Archive of Plenary Lectures

Archive of Plenary Lectures

Archive of Plenary Lectures

Image of Congress plenary lecture.This archive lists the plenary lectures at the International Congress on Medieval Studies (and, before 1979, the Conference on Medieval Studies) in reverse chronological order.

2013

Poseidon's Oar: Horizons of the Medieval Mediterranean

Peregrine Horden, Royal Holloway, Univ. of London
sponsored by the Medieval Academy of America

Augustinian Intention and Medieval Aesthetic

Mary Carruthers, New York Univ.
sponsored by Boydell & Brewer

2012

Conceptualizing Literary History: Europe, 1348-1418

David Wallace, Univ. of Pennsylvania
Sponsored by the Medieval Academy of America

The Heroic Age of Gothic: Invention and Its Contexts 1200-1400

Paul Binski, Univ. of Cambridge
Sponsored by Boydell & Brewer

2011

Outremer: Byzantine Art in a World of Multiple Christianities

Annemarie Weyl Carr, Southern Methodist Univ.
Sponsored by the Medieval Academy of America

Gerald of Wales and the Ethnographic Imagination

Robert Bartlett, Univ. of St. Andrews
Sponsored by Boydell & Brewer, Ltd.

2010

Why Were Latin Qur'ans Produced in Christian Spain but Never Read There?
Reflections on Spanish-Christian Culture during the Long Twelfth Century

Thomas E. Burman, Univ. of Tennessee–Knoxville
Sponsored by the Medieval Academy of America

The "Clerical Proletariat" and the Rise of English: A New Look at Fourteenth-Century Book Production

Kathryn Kerby-Fulton, Univ. of Notre Dame
Sponsored by Boydell & Brewer, Ltd.

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2009

Fictions of Conduct in Medieval France

Roberta L. Krueger, Hamilton College
Sponsored by the Medieval Academy of America

Michael of Rhodes: A Venetian Seafarer and His Book

Alan M. Stahl, Princeton University
Sponsored by Boydell & Brewer, Ltd.

2008

Seeing, Reading, and Interpreting the Apocalypse in Complex Medieval Manuscripts

Richard K. Emmerson, Florida State Univ.
Sponsored by the Medieval Academy of America

Are Bestiaries Really Psalters, and Vice Versa?

Christopher de Hamel, Univ. of Cambridge
Sponsored by the Richard Rawlinson Center and Boydell & Brewer

2007

When Did the Near East Become Muslim? Patterns of Christian Decline in Palestine, Syria, and Mesopotamia, 634–1340

R. Stephen Humphreys, Univ. of California–Santa Barbara
Sponsored by the Medieval Academy of America

Dante’s Gift: Reflections on the Divine Comedy

Christopher Kleinhenz, Univ. of Wisconsin–Madison
Sponsored by Boydell & Brewer

2006

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Madeline H. Caviness, Tufts Univ.
Sponsored by the Medieval Academy of America

Historical Fictions in Medieval Castile

Alan D. Deyermond, Queen Mary and Westfield College, Univ. of London
Sponsored by Boydell & Brewer and the Ibero-Medieval Association of North America (IMANA)

2005

Mastering Authority and Authorizing Mastery in the Long Twelfth Century

Jan M. Ziolkowski, Harvard Univ.
Sponsored by the Medieval Academy of America

The Medieval Textual "I"

A.C. Spearing, Univ. of Virginia
Sponsored by Boydell & Brewer

2004

Making History: Actions and Agents within the Liturgical Framework of Time

Margot Fassler, Yale Univ.
Sponsored by the Medieval Academy of America

Margin and Center: The Book of Hours and the Late Medieval Culture of Prayer

Eamon Duffy, Magdalene College, Cambridge
Sponsored by Boydell & Brewer

2003

The Specter of Judaism in the Age of Mass Conversion: Spain 1391–1492

David Nirenberg, Johns Hopkins Univ.
Sponsored by the Medieval Academy of America

The French of England: A Question of Cultural Traffic?

