Medieval Association of the Midwest

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  • 9 May 2022 2:41 PM | MICKEY SWEENEY (Administrator)

    Kalamazoo 2022 MAM schedule overview

    Monday, May 9

    3-4:30 pm: “XXX”: Dubious Consent in the Pearl-poet and Analogues

    7-8:30 pm: MAM Board of Directors Meeting


    Wednesday, May 11

    11 am-12:30: Exploring Conceptions of Death in the Medieval Mind and Culture

    3-4:30 pm: MAM Business Meeting


    Thursday, May 12

    7-8:30 pm: Medieval Minds in French


    Friday, May 13

    9-10:30 am: Women and Exemplarity in Iberian Texts


  • 7 May 2019 9:23 PM | Matthew Heintzelman



    Thursday, May 9, 2019

    5:30 p.m.

    Barnard Faculty Lounge

    Western Michigan University

    Kalamazoo, Michigan


    • I.               Approval of Minutes (Thursday, May 8, 2018) Call to Order
    • II.             Reports of Officers and Committees
    • A. Remarks of the President
    • B. Nominations put forward for Officers and Councilors
    • C. Report of the Treasurer. (Hudson)
    • D. Report of the Secretary
    • E. Report of Nuntia / Communications Editors, Directors (‘ /O’Donnell)
    • F. Report of the Convener of Conferences (including Sessions for 2020 International Congress (Langdon)
    • G. Report on Enarratio (Langdon/Bovaird-Abbo)
    • III.           Unfinished Business
    • IV.           New Business
    • V.             Report on 2018 MAM Conference at Purdue, Yonsoo Kim
    • VI.           Invitations for Future MAM Conferences (Quintanar)
    • VII.         Remarks for the good of MAM: Member Achievements, Promotions, and Graduations
    [MAM Execultive Council Meeting Agenda 2019.docx]

  • 7 May 2019 9:16 PM | Matthew Heintzelman



    Thursday, May 10, 2018

    5:30 p.m.

    Bernhard 107

    Western Michigan University

    Kalamazoo, Michigan


    President Abraham Quintanar convened the meeting in Bernhard 107 on the Western Michigan University campus at 5:45 p.m.

    •  I.       Approval of Minutes- Mr. Quintanar presented the business meeting minutes of Thursday, May 11, 2017. It was moved and seconded (Hawley/Hudson) to approve the minutes. The minutes were approved unanimously.  Quintanar also asked to change the order of business from the printed agenda.  Everyone agreed to this by acclimation.
    • II.       Election of New Officers– Alex Kaufman, Sean Lewis, and Carlos Hawley were elected Councilors, with Bonnie Erwin serving as an alternate.
    • III.       Old Business - There was no old business.
    • IV.       Report of the President—a Mr. Quintanar welcomed everyone to the Conference.
    • V.       Report of MAM Conference at University of Kansas—Mr. Hawley reported the Fall Conference was very successful.  There were 15 sessions, and 2 keynote addresses, as well as a visit to a library special collections session.  He reminded everyone to visit our Facebook page and website to view pictures of the Conference.
    • VI.       Report of the Treasurer—Ms. Hudson gave the Treasurer’s report.  She noted that we had moved our funds to Ohio, and that Ms. Figg is the second signer on the accounts. 
    • MAM’s beginning operating account balance, May 1, 2017 was $40,045.11.  Deposits were $1209.51.  Expenses were $1083.50 (Wild Apricot Host Server, Website).  Our total funds are $40,171.12.  Ms. Hudson noted that we are in sound financial shape.

      Action Item:  It was moved and seconded that we increase our dues.  Discussion was held, with Ms. Hudson explaining that we need to raise the dues, because we have $3500 in annual expenses.  Based on a membership of 75 members and 50 emeriti, we would be able to bring in $3600/year.  The council approved the emeriti rate at $25.00, and regular faculty at $35.  Institutional memberships will be set at $50.00, and student memberships will be set at $15.  The Sustaining emeriti will be set at 100, and Patron Membership will be $300.  There was a friendly amendment offered that we include adjuncts at the $15.00 level. This new dues structure will go into effect in January of 2019.  The vote was held with 17 in favor, and 0 opposed.  Motion carried.
    • VII.       Report of the Convener of Conferences (including Sessions for 2018 International Congress)—Ms. Langdon reported that MAM has been approved for 4 sessions for next year's congress, and that this is the same number of sessions that we've maintained for a few years. She has sent a call for proposals to membership via e-mail. She is still taking proposals, but she will need them by May 25th. Ms. Langdon reminded everyone that proposals need to include a 100-word rationale for the session and that participants need to be members of MAM to be involved in future MAM-sponsored sessions.  She also noted that if there are less than 10 applicants, we put them forward to the Congress for them to decide which ones to include.  If we have more than 10 applicants, the Council will decide which ones will come forward.
    • VIII.       Report on EnarratioMs. Figg reported that there will be a new volume this year, and the editing is expected to be finished in June.  Ms. Langdon announced that the next volume is underway, and asked that if anyone is interested in writing book reviews to let her know.  Mr. Heintzelman noted that he would put details on Facebook
    • IX.       Report of the Editor of Nuntia—Mr. Heintzelman reported that plans to make Nuntia into a blog-type newsletter—look for the new embodiment, soon.
    • X.       Invitations for Future MAM Conferences

    The 2018 MAM Conference will be held at Purdue. 

