2020 Program

Per the announcement of 7 March 2020 on our home page, the 2020 New College Conference has been cancelled due to travel restrictions and health concerns. We hope to see everyone under better circumstances in 2022.

2020 Conference Schedule


Thursday, 12 March 2020

 9:00–10:30 am
Sessions 1–5
  Coffee Break 
10:45 am–12:15 pm  Sessions 6-10
  Lunch
1:00–1:30pm  Performance: The Lament of Rachel
Erin Heisel, Adelphi University
2:00-3:30 pm  Sessions 11-15 
  Coffee Break 
3:45–5:15 pm  Sessions 16–20
5:30-7:00 pm  Conference Reception, Cook Hall Bayfront 

Friday, 13 March 2020

 9:00–10:30 am
Sessions 21–25
  Coffee Break 
10:45 am–12:30 pm
Sessions 26-30
  Lunch
  Performance: Joseph's Wedding
The Rude Mechanicals, Shepherd University
2:15-3:30 pm 
Plenary I
Writing the History of Saladin
Jonathan Phillips, Royal Holloway, University of London
4:00-5:30 pm  Tours: John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art
Reacting Play-Test 1: The Fourth Crusade
5:00-6:30 pm  Ringling Reception
Muse Terrace, Ringling Museum
 7:30pmStaged Reading: Wonder of Our Stage,
by Monica Cross

Saturday, 14 March 2020

 9:00–10:30 am
Sessions 31–35
  Coffee Break 
10:45 am–12:00 pm  Plenary II
The Habitation of Airy Nothings
Mary Floyd-Wilson, University of North Carolina,
Chapel Hill
  Lunch
Reacting Play-Test 2: The Reformation in Augsburg
2:00-3:30 pm  Sessions 36–40
  Coffee Break
3:45-5:15pm Sessions 41–44


2020 Conference Program

1. Early Modern Intertextuality
Chair: Miriam Wallace, New College of Florida

Shakespeare’s Gonzalo and the Attis Cult Religion
            Liam O. Purdon, Doane University
“Not with a dead imitation”: The Notion of Translation in Ben Jonson’s Cynthia’s Revels
            Isaac Hui, Lingnan University, Hong Kong
Chaucerian Influences in Milton’s Paradise Lost
            Robert Costomiris, Georgia Southern University

2. Gombrich Revisited: Iconography in Medieval Europe
Chair: Kristina Keogh, Ringling College of Art & Design

The Medieval Climatic Anomaly and Iconography of the Months of the Year
            Grazia Maria Fachechi, Università di Urbino
Tristan’s Heraldic Device: Intersections of Literature, Decorative Arts and History
            Gloria Allaire, University of Kentucky
Reflections on the Concept of Iconography in Le Prestre Crucifié
            Peter Scott Brown, University of North Florida

3. Architectures of Meaning in Medieval Spain & France
Chair: Carlee Bradbury, Radford University

Conversion, Reform, and Urban Development in Thirteenth-Century Paris
            Tanya Stabler Miller, Loyola University Chicago
Foundations, Translations, and Authority in Alfonso X’s Estoria de España
            Bretton Rodriguez, University of Nevada, Reno
Architecture, Allegory, and the Ethics of Memory in Fifteenth-Century Spain
            Holly Sims, Bowdoin College

4. City & Neighborhood: Enacting Community in Italian Cities
Chair: Werner Gundersheimer, Folger Shakespeare Library

The Feast of St. James at Pistoia as an Intersection of Ecclesiastical & Civic Power
            James V. Maiello, University of Manitoba
Food, Sex, and Sociability in Florentine Taverns
            Konrad Eisenbichler, University of Toronto

5. Political Climate in High and Late Medieval England
Organizer: Boyd Breslow, Florida Atlantic University
Chair: Raymond Powell, Tulsa Community College

The Political Consciousness of the Baronage in the Period of Magna Carta
            Ralph V. Turner, Florida State University
Robert de Kelsey: London Politician and Royal Servant
            Boyd Breslow
Promotion and Peril in Administrative Service: Northern England, 1300–1500
            Peter L. Larson, University of Central Florida

