Boundary Crossings: the 2018 International Conference on Medievalism

Brock University, October 12-13, 2018

Steampunk meets the Renaissance faire at the 2018 International Conference on Medievalism! Hosted by Ann Howey and Martin Danahay at Brock University, October 12-13, 2018, our conference on “Boundary Crossings” will examine the intersections of medievalism and the neo-Victorian.

Registration is now open! Click here to register by September 15, 2018.


Friday, October 12 Crossing Disciplinary Boundaries: Medievalism / Neo-Victorianism

8:45-9:30am Registration (Coffee service provided)

9:30-9:45 Welcome

9:45-11:00 Plenary I: The Academy and Disciplinary Borders

Dr Karl Fugelso, Professor, Towson University

“Negotiating Identity: An Editor’s Perspective on the Borders of Medievalism (Studies)”

Dr Marie-Luise Kohlke, Senior Lecturer, Swansea University (U.K.)

“Neo-Victorianism’s Janus-Faced Orientations: To the Nineteenth Century and Beyond (All the Way Back to the Medieval)”

11-11:30 – coffee break (coffee service provided)

11:30-12:45 Plenary II: Material Culture

Dr Kathleen Coyne Kelly, Professor, Northeastern University

“Morris’s Souvenir: The Kelmscott Chaucer and its Facsimiles.”

Dr Mike Perschon, Assistant Professor, MacEwan University

“Vintage, not Victorian: that old-time Steampunk feeling”

12:45-2:00 Lunch (provided)

2:00-3:15 Plenary III: Politics

Dr Dorothy Kim, Assistant Professor, Brandeis University

“Alt-Right Politics and Medievalism: Race and Genealogies of Medievalism”

Dr Louisa Hadley, Associate Professor, Dawson College

“The Monumental Past”

3:15-3:45 – coffee break

3:45-4:45 Discussion Session

Medievalism and Neo-Victorianism: Future Collaborations

Dr Karl Fugelso, Dr Marie-Luise Kohlke, Dr Kathleen Coyne Kelly, Dr Mike Perschon, Dr Dorothy Kim, Dr Louisa Hadley, and all conference participants

6:30 pm – Conference Dinner – Four Points Sheraton Hotel, Newman Room



Saturday, October 13 Boundary Crossings in Medievalism

9am-9:30 Registration (coffee service provided)

9:30-10:50 Panels

1.1 Medievalisms in the World I                  TH 257

Presider: Angela Weisl, Seton Hall University

Laura Harrison, University of Edinburgh

“It’s ‘just’ a statue to some people”: How Commemorations Cross Boundaries with the Scottish Diaspora

Sarah Daiker, Independent Scholar

“Poems of Past Ages”: George Grey Barnard and the Bishop’s Garden of Washington National Cathedral

Andrew Elliott, University of Lincoln

Brexit, Victoriana, and Participatory Medievalism

Peter Konieczny,

Trying to Bridge the Academic with the Popular–Thoughts from a Magazine Editor

1.2 Beowulf                                                    TH 258

Presider: Karen Winstead, The Ohio State University

Bruce Gilchrist, Concordia University

Beowulf for the Very Young Reader

Renée Ward, University of Lincoln

The Earliest Beowulf for Victorian Children: E. L. Hervey’s “The Fight with the Ogre”

Sadie Hash, University of Houston

“Beyond the Pale”: Translating and Adapting the Physical Places of Beowulf

1.3 Arthurian                                                TH 259

Presider: Jane Toswell, University of Western Ontario

Barbara D. Miller, SUNY Buffalo State

Merlin’s Crossings: From Transgression to Transcendence in the Spanish Baladro del sabio Merlin

Kathryn O’Toole, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

An Arthurian Yankee in a British Norman’s Court: The Collapse of Sectional Difference in Mark Twain’s A Connecticut Yankee

Anita Obermeier, University of New Mexico

Queer Dinadan: The Medieval and Post-Medieval Evidence

Christina Francis, Bloomsburg University

Rewriting Vivienne, Steampunk Style

10:50-11:20 Coffee Break (coffee service provided)

11:20-12:40 Panels

2.1 Medievalisms in the World II                            TH 257

Presider: Mike Perschon, MacEwan University

Brent Moberly, Indiana University, and Kevin Moberly, Old Dominion University

College and Castle: Neo-Scholasticism, Neomedievalism, and Fan Production in Dark Souls

Valerie Johnson, University of Montevallo

Robin Hood in Greenwood Stood: Disrupting Ableism and False Realisms in a Robin Hood Course

Jesse Swan, University of Northern Iowa

Horace Walpole’s Little Studies in Medievalism

Dustin Frazier Wood, University of Roehampton

Progress, Sociability and Medievalist Identity Formation at the Spalding Gentleman’s Society, 1710-1750

2.2 Kings and Queens                                               TH 258

Presider: Kirsten Yri, Wilfrid Laurier University

Megan Arnott, Western Michigan University

The fictionalized Haraldr harðráði: Power and gender in modern poetry and prose depicting Harald the “Hardruler” and Ellisif