Jocelyn Wogan-Browne, Fordham Univ.
Sponsored by Boydell & Brewer

2002

Relics, Swords, and the Stories They Tell in the Chanson de Roland

Eugene Vance, Univ. of Washington
Sponsored by the Medieval Academy of America

Competing Conversations in the Generation of 1400: Townspeople, Inquisitors, Societies of the Devout, and Women Writers

John Van Engen, Univ. of Notre Dame

2001

Mural Paintings and Manuscripts as Evidence for the Papal “Rapprochement” with Byzantium in the Ninth Century

John Osborne, Univ. of Victoria
Sponsored by the Medieval Academy of America

Reading the Heroes and Saints of Early Medieval Latin Literature

Danuta Shanzer, Cornell Univ.

2000

The End of Christian Art

Karl F. Morrison, Rutgers Univ.
Sponsored by the Medieval Academy of America

Tensions, Ambiguities, and the Pressures of History: Constructing the Cultural Biography of Joseph the Carpenter

Pamela Sheingorn, Baruch College and Graduate Center, CUNY

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1999

On the Performance of Medieval Music

Christopher Page, Univ. of Cambridge
Sponsored by the Medieval Academy of America

The Making of Maid Marian

Stephen Knight, Cardiff Univ.

1998

From Roman Tax Exemptions to Medieval Holy Places: Landmarks in the History of Immunities

Barbara H. Rosenwein, Loyola Univ., Chicago
Sponsored by the Medieval Academy of America

Oculus Paleographicus

Rev. Leonard E. Boyle, Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana

1997

Gothic Ivory Carvings and the Limits of Connoisseurship

Paul Williamson, Victoria and Albert Museum
Sponsored by the International Center of Medieval Art

Alchemy and the Use of Vernacular Language in the Late Middle Ages

Michela Pereira, Univ. degli Studi di Siena
Sponsored by the Medieval Academy of America

The Study of Pope Gregory VII

H. E. J. Cowdrey, Univ. of Oxford

1996

Where East is West: Art and Its Viewers on Venetian Crete

Robin Cormac, Courtauld Institute of Art, Univ. of London
Sponsored by the Medieval Academy of America

When Did the Middle Ages End? Perspectives of an Intellectual Historian

Marcia Colish, Oberlin College

1995

Scivias: Reading without Learning, Learning without Reading

Michael Clanchy, Institute of Historical Research, Univ. of London
Sponsored by the Medieval Academy of America

Thomas Becket: The Construction and Deconstruction of a Saint from the Middle Ages to the Reformation

Phyllis B. Roberts, Graduate School and University Center, CUNY

1994

From the Ancient to the Medieval City: Continuity and Change in the Early Middle Ages (with Special Attention to Tours)

Nancy Gauthier, Univ. de Tours

Tobit’s Nights. A Scriptural (Fish)bone of Contention about Ethical Individualism

Alain Boureau, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales

1993

Medieval Transition from Latin to Romance before 1300

Roger Wright, Univ. of Liverpool

Quis Teutonicos constituit judices nationum? Or, the Trouble with Heinrich

Horst Fuhrmann, Monumenta Germaniae Historica

1992

Latinate Jewish Wills in Medieval Spain

Robert I. Burns, S. J., Univ. of California–Los Angeles

Witchcraft and Sainthood: Anthropological Problems and Structural Comparison

Gabor Klaniczay, Univ. of Budapest

1991

The Oral Text of The Wanderer

J. B. Bessinger, Jr., New York Univ.

The Insular Tradition: An Overview

Rosemary Cramp, Durham, England

1990

Frederick Barbarossa as "Lord of the World"

Robert E. Benson, Univ. of California–Los Angeles

In Search of the Real Bernard

Jean Leclerq, Abbaye Saint-Maurice, Clervaux

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1989

Norman Art of Sicily and Its Dynastic Patronage

Beat Brenk, Univ. Basel

Sutton Hoo: The Pros and Cons

Sir David Wilson, British Museum

1988

Learning in the Middle Ages

John Contreni, Purdue Univ.

