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UNT hosts Medieval Conference

UNT hosts Medieval Conference

October 05
20:01 2014

Kaleigh Gremaud / Intern Writer

This weekend, Oct. 2-4, UNT hosted the 21st annual Texas Medieval Association Conference. TEMA President and art history professor Mickey Abel and her grad student helpers put the conference together.

“The conference has been amazingly successful, the way the various medievalists have come together in an interdisciplinary way,” Abel said.

Oct. 2 was the North Texas Medieval Graduate Student Symposium, where students attended sessions on interdisciplinary approaches to manuscript study, architecture and manuscript imagery. Oct. 3-4 was the conference proper, and TEMA members from across the nation discussed medieval history’s relevance to the present.

There were close to 100 presentations throughout the course of the conference. Historians from all over the country came to present their research. Not all who presented had medieval history backgrounds.

Tarrant County College English professor Ruel Macaraeg studies medieval history on the side. Macaraeg presented his research in the session about medieval fashion.

“I’ve been working on making fashion a science by taking scientific theory and applying it to fashion,” Macaraeg said.

Between the sessions, there were coffee breaks, lunch breaks and two keynote speeches. Barbara Rosenwein, from Loyola University in Chicago, spoke on 14th century French philosopher Jean Gerson, and Bruce Holsinger of the University of Virginia spoke on medieval literature and the parchment used to write it.

Early medieval history professor at University of Dallas Kelly Gibson said she learned some new things in the keynote sessions.

“I really liked the two keynotes,” Gibson said. “They were connected to what I work on.”

The conference was not just for historians to meet each other, but also for aspiring historians like Sarah Luginbill from Midland, Texas. Luginbill is taking a break from school right now, but plans on attending graduate school next year.

“I really enjoyed meeting historians and talking to them about where they went to graduate school,” Luginbill said.

Music history professor Benjamin Bland has attended the conference for four years and said he liked having the conference at UNT.

“I think it’s really nice to be back here,” Bland said. “I think we did well and we drew a lot of people”

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