Medieval Conference comes back to UNT after 21 years

Medieval Conference comes back to UNT after 21 years

October 02
00:03 2014

The Texas Medieval Association will meet at UNT Oct. 3-4 for its 21st annual conference, with the Medieval Graduate Student Symposium taking place a day earlier on Oct. 2. The association’s president is a UNT professor, associate art history professor Mickey Abel.

“The first conference was held at UNT, and this is the first time it has been back at UNT,” Abel said. “It is also the first time the president has been an Art Historian.”

The conference is traditionally a two-day event, but Abel decided to put the Graduate Symposium just before it on the calendar to help highlight graduate students.

The conference and the symposium have the same theme, “Interdisciplinary in the Age of Relevance.” The papers presented will discuss the relevance of medieval history today.

The Oct. 2 event is open to the public, and opening remarks begin at 10 a.m. in the Art Building’s North Gallery. Throughout the day, graduate students will present their research to each other and professionals.

The Oct. 3 events will take place in the Gateway Center Ballroom, and the Oct. 4 sessions will be in the Business Leadership Building. Both days begin with 8 a.m. registration and are free for UNT students and faculty.

The keynote session on Friday is 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Barbara Rosenwein, a professor and historian from Loyola University in Chicago, will speak on 14th Century French Philosopher Jean Gerson in the Gateway Ballroom. Saturday’s keynote session will be held in BLB 180 1-2 p.m. with University of Virginia English professor and medieval expert Bruce Holsinger presenting on the medieval literature and the parchment used to write it.

TEMA appoints a new president every year, and each year’s conference is held at the president’s college. Abel was approached about the 2014 conference four years ago, and has been working on it ever since. She has had help from art history graduate students Tania Kolarik, Laura Lee Brott and Sarah Shivers.

Kolarik has been involved in the registration and lanyards for the conference since August.

“The most immediate effect of the conference is networking with other graduate students and professionals,” Kolarik said. “I feel that since it hasn’t been at UNT for 21 years, it will remind people about UNT, that UNT does have scholars too and not just other universities.”

Brott has attended the TEMA Conference with Abel as a grad student to present papers in the past. This year, she is excited to be helping Abel host the conference here at UNT.

“I think our campus has many things to offer the conference,” Brott said. “I am excited for it to be held at UNT while I’m here. It is doubly exciting to have Dr. Abel as the president.”

Shivers has helped Abel in the preparations of the conference in order for it to run smoothly.

“I am so very excited to be able to be a part of the conference, not only to represent the university, but our graduate program as well,” Shivers said. “It is very special to attend one of my first medieval-specific conferences to be hosted by my university.”

Students can get a detailed conference schedule at www.texasmedieval.org.

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