6. Shakespeare and Conditions of Influence
Organizer: Sara Munson Deats, University of South Florida
Chair: John Wright, independent scholar

Shakespeare and Cultural Influence: Mortality and Death in the Sonnets
            Robert A. Logan, University of Hartford
Shaping Othello: Exploring Influences
            Ann McCauley Basso, University of South Florida
Shakespeare and the Triangular Influence of Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus
            Sara Munson Deats

7. Performance and the Senses in the Late Middle Ages
Chair: Melodie Eichbauer, Florida Gulf Coast University
Organizer: Joëlle Rollo-Koster, University of Rhode Island

Performing Legitimacy during the Great Western Schism (1378–1417)
            Joëlle Rollo-Koster
How to Impress your Public: Urban Bourgeois vs. Chivalric Rituals
            Kathleen Ashley, University of Southern Maine
Performing Piracy in the Middle Ages: Admirals and Pirates
            Kathryn Reyerson, University of Minnesota

8. Composers and Context in Early Music
Chair: T.J.H. McCarthy, New College of Florida
Composer Names in 14th- and 15th-Century Manuscripts: The Old Hall Manuscript in Context
            Pascale Duhamel, University of Ottawa and Vanderbilt University
Augustine and Alexander Agricola: Linking Late Medieval Music, Rhetoric, and Communities of Practice
            Jennifer Thomas, University of Florida
The (Mis)interpretation of Monteverdi’s Seconda Pratica: A Musicological Meander
            Bernd Kulawik, independent scholar

9. Working from the Margins: Agency and Dissent in Early Modern Italy
Organizer: Alison Williams Lewin, Saint Joseph’s University
Chair: Konrad Eisenbichler, University of Toronto

Burned But Not Forgotten: Hus Underground in Italy
            Alison Williams Lewin
“What’s in a name?” Identifying Clerical Servants and Concubines in Ferrara, 1421
            Roisin Cossar, University of Manitoba
Women in the Groves of Academe
            Paola Giuli, Saint Joseph’s University

10. Religious Transitions in Medieval and Early Modern England
Chair: Susannah Brietz Monta, University of Notre Dame

What Does it Take to be Saved? Economies of Salvation in English Anchoritic Texts
            Joshua Britt, Southeastern University
Reading Into It: Historic Graffiti in English Parish Churches
            Crystal Hollis, University of Exeter
“The Pope is coming back, the monasteries to be rebuilt”: English Religious Houses and the Catholic Restoration of Mary I (1553–8)
            Raymond Powell, Tulsa Community College

11. Performances of Power at the Tudor & Stuart Courts
Chair: Nova Myhill, New College of Florida

Anne Boleyn’s Legacy at Nonsuch: Place and Cultural Space in The Winter’s Tale
            F. Elizabeth Hart, University of Connecticut
Royal Masque, Remarkable Paradox: The Theater of Apollo (British Library, MS Royal 18 A LXX)
            Eliza Fisher Laskowski, William Peace University

12. Sculptural Agency and Reception in Italy and Spain
Chair: Sarah Cartwright, John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art

The Early Female Audience of Donatello’s Judith and Holofernes at the Palazzo Medici, 1455–95
            Dana Hogan, Duke University
The Art of Painting Polychrome Sculpture in Seventeenth-Century Spain
            Ilenia Colon Mendoza, University of Central Florida
Dancing in Stone: An Exploration of Choreographic Imagination in Giambologna’s Rape of a Sabine
            Kate Hallstead, independent scholar

13. Intellectual History in the Central Middle Ages
Chair: Tanya Stabler Miller, Loyola University Chicago

Grace and Free Will: Method and Model in Anselm’s De concordia
            Marcia L. Colish, Yale University
Critical Thinking: Frutolf of Michelsberg and the Historian’s Analytical Craft
            T.J.H. McCarthy, New College of Florida
Canon Law and Pastoral Theology in Late Twelfth- & Early Thirteenth-Century Paris
            Melodie H. Eichbauer, Florida Gulf Coast University

