Announcements and Statements

SMFS AT IMC 2015 (“Kalamazoo”)

SMFS At Kalamazoo! Below please find important information on SMFS events and activities at the International Medieval Congress, May 13-17, 2015


Graduate students, independent scholars, junior and senior faculty members – anyone at any stage in his/her career is welcome to participate as either mentors or mentees (or both).

Please send the following information by April 15 to Katie Keene at

1.Name (First, Last):

2. Institutional affiliation (if any):

3. Current position (or most recent position/degree):

4. Contact information (email and phone):

5. Academic field(s) of interest (i.e. English Literature, History, late-medieval France, manuscript studies, etc):

6. Whether you are interested in being a mentor, mentee, or both:

7. Details of your request:  What issues are you interested in discussing?  Please be as

specific as possible, so that we may make the best possible matches.  Please choose

one or more of the following suggested considerations and list in order of priority from most

to least important:

a)  To meet or mentor someone in your own, specific field (or a secondary field of


b)  To talk to someone about being a feminist scholar more generally

c)  To discuss strategies/experiences navigating a job search

d)  To discuss administration (chairing departments, running gender/women’s studies


e)  To meet someone in a different field or to develop interdisciplinary relationships

f)  To meet another independent scholar

g)  To meet another junior professor about being new to that position

h)  Other

Requirement: attendance at the International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI, May 14-17, 2015. You will receive notice regarding your match on or before May 1 so that you will have time to coordinate a meeting. The aim of the mentoring exchange is to bring people together at Kalamazoo. Relationships can continue after the Kalamazoo congress, but we stress that the congress itself is intended to be the main venue of the exchange.


Thursday, May 14

Thursday 10:00 AM

In Honor of Annemarie Weyl Carr I: Women as Artists and Patrons

Organizer: Rachel Dressler, Univ. at Albany

Presider:  Lynn Jones

“Unexpected Statements of Female Power: Case Studies from Crete and Cyprus”
Cristina Stancioiu, College of William & Mary

“Lillian P. Bliss as a Patron of Byzantine Art”
Helen C. Evans, Metropolitan Museum of Art

“Re-Purposing West for East at Resafa: A Woman Patron in the Christian Middle East”
Glen Peers, Univ. of Texas–Austin

“Female Sovereignty and Strategic Art Making: Crossing Cultural and Religious Borders in Medieval Iberia”
Therese Martin, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científica

Thursday 3:30 PM

In Honor of Annemarie Weyl Carr II: Visualizations of Mary, East and West

Organizer:Rachel Dressler, Univ. at Albany
Presider:Pamela A. Patton, Southern Methodist Univ.

“The Early Cult and Images of the Virgin Mary”
Diliana Angelova, Univ. of California–Berkeley

“The Virgin and Child in an Angevin Sea: Iconography Forged “in the Crucible of the Crusades”
Rebecca W. Corrie, Bates College

“Bilateral Icons, East or West? The Case of a Bilateral Icon with the Mother of God at Veroia”
James Rodriguez, Yale Univ.

“Reading Women Reading Mary”
Catherine Keene, Southern Methodist Univ

LUNCHEON in honor of Dr. Carr: Thursday, May 14 from 11:30-1:30 pm at The Oaklands, the bed and breakfast located on the WMU campus across from the Bernhard Center.  The entree choices are champagne chicken, vegetarian lasagna, and stuffed peppers (gluten free); all will be served with salad, beverage, and dessert. Price, including tax and gratuity, is $30 regular, $15 for graduate students and underemployed scholars. If you are going to be at Kalamazoo and wish to join us at the luncheon, please register online at  Payment can be made through PayPal or by check (details on registration form).


Saturday, May 16

Annual business meeting and graduate student reception: 5:15 p.m.

SMFS Banquet at Saffron, 7:00 p.m. (by advance registration, under “Events” on the smfs website)