OPEN LETTER TO THE BOARD OF THE MEDIEVAL INSTITUTE AT WESTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY AND THE ORGANIZERS OF THE INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS ON MEDIEVAL STUDIES This is a statement of concern regarding some of the programming decisions for 2019’s ICMS / Kalamazoo as well as how those decisions have been made. The letter was drafted by the Steering Committee of the BABEL Working Group and then opened for others to sign. We have two concerns. The first is that there seems to be a bias against, or lack of interest in, sessions that are self-critical of medieval studies, or focused on the politics of the field in the present, especially relative to issues of decoloniality, globalization, and anti-racism. The second is that there is a profound lack of transparency around the process by which ICMS programming decisions are made, an opacity that is out of line with the norms of academic conferences and harmful to ongoing conversations in the field.
REGARDING A BIAS AGAINST CRITICAL REFLECTIONS ON MEDIEVAL STUDIES The Medieval Institute has shared a wealth of information with us about the sessions accepted and rejected from this year’s conference; we appreciate that act of openness. Many timely and important sessions have been accepted, as the CFP indicates (https://wmich.edu/medievalcongress/call). However, we are also distressed by the rejection of many urgently relevant proposals.
Here is an incomplete list of sessions rejected for ICMS / Kalamazoo 2019, which, in their aggregate, concern us: Globalizing Medieval Pedagogy (Teaching Association for Medieval Studies and Medievalists of Color); How to be a White Ally in Medieval Studies 101 (Early Middle English Society and Medievalists of Color); Translations of Power: Race, Class, and Gender Intersectionality in the Middle Ages I and II (Program in Medieval Studies, Univ. of California-Berkeley and Medievalists of Color); Decentering Privilege (Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship); Toxic Medievalisms: Misuses and Abuses of the Medieval in Contemporary Culture (Rocky Mountain Medieval Association and MEARCSTAPA); How Open is Medieval Studies? On the Accessibility of a Public Medieval Studies (BABEL Working Group); Race and the Medieval (Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program, Univ. of Missouri-Columbia); Teaching the Global Middle Ages: A Roundtable (Grand View Univ. Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning); Crossing Boundaries: Intersectionality and Medieval Romance (special session); Teaching the Global Middle Ages: Art History and Beyond (special session) Readers can refer to the ICMS CFP to see that some (though not all) of the topics of these rejected sessions are represented among accepted sessions. But this hardly implies that the topics will be exhausted. We appreciate the aims of the scholars who have organized approved sessions addressing a global, inclusive, and even self-critical medieval studies. However, as Seeta Chaganti notes her in her statement regarding ICMS / Kalamazoo (http://medievalistsofcolor.com/uncategorized/statement-regarding-icms-kalamazoo/), the rejection of multiple sessions co-sponsored by Medievalists of Color (MOC) in particular minimizes the intellectual guidance that scholars of color would provide at the conference, when these scholars are already severely underrepresented in the field. For comparison -- while some organizations on the list above encountered low acceptance rates for their session proposals, groups not listed had a much higher yield: Cistercian Studies proposed 7 sessions and was allotted 6; the Early Book Society proposed 6 and was allotted 6; the Pearl-Poet Society proposed 6 and was allotted 5; De Re Militari proposed 5 and was allotted 5; the Lydgate Society proposed 4 and was allotted 4; the Society of the White Hart proposed 4 and was allotted 4; and the Societas Magica proposed 4 and was allotted 4.
That so many proposed sessions (accepted and rejected) manifested a clear interest in medieval race, globality, and public-facing scholarship suggests precisely that these topics should not be explored only once – or by only one organization – per conference. Their pervasiveness among proposals implies the urgency with which they currently occupy scholars in the field, and the voices addressing these topics should reflect a commitment to genuine inclusivity and even productive dissensus.
