Conference Activity

2018 Conference Activity and Speaking Engagements

March 1-3: Medieval Academy of America Conference. Paper: “Power, Gender, and Cannibalism in the Medieval Literary Feast.”

2017 Conference Activity and Speaking Engagements

November 16-18: Southeastern Medieval Association Conference. Paper: “Courtesy and Chivalry in the ‘Holy City’ of Arthurian Romance: Guinevere’s Guilt and Gawain’s Gallantry  in Sir Thomas Malory’s Morte Darthur.” Roundtable Presentation: “Collaborative Assignment Design: A Hands-On Practicum.”

September 29-30: Midwest Conference on British Studies. Paper: “Linguistic Transformations of the Giant of Mont-St-Michel in the Medieval British Arthurian Literary Tradition.”

June 19-21: Symposium of Medieval and Renaissance Studies at Saint Louis University. Paper: “Testing Anxieties and Challenging Kingship: Violence at the Feast in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.”

May 11-14: International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo MI. Paper: “Female Friendship in Medieval British Romance.” Roundtable Presentation: “Compassion and Benignytee: A Reassessment of the Relationship Between Canacee and the Falcon in Chaucer’s ‘Squire’s Tale’.”

January 5-8: Modern Language association, Philadelphia, PA. Paper: “Fear and Loathing in Camelot: Emotional Outbursts and the Figure of Gawain in Sir Thomas Malory’s Morte Darthur.” Roundtable presentation: “Radical Pedagogy: A Hypothetical Sketch of the Twenty-First Century Medievalist in the Classroom.”

2016 Conference Activity and Speaking Engagements

October 28, 2016: Invited Lecture, Lindenwood University ESL Program, Saint Charles, MO. Lecture Topic: “An Introduction to the Global King Arthur Tradition.”

October 6-8: Southeastern Medieval Association Conference, Knoxville, TN. Paper topic: women and violence at the feast in medieval British texts.

July 4-8: International Medieval Congress, Leeds, UK. Paper topic: violence at the feast in medieval outlaw texts. Roundtable presentation: violence in medieval film and television.

May 12-15, 2016: International Congress on Medieval Studies at Kalamazoo, Western Michigan University. Chairing a session on “gendered spaces” for Hortulus: The Online Graduate Journal of Medieval Studies; participating in the Babel-sponsored roundtable, “Far Out!”

April 8 & 9: Meeting in the Middle Undergraduate Interdisciplinary Conference in Medieval Studies, Longwood University.

March 30 English Department Brown Bag Lunch Research Presentation

2015 Conference Activity and Speaking Engagements

October 22-24, 2015: Southeastern Medieval Association Conference, Little Rock, Arkansas. Paper topic: “Conduct and Character: The Overlooked Importance of Feast Scenes in the Medieval Robin Hood Texts.”

September 30, 2015: Invited Presentation, “Teaching the Portfolio Critical Rationale as Process.” University of North Carolina Greensboro. Workshop for English Writing I teaching assistants.

August 10, 2015: Invited Presentation, “Teaching With Lenses: Second Edition.” University of North Carolina Greensboro. Required workshop for all first-time literature teaching assistants.

August 4, 2015: Invited Presentation, “Connecting Assignments to Student Learning Outcomes,” College Writing Program New Teaching Assistant Orientation Program, UNC-Greensboro.

July 14, 2015: Invited Guest Instructor, Dr. Natalie Grinnell’s English 204: Survey of World Literature course, Wofford College, Spartanburg, S.C. Session subject: The Song of Roland.

May 14-17, 2015: International Congress on Medieval Studies at Kalamazoo, Western Michigan University. Chairing a session on feasts and feasting in the outlaw tales from the International Association of Robin Hood Studies.

April 21, 2015: “Workshop: Teaching With Lenses: A Roundtable on the Second Edition” University of North Carolina Greensboro.

March 27-28, 2015: Meeting in the Middle: An Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Medieval Studies Conference (chaired a session).

February 18, 2015: Workshop. “Applying For Funding Through the UNC GSA.” University of North Carolina Greensboro.

2014 Conference Activity and Speaking Engagements

November 14, 2014: Workshop. “Teaching With Lenses: Second Edition.” University of North Carolina Greensboro (with Gary Lim).

November 11, 2014: Workshop. “Applying For Funding Through the UNC GSA.” University of North Carolina Greensboro.

October 16-18, 2014: Southeastern Medieval Association Conference, Atlanta, Georgia. Paper topic: “A Taste of Asia: Conduct and Conquest in Chaucer’s “The Squire’s Tale.”

