Announcements, Presentations

51st International Congress on Medieval Studies

Several of UNM English Department’s Medieval Faculty and Graduate Students attended the 51st International Congress on Medieval Studies from 5/12 – 5/15, 2016. Hosted by Western Michigan University’s Medieval Institute, the International Congress on Medieval Studies is an annual gathering of around 3,000 scholars interested in medieval studies. The congress features  550-575 sessions of papers, panel discussions, roundtables, workshops and performances. There are also some 100 business meetings and receptions sponsored by learned societies, associations and institutions. The exhibits hall boasts nearly 70 exhibitors, including publishers, used book dealers and purveyors of medieval sundries. Below is a listing of all of the presentations given by our very own:

Professor Emerita Helen Damico presented, “The Fall of Ethelred’s England and Imaginative Historiography”;

Professor Jonathan Davis-Secord presented, “Alfredian Evil”;

Kevin Jackson, a graduate student, presented, “Facie and Faciem: Anglo-Saxon Interpretations of Biblical Theophany”;

“Caxton’s Prefaces in Light of Chaucer’s Auctorial Self-Criticism” was presented by Dr. Anita Obermeier (who finished her 4-year term as President of TEAMS at the Congress) in a session she organized on “New Perspectives on Caxton”;

PhD candidate, Doaa Omran presented both “Selections from Arabic Flyting Poetry” in the session “Dead Language Flyting Karaoke (A Performance and Roundtable)” which she co-organized, and “Teaching the Quran in the Ancient World Literature Class” in another session she was one of the organizers for: “Teaching Arabic Sources in Translation”;

PhD graduate student, Abigail Robertson presented, “Warriors and the Exiled: Anthropomorphism and Weapons in the Exeter Book”;

‘”Wulfstan’s Vision for the Governance of England during Cnut’s Reign” was presented by Nicholas Schwartz;

and Karra Shimabukuro, a PhD candidate, presented,”The Devil’s Monstrous Landscapes: Hell on Earth”.