14. Mendicants in the Western Mediterranean
Chair: Carrie Beneš, New College of Florida

Organizer: Emily Graham, Oklahoma State University
Una crudele pestilentia: Plague and the Friars in Fourteenth- and Fifteenth-Century Italy
            Lezlie Knox, Marquette University
The Chaplains of Sancia of Majorca
            Emily Graham, Oklahoma State University
A Little Censorship among Friars: The Mendicant (and Related) Targets of Nicholas Eymeric
            Robin Vose, St Thomas University

15. Chaucer: Structures of Pathos
Chair: Fiona Tolhurst, Florida Gulf Coast University

Chaucer’s Litel Clergeon in The Prioress’ Tale: Establishing an Historicist Frame for Childhood
            Daniel F. Pigg, The University of Tennessee at Martin
Disruptive Empathy in Chaucer’s Fabliaux
            Daniel Murtaugh, Florida Atlantic University
When Numbers and Words Collide: The Hidden Mathematics in the Book of the Duchess
            Tyler Josefsen, Sam Houston State University

16. Renaissance Literature and Politics
Chair: Timothy A. Turner, University of South Florida, Sarasota-Manatee

Silent Prince, Polyphonic Verse: Du Bellay & Jodelle’s Ambivalent Eulogies to Marot
            Corinne Noirot, Virginia Tech
Losing the Divine Mandate: Revenge and Succession in The Spanish Tragedy
            Dana Omirova, Virginia Tech
“Our virtues lie in th’interpretation of the time”: Coriolanus on the Contested Court Stage
            Gabriel Lonsberry, Purdue University

17. Spirituality and Aesthetics at the Renaissance Altar
Chair: Malena Carrasco, New College of Florida

Fifteenth-Century Antependiums in the Florentine Church of Santo Spirito
            Margaret Ann Zaho, University of Central Florida
Investigating Alterations: The Morosini Altarpiece in San Francesco della Vigna
            Jesse Sullivan, Temple University

18. The Political Body and the Body Politic in Medieval Italy
Chair: George Dameron, St Michael’s College

Who Accused Men of Rape in a Thirteenth-Century Court, and Why?
            Carol Lansing, University of California, Santa Barbara
Healing the Body, Healing the City: Late-Duecento Medical Thought and Peace-Keeping in Theory and Practice
            Lorenzo Caravaggi, Balliol College, Oxford
The Crisis of Medico-Legal Expertise in Fourteenth-Century Bologna
            Eric Nemarich, Harvard University

19. Displaced Ideas and Identities in the Medieval and Early Modern Mediterranean
Organizer: Bianca Lopez, Southern Methodist University
Chair: Kathryn Reyerson, University of Minnesota
Italian Dishonor and the Fragmentation of Crusader Identity in Cyriac of Ancona’s Commentaries on the Failed Crusade of Varna (1433–4)
            Robert John Clines, Western Carolina University
English “Pirats, Murtherers, and wicked Rascalls” in Early Modern Livorno
            Lisa Lillie, Maryville University
“Detestable Nation”: Slavic Confraternities Against Church and State in Late Medieval Adriatic Italy
            Bianca Lopez, Southern Methodist University

20. Medieval English Manuscripts: Text and Interpretation
Chair: Daniel Murtaugh, Florida Atlantic University

Scribal Corrections to The Reeve’s Tale in Oxford, Christ Church MS 152
            Thomas J. Farrell, Stetson University
The Trojan Cityscape as Political Allegory in John Lydgate’s Troy Book
            Władysław Witalisz, Jagiellonian University, Krakow
To Dread or Not to Dread: Judgment in The Owl and the Nightingale
            Carla Maria Thomas, Florida Atlantic University

21. Book History and Material Culture
Chair: David Harvey, New College of Florida

Ferdinand Columbus and the Rise and Fall of His Biblioteca Colombina
            N. Kıvılcım Yavuz, University of Kansas
Blank Pages: Tristano Martinelli’s Compositions de Rhetorique and Spectatorial Risk
            Jim Short, University of California, San Diego
The University of Victoria McPherson Library’s 1610 Actes and Monuments: A Users’ Guide
            Colin J. Keohane, University of Victoria
            Kirsten J. Schuhmacher, University of California, Davis