Lisa Bevevino, The University of Minnesota Morris

Vashti and Esther: Told and Retold for Medieval and Modern, Christian and Jewish Audiences

Gillian Gower, UCLA

“Gloriana, Alleluia”: Medievalist Themes in Martin Phipps’ Scores for The Virgin Queen (2006) and Victoria (2016-)

2.3 World Building                                                   TH 259

Presider: Louisa Hadley, Dawson College

John Wyatt Greenlee, Cornell University, and Anna Fore Waymack, Cornell University

In the Beginning was the Word: How Medieval Text became Fantasy Art

James Estes, Wesley Theological Seminary

Worlds Apart: The Medieval Cosmology of Bernardus Silvestris and the Religious Imagination of C. S. Lewis

Jane Toswell, University of Western Ontario

The Medieval World of Louise Penny’s Canadian Murder Mysteries?

Alicia McKenzie, Wilfrid Laurier University

“Patchwork Worlds”: History and World-Building in Neomedievalist Digital Games

12:40-2:00 Lunch (provided)

2:00-3:20 Panels

3.1 Teaching Medievalisms Roundtable                             TH 257

Presider: Lauryn S. Mayer, Washington and Jefferson College

Participants: Elizabeth Emery, Montclair State University; Karl Fugelso, Towson University; Valerie Johnson, University of Montevallo; Teresa Rupp, Mount St Mary’s University; Jesse Swan, University of Northern Iowa; Jane Toswell, University of Western Ontario; and Usha Vishnuvajjala, Tulane University

3.2 Fairies, Forests and Folklore                                          TH 258

Presider: Renee Ward, University of Lincoln

Aileen Christensen, New York University

The Fairy Prince: Gender Reversals and Love Narratives in Madame d’Aulnoy’s Fairytales

Miranda L. Hajduk, CUNY Graduate Center

“This is What it Means to be a Wolf”: Crossing Monstrous and Temporal Boundaries in ABC’s Once Upon a Time, Charles Perrault’s “Little Red Riding Hood,” and Marie de France’s “Bisclavret”

Catherine Brassell, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Crossing Through the Woods: Ecotonal Landscapes in Sir Orfeo and C. S. Lewis’ The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

3.3 “Marvel”s and Comics                                                   TH 259

Presider: Anna Waymack, Cornell University

Angela Jane Weisl, Seton Hall University

Genre Crossings: Norse Mythology, Poetics, Medievalism (or Renaissance-ism) and Story-telling in Kenneth Branagh’s Thor and the Prose Edda

Cory James Rushton, St. Francis Xavier

The Hulk in Winter: Medieval Blood, Plantagenet Myth, and Old Man Logan

Kara Larson Maloney, Canisius College

Breaking the Silence: Considering Gender-Bending in Arthurian Comics

3:20-3:50 Coffee break (coffee service provided)

3:50-5:10 Panels

4.1 Heritage Sites RT                                                TH 257

Presider: Elizabeth Emery, Montclair State University

Marty Shichtman, Eastern Michigan University


Susan Aronstein, University of Wyoming


Laurie A. Finke, Kenyon College

The Order of the Thistle

Kathleen Kelly, Northeastern University


Christine Neufeld, Eastern Michigan University

Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg

Mary K. Ramsey, Eastern Michigan University


4.2 Gender and Violence                                          TH 258

Presider: Pam Clements, Siena College

Lauryn S. Mayer, Washington and Jefferson College

Policing the Borders: Kate Horsley’s The Changeling of Finnistuath and Normative Medievalism

Karen Winstead, The Ohio State University

George R. R. Martin and the Virgin Martyr: Misogyny, “faux feminism,” and the (ab)uses of the past

Enrica Guerra, Università di Ferrara

The Boundary of Violence

Jose M. Gamboa, Bloomsburg University

The Imploding Brotherhood of The Order: 1886

4.3 Geographical Borders                                         TH 259

Presider: Barbara Miller, SUNY Buffalo State

Nadine Hufnagel, University of Bayreuth

Welcome to Bavaria? Crossing the River Danube within Adaptations of the Nibelungenlied

Alexandra Sterling-Hellenbrand, Appalachian State University

East Meets West? Heritage and the Nibelungenlied on the Danube

Scott Riley, UC Santa Cruz

Frontier Medievalisms: Thoreau’s Walker-Errant and Western Expansionism as a Chivalric Task

6:30 pm Niagara Falls Excursion

A bus will leave from the front of the 4 Points Sheraton for those wishing to visit Niagara Falls. The cost is $10.50 and tickets must be purchased in advance at the conference registration table; no purchases can be accepted on the bus.

10:00 pm

The bus will pick travelers up from in front of the Hard Rock Café, 5705 Falls Ave, Niagara Falls, ON L2H 6T3 and return to the 4 Points Sheraton.