REGARDING THE LACK OF TRANSPARENCY Who makes these programming decisions? The process is a black box. Here is how the constitution of the programming committee is described: The “Medieval Institute has a Congress Committee whose composition is and has been mutable and confidential, mutable because of fluctuations in demands during the 15-month process of organizing each Congress and confidential in order to maintain fairness and consistency, as well as to shield these unremunerated scholars from work beyond that for which they have volunteered” (https://wmich.edu/sites/default/files/attachments/u434/2017/medieval-academic-program-2018.pdf). In private discussion, we have learned that these decisions, about accepting and rejecting sessions, tend to be made by only 2 or 3 people, all of whom are employees or members of the Institute.
We would like to stress that the process of choosing sessions for ICMS is in sharp contrast to the process used by most academic conferences, for which the names of the programming committee members are known (and the list can be considered in terms of basic issues of representation, for gender, race, field, and professional identity); the programming committee changes (in part) from year to year; and (in many cases) the committee is appointed by officers that are elected or (at a minimum) selected according to publicized criteria. For examples which evidently work well, see the Medieval Academy of America Annual Meeting or the biennial meeting of the New Chaucer Society. None of these basic standards of transparency – and thus also standards of diversity and inclusion – are met for ICMS / Kalamazoo. On the website for the ICMS, the Institute describes itself as the “host” of the Congress, and we ask that the organizers reflect anew on their role of hospitality and guardianship. We understand that the annual Congress is under the umbrella of the Medieval Institute at Western Michigan University and that the Institute has a right to influence the Congress’s programming. Yet the Congress is also a collectively created event, fashioned from thousands of participants’ intellectual, organizational, and affective labor each year. We admire the Kalamazoo conference for the ways that, over the years, it has made room for so many diverse groups and types of sessions, and has often modeled a capacious embrace of difference within the field. It is time for that collective diversity to have a stronger and more explicit role in decision-making for the Congress.
The ICMS's lack of transparency around programming decisions can be changed right away. There are hundreds of working conference-committee models out there, and dozens from conferences as big as ICMS. We recognize that an increase in transparency and inclusive decision-making will place demands on the community of Kalamazoo participants – but the collective enthusiasm and commitment that characterizes this community make us confident that numerous individuals, from outside of the Institute, including some of our steering committee and larger membership, will be willing work on behalf of a more representative, transparent, and inclusive conference governance.
WHAT WE WANT AND WHY Now is an urgent, contested time in medieval studies and in the world at large. What may look like duplicate sessions to the current small group of decision-makers are, for others, urgently different conversations that need to happen for the field to be inclusive and to move forward. Decisions that seem in favor of “academic freedom” or “fairness” to the current small group of decision-makers, for others, reinforce structural inequalities. While a degree of trust is required for any conference committee to function, that committee ought to be constituted in such a way that it merits such trust and is responsive to the changing priorities of conference-goers. This year illustrates the risks of the black-box model. We should stress here that we have no interest in “outing” current decision-makers in order to excoriate or embarrass them. We only want to move forward to greater inclusion and transparency. We respectfully ask for the following: As a gesture toward addressing inclusion and diversity at ICMS 2019, we ask that Medievalists of Color be given the option -- should they choose upon deliberation to exercise it -- of reinstating at least 2 co-sponsored panels of their choice (of the 4 rejected). Responding to the field's evolution would mean acknowledging its heightened interest in the perspectives of scholars of color and creating space for these underrepresented voices. To address the lack of transparency that characterizes the ICMS conference committee, we request (at a minimum) that the committee be changed to include a non-anonymous and rotating set of members, at least some of whom are from outside the Institute.
Without these two changes, we as a sponsoring organization cannot continue supporting the Congress as before. Over the years, BABEL has poured time, money, and intellectual and social energy into ICMS / Kalamazoo. We have organized and funded some of its biggest social events at Bell’s Brewery and elsewhere in downtown Kalamazoo, we have paid roughly $1000/year to WMU to host our annual, on-campus reception (in collaboration with The Material Collective, which supports this letter), and we have crowd-funded and administered the awarding of the Paxson Grants, which have provided thousands of dollars to support conference participation by scholars of limited funds (see http://www.inthemedievalmiddle.com/2018/04/2018-paxson-grant-winners.html). If ICMS chooses not to recognize the special urgency of supporting the Medievalists of Color this year, and if there is no movement to greater transparency for the Congress Committee, the BABEL Working Group does not anticipate putting more of our collective resources into the Congress. While individual members of BABEL may attend the 2019 Congress, we, as a group, plan to withdraw our resources and sponsorship, at least for 2019.
