57th International Congress for Medieval Studies
Monday, May 9, through Saturday, May 14, 2022.
All TEAMS sessions hope to draw scholars from across the disciplines and may result in publication in The Once and Future Classroom.
Please submit directly to session organizers:
I. Teaching the Middle Ages Using Digital Mapping; Spacial Humanities in the Medieval Classroom
Organizer: David Joseph Wrisley, NYU Abu Dhabi, email@example.com
Secondary Sponsoring Organization: ITER
We are seeking contributions for a session of papers that discuss innovative ways for teaching the Middle Ages using digital, spatial materials and how such approaches contribute to integrative learning and the development of digital literacies. Possible topics for the papers include, but are not limited to, integrating established spatial materials into teaching medieval studies; creating spatial datasets from sources; mapping as collaborative pedagogy; creating StoryMaps for telling location-rich stories; counter-mapping the Middle Ages or contemporary medievalism; sharing medieval spatial data; using digital maps along with other forms of visualization.
II. Crumpling the Timeline: Teaching Medieval Texts Alongside Non-Medievalist Contemporary Works
Organizers: Gina Brandolino (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Moira Fitzgibbons (Moira.Fitzgibbons@marist.edu )
This roundtable will foreground connections between premodern works and a wide variety of contemporary texts, films, and art. The session will be an opportunity to reflect on the influence of Carolyn Dinshaw’s How Soon is Now? Medieval Texts, Amateur Readers, and the Queerness of Time, which in 2022 will mark its 10th year since publication. The session builds upon approaches found in “Medieval Meets Modern,” a digital project launched in 2021 and housed on the Middle Ages for Educators website (eds. Eisenberg, McDougall, and Morreale; https://middleagesforeducators.princeton.edu/).
III. Abraham’s Legacy: Jews, Christians, and Moslems in the Medieval Imagination
Oganizer: Deborah Sinnreich-Levi, Stevens Institute of Technology (email@example.com)
Panel discussion Abraham — husband, father, refugee, wanderer, warrior, leader — figured prominently in medieval art, literature, drama, and mysticism. Considered a model for resolute steadfastness by all three religions, he anchored religious and philosophical thinking. At a time when Jews, Christians and Moslems lived among or alongside each other with varying degrees of tolerance and respect – or hatred – how was this patriarch viewed? And how, today, does he figure in teaching students about a Middle Ages that is not solidly white, European and Christian?
IV. Teaching Nineteenth-Century British and American Medievalism, William Morris
Organizer: Gale Sigal (firstname.lastname@example.org)
This paper session presents a middle ground between today’s medievalism and the Middle Ages themselves but is at least in part responsible for much of what our students enjoy or dislike about the Age. The topic puts contemporary popular culture’s fascination with medievalism into conversation with the nineteenth-century perspective on the Middle Ages. The session will consider, for example, how Tolkien’s great works were in large part inspired by the “romances” of William Morris; or how the Arts and Crafts or the buildings’ preservation movements are still alive and thriving today. As such, the session will explore the enduring nature of medievalism from Victorian and American medievalism to that which remains part of our culture today. Further, and importantly, for those of us who have decided to teach 19th C medievalism, can we serve as forces opposed to the fake news of those who assert justification for a future we do not want from a past that never was?