Medieval Renaissance Conference
Annual Medieval-Renaissance Conference
Founded in 1986 by Professors Richard H. Peake and the late Jack Mahony, both of the Department of Language and Literature, the Medieval-Renaissance Conference began as a way of promoting scholarly activity on campus and providing visibility for the College in the larger academic community. Overcoming some initial administrative skepticism, the first conference was a success, hosting twelve speakers from mainly area colleges. Welcoming papers on all areas of medieval and renaissance studies, including literature, history, philosophy, art, and music, the conference has enjoyed steady growth and increased national presence, with speakers representing institutions across the country—and the occasional international speaker. By the late nineteen-nineties it had grown to a gathering of thirty or forty presentations per year, growth that continues the legacy of Professors Peake and Mahony and confirms the value of an academic conference at the College. In spite of this growth, the conference remains small enough to foster a sense of academic community, generating lively discussions and feedback not always achievable at larger conferences. We also work to maintain an open, informal, and friendly setting for participants. Many younger scholars, presenting their first academic paper, find their experience with the conference encouraging and helpful to their academic growth.
The keynote address Friday afternoon is the highlight of the conference. The conference has honored such nationally-recognized scholars as German teacher-scholar Wendell Frye of Hartwick College; noted Miltonist John Shawcross of the University of Kentucky; Chaucerian Dolores Warwick Frese of the University of Notre Dame; Anglo-Saxon scholar Marijane Osborn of the University of California-Davis; medievalist Gordon Braden of the University of Virginia, historian Thomas F.X. Noble, formerly of the University of Virginia and currently Director of the Medieval Institute at the University of Notre Dame (also principle author of the Western Civilization text currently in use in History 1010), Arthurian scholars E. Donald Kennedy of the University of North Carolina, Bonnie Wheeler of Southern Methodist University, and Thomas Malory biographer P.J.C. Field of North Wales University; art historian David Bernstein, Miltonist Jessica Wolfe, and medieval social-economic historian Kathryn Reyerson of the University of Minnesota.
The Twenty-eighth conference will be held Sept. 25-27, 2014. The call for papers will go out in February 2014.
For more information please contact:
Kenneth J. Tiller, Professor of English and Chair, Medieval-Renaissance Conference Committee