Given the current political climate here in the US and abroad – relative, especially, to a resurgence in hate crimes, especially on university campuses, as well as the return of virulent forms of ethno-separatist and isolationist nationalisms, along with the banner of “academic freedom” now being used to shield and protect scholars and others who espouse them, we implore the Congress Committee to work together with us to ensure that the discipline of medieval studies will act as a site of resistance to, and also refuge from, these darker forces. We thank you in advance for your gracious attention to our letter and we invite any and all reading this letter to add their support of our letter of concern below in the Signatures section.
Suzanne Conklin Akbari, ICMS participant 1993-2018Liza Blake, University of Toronto, ICMS participant 2010, 2012, 2014Richard Godden, Louisiana State University, ICMS participant 2008, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2015Margie Housley, ICMS participant 2013–2018Eileen A. Joy, punctum books, ICMS participant 1995, 2000-2015Asa Simon Mittman, California State University, Chico, ICMS participant, 2006-2018Julie Orlemanski, University of Chicago, ICMS participant 2007, 2009-2011, 2013, 2015-2017Myra J. Seaman, College of Charleston, ICMS participant 1998-2018
*on behalf of the Steering Committee of the BABEL Working Group
SIGNATURES OF THOSE WHO SHARE THE ABOVE CONCERNS
Medievalists of ColorThe Material CollectiveGender and Medieval Studies Group Medieval Makars SocietySociety for the Study of Anglo-Saxon HomileticsThe Global Middle Ages Project (G-MAP)Sol Miguel-Prendes, Linde Brocato, and Núria Silleras-Fernández, IMANA steering committeeAranye Fradenburg Joy, University of California, Santa BarbaraMaybelle Leung, University of TorontoKaren Bruce Wallace, The Ohio State UniversityDaniel Price, University of TorontoFrances McCormackLeland Renato Grigoli, Brown UniversityNoah Guynn, University of California, DavisJonathan Basile, Emory UniversityMeg Worley, Colgate UniversityAhmed Ragab, Harvard UniversityRobin Anne Reid, Texas A&M University-CommerceCharles-Louis Morand Métivier, University of VermontCatherine Karkov, University of LeedsDainy Bernstein, The Graduate Center, CUNYJosh EylerChristine Neufeld, Eastern Michigan UniversityS.C. Kaplan, Rice UniversityNicole Guenther Discenza, University of South FloridaJacob Sagrans, Independent Scholar, Boston, MAHeather Blatt, Florida International UniversityBrian O'Camb, Indiana University NorthwestLeigh Ann Craig, Virginia Commonwealth UniversityDayanna Knight, The Viking Coloring Book ProjectEJ Nielsen, University of Massachusetts, AmherstKristin Bovaird-Abbo, University of Northern ColoradoMonica Green, Arizona State UniversityKathleen E. Kennedy, Penn State BrandywineRobert W. Barrett, Jr., University of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignMartin Foys, University of Wisconsin-MadisonDani Alexis Ryskamp, Autonomous PressJen Boyle, Coastal Carolina UniversityK.L. Noone, Irvine Valley CollegeJuliet O'brien, University of British Columbia, VancouverDiane Watt, University of SurreyEric Weiskott, Boston CollegeKaren C. KleinSjoerd LeveltAbira HusseinSakina Bryant, Sonoma State UniversityMary Rambaran-OlmJosh Davies, King's College LondonScott Pincikowski, Hood CollegeJonnell BurkeBrandon W. Hawk, Rhode Island CollegeDianne Berg, Tufts UniversityAndrew Klein, St. Thomas UniversityMatthew Aiello, University of PennsylvaniaRyan Lawrence, Cornell UniversityLezlie Knox, Marquette UniversityMegan Cavell, University of BirminghamSandy Bardsley, Moravian CollegeDavid Wilton, Texas A&M UniversityCarla