|President 2020 and 2021): Melissa Ridley Elmes|
Assistant Professor of English
Research interests: Literatures and cultures of the British Isles, including Old and Middle English, Anglo-Norman, Welsh, and Old Norse; Arthuriana; violence; feasts and feasting; women and gender
Recent publications: Failed Ritualized Feasts and the Limitations of Community in Branwen ferch Lyr. Proceedings of the Harvard Celtic Studies Colloquium 38 (2018; pub. 2020). 201-215; Treason and the Feast in Sir Thomas Malory’s Morte Darthur. Treason: Medieval and Early Modern Adultery, Betrayal, and Shame. Ed. Larissa Tracy. (Leiden: Brill, 2019). 320-339; Public Displays of Affliction: Women’s Wounds in Sir Thomas Malory’s Morte Darthur, Modern Philology 116.3 (2019), 187-210; Compassion and Benignytee: A Reassessment of the Relationship Between Canacee and the Falcon in Chaucer’s Squire’s Tale. Medieval Feminist Forum 54.1 (2018), 50-64.
Current projects: Negotiating Violence at the Feast in Medieval British Texts (monograph in progress); Violence and the Feast in Arthurian Literature (monograph in progress); Teaching Celtic Literature in the Generalist Classroom (ed. with Mathieu Boyd); Food and Feast in Premodern Outlaw Texts (ed. with Kristin Bovaird-Abbo), essays on female friendship in medieval literature, fairies and power, and teaching Beowulf.
|Vice-President (2020 and 2021): Roberta Magnani|
|Treasurer & Membership Coordinator (2018-2024): Amy Vines|
Associate Professor of English
Director of Undergraduate Studies
University of North Carolina – Greensboro
Research Interests: literature and culture of fourteenth- and fifteenth-century England, with concentrations in women’s readership, textual studies, patronage, and medieval romance.
Recent Publications:Who-so wylle of nurtur lere: Domestic Capabilities in the Middle English Emare, The Chaucer Review, 53.1 (January 2018), pp. 82-101; Invisible Woman: Rape as a Chivalric Necessity in Medieval Romance, Sexual Culture in Medieval Britain, ed. Amanda Hopkins, Robert Rouse, and Cory James Rushton (Cambridge: D.S. Brewer, 2014), pp. 133-147; The Rehabilitation of Patronage in Hoccleves Series, Digital Philology: A Journal of Medieval Cultures 2.2 (Fall 2012), pp. 201221; Women’s Power in Late Medieval Romance. (Cambridge: D.S. Brewer, 2011) ; “Fictions of Patronage: The Romance Heroine as Sponsor in John Metham’s Amoryus and Cleopes” Journal of the Early Book Society 13 (2010), pp. 139-168; “Lullaby as Lament: Learning to Mourn in Middle English Nativity Lyrics” in Laments for the Lost: Medieval Mourning and Elegy, Jane Tolmie and M. Jane Toswell, eds. (Turnhout, Belgium: Brepols, 2010), pp. 201-223.
Current projects: Chivalric Apocrypha: Alternate Constructions of Knighthood in Medieval Literature (monograph in progress); Wooing Women and Rape Culture in Medieval Romance (article in progress for edited collection).
|Past President (2018 and 2019): Linda Mitchell|
Martha Jane Phillips Starr / Missouri Distinguished Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies and Professor of History
University of Missouri-Kansas City
Research interests: Medieval British Isles, esp. 1100-1500; Aristocratic women and families, esp. in the British Isles; Legal and administrative history in the Medieval British Isles; Feminist, Intersectional, and Postcolonial Theory.
Current Project: completing a manuscript tentatively entitled The Life of Joan de Valence which will be published by Palgrave Macmillan.
|MEDIEVAL FEMINIST FORUM EDITOR|
Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Adjunct Associate Professor of History
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Research interests: Medieval/Early Modern Christianity and late medieval/early modern Spain
Recent publication: The Mystical Science of the Soul: Medieval Cognition in Bernardino de Laredo’s Recollection Method. (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2012).
|MEDIEVAL FEMINIST FORUM MANAGING EDITOR|
Librarian, University of Iowa
|MEDIEVAL FEMINIST FORUM ASSOCIATE EDITORS|
|Liz Herbert McAvoy|
|Jennifer Edwards |
Associate Professor and Chair of History
Research interests: history of monasticism; the cult of the saints; women, gender, and power; medieval France; medicine, healing, and disease.
Recent publications: “My Sister for Abbess: Fifteenth-Century Power Disputes over the Abbey of Sainte-Croix, Poitiers,” Journal of Medieval History 40. 1 (2014), pp. 85-107; “‘Man Can be Subject to Woman’: Female Monastic Authority in Fifteenth-Century Poitiers” Gender & History 25.1 (2013), pp. 86-106.