May 8-11, 2014: International Congress of Medieval Studies at Kalamazoo, Western Michigan University. Paper topic: “(Not) Solving the Mystery: The Melusine Legendary in the French and German Traditions” (co-authored with Deva Fall Kemmis of Georgetown University.)

March 28 & 29, 2014: Meeting in the Middle: An Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Research Conference in Medieval Studies, Longwood University. (I attend this conference every year in support of undergraduate research initiatives and of my former MA advisor who co-organizes it. I don’t present a paper, but I often chair a session. HIGHLY recommended if you have undergraduate students writing on medieval topics. It’s small, accessible, and they work hard to give the students a positive conference experience — plus, GREAT plenary speakers!)

March 1, 2014 UNC-Greensboro EGSA Colloquium on Literary Studies. Paper topic: “They, like me /… Shrink from the future, and regret the past”: Charlotte Smith’s The Emigrants and the Elegiac Exile Tradition in English Poetry”.

February 7-8, 2014: North Carolina Colloquium on Medieval and Early Modern Studies, Duke University. Paper topic:  “Heads of State: Christopher Marlowe’s Edward II and the Politics of Beheading in Early Modern Drama.”

Past Conference Papers/ presentations

“(Not) Solving the Mystery: The Melusine Legendary in the French and German Traditions.” (Co-authored with Deva Fall Kemmis). Accepted for presentation at the International Medieval Congress at the University of Western Michigan, Kalamazoo, May 2014.

“The Unmoveable Feast: The Narrative Function of Feasts in Two Middle English Romances” Presented at the Southeaster Medieval Association Conference, Appalachian State University, Boone, October 2013.

“Monsters: The Gateway to Academia,” presentation on a roundtable discussion on teaching monsters for MEARCSTAPA at the Southeastern Medieval Association Conference, Appalachian State University, Boone, October 2013

“He Dreams of Dragons: Transformations of Empire in Arthur’s Dream Sequence.” Delivered in the International Arthurian Society sponsored panel “Monstrous Arthuriana” at the International Medieval Congress at the University of Western Michigan, Kalamazoo, May 2013.

“The ‘Fairier’ Sex?: The Female Monstrous in Spenser’s Faerie Queene.” Accepted for presentation in the “Monstrous Females” panel sponsored by the Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship at the International Medieval Congress at the University of Western Michigan, Kalamazoo, May 2011.

“I’m Not Dead Yet: Patterns of Victim Agency in Medieval British Texts.” Delivered in revised form in the MEARCSTAPA sponsored panel “Dead and Loving it in the Middle Ages” at the Southeastern Medieval Association Annual Conference, Roanoke, VA, November 18-20 2010.

“Source and Substance: Some Remarks on the Chronicon Elegiacum.” Delivered in the Medieval Chronicles panel organized by Dr. Lisa Ruch for the International Medieval Congress at the University of Western Michigan, Kalamazoo, May 2010.

“The Bow and the Canon: The Place of Robin Hood in the Literary Tradition”. Participant in Roundtable discussion organized by Dr. James McNellis for the International Medieval Congress at the University of Western Michigan, Kalamazoo, May 2010.

“The Linguistic Transformation of the Monster of Mt.-St.-Michel (What’s in a Name?): Some Implications for Defining the Unknowable.” Delivered in the MEARCSTAPA panel at the Southeastern Medieval Association Annual Conference, Vanderbilt University, October 15-17, 2009.

“King of the Who? The Collective Unconscious and the Medieval Arthurian Literary Tradition.” Delivered in the Cognitive Approaches to Medieval Literature panel at the International Medieval Congress at the University of Western Michigan, Kalamazoo, May 7-10, 2009.

“I’m Not Dead Yet”: Patterns of Victim Agency in Medieval British Texts.” Delivered at  Meeting in the Middle, An Interdisciplinary Conference in Medieval Studies, March 27-28, 2009, Longwood University.

“The Sacred and Profane: Language as Equalizer in the Writing of Mecthild of Magdeburg.” Delivered at the Vagantes Medieval Academy Graduate Student Conference at Florida State University, Tallahassee, March 5-7, 2009.

“Wii Wanna Get Out Of Here: Escaping and Subverting Reality Through New Medievalism in the Media.” Delivered at the Regional Medievalisms Conference, Wesleyan-Georgia, October 9-11, 2008.

“Eve/Mary Revisited: Women’s Agency in Early Medieval Texts.” Delivered at the UVA-Wise XXII Annual Medieval Conference, Wise, Virginia September 18-20, 2008.

“He’s Lost That Lovin’ Feeling: Thomas Chestre’s “Launfal” as Indictment of the Courtly Ideal.” Delivered at Meeting in the Middle: An Interdisciplinary Research Conference in Medieval Studies. Longwood University, Farmville, VA. March 21-23, 2008.