María Thomas, Florida Atlantic University; Early Middle English SocietyMary Kate Hurley, Ohio UniversityHolly M. Wendt, Lebanon Valley CollegeSamantha Pious, Independent ScholarElizabeth Randall Upton, UCLAKaitlin Heller, Syracuse UniversityJennie Friedrich, University of California, RiversideAudrey Gradzewicz, The Pennsylvania State UniversityTaylor Cowdery, University of North Carolina at Chapel HillMaggie Solberg, Bowdoin CollegeDorothy Kim, Brandeis UniversityJoyce King, University of California, Santa BarbaraPeter P. C. Carlson, California Lutheran UniversityJennifer Banister, University of TexasMary Dockray-Miller, Lesley UniversityNuwayla MazruiNina Ellis Frischmann, Independent ScholarLaurie Finke, Kenyon CollegeKevin Lord, Yale UniversityLisa H. Cooper, University of Wisconsin-MadisonK. A. Laity, College of Saint RoseLaura Godfrey, University of ConnecticutMarshall N Armintor, University of North TexasRosemary O'Neill, Kenyon CollegeJordan Pickett, University of GeorgiaSegolene GenceSpencer StrubJohn P. Sexton, Bridgewater State UniversityDana Oswald, University of Wisconsin-ParksideRobert Stanton, Boston CollegeMark Miller, University of ChicagoJacqueline Lombard, University of PittsburghCathy Ann Elias, Depaul UniversityJ.H. RobertsTory PearmanElaine Treharne, Stanford UniversityCameron Hunt McNabbMark P. Bruce, Bethel UniversityCandace RobbMichelle M. Sauer, University of North DakotaLuisa Nardini, The University of Texas, AustinKara Larson Maloney, Canisius CollegeSusan McDonough, University of Maryland, Baltimore CountyBenjamin C. Tilghman, Washington CollegeHeather Maring, Arizona State UniversityLawrence Warner, King's College LondonColleen BrittonShawn Moore, Florida SouthWestern State CollegeFlorence Scott, University of LeedsKisha TracyLucy Barnhouse, College of WoosterJeffrey J. Cohen, Arizona State UniversitySimon Thomson, Ruhr Universität Bochum (Germany)Johanna Green, University of GlasgowJessica Weiss, Metropolitan State University of DenverAndrew J. Welton, University of FloridaEmily Shartrand, University of DelawareJonathan Newman, Missouri State UniversityClara Bosak-Schroeder, University of Illinois, Urbana-ChampaignMimi Zhou, New York UniversityJennifer Tiernan, Minnesota State University, MankatoHarley J. Campbell, University of Tennessee, KnoxvilleKelsey Moskal, University of British Columbia, VancouverEmily King, Lousiana State UniversityRachel Danford, Marshall UniversityNahir I. Otano Gracia, Beloit CollegeKacie Morgan, UCLAMaggie M. Williams, William Paterson University; The Material CollectiveMicah Goodrich, University of ConnecticutPhilip Rusche, University of Nevada, Las VegasHolly Dugan, The George Washington UniversityMauricio HuertasCaitlin Postal, University of WashingtonWilliam Biel, University of ConnecticutLeila K. Norako, University of WashingtonLeah Pope Parker, University of Wisconsin-MadisonRobin Norris, Carleton UniversityAmy Pistone, University of Notre DameElizabeth Allen, University of California, IrvineKyle A. ThomasMitzi Kirkland-Ives, Missouri State UniversityMelissa Ryckman, Martin Methodist CollegeKat Lecky, Bucknell UniversityWendy Matlock, Kansas State UniversityIngrid Nelson, Amherst CollegeRachel Levinson-EmleyNathan S. Dennis, University of San FranciscoAndrea A. LankinSteven KrugerRaúl Ariza-Barile, National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM)Louise D'Arcens, Macquarie UniversityMichel Aaij, Auburn University MontgomeryRuth Nisse, Wesleyan UniversityLucy R. Hinnie, University of EdinburghNancy Ross, Dixie State UniversityAlexandra Gillespie, University of TorontoDavid Perry, University of MinnesotaMoira Fitzgibbons, Marist