Montana Medieval Roundup

Montana Medieval Roundup

Montana Medieval Roundup: Conference on Medieval Studies in the American West, will take place on July 27-28, 2017.  This event is open to the public. Please join us at the Mansfield Library, Theta Rho Reading Room. Sessions will include: Paper Sessions, Discussion Panels, and a Special Collections Seminar led by Ashby Kinch and Seth Lerer. The Wrap-up session- "Discussion of Montana and the West" by R. Howard Bloch.

This event is co-spondored by Archives and Special Collections of the Mansfield Livrary and the Medieval Studies Program of Georgetown University.

Montana Medieval Roundup: July 27-28, 2017

All conference presentations will take place in the Theta Rho room, adjacent to Archives and Special Collections on the 4th Floor of the Mansfield Library at the University of Montana.

Thursday, July 27

9-9:30: Coffee / Introductions

9:30-11:  “First Book” Paper Session:  Chapters from Books-in-Progress

Tekla Bude, Assistant Professor, Oregon State, "This Silence is Song: Margery Kempe and Musical Aesthetics"

Jen Jahner, Assistant Professor, Cal-Tech, “Political Failure and the Pleasures of the Multilingual Pun in Thirteenth-Century England and France,”       

Bridget Whearty, Assistant Professor, SUNY-Binghamton, "Necromancing the Archive," a chapter from a monograph in development, The Digital Resurrection of Medieval Manuscripts.

11:00-11:30: Coffee Break

11:30-12:30: Paper Session 1

Sarah McNamer, Associate Professor, Georgetown University, "Jonah's Joy in the Unbuilt Environment"

Sarah Harlan-Haughey, Associate Professor, University of Maine, “Frontier Storytelling in Two Saga Traditions”

LUNCH: 12:30-2

2-3:30: My Favorite Theory: Affect:
Tarren Andrews, (MA, 2015), Rachel Smith, University of Montana (MA,2018) , Briana Wipf, University of Montana (MA, 2017)


Join a few of UM's current and former graduate students for a podcast-style discussion about how their diverse work in mnemonics, temporality, and spaces is knit together by contemporary affect theory. This informal discussion panel will cover topics including, but not limited to, material culture, ecocriticism, indigeneity, and marginalization. 

3:30-6:30: Down time, free time, hiking

6:30-9:30:  Dinner and Drinks

Friday, July 28

10:30-12:00: Paper Session 2:

Sarah Noonan Assistant Professor, "Prelapsarian Nostalgia: the Desire for Stasis in Virgin Bodies and Virgin Spaces"

Cynthia Camp, Associate Professor, University of Georgia, "Awakening the Past: Medieval Liturgy and Native American Storytelling Traditions”

Beth Hubble, Women’s and Gender Studies, University of Montana , "Medieval Trolls, Mansplainers, and Bullies: Reading Gontier Col's Letters to Christine de Pizan through the Lens of 21st-Century Online Feminist Activism"

LUNCH: 12-1:30

Friday 1:30-3:30: Montana Special Collections Seminar

Organized by Ashby Kinch and Seth Lerer

Wrap-up: Discussion of Montana and the West

Written remarks from R. Howard Bloch and David Howlett (in absentia), read by Sarah McNamer, followed by open discussion.

Possible Excursions (Friday afternoon / Saturday morning)

1)     Trip to Mission in St. Ignatius to see the mid-19th century church; meet with local historian / Salish Cultural Committee

2)     National Bison Range (on way up to Flathead Lake)

Flathead Lake Excursion: Saturday night