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Session 537 - Female Friendship in Medieval Literature II

  • Sponsor: Medieval Studies Institute, Indiana Univ.–Bloomington
  • Organizer: Usha Vishnuvajjala, Indiana Univ.–Bloomington
  • Presider: Karma Lochrie, Indiana Univ.–Bloomington

Models of Female Friendship in the Lives of Saints - Andrea Boffa, York College, CUNY

Session 515 - Islamic Magic: Texts and/as Objects

  • Sponsor: Research Group on Manuscript Evidence; Societas Magica
  • Organizer: Liana Saif, Univ. catholique de Louvain
  • Presider: Liana Saif

Books as Robots: Authorship and Agency in Islamicate Alchemical Manuscripts - Nicholas G. Harris, Univ. of Pennsylvania

I had some difficulty in taking notes on this session. Part can be attributed to my unfamiliarity with the material, making it harder to sort out the relevant details from the background. But the speakers also rattled off their papers at great speed, which didn’t help.

Session 437: Occult Capitals of Islam

I should have noted earlier in this process that my notes must be understood as a quick-and-dirty attempt to summarize. All mistakes of interpretation, typos, and mis-transcribed data are my own fault. (With a plea for forgiveness due to the speed and not having time for close proofreading.)

Session 355: Reading Magic West to East

Not-a-session: Manuscripts to Materials

  • Sponsor: Research Group on Manuscript Evidence;
  • Societas Magica
  • Organizer: David Porreca, Univ. of Waterloo
  • Presider: Jason Roberts, Univ. of Texas–Austin

Practical Magic: Making Magical Artifacts and Using Them

There always seem to be a number of “emergent themes” each year at Kalamazoo. This year, Islamic topics are one of them, along with disability studies and themes of anger and despair. I’ve been keeping an eye peeled for books on Islamic mystical and magical traditions in order to do deep research for some topics that will appear the next Alpennia book I write (i.e., the one after Floodtide).

Session 233: Dress and Textiles II: Real and Unreal

  • Sponsor: DISTAFF (Discussion, Interpretation, and Study of Textile Arts, Fabrics, and Fashion)
  • Organizer: Robin Netherton, DISTAFF
  • Presider: Gale R. Owen-Crocker, Univ. of Manchester

A Change of Face, or, A Man in an Otter Suit

M. A. Nordtorp-Madson, Univ. of St. Thomas, Minnesota

[Speaker was unfortunately not able to attend.]

The Real Unreal: Chrétien de Troyes’s Fashioning of Erec and Enide

Session 175: Dress and Textiles I: Details from Documents

  • Sponsor: DISTAFF (Discussion, Interpretation, and Study of Textile Arts, Fabrics, and Fashion)
  • Organizer: Robin Netherton, DISTAFF
  • Presider: Gale R. Owen-Crocker, Univ. of Manchester

Saints Subverting Early Medieval Fashion - Sarah-Grace Heller, Ohio State Univ

All the participants have connections to the University of York. The session is organized to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the program there.

Thursday 7:30: Reflecting on Gender and Medieval Studies

·      Sponsor: Centre for Medieval Studies, Univ. of York

·      Organizer: Craig Taylor, Univ. of York

·      Presider: Craig Taylor

From Women to Men, and Back Again

Katherine J. Lewis, Univ. of Huddersfield

Session 97: Would You Write More, or What? The Quest to Publish Historically-Based Creative Writing in the Contemporary Literary Marketplace (A Roundtable)

·      Organizer: Curtis VanDonkelaar, Michigan State Univ.

·      Presider: Curtis VanDonkelaar

A roundtable discussion with Grace Tiffany, Western Michigan Univ.; Amanda Sikarskie, Univ. of Michigan–Dearborn; Merrie Haskell, Library, Univ. of Michigan Library; and Edward L. Risden, St. Norbert College.

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