CollegeAmy Airhart-SheldonBobby Meyer-LeeRebecca F. McNamara, Westmont CollegeThomas Lecaque, Grand View UniversityLara Farina, West Virginia UniversityMeghan Nestel Brittany ClaytorRachel ConnorIsidro J Rivera, University of KansasAbdulhamit Arvas , University of Califronia, Santa BarbaraAmy Nelson, University of Notre DameSierra LomutoMariah Min, University of PennsylvaniaMaeve Doyle. Eastern Connecticut State UniversityHalle O'Neal, University of EdinburghLynn Ransom, Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies, University of PennslyvaniaCrystal SagadySimon Doubleday, Hofstra UniversityLarry J. Simon, Western Michigan UniversityMatthew Vanderpoel, University of ChicagoRachel S. Anderson, Grand Valley State UniversitySarah Lewis, University of Wales PressAmanda Wetmore, University of TorontoClaire Griffin, Nazarbayev University, KazakhstanAudrey Thorstad, Bangor UniversityMegan Cook, Colby CollegeAlexa Amore, New York UniversityRachel Dressler, University at Albany, State University of New YorkAlex Mueller, University of Massachusetts BostonDanielle Allor, Rutgers UniversityHolly Crocker, University of South CarolinaAdam Miyashiro, Stockton UniversityHelen Cushman, University of North CarolinaNatasha Korda, Wesleyan UniversityBoyda Johnstone, Borough of Manhattan Community College (CUNY) Tom WhiteJonathan Forbes, University of California, Santa BarbaraGania BarlowKarl Steel, Brooklyn College and The Graduate Center, CUNYMary Catherine Kinniburgh, The Graduate Center, CUNYLuke Fidler, University of ChicagoMartha EastonNicholas HoltermanFiona Somerset, University of ConnecticutThomas Prendergast, College of WoosterScott Bevill, University of South FloridaRory Critten, University of Lausanne, SwitzerlandDeeana Klepper, Boston UniversityRobyn Malo, Purdue UniversityRebecca Mouser, Missouri Southern State University,Elizaveta Strakhov, Marquette UniversityAndrew Pfrenger, University of MississippiRenée R. Trilling, University of Illinois, Urbana-ChampaignHector Avalos, Iowa State UniversityCurtis Perry, University of Illinois, Urbana-ChampaignShelley Wolbrink, Drury UniversityChristine Libby, Penn State UniversityAudrey Becker, Marygrove CollegeAnita Savo, Colby CollegeErin Labbie, Bowling Green State UniversityMiranda Wilcox, Brigham Young UniversityJoseph DerosierEmily Steiner, University of PennsylvaniaDaniel DaviesA.L. McMichaelDrew Daniel, Johns Hopkins UniversityKathleen GibbonsMichael SmithVincent W.J. van Gerven Oei, punctum booksM. Breann LeakeKathleen Biddick, emerita, Temple UniversityEllen Arnold, Ohio Wesleyan UniversityTony HaslerKristina Watkins Mormino, Georgia Gwinnett CollegeChristina M. Fitzgerald, University of ToledoAlicia Spencer-Hall, Queen Mary University of LondonAnna Klosowska, Miami University of Oxford, OhioNicole Lopez-Jantzen, Borough of Manhattan City College, CUNYChristina Llanes, University of ChicagoJulie Chamberlin, Indiana UniversityGarrett PJ Epp, emeritus, University of AlbertaMasani McGee Marian Toledo Candelaria , Independent ScholarGeoffrey B. ElliottSamantha Summers, University of TorontoMatthew McCallElizabeth Elliott, University of AberdeenMary Raschko, Whitman CollegeHolly Tipton Hamby, Fisk UniversityStephen Hopkins, Indiana UniversityJoy Ambler, Teaching Association for Medieval Studies (TEAMS)Anna Siebach-Larsen, University of RochesterKate Koppelman, Seattle UniversitySara Ritchey, University of TennesseeRyan EisenmanBeate Fricke, University of Bern, SwitzerlandSebastian Kleinschmidt, University of FreiburgPaul Martino, University of IcelandDr. Claire HarrillStephenie McGuckenKendra Preston LeonardMarion Turner, University of OxfordGuy