TEAMS Sponsored Sessions for the 2020 International Congress on Medieval Studies

TEAMS invites you to submit an abstract for one of their five sponsored sessions. The deadline to submit an abstract and Participant Information Form is September 1st. 

I. Teaching Medieval Jerusalem: The City of Seventy Names and Even More Approaches (A Panel Discussion); Organized by Deborah M. Sinnreich-Levi, Stevens Institute of Technology

“Jerusalem was … as much an idea as a locale.”1 Medieval Jerusalem was the locus of pilgrimages (real and imagined), crusades, and commerce. Already considered holy by the world’s 3 major religions, it was the center of medieval Christian cosmography, the 12-gated city also having its celestial counterpart. Jews prayed to return there. Moslems controlled it for long periods. The multiple rulers of the actual city presided over ebbs and flows of political, religious, and secular dominance; tolerance and diversity; and bigotry and violence. The city was part of the Roman Empire, the Byzantine Empire and various Caliphates, and Jews were resident on and off under varying degrees of subjugation. Jerusalem was unsurprisingly the object of religious and secular literature and art. Its architecture showed the influence of its various residents and rulers. It was mapped, charted, memorialized, reimagined and reinvented. And for faculty, it is a huge presence even more interesting now as medievalists widen our focus to include areas outside of Europe and people who were not white.

This proposal seeks papers on all aspects of teaching about Jerusalem in the Middle Ages for an interdisciplinary panel discussion. Cartographers, archeologists, literati, musicologists, numismatists, art historians, military historians, historians of science or religion, and anyone else interested in this fascinating city are welcome to submit. The organizers hope for informative cross-disciplinary conversation and perhaps an interdisciplinary issue of The Once and Future Classroom, TEAMS’ on-line, peer-reviewed journal.

Please send abstracts by September 1st, 2019 to

II. Back to the Books: Teaching Medieval Studies with Librarians in Libraries (A Roundtable) [co-sponsored with the International Society of Medievalist Librarians]

Please send abstracts by September 1st, 2019 to Danielle Joyner (

III. Collegiate Responses to Medieval Humor: A Conversation Surrounding Best Practices for Teaching Medieval Texts (A Roundtable) [co-sponsored with the Medieval Association of the Midwest (MAM)]

Please send abstracts by September 1st, 2019 to Danielle Joyner (

IV. Gender, Race, and Violence in the Middle English Roland Romances (A Panel Discussion)

Please send abstracts by September 1st, 2019 to Danielle Joyner (

V. The Digby Mary Magdalene Play (A Panel Discussion)

Please send abstracts by September 1st, 2019 to Danielle Joyner (




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