22. Giornata: Christianity and Mythology
Chair: Louis Alexander Waldman, The University of Texas at Austin
Franciscans in the Baptistery: The Case of Parma
            Ludovico V. Geymonat, Louisiana State University
Giorgio Vasari’s Mercury: God of Magic and Wisdom
            Liana De Girolami Cheney, University of Bari
Pietas and Destiny: Art and Text in Pietro da Cortona’s Council of the Gods in the Galleria of Olimpia Maidalchini Pamphilj
            Gretchen Meyers, Franklin & Marshall College
            Kim Dennis, Rollins College

23. Reception & Revival: The Modern Middle Ages
Chair: Jonathan Scott Perry, University of South Florida, Sarasota-Manatee  

Afterlives: Liszt’s Dantesque Monuments
            Charles Hulin, Southeastern University

Subversive Play in Medieval Studies Pedagogy
            Kyle C. Lincoln, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

24. Women and Law Courts in the Renaissance: Contested Findings and Future Directions
Organizer & Chair: Caroline Castiglione, Brown University

A Social Order of Gender Inequalities: Standards of Conduct in the Early Modern State
            Giovanna Benadusi, University of South Florida
Political Ambitions and Patronage Ties: Elite Women as Litigants in Early Modern Italy
            Catherine Ferrari, West Virginia University
Vendetta Violence, Inheritance Practices, and Women’s Legal Agency in Early Modern Italy
            Amanda G. Madden, Georgia Institute of Technology

25. In and Out of Context: Situating the Many Pseudo-Turpin Chronicles
Organizer: Anne Latowsky, University of South Florida, Tampa
Chair: Anne-Helene Miller, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

The Chronicle of Pseudo-Turpin and its Neighbors: From the Liber Sancti Jacobi to the Norse Karlamagnús Saga
            Anne Latowsky
The Manuscript Context of the Old French Translations of the Pseudo-Turpin: A Preliminary Investigation
            Kathy Krause, University of Missouri-Kansas City
The Pseudo-Turpin in Latin: The Bibliothèque nationale de France Copies and their Contexts
            Alison Stones, University of Pittsburgh

26. Embodying the Immaterial in Early Modern Drama
Chair: Mary Floyd-Wilson, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
“Bravely this harpy hast thou performed”: Textual Reconstruction of Ariel’s Harpy
            Susan Rojas, independent scholar
            Rebecca Totaro, Florida Gulf Coast University
Dramatic Prosthesis in King Lear
            Cameron Hunt McNabb, Southeastern University
“Any shape but that”: Early Modern Ghost Narratives and the Living Body
            Savannah Jensen, University of Georgia

27. Baroque Rome: Making Saints, Designing Villas, Collecting Pictures
Organizer: Franco Mormando, Boston College
Chair: Liana De Girolami Cheney, University of Bari, Italy

Festive Culture in Early Seicento Rome: Fra Marcello della Madre di Dio, Precursor of Bernini
            Pamela M. Jones, University of Massachusetts, Boston
The Esquiline Villa of Cardinal Nerli
            Sarah McPhee, Emory University
Designing Villas with the Roman Vigna: The Hybridic Grand Gardens of Seicento Rome between Local and International
            Mirka Beneš, University of Texas at Austin
Bernini’s Painting Collection: A Reconstructed Catalogue Raisonné
            Franco Mormando, Boston College

28. Materiality and Meaning: From Amulet to Amber
Chair: David Rohrbacher, New College of Florida

Bishops, Barbarians, and Remembering the Past in Late Antiquity
            Ralph Mathisen, University of Illinois, Urbana–Champaign
The Kelsey Pendant: The Performative and Sensorial Experience of an Early Byzantine Amulet
            Shandra Lamaute, Kellogg College, Oxford
Material Manipulation for Affective Piety: A Study of the Walrus Ivory Christ
            Mia Hafer, Case Western Reserve University
Contained in Amber
            Jessen Kelly, University of Utah