Geltner, University of AmsterdamNicole SlippMark Amsler, University of AucklandRichard Fahey, University of Notre DameEve SalisburyMatthew Lampitt, King's College LondonAbigail Agresta, Queen's UniversityDavid M. Reher, University of ChicagoJennifer Edwards, Manhattan CollegeMichelle M. Hamilton, University of MinnesotaBen Debus, Indiana UniversityMary FlanneryJennifer Alberghini, The Graduate Center, CUNYLucy Pick, University of ChicagoAlexandra ReiderErin I. Mann, Lindenwood UniversityRebecca Gould, University of BirminghamElina Gertsman, Case Western Reserve UniversityJill Clements, Univ. of Alabama at BirminghamValerie Michelle WilhiteRuth Oldman, Tarleton State University Cat Crossley, University of LiverpoolKathryne BeebeEmma TolkinJamie Wood, Lincoln (UK)Brantley L. Bryant, Sonoma State UniversityMiriam Shadis, Ohio UniversityErik Wade, University of BonnMeghan Callahan, Syracuse UniversityClare Lees, King's College London Julia King, University of TorontoJennifer Ball, City University of New YorkAllan MitchellJack Hartnell (UEA)Joy Partridge, Emory UniversityJennifer Jordan, ICMS Participant since 2008Lori Jones, University of OttawaMatthew Gabriele, Virginia TechConan T. DoyleLinde M. Brocato, University of MemphisVictor M. Martinez, Roanoke CollegeAlexis Kellner Becker, Ithaca CollegeDavid Clark, Leicester Rachel Katz, University of ChicagoLynn Ramey, Vanderbilt UniversityHannah Barker, Arizona State UniversityJonathan Fruoco, Université Grenoble AlpesEduardo RamosMarcus Hensel, Bethany College (Kansas)Rachel McNellis, Case Western Reserve UniversityGeraldine Heng, the University of Texas at AustinKaren E. McShane, School District of PhiladelphiaDamian Fernandez, Northern Illinois UniversityGayle Fallon, Louisiana State UniversityJuliana Amorim GoskesJeffery G. Stoyanoff, Spring Hill CollegeElizabeth Freeman, University of California, DavisAmrita Dhar, University of MichiganScott Miller, Northwestern UniversityAndres Millan, University of ChicagoKathryn Wolford, Independent ScholarNicholas G. Harris, University of PennsylvaniaRob Wakeman, Mount Saint Mary CollegeM.T. Opal, Rutgers UniversityF. Regina Psaki, University of OregonJonathan Burgoyne, The Ohio State UniversityMolly Martin, University of IndianapolisSusan Noakes, University of Minnesota, Twin CitiesNatalie Grinnell, Wofford CollegeJames B. Harr, III, North Carolina State UniversityR. James Goldstein, Auburn UniversityBonnie J. Erwin, Wilmington CollegeMerel Veldhuizen, University of SouthamptonSarah Noonan, Saint Mary's CollegeDiane Wolfthal, Rice UniversityLisa Lampert-Weissig, University of California, San DiegoJoanna Shearer, Nevada State CollegeJoe Stadolnik, University College LondonPeter Loewen, Rice UniversityKirsty Day, University of EdinburghEluned Summers-Bremner, University of AucklandMaxwell Gray, University of Wisconsin - MadisonCarol Symes, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign & Executive Editor, The Medieval GlobeLarissa Tracy, Longwood UniversityJudith Steinhoff, University of HoustonWan-Chuan Kao, Washington and Lee University Abraham CleaverGabriela Currie, University of MinnesotaMichelle Karnes, University of Notre DameSarah McNamer, Georgetown UniversityEmily Houlik-Ritchey, Rice UniversitySusan Nakley, St. Joseph's College, New YorkAnna Kathryn GrauAndrew Albin, Fordham UniversityJes Battis, University of ReginaKatherine Weikert, University of WinchesterKaren Graubart, Medieval Institute, Univ of Notre DameDana Key, University College LondonElizabeth BiggsGina M. Hurley, Yale UniversitySarah Baechle, University of MississippiJacqueline Burek, George Mason UniversityAnthony BaleBrooke H. Findley, Pennsylvania