Letter of concern, ICMS / Kalamazoo 2019
[If you share the concerns expressed in the following letter, you are invited to sign, by filling out the form below. The letter will be sent to the Congress Committee and Medieval Institute on July 18, 2018, though signatures will continue to be added after that date. Names will appear within 24 hours of signing. We also encourage past or present Congress participants to send their own individualized letters of concern.]


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.

Signed,

Suzanne Conklin Akbari, ICMS participant 1993-2018
Liza Blake, University of Toronto, ICMS participant 2010, 2012, 2014
Richard Godden, Louisiana State University, ICMS participant 2008, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2015
Margie Housley, ICMS participant 2013–2018
Eileen A. Joy, punctum books, ICMS participant 1995, 2000-2015
Asa Simon Mittman, California State University, Chico, ICMS participant, 2006-2018
Julie Orlemanski, University of Chicago, ICMS participant 2007, 2009-2011, 2013, 2015-2017
Myra 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 Color
The Material Collective
Gender and Medieval Studies Group
Medieval Makars Society
Society for the Study of Anglo-Saxon Homiletics
The Global Middle Ages Project (G-MAP)
Sol Miguel-Prendes, Linde Brocato, and Núria Silleras-Fernández, IMANA steering committee
Aranye Fradenburg Joy, University of California, Santa Barbara
Maybelle Leung, University of Toronto
Karen Bruce Wallace, The Ohio State University
Daniel Price, University of Toronto
Frances McCormack
Leland Renato Grigoli, Brown University
Noah Guynn, University of California, Davis
Jonathan Basile, Emory University
Meg Worley, Colgate University
Ahmed Ragab, Harvard University
Robin Anne Reid, Texas A&M University-Commerce
Charles-Louis Morand Métivier, University of Vermont
Catherine Karkov, University of Leeds
Dainy Bernstein, The Graduate Center, CUNY
Josh Eyler
Christine Neufeld, Eastern Michigan University
S.C. Kaplan, Rice University
Nicole Guenther Discenza, University of South Florida
Jacob Sagrans, Independent Scholar, Boston, MA
Heather Blatt, Florida International University
Brian O'Camb, Indiana University Northwest
Leigh Ann Craig, Virginia Commonwealth University
Dayanna Knight, The Viking Coloring Book Project
EJ Nielsen, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Kristin Bovaird-Abbo, University of Northern Colorado
Monica Green, Arizona State University
Kathleen E. Kennedy, Penn State Brandywine
Robert W. Barrett, Jr., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Martin Foys, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Dani Alexis Ryskamp, Autonomous Press
Jen Boyle, Coastal Carolina University
K.L. Noone, Irvine Valley College
Juliet O'brien, University of British Columbia, Vancouver
Diane Watt, University of Surrey
Eric Weiskott, Boston College
Karen C. Klein
Sjoerd Levelt
Abira Hussein
Sakina Bryant, Sonoma State University
Mary Rambaran-Olm
Josh Davies, King's College London
Scott Pincikowski, Hood College
Jonnell Burke
Brandon W. Hawk, Rhode Island College
Dianne Berg, Tufts University
Andrew Klein, St. Thomas University
Matthew Aiello, University of Pennsylvania
Ryan Lawrence, Cornell University
Lezlie Knox, Marquette University
Megan Cavell, University of Birmingham
Sandy Bardsley, Moravian College
David Wilton, Texas A&M University
Carla María Thomas, Florida Atlantic University; Early Middle English Society
Mary Kate Hurley, Ohio University
Holly M. Wendt, Lebanon Valley College
Samantha Pious, Independent Scholar
Elizabeth Randall Upton, UCLA
Kaitlin Heller, Syracuse University
Jennie Friedrich, University of California, Riverside
Audrey Gradzewicz, The Pennsylvania State University
Taylor Cowdery, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Maggie Solberg, Bowdoin College
Dorothy Kim, Brandeis University
Joyce King, University of California, Santa Barbara
Peter P. C. Carlson, California Lutheran University
Jennifer Banister, University of Texas
Mary Dockray-Miller, Lesley University
Nuwayla Mazrui
Nina Ellis Frischmann, Independent Scholar
Laurie Finke, Kenyon College
Kevin Lord, Yale University
Lisa H. Cooper, University of Wisconsin-Madison
K. A. Laity, College of Saint Rose
Laura Godfrey, University of Connecticut
Marshall N Armintor, University of North Texas
Rosemary O'Neill, Kenyon College
Jordan Pickett, University of Georgia
Segolene Gence
Spencer Strub
John P. Sexton, Bridgewater State University
Dana Oswald, University of Wisconsin-Parkside
Robert Stanton, Boston College
Mark Miller, University of Chicago
Jacqueline Lombard, University of Pittsburgh
Cathy Ann Elias, Depaul University
J.H. Roberts
Tory Pearman
Elaine Treharne, Stanford University
Cameron Hunt McNabb
Mark P. Bruce, Bethel University
Candace Robb
Michelle M. Sauer, University of North Dakota
Luisa Nardini, The University of Texas, Austin
Kara Larson Maloney, Canisius College
Susan McDonough, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Benjamin C. Tilghman, Washington College
Heather Maring, Arizona State University
Lawrence Warner, King's College London
Colleen Britton
Shawn Moore, Florida SouthWestern State College
Florence Scott, University of Leeds
Kisha Tracy
Lucy Barnhouse, College of Wooster