    The 2019 MAM Conference will be held at University of Northern Colorado.

    The 2020 MAM Conference will be held at Dickenson College

    The 2021 MAM Conference will be held at the University of Minnesota.

    • XI.       New Business—
    • a.     Discussion was held as to whether or not we should formalize a position for a graduate student to advertise MAM to other graduate students in social media, as an Amendment to our Constitution.  The question of whether or not this should be a paid position was discussed, as well.
    •  i.     Ms. Langdon moved and Hawley seconded that we come up with language and add a stipend to the position.  The position should have a specific term, and it should be open to graduate students who are members of MAM.  The vote was unanimous.
    • b.     Ms. Langdon moved to have Enarratio change from having both print and electronic versions to an electronic version.  Mr. Hawley seconded the motion.  Discussion was held, and Ms. Langdon noted that the electronic version will be more cost and time efficient.  She also pointed out that it would be very easy to send everyone a PDF copy that they could print out if they wished.  She would like to begin with Volume 22 or 23.  The vote was unanimous.
    • c.     Ms. Sweeney said that MAM needs a mission statement.  We will survey members to see what kinds of things they want to see with MAM.  The mission statement idea and the survey results will be discussed at Purdue. 
    • d.     Mr. Hawley suggested forming a membership committee.


    • XII.       MAM Member Achievements, Promotions, and Graduations
      Ms. Sweeney announced that she was a fellow at York University.   
      Ms. Langdon shared that she was promoted to Full Professor and book came out this spring (2018).
      Mr. Kaufman announced that he is teaching at Ball State in the Honors College.
    • Ms. Bixby has stepped down after 20+ years from being the Treasurer and Executive Secretary of MAM (she started in 1996!).  She kept everything going in proper form, and we will truly miss her.


    A motion was made and seconded to adjourn the meeting. Motion passed, and Mr. Quintanar adjourned the meeting at 7:10 PM.

    Respectfully submitted,

    Annette Morrow

    Executive Secretary

  • 9 Nov 2018 11:16 AM | Matthew Heintzelman



    The sixth biennial conference of the Society for the Medieval Mediterranean (SMM) will take place in Barcelona, at the Institut d’Estudis Catalans (IEC), from Monday 8th July (afternoon) to Thursday 11th July 2019 (lunch time). An optional excursion for attendees will be available on Friday 12th July.

    The conference will be dedicated to the memory of the former president of the Society, rofessor Simon Barton.

    The theme of the conference is “Movement and Mobility in the Medieval Mediterranean (6th – 15th centuries)”.

    The keynote lectures will be delivered by Professor Petra Sijpesteijn (University of Leiden), 8th July 2019, and Professor Amy Remensnyder (Brown University), 10th July 2019.

    The medieval Mediterranean was not a static maritime space. In recent years, studies have focused on Mediterranean dynamics, connections, encounters and entanglements. What approaches do researches from History, Literature, Archaeology, Philology and other disciplines adopt to better understand the complexity of the medieval Mediterranean? How and to what extent did multiple agents, phenomena and factors interact to shape and intertwine the multidimensional spheres of the Mediterranean? We welcome papers from all disciplines that study movement and mobility from different perspectives in and across the medieval Mediterranean and its extensions, both physical and imagined. This theme invites a variety of lines of inquiry, a number of which are suggested below.

    Topics of the conference could include, but are by no means limited to:

    • Multicultural contacts, transculturation and assimilation in the medieval Mediterranean
    • Medieval Mediterranean crossings
    • Circulation of political, religious and cultural ideas
    • Circulation of people and commodities
    • Major and minor, forced and voluntary migrations
    • Pilgrimage and religious mobility
    • Diplomacy and its agents
    • Commerce and its agents
    • Military expeditions and coastal defence
    • Naval technology and navigation
    • Medieval Mediterranean geostrategy
    • Geographical explorations
    • Links between the Mediterranean and connected seas (Atlantic, Black Sea, Red Sea)

    Call for panels, papers and posters
    Participants are encouraged to submit proposals for panels of 3 papers. The panel proposer  should collate the three abstracts (including titles, presenters’ names, affiliations, short CVs or most important publications and keywords) and submit them together, indicating clearly the rationale behind the planned panel. We also invite 300‐400 word abstracts for 20‐minute individual papers relating to the conference theme. Nevertheless, panel proposals will be given priority over individual papers. Poster proposals (title and short description up to 200 words, including name, affiliation, short CV or most important publications and keywords as well) are also welcome.

    Submission deadline
    Abstracts for panels, individual papers and posters should be emailed to the conference email address ( by 31th December 2018. Applicants will be notified regarding the acceptance of their panel, paper or poster by February 2019.