29. The Peninsula Contested: Diplomacy & Military Action in Italy
Chair: Thomas Kuehn, Clemson University

The Last Byzantine Army in Italy: Aspects of the Hohenstaufen-Laskarid Alliance
            Jeff Brubaker, SUNY Geneseo
Beyond the Limits of the State: The Scope for Peninsula-Wide Political Action in the History of the Farnese Dynasty, 1454–94
            Loek Luiten, New College, Oxford
Whether it is Better to Be Loved or Feared: The Statecraft of Borso d’Este in Light of Machiavelli’s Prince
            Richard M. Tristano, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota
“What’s in a name?” Titles for Diplomatic Representatives in Early Modern Anglo-Italian Relations
            Philip Davis, Syracuse University

30. Teaching Medieval Literature in Translation: Keeping a Modern Eye on Medieval Languages and Literature
Sponsor: TEAMS, The Teaching Association for Medieval Studies
Organizer: Deborah Sinnreich-Levi, Stevens Institute of Technology
Chair: Gale Sigal, Wake Forest University

Making the Middle Ages Modern: Translation in the Classroom
            Julie Human, University of Kentucky
Courtly Love and the STEM Student: Teaching [the Language of] French Medieval Romances to Techie Students
            Deborah Sinnreich-Levi
Teaching the Romance of the Rose to an English-speaking Public
            Daisy Delogu, University of Chicago
            Anne-Helene Marie Miller, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
The Real Housewyfs of Reykjavik: Translating Old Norse Literature into the Modern Classroom
            Josephine A. Koster, Winthrop University
The Gospel of Margery: Editing, Translating, and the Making of a Medieval Woman
            Christina M. Carlson, Iona College

31. Renaissance Poetry & the Structures of Emotion: A Round-Table
Organizer and Chair: Roger Kuin, York University

Mercy, Pity, and Grace in Sidney’s Fictive Worlds
            Joel Davis, Stetson University
From ‘Drab’ to Romance in Elizabethan Poetics
            Steven W. May, Emory University
Marguerite de Navarre: Emotion between Faith and Irony
            Anne Lake Prescott, Barnard College
Sidney’s Sparks, or Confessions of an Astrophile
            Robert E. Stillman, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Affective Ethics in Philip Sidney’s “Old” Arcadia
            Andrew Strycharski, Florida International University
Jealousy’s Shakespearean Socialization in The Faerie Queene
            Brad Tuggle, University of Alabama

32. Female Embodiment: Spiritual Salvation or Toxic Eroticism?
Chair: April Flakne, New College of Florida

(Re)viewing the Visionary: Margherita Colonna’s Performing Body
            Alejandro Nodarse, Harvard University
The Curious Case of the Missing Hand: Self-Harm and Ascetic Impulse in Lion de Bourges
            Ashley Holt, Louisiana State University
Abject Eroticism & Toxic Femininity in Northern Renaissance Art
            Yvonne Owens, Victoria College of Art

33. Cultural Encounters in Early Modern Spain
Chair: Alicia Mercado-Harvey, New College of Florida

Indigenous Renaissance Men in Tlatelolco
            John Izzo, Columbia University
Devils, Lawyers, and Gingers: Representing the Other in Francisco de Quevedo’s La hora de todos
            Matthew Michel, University of Florida

34. The Later Crusades: View from the West
Chair: Jonathan Phillips, Royal Holloway, University of London
From Ship Boards to Dry Land: Venetian Crusaders in Siege Warfare during the Twelfth Century
            Sebastian P. Bartos, Valdosta State University
The French William of Tyre and St Louis: An Appraisal of British Library, Henry Yates Thompson MS 12
            Philip Handyside, University of Central Florida
After the Fall of Acre: The Crusades in Jacopo da Varagine’s Chronicle of Genoa (ca. 1295)
            Carrie Beneš, New College of Florida

35. Florence: Society and Culture
Chair: William J. Connell, Seton Hall University
Military Service and Traditional Elite Identity in Late Medieval Florence
            Peter Sposato, Indiana University, Kokomo
Medici and Inheritance Law in Florence: Round Two
            Thomas Kuehn, Clemson University

36. Issues in English Renaissance Verse
Organizer: John F. McDiarmid, New College of Florida
Chair and Respondent: Anne Lake Prescott, Barnard College
The “Meditation”: Lock vs. Norton, Round 3
            Steven W. May, Emory University
The Manuscript Circulation of Poetic Texts at the Inns of Court and in London in the Early Seventeenth Century
            Arthur F. Marotti, Wayne State University