Jeffrey J. Cohen, Arizona State University
Simon Thomson, Ruhr Universität Bochum (Germany)
Johanna Green, University of Glasgow
Jessica Weiss, Metropolitan State University of Denver
Andrew J. Welton, University of Florida
Emily Shartrand, University of Delaware
Jonathan Newman, Missouri State University
Clara Bosak-Schroeder, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Mimi Zhou, New York University
Jennifer Tiernan, Minnesota State University, Mankato
Harley J. Campbell, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Kelsey Moskal, University of British Columbia, Vancouver
Emily King, Lousiana State University
Rachel Danford, Marshall University
Nahir I. Otano Gracia, Beloit College
Kacie Morgan, UCLA
Maggie M. Williams, William Paterson University; The Material Collective
Micah Goodrich, University of Connecticut
Philip Rusche, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Holly Dugan, The George Washington University
Mauricio Huertas
Caitlin Postal, University of Washington
William Biel, University of Connecticut
Leila K. Norako, University of Washington
Leah Pope Parker, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Robin Norris, Carleton University
Amy Pistone, University of Notre Dame
Elizabeth Allen, University of California, Irvine
Kyle A. Thomas
Mitzi Kirkland-Ives, Missouri State University
Melissa Ryckman, Martin Methodist College
Kat Lecky, Bucknell University
Wendy Matlock, Kansas State University
Ingrid Nelson, Amherst College
Rachel Levinson-Emley
Nathan S. Dennis, University of San Francisco
Andrea A. Lankin
Steven Kruger
Raúl Ariza-Barile, National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM)
Louise D'Arcens, Macquarie University
Michel Aaij, Auburn University Montgomery
Ruth Nisse, Wesleyan University
Lucy R. Hinnie, University of Edinburgh
Nancy Ross, Dixie State University
Alexandra Gillespie, University of Toronto
David Perry, University of Minnesota
Moira Fitzgibbons, Marist College
Amy Airhart-Sheldon
Bobby Meyer-Lee
Rebecca F. McNamara, Westmont College
Thomas Lecaque, Grand View University
Lara Farina, West Virginia University
Meghan Nestel
Brittany Claytor
Rachel Connor
Isidro J Rivera, University of Kansas
Abdulhamit Arvas , University of Califronia, Santa Barbara
Amy Nelson, University of Notre Dame
Sierra Lomuto
Mariah Min, University of Pennsylvania
Maeve Doyle. Eastern Connecticut State University
Halle O'Neal, University of Edinburgh
Lynn Ransom, Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies, University of Pennslyvania
Crystal Sagady
Simon Doubleday, Hofstra University
Larry J. Simon, Western Michigan University
Matthew Vanderpoel, University of Chicago
Rachel S. Anderson, Grand Valley State University
Sarah Lewis, University of Wales Press
Amanda Wetmore, University of Toronto
Claire Griffin, Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan
Audrey Thorstad, Bangor University
Megan Cook, Colby College
Alexa Amore, New York University
Rachel Dressler, University at Albany, State University of New York
Alex Mueller, University of Massachusetts Boston
Danielle Allor, Rutgers University
Holly Crocker, University of South Carolina
Adam Miyashiro, Stockton University
Helen Cushman, University of North Carolina
Natasha Korda, Wesleyan University
Boyda Johnstone, Borough of Manhattan Community College (CUNY)
Tom White
Jonathan Forbes, University of California, Santa Barbara
Gania Barlow
Karl Steel, Brooklyn College and The Graduate Center, CUNY
Mary Catherine Kinniburgh, The Graduate Center, CUNY
Luke Fidler, University of Chicago
Martha Easton
Nicholas Holterman
Fiona Somerset, University of Connecticut
Thomas Prendergast, College of Wooster
Scott Bevill, University of South Florida
Rory Critten, University of Lausanne, Switzerland
Deeana Klepper, Boston University
Robyn Malo, Purdue University
Rebecca Mouser, Missouri Southern State University,
Elizaveta Strakhov, Marquette University
Andrew Pfrenger, University of Mississippi
Renée R. Trilling, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Hector Avalos, Iowa State University
Curtis Perry, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Shelley Wolbrink, Drury University
Christine Libby, Penn State University
Audrey Becker, Marygrove College
Anita Savo, Colby College
Erin Labbie, Bowling Green State University
Miranda Wilcox, Brigham Young University
Joseph Derosier
Emily Steiner, University of Pennsylvania
Daniel Davies
A.L. McMichael
Drew Daniel, Johns Hopkins University
Kathleen Gibbons
Michael Smith
Vincent W.J. van Gerven Oei, punctum books
M. Breann Leake
Kathleen Biddick, emerita, Temple University
Ellen Arnold, Ohio Wesleyan University
Tony Hasler
Kristina Watkins Mormino, Georgia Gwinnett College
Christina M. Fitzgerald, University of Toledo
Alicia Spencer-Hall, Queen Mary University of London
Anna Klosowska, Miami University of Oxford, Ohio
Nicole Lopez-Jantzen, Borough of Manhattan City College, CUNY
Christina Llanes, University of Chicago
Julie Chamberlin, Indiana University
Garrett PJ Epp, emeritus, University of Alberta
Masani McGee
Marian Toledo Candelaria , Independent Scholar
Geoffrey B. Elliott
Samantha Summers, University of Toronto
Matthew McCall
Elizabeth Elliott, University of Aberdeen
Mary Raschko, Whitman College
Holly Tipton Hamby, Fisk University
Stephen Hopