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Sewanee Medieval Colloquium is March 10 & 11

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The University will host the 43rd annual Sewanee Medieval Colloquium on March 10 and 11. This year’s theme for the conference—attended by medievalists from across the country—is “Borders and Margins.”

Plenary speakers include Marina Rustow from Princeton University, an expert on Jewish communities in medieval Egypt, who will give a talk entitled, "The Prestige of Paper, the Ecology of State Documents and the Logic of the Archive in Medieval Egypt;" and Elaine Treharne from Stanford University, an expert on medieval English manuscripts, who will speak on "Living on the Edge: Medieval Manuscripts as Inhabited Objects."

The School of Theology will present a roundtable on “Christian Practice Beyond the Margins: Asceticism, Ecstasy, and Poverty,” featuring Elizabeth Clark, Duke University; Boyd Taylor Coolman, Boston College; Fr. Michael Cusato, O.F.M., St. Bonaventure University; and moderated by Benjamin King, University of the South.

The International Society for the Study of Medievalism is presenting a roundtable on “Borders of the Academy: Medievalisms Academic and Popular,” with Mallory Ortberg, author at Slate ("Dear Prudence") and the-toast.com (i.e., "Two Monks Invent..."); Brantley Bryant, author of Chaucer Hath a Blog, Sonoma State University; Kim Zarins, author of Sometimes We Tell the Truth (based on The Canterbury Tales), Sacramento State University; and Chair Richard Utz, president of the Society, Georgia Institute of Technology.

The colloquium will include more than 30 panels on medieval topics ranging across Europe, North Africa, Asia, and the Americas.

See the Medieval Colloquium website for details and the full schedule.