembering Robert Mark and Andrew Tallon III: Gothic Structure

  • Sponsor: AVISTA: The Association Villard de Honnecourt for the Interdisciplinary Study of Medieval Technology, Science, and Art
  • Organizer: Robert Bork, Univ. of Iowa
  • Presider: Ellen Shortell, Massachusetts College of Art and Design

Tracing the Past: A Digital Analysis of the Choir Vaults at Wells Cathedral and Ottery Saint Mary, James Hillson, Univ. of Liverpool

The Nave Vaults of Santa Maria Novella in Florence, Elizabeth Bradford Smith, Pennsylvania State Univ.

Revisiting the Reims High Vaults, Rebecca Avery Smith, Wake Technical Community College


3:00 p.m. EDT

Session 432: Digital Tools for Research and Analysis (A Roundtable)

  • Sponsor: International Machaut Society
  • Organizer: Jared C. Hartt, Oberlin Conservatory of Music
  • Presider: Julie Singer, Washington Univ. in St. Louis

A roundtable discussion with Benjamin Albritton, Stanford Univ.; Jennifer Bain, Dalhousie Univ.; Karen Desmond, Brandeis Univ.; Andreas Janke, Univ. Hamburg; and Kate Maxwell, Univ. of Troms. The Arctic Univ. of Norway.


5:00 p.m. EDT

Session 444: Remembering Robert Mark and Andrew Tallon IV: Notre-Dame in Paris

  • Sponsor: AVISTA: The Association Villard de Honnecourt for the Interdisciplinary
  • Study of Medieval Technology, Science, and Art
  • Organizer: Robert Bork, Univ. of Iowa
  • Presider: Michael T. Davis, Mount Holyoke College

Mark, Murray, Tallon, and the Flying Buttresses of Notre-Dame, Robert Bork

Notre-Dame after Notre-Dame: The Workshop of the Cathedral in the Fourteenth Century according to the Fabric Accounts, Dany Sandron, Sorbonne Univ.

The Image of Notre-Dame of Paris, Lindsay S. Cook, Ball State Univ.


Published by Roisin Astell

Roisin Astell received a First Class Honours in History of Art at the University of York (2014), under the supervision of Dr Emanuele Lugli. After spending a year learning French in Paris, Roisin then completed an MSt. in Medieval Studies at the University of Oxford (2016), where she was supervised by Professor Gervase Rosser and Professor Martin Kauffmann. In 2017, Roisin was awarded a CHASE AHRC studentship as a doctoral candidate at the University of Kent’s Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, under the supervision of Dr Emily Guerry.

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