“The Confused Knight: Chaucer’s Knight’s Tale as Literary Amalgam.” Delivered at Meeting in the Middle: An Interdisciplinary Research Conference in Medieval Studies. Longwood University, Farmville, VA. April 6-8, 2007.

“Bridging the Gap: Using Young Adult Literature in the Secondary English Classroom.” Presentation delivered at the Virginia Association for Teachers of English Annual Conference: Richmond, Virginia, October 2006.

Conference Activity Excluding Papers/Presentations

Session co-organizer: “Arthurian Ethics” for the SLU CMRS at the International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI, May 10-13, 2018.

Session co-organizer: “10 Years of Teratology: a MEARCSTAPA Retrospective” for MEARCSTAPA at the International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI, May 10-13, 2018.

Session Organizer, “The Melusine Legend: Enclosure, Iconography and Performance” for the Southeastern Medieval Association Conference, Charleston, SC, November 16-18 2017.

Session co-organizer: “Cities of Gold, Forests of Green: Sacred and Profane Spaces in Outlaw Tales I” and organizer and presider, “Cities of Gold, Forests of Green: Sacred and Profane Spaces in Outlaw Tales II” for the International Association of Robin Hood Studies at the Southeastern Medieval Association Conference, Charleston, SC, November 16-18 2017.

Session co-organizer: “Gender and Holy City/Spaces I” and  co-organizer and presider, “Gender and Holy City/Spaces II” for the Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship at the Southeastern Medieval Association Conference, Charleston, SC, November 16-18 2017.

Session Co-Organizer: “Material Monsters” for MEARCSTAPA at the International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI, May 11-14, 2017

Graduate Student Mentoring Program, Southeastern Medieval Association Conference, Knoxville, TN, October  6-9, 2016.

Session Organizer and Chair: “Gendered Spaces” for Hortulus at the International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, Michigan May 12-15, 2016.

Session Organizer: “Breast and Balls” for MEARCSTAPA at the Southeastern Medieval Association Conference, Little Rock, Arkansas, October 22-24, 2015.

Session Organizer: “Gender and the Feast” for the Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship at the Southeastern Medieval Association Conference, Little Rock, Arkansas, October 22-24, 2015.

Session Organizer and Chair: “The Heaven, the Hell, and the Rock-in-a-Hard Place of Teaching Medieval Studies in the Twenty-First Century Classroom (A Roundtable) for the Southeastern Medieval Association Conference, Little Rock, Arkansas, October 22-24, 2015.

Session Organizer and Chair: “After the Dissertation: Reflections on the Current Academic Job Market” (A Roundtable) for the Southeastern Medieval Association Conference, Atlanta, Georgia, October 16-18, 2014.

Session Organizer and Chair, “Gender and Violence in Chivalric Romances” for the Society of Medieval Feminist Scholarship at the Southeastern Medieval Association Conference, Atlanta, Georgia, October 16-18, 2014.

Session Organizer: “Monstrous Gender” for MEARCSTAPA at the International Medieval Congress, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI 2014.

Session Organizer and Chair: “Torture, Violence and the Grotesque” for Hortulus: The Online Graduate Journal of Medieval Studies at the International Medieval Congress, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI 2013.

Session Organizer, “Truth or Dare: Secrets and Revelations in the Arthurian Tradition” for the International Arthurian Society at the International Medieval Congress, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI 2012.

Session Organizer, “You’re so Juvenile: Baby Monsters in Medieval Culture” for MEARCSTAPA at the International Medieval Congress, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI 2012.

Session Organizer and Chair, “Traveling in and out of the King Arthur Legend” for the International Arthurian Society at the International Medieval Congress, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI 2011.

Session Organizer, “The Monstrous, the Marvelous and the Miraculous” for MEARCSTAPA at the International Medieval Congress, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI May 13-16, 2010.

 Invited lectures

“Writing Assignments Designed To Meet Student Learning Outcomes in Your Course” Workshop for the College Writing/English TA Orientation Program, August 4, 2015.

“Teaching Critical Thinking.” Invited workshop for ENG 747: Teaching College Writing, UNCG English Department. October 1, 2014.

“Life in Medieval England”. Guest lecture on 14th century English clothing and culture, with emphasis on food and music. Presented to the Early Gifted and Talented program participants at South Boston Elementary School, December 2010.

“Manuscript Culture and Literature in Britain, Post-Conquest Through the Fourteenth Century”.  Guest lecture on how manuscripts were created and on the cultural influence of the Norman invasion on the literature of Britain, focusing on the legends of Arthur and Robin Hood. Presented to the School of H&ARTS (History and the Arts) Junior High Class, December 22, 2009.

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