Current projects: monographs on “Superior Women: Medieval Female Authority in Poitiers’ Abbey of Sainte-Croix” and “Holy Healing: Saints and Urban Leprosaria in the Middle Ages”
|BOOK REVIEW EDITORS, MEDIEVAL FEMINIST FORUM|
|Melissa Ridley Elmes|
Assistant Professor of English
Research and Publications: See above, “President”
|SMFS ADVISORY BOARD MEMBERS|
|Sharon Farmer, Founding Editor representative (2020 and 2021)|
|Bettina Bildhauer (2018-2020)|
Professor of German Literature
University of Saint Andrews
Research interests:medieval German narrative literature, medievalism (especially in film), material things, gender, bodies, global Middle Ages
Selected publications: The Middle Ages in the Modern World, ed. Bettina Bildhauer and Chris Jones, (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017); Nibelungenfilme als Mittelalterfilme: Fritz Lang, Harald Reinl, Uli Edel, Quentin Tarantino und die Gegenwart vergangener Gewalttaten in Volker Gall (ed.), Vom finsteren zum bunten Mittelalter (Worms: WormsVerlag, 2017), pp. 7388
Current Project: The Untold Stories of Medieval Things (funded monograph project on material things as represented in Middle High German narratives and their global sources)
|Jonathan Hsy (2018-2020)|
Associate Professor of English
The George Washington University
Research interests:multilingualism and translation; disability history and cultural theory; adaptation and global medievalism; media studies and digital humanities
Selected publications:Thinking Across Tongues special issue of postmedieval (co-editor with Mary Kate Hurley and A.B. Kraebel, 2017), Ability/Disability: The Monks Tale (Open Access Companion to The Canterbury Tales, 2017); Disability (Cambridge Companion to the Body in Literature, 2015); Trading Tongues: Merchants, Multilingualism, and Medieval Literature (Ohio State UP, 2013); various essays in Accessus, Early Modern Women Journal, postmedieval, and PMLA
Current Projects: Co-director (with Candace Barrington), Global Chaucers (forthcoming essay collection in Literature Compass); co-editor (with Tory Vandeventer Pearman and Joshua R. Eyler), Cultural History of Disability in the Middle Ages; monograph on disability and life-writing in late-medieval culture
|Kathryn Maude (2019-2021)|
Assistant Professor of Women and Gender Studies at the American University in Beirut
|Janine Larmon Peterson (2018-2020)|
Associate Professor of History and Coordinator of Medieval and Renaissance Studies
Research interests: Gender, cultural and religious history of late medieval Italy, cultural interaction in the Mediterranean basin
Recent publications: Visions, Inquisitors, and Challenges to Christian Doctrine in the Later Middle Ages, English Language Notes 56 (forthcoming 2018); See What is Beneath Your Clothes: The Spectacle of Public Female Dissections in Early Modern Europe, in Gender Scripts in Medicine and Narrative, eds. Angela Laflen and Marcelline Block, 2-31 (Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2010); Holy Heretics in Later Medieval Italy, Past and Present 204 (2009): 3-31; monograph, Disputed Sanctity: Popes, Inquisitors, Communities, and Contestation in Late Medieval Italy (under review); article, Women, Power, and Religious Dissent: Why Women Never Became Heresiarchs, for Between Orders and Heresy: Rethinking Medieval Religious Movements, eds. Anne E. Lester and Jennifer Kolpacoff Deane (under review).
Current Projects: Article, Healing the Social Body: Female Saints and Civic Participation in Late Medieval Italy (in progress); monograph, The Supernatural and the Female Body in the Middle Ages (in progress).
|Nicole Lopez-Jantzen (2019-2021)|
History, CUNY Borough of Manhattan Community College
|Marjorie Housley (2019-2021)|
Research Interests: early medieval vernacular literature; queer theory; affect theory; history of the emotions.
Forthcoming Publications: The Noble Way You Blushed: Queering Mourning Verse in the Ulster Cycle, in Knowing Sorrow: Grief, Gender, and Identity in the Middle Ages, ed. Lee Templeton (Leiden: Brill).
Dissertation: “Gender, Emotion, and Erotics in Anglo-Saxon, Celtic, and Norse Heroic Literature”
|Shyama Rajendran (2019-2021)|
|GRADUATE STUDENT ADVISORY BOARD MEMBERS|
|Kersti Francis (2020-2022)|
Doctoral candidate, English, UCLA
Research Interests: Gender and sexuality studies, the history of magic, Old French literature, Middle English literature, the history of science
Recent Publications: “Fetishizing the Past: Troilus and Criseyde, Sadmomasochism, and the Historophilia of Modern BDSM,” in Painful Pleasures: Sadomashochism in Medieval Cultures (forthcoming, Manchester University Press, 2021); “Alchemy, the Liber Aureus, and the Erotics of Knowledge,” Medieval Feminist Forum (forthcoming, 2021).
Current projects: Dissertation project: “Queer Magic: Sodomy, Sin, and the Supernatural in the Later Middle Ages”
|Jenny C. Bledsoe (2018-2020)|
Assistant Professor of English
Department of Languages and Literature
Northeastern State University, Broken Arrow
Research interests: religious literature, including saints’ lives and sermons; Early Middle English; manuscript studies
Recent publications: “Sympathy for the Demon: Affective Instruction in the Katherine Group,” New Medieval Literatures 18 (2018); “Materially-Engaged Reading in the Writing Classroom,” Pedagogy 19.1 (Winter 2019); “Women’s Work and Men’s Devotions: Fabrics of the Passion in ‘O Vernicle,'” Medieval Feminist Forum (forthcoming 2020).
Current projects: Special issues of the journal Early Middle English on Reclusion and Materiality, co-edited with Michelle M. Sauer; book project, Tactile Affects: Materiality and Feeling in Medieval British Literature
|Rebecca (Becky) Straple (2019-2021)|
PhD Candidate in English, Western Michigan University
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