The Theology of the Resurrection and Bodily Miracles in the Thirteenth Century

Caroline Walker Bynum, Getty Center

1987

Sermons for the People: The Anglo-Saxon Contribution

James Cross, Univ. of Liverpool

Why and How to Write the Biography of a Medieval Character: Saint Louis?

Jacques LeGoff, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales

1986

Society and the Body: The Social Meaning of Asceticism in Late Antiquity

Peter Brown, Princeton Univ.

The Carolingian Age: Reflections on Its Place in the History of the Middle Ages

Richard Sullivan, Michigan State Univ.

1985

Signs and Ceremonies in Medieval Monasticism

Giles Constable, Harvard Univ.

Looking at William Caxton: The Historian’s Eye and the Bibliographer’s Eye

Paul Needham, Pierpont Morgan Library

1984

Representation of Time in the Late Middle Ages

John Leyerle, Univ. of Toronto

The Legacy of John Wyclif

Anne Hudson, Oxford Univ.

1983

King Arthur as a Medium for Political Action

Karl-Heinz Goeller, Univ. Regensburg

Crisis of Faith in the Twelfth Century

Karl Bosl, Bayerische Akademie der Wissenschaften

1982

Address at the Public Session of the Fellows of the Medieval Academy of America

Laurence K Shook, Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies

1981

The Crusades from the Point of View of Byzantium

Sir Steven Runciman, Dumfriesshire, Scotland

Roots and Essence of Colonialism: Medieval Attitudes to Alien Culture and Society

Joshua Prawer, Hebrew Univ. of Jerusalem

1980

The Miracles of St. Benedict

Benedicta Ward, Univ. of Oxford

Albert the Great and Medieval Culture

James Weisheipl, OP, Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies

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1979

How Original was Joachim of Fiore’s Theology of History?

Marjorie Reeves, Oxford Univ.

Nova et Vetera: On the Improvement of Our Methods

Leopold Genicot, Univ. of Louvain

Reform and Revolution in Sixteenth-Century Germany: Perspectives of Research and Discussion

Günter Volger, Alexander Humboldt Univ.

1978

Rhetoric and Philosophy in the Renaissance

Paul Oskar Kristeller, Columbia Univ.

The Rhetoric of Damnation: the Poetics of Dante’s Inferno

John Freccero, Yale Univ.

1977

The Idea of Man in the Middle Ages

Gordon Leff, Univ. of York

Interaction of Social and Religious Changes in Germany, 1400–1600

Heiko A. Oberman, Univ. Tübingen

The Familia as a Basic Structure of Medieval Society

Karl Bosl, Univ. München

1976

Image and Text in the Early Middle Ages: Some Problems in Interpretation

Paul J. Meyvaert, Medieval Academy of America

The Social Context of Medieval Love Language in Religious, Courtly, and Popular Literature

Jean Leclerq, Clervaux, Rome, and Western Michigan University

1975

Children in Medieval Art

Ilene H. Forsyth, Univ. of Michigan

Bernard of Clairvaux and the Language of Love

Jean Leclerq, Clervaux, Rome, and Western Michigan University

1974

It Seems There Is No God—1256/1274

Edward A. Synan, Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies

Saint Bonaventure: Some Aspects of His Life and Doctrine

Theodore Crowley, OFM, Queen’s Univ., Belfast

1973

The Notion of the “Middle Ages” and the Future of Medieval Research

Karl Ferdinand Werner, Institut historique allemand, Paris

1972

Modern Psychology and Medieval Studies

Jean Leclerq, Clervaux and Rome

1971

The Plowman and the Tree: Labor and Grace in the Fourteenth Century

John Leyerle, Centre for Medieval Studies, Univ. of Toronto

1970

What Is the Most Significant Feature of Medieval Rhetoric?

Panel discussion, chaired by James J. Murphy, Univ. of California–Davis

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1968

The Reformation of the Twelfth Century

Giles Constable, Harvard Univ.

1966

Visual Exegesis in Medieval Art

Harry Bober, Institute of Fine Arts, New York Univ.

1964

Gerald the Welshman

Urban Tigner Holmes, Univ. of North Carolina

1962

The Nature and Value of Medieval Studies

Laurence K. Shook, Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies


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