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.

Draft Program

Friday, October 12, 2018

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

9:30-9:45 Welcome Address

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

Karl Fugelso, Towson University
Marie-Luise Kohlke, Swansea University (U.K.)

11:00-11:30 – coffee break (coffee service provided)

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

Kathleen Coyne Kelly, Northeastern University
Mike Perschon, MacEwan University

12:45-2:00 Lunch (provided)

2:00-3:15 Plenary III: Politics

Dorothy Kim, Brandeis University
Louisa Hadley, Dawson College

3:15-3:45 – coffee break

3:45-4:45 Discussion Session: Medievalism and Neo-Victorianism: Future Collaborations

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

6:30 pm – Conference Dinner – Four Points Sheraton Hotel


Saturday, October 13, 2018

9:00am-9:30 Registration (coffee service provided)


1.1 Medievalisms in the World I       

  • Laura Harrison, “It’s ‘just’ a statue to some people”: How Commemorations Cross Boundaries with the Scottish Diaspora
  • Sarah Daiker, “‘Poems of Past Ages’: George Grey Barnard and the Bishop’s Garden of Washington National Cathedral”
  • Andrew Elliott, “Brexit, Victoriana, and Participatory Medievalism”
  • Peter Konieczny, “Trying to Bridge the Academic with the Popular—Thoughts from a Magazine Editor”

1.2 Beowulf’s Boundaries      

  • Bruce Gilchrist, “Beowulf for the Very Young Reader”
  • Renée Ward, “The Earliest Beowulf for Victorian Children: E. L. Hervey’s ‘The Fight with the Ogre’”
  • Sadie Hash, “‘Beyond the Pale’: Translating and Adapting the Physical Places of Beowulf
  • Richard Utz, “Battleship, Chairship, Beowulf

1.3 Arthurian Boundaries

  • Barbara D. Miller, “Merlin’s Crossings: From Transgression to Transcendence in the Spanish Baladro del Sabio Merlin
  • Kathryn O’Toole, “An Arthurian Yankee in a British Norman’s Court: The Collapse of Sectional Difference in Mark Twain’s A Connecticut Yankee
  • Anita Obermeier, “Queer Dinadan: The Medieval and Post-Medieval Evidence”
  • Christina Francis, “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     

  • Brent Moberly and Kevin Moberly, “College and Castle: Neo-Scholasticism, Neomedievalism, and Fan Production in Dark Souls
  • Valerie Johnson, “ ‘Robin Hood in Greenwood Stood’: Disrupting Ableism and False Realisms in a Robin Hood Course”
  • Jesse Swan, “Horace Walpole’s Little Studies in Medievalism”
  • Dustin Frazier Wood, “Progress, Sociability and Medievalist Identity Formation at the Spalding Gentleman’s Society, 1710-1750”

2.2 Royal Boundaries

  • Megan Arnott, “The Fictionalized Haraldr Harðráði: Power and Gender in Modern Poetry and Prose Depicting Harald the ‘Hardruler’ and Ellisif”
  • Lisa Bevevino, “Vashti and Esther: Told and Retold for Medieval and Modern, Christian and Jewish Audiences”
  • Gillian Gower, “ ‘Gloriana, Alleluia:’ Medievalist Themes in Martin Phipps’ Scores for The Virgin Queen (2006) and Victoria (2016-)”

2.3 Medievalism and World Building          

  • John Wyatt Greenlee and Anna Fore Waymack, “In the Beginning was the Word: How Medieval Text became Fantasy Art”
  • James Estes, “Worlds Apart: The Medieval Cosmology of Bernardus Silvestris and the Religious Imagination of C. S. Lewis
  • M. J. Toswell, “The Medieval World of Louise Penny’s Canadian Murder Mysteries?”
  • Alicia McKenzie, “ ‘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: A Roundtable

Participants: Elizabeth Emery, Michael Evans, Karl Fugelso, Valerie Johnson, Teresa Rupp, Jesse Swan, M. J. Toswell, Usha Vishnuvajjala, and Richard Utz.

3.2 Natural/Supernatural Boundaries

  • Aileen Christensen, “The Fairy Prince: Gender Reversals and Love Narratives in Madame d’Aulnoy’s Fairytales”
  • Miranda L. Hajduk, “ ‘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, “Crossing Through the Woods: Ecotonal Landscapes in Sir Orfeo and C. S. Lewis’s The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

3.3 Marvelous Boundaries

  • Angela Jane Weisl, “Genre Crossings: Norse Mythology, Poetics, Medievalism (or Renaissance-ism) and Story-telling in Kenneth Branagh’s Thor and the Prose Edda”
  • Cory James Rushton, “The Hulk in Winter: Medieval Blood, Plantagenet Myth, and Old Man Logan”
  • Kara Larson Maloney, “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: A Round Table

Participants: Martin B. Shichtman, Susan Aronstein, Laurie A. Finke, Kathleen Coyne Kelly, Christine Neufeld, and Mary K. Ramsey.

4.2 Policing Gender Boundaries

  • Lauryn S. Mayer, “Policing the Borders: Kate Horsley’s The Changeling of Finnistuath and Normative Medievalism”
  • Karen Winstead, “George R. R. Martin and the Virgin Martyr: Misogyny, ‘Faux Feminism,’ and the (Ab)uses of the Past”
  • Enrica Guerra, “The Boundary of Violence”
  • Jose M. Gamboa, “The Imploding Brotherhood of The Order: 1886”

4.3 Geographical Boundaries

  • Nadine Hufnagel, “Welcome to Bavaria? Crossing the River Danube within Adaptations of the Nibelungenlied
  • Alexandra Sterling-Hellenbrand, “East Meets West? Heritage and the Nibelungenlied on the Danube”
  • Scott Riley, “Frontier Medievalisms: Thoreau’s Walker-Errant and Western Expansionism as a Chivalric Task”
  • Michael Johnson, “Over the Falls in a Barrel: Performing Hell and Harrowing Magic”

5:30 pm: Excursion to Niagara Falls (tentative based on participant interest)

Brock University is located in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada, in the heart of the Niagara region, only an hour away from the Buffalo airport or the Toronto airport. The Niagara Region is known for historic sites, a thriving wine industry, and, of course, Niagara Falls.

We hope to see you there!