    Postgraduate student bursaries:
    ‐ The SMM will offer up to 15 bursaries (10 for papers and 5 for posters) for PhD students who wish to present their research at the conference. The bursaries will cover the costs of both registration fees and the conference dinner.
    ‐ The Sociedad Española de Estudios Medievales (SEEM) offers two bursaries of 150 € to help cover registration fees to their associates who are under the age of 30 (for more information, please contact

    Organizing committee: Dr. Roser Salicrú i Lluch (IMF‐CSIC & IEC), Dr. Ivan Armenteros Martínez (IMF‐CSIC), Victòria A. Burguera Puigserver (IMF‐CSIC & UIB), Pol Junyent Molins (IMF‐ CSIC), Marta Manso Rubio (IMF‐CSIC & UB), Dr. Alessandro Rizzo (IMF‐CSIC & ULiege).

    Queries: Specific questions can be directed to the conference email address (

    Conference webpage and further information: Soon to be find in the SMM website (

    Registration will open in February 2019, after the issue of the first draft of the conference programme, through the SMM website (

  • 4 Apr 2018 10:34 PM | Matthew Heintzelman

    UPDATE: Deadline for Proposal Submissions Extended to June 30, 2018!

    Exploring Space in the Middle Ages

    2018 Medieval Association of the Midwest Conference, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

     We invite submissions of abstracts (c. 250 words) for the 2018 Medieval Association of the Midwest Conference, to be held at Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, October 4-6, 2018.

    The Middle Ages are broadly perceived conceptually in the cultural imagination, as occupying a place “in the middle” of bookend periods. The perception, recognition, and analysis of space in relation to this period of time covers a wide range of topics, including, but not restricted to:

    • Space and nation
    • Space, place and identity
    • Extra-terrestrial space
    • The Body in space
    • Cartography
    • Space beyond the senses
    • Digital humanities projects involving space
    • Occupying space
    • Textual space
    • Sound and space in the context of acoustics
    • Medievalisms: creating a new medieval space
    We also welcome abstracts on topics which are not directly related to the theme of the conference.

    Please send abstracts, queries, and questions, to by June 30, 2018.

  • 25 Sep 2017 5:22 PM | Matthew Heintzelman

    Exciting news for new and renewing member of the Medieval Association of the Midwest: The online membership form and online payment (through PayPal or by credit card) is now functional and available for use! Check it out.

  • 3 Jul 2017 9:00 AM | Matthew Heintzelman
    Multi-faceted Margarets: Textual and visual hagiographies of St. Margaret of Antioch

    CFP for Kalamazoo (ICMS), 10-13 May 2018

    One of the most popular saints in the late Middle Ages, St. Margaret of Antioch is described by one hagiographer—Jacobus de Voragine in his Legenda Aurea—as a pearl without price (thanks to the etymology of the saint’s name). Margaret’s comparison to a gemstone is particularly apt as she offers the opportunity for multi-faceted scholarly approaches to the saint and her stories. This session will explore the varied representations of the early Christian virgin martyr and her cult across the Middle Ages. Artists and writers characterized Margaret in both Latin and vernacular texts and in artistic representations across a wide range of media, from stained glass to manuscript illuminations. Margaret’s lives are the subject of current research by scholars from many disciplines, including Juliana Dresvina’s A Maid with a Dragon: The Cult of St Margaret of Antioch in Medieval England (Oxford University Press, 2017) as well as numerous recent articles. Texts and images conveying St. Margaret’s life express multiple versions of the saint, from her imitation of Christ as a martyr to her ability to defeat the dragon to her role as an intercessor in childbirth. Furthermore, Margaret’s narratives transformed across time and place, sometimes even being conflated with the stories of other saints, such as Marina and Pelagia, further opening up possibilities for comparative hagiographic study. For this session, we invite proposals from scholars working in a variety of medieval languages and artistic media as well as a range of scholarly disciplines, from religion and literature to art history. We hope the session will represent the multi-faceted nature of scholarship on saints’ lives by offering several different approaches to one very popular saint, Margaret of Antioch.

    Please submit a 250-word proposal for a 15-20 minute paper by 15 September 2017.

    Send any questions and proposals to

    Jenny C. Bledsoe, Emory University (

    Ashley Laverock, Savannah College of Art and Design (

  • 19 Mar 2017 5:07 PM | Matthew Heintzelman

    Come to the MAM business meeting (with refreshments) in Bernhard 107 on Thursday, May 16, at 5:30. Bring your ideas and share!

  • 19 Mar 2017 5:02 PM | Matthew Heintzelman

    The latest volume of Enarratio is available on the Ohio State University Library Knowledge Bank. Check out the articles by your colleagues: Courtney DeMayo, Alexander McNair, Bonnie Erwin, Rosanne Gasse, and Katherine Gubbels. There are also three book reviews in this latest issue.

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The Medieval Association of the Midwest (MAM) is a non-profit association of scholars devoted to the study of the Middle Ages. For more information, contact the website editor, Mickey Sweeney (

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