37. Identity and Self-Fashioning in Early Modern Southern Europe
Chair: Chrystine Keener, Ringling College of Art & Design

Pier Francesco Foschi (1502–67): Style, the Florentine Art Market, and the Rhetoric of Painting
            Louis Alexander Waldman, University of Texas at Austin
Jusepe de Ribera’s Otherness: Identity and Difference in Early Modern Spanish Art
            Lisandra Estevez, Winston-Salem State University

38. The Medieval East
Chair: Uzi Baram, New College of Florida
“Only Iron Will Strike Iron”: The Caliphate of Marwān b. al-akam (r. 684–5 CE) and the Second Islamic Civil War
            Ryan J. Lynch, Columbus State University
Plants and the Drug Trade in the Early Medieval East
            Michael Decker, University of South Florida
Political and Religious Treatments of Popular Rebellions under the Mamluks (1250–1517)
            Nassima Neggaz, New College of Florida


39. Malthus Goes to Italy: Problems of Population, Migration, and Political Economy
Chair: Carol Lansing, University of California, Santa Barbara

1329: Annus Horribilis
            George Dameron, Saint Michael’s College
Who Was an “Immigrant” in Medieval Italy? Legacies of Migration in Medieval Southern Italy and Sicily
            Joanna H. Drell, University of Richmond
Inventing the Work Visa: The Regulation of Migrant Labor in the Florentine State
            William J. Connell, Seton Hall University

40. Emotion, Virtue, and the Saints
Organizers: C. Matthew Phillips, Concordia University, and Kate McGrath, Central Connecticut University
Chair: Rowena J.-M.H. Múzquiz, St Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary

The Castle of Virtue: Emotion and Struggle in the Glorious Virgin
            C. Matthew Phillips
St Guthlac of Crowland Abbey: The Use of Anger to Construct a New Vengeance Saint in the Twelfth and Thirteenth Centuries
            Kate McGrath
Desire, Virtue and the Threat to Saintliness in the Book of Good Love
            Nicholas Ealy, University of Hartford

41. The Mid-Tudor Court: Religious Backgrounds, Management Issues, Surprising Legacies
Organizer: John F. McDiarmid, New College of Florida
Chair: Robert E. Stillman, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

The Background and Origin of Mary’s Book of Household Ordinances
            Jane Lawson, Emory University
The King’s Psalms or the Pope’s? Katherine Parr’s Psalms or Prayers and English Catholic Devotion
            Susannah Brietz Monta, University of Notre Dame

42. Bodies and Text in Early Medieval England and Ireland
Chair: Nicole Guenther Discenza, University of South Florida

Comic Relief and Gallows Humor in Early Irish Literature
            Jennifer Knight, University of South Florida
Glittering Letters & Sinful Illustrations: The Anglo-Saxon Illustrated Psychomachia
            Stephenie McGucken, independent scholar
St Dunstan’s Body and Construction at Canterbury: A Study of Post-Conquest Hagiographies
            Gabriela A. Faundez Rojas, University of Miami

43. Humanists and Pirates: Addressing the “Turkish Threat” in Early Modern Italy
Chair: Emily E. Graham, Oklahoma State University

History to Serve the State: A Humanist Defense of Venetian Foreign Policy in 1467
            Seth A. Parry, Belhaven University
Serenissima, Fallacissima: The Role of Venetian Spatial Identity in the Crisis of the Early Sixteenth Century
            Brian David, Saint Louis University
“La Nimpha Fuggitiva” and the Construction of Anti-Ottoman Propaganda
            Judith Nelams, Saint Louis University

44. Gender and Desire in Woman-Authored Texts
Chair: Anne Latowsky, University of South Florida

It’s all about Sex: Guigemar, Lecheor, and the Reception of the Old French Narrative Lay
            Tamara Bentley Caudill, Jacksonville University
Always Unfinished: Gender, Desire, and Epic in Tredici canti del Floridoro
            Megan Vinson, Indiana University, Bloomington

Performing Gender and Otherness in the Texts of Margaret Cavendish
            M.A. Katritzky, The Open University