St. Norbert College hosts 2011 Medieval Association of the Midwest conference

From St. Norbert College, August 31, 2011
by Nicole Jagielski, nicole.jagielski@snc.edu, (920) 403-3089

The Medieval Association of the Midwest will hold their 2011 conference at St. Norbert College, Sept. 29-Oct. 1. The Medieval Association of the Midwest promotes the study and teaching of all aspects of the Middle Ages; St. Norbert College also hosted its 2002 conference. The conference's organizers expect to draw scholars from throughout the Midwestern United States and as far away as Puerto Rico and Canada.

Edward Risden, St. Norbert College professor of English and former president of the organization, says the conference members "aim to share and disseminate scholarship on the Middle Ages." Topics discussed during the conference include medieval literature, history, language, art history, philosophy and religious studies. The conference, co-sponsored by the Center for Norbertine Studies, will also have a special emphasis on Norbertines in medieval times, with contributions from St. Norbert College faculty and members of the Premonstratensian order.

St. Norbert College faculty and staff presenting research and moderating conference sessions will include Wolfgang Grassl (business administration), William Hyland (Center for Norbertine Studies), Rebecca Proefrock (religious studies), Fr. John Bostwick (religious studies), Karlyn Crowley (English), John Day (modern languages and literatures), Stephen Westergan (humanities), Bradford Ellis (modern languages and literatures), Rosemary Sands (Center for International Education), John Pennington (English), Robert Boyer (English emeritus) Laurie MacDiarmid (English), Michael Lovano (history), and Edward Risden (English). Two St. Norbert College alums, Kim Anderson and Rachel Waymel, will also be presenting papers.

In addition to its own annual meeting, the Medieval Association of the Midwest organizes sessions at the International Congress on Medieval Studies and the Midwest Modern Language Association convention. It also publishes the semiannual newsletter Nuntia and the annual journal Enarratio.

For more information, contact Edward Risden at 920-403-3938 or edward.risden@snc.edu.