State Univ. - AltoonaJoyce Chng, MARuen-chuan MaCaitlyn McLoughlin, The Ohio State University Jennifer Borland, Oklahoma State UniversityJonathan HsySophia D'Ignazio, Cornell UniversityFelice Lifshitz, University of AlbertaLouise Bishop, University of OregonSteve Mentz, St. John's University (NYC)Katherine Allen Smith, University of Puget SoundRoisin Cossar, University of ManitobaJennifer Kolpacoff Deane, University of Minnesota-Morris Cordelia Beattie, University of EdinburghBeth Fischer, University of North Carolina at Chapel HillCatherine Sanok, University of MichiganKatherine ZiemanLesley Kordecki, DePaul UniversityAshby Kinch, University of MontanaMichael MunroKaren Winstead, Ohio State UniversityJames A Palmer, Florida State University Wendy Belcher, Princeton UniversityRichard Sévère, Valparaiso UniversityMiller Oberman, The New SchoolAnne Clark Bartlett Blake GuttJulie Paulson, San Francisco State UniversityCarolynn Van Dyke, Lafayette CollegeMary Williams, San Jose State UniversityErik AlderNicholas Hoffman, The Ohio State UniversityMichelle E. Parsons-PowellGareth Lloyd Evans, University of OxfordWilliam Arguelles, The Graduate Center, CUNYValerie Garver, Northern Illinois UniversityArielle McKeeKaren Fresco, emerita, University of Illinois, Urbana-ChampaignKriszta Kotsis, University of Puget SoundClaire Taylor Jones, University of Notre DameDenise L. Despres, University of Puget SoundTodd Barnes, Ramapo College of NJSamuel Baudinette, University of ChicagoGina Brandolino, University of MichiganJamie FriedmanMichelle Armstrong-Partida, UTEPJamie Staples, NYUMarsha WaggonerChelsea Silva, UC RiversideDeborah Sinnreich-Levi, Stevens Institute of TechnologySerina PattersonGina Di Salvo, University of TennesseePeter Jones, University of British ColumbiaKim Yates, University of TorontoAaron Hostetter, Rutgers University-CamdenJim Knowles, NC StateTom Blake, Austin CollegeLayla Seale, Rice UniversityValerie Gramling, University of MiamiAshley R. Ott, Saint Louis UniversityAnne DerbesSuzanne Edwards, Lehigh UniversityJulie A. 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VenardeDonna Beth Ellard, University of DenverRebecca Jacobs-PollezErin E. Sweany, Vassar CollegeAngela Jane Weisl, Seton Hall UniversitySarah WilkJennifer Awes Freeman, University of Minnesota; United Theological Seminary of the Twin CitiesNancy Thebaut, University of Chicago Daniel Remein, University of Massachusetts BostonErica Weaver, University of California, Los AngelesArthur Russell, Case Western Reserve University Monica J. Casper, University of ArizonaIrina Dumitrescu, University of BonnKara Gaston, University of TorontoA. Arwen Taylor, Arkansas Tech UniversityJane Glaubman, Cornell UniversityBryan C. Keene, The Courtauld Institute of Art and Pepperdine UniversityAndrea Denny-Brown, University of California, RiversideShokoofeh Rajabzadeh, University of California, BerkeleyPaul Love, Al Akhawayn University, MoroccoJohn Inglis, University of DaytonJames Paz, University of ManchesterTim Wingard, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of YorkMarit RonenHannah Piercy, Durham UniversityJennifer A. Lorden, Grinnell CollegeJoanna Murdoch, Duke UniversityMaria Bullon-Fernandez, Seattle UniversitySol Miguel-Prendes, Wake Forest UniversityMarian Bleeke, Cleveland State UniversityJennifer Lyons, Ithaca CollegeUta Ayala, Northwestern UniversityKatherine E.C. WillisZaellotius Wilson, Arizona State UniversityAnna Waymack, Cornell UniversityShannon Gayk, Indiana UniversityKavita Mudan Finn, participant since 2010Jonathan Lyon, University of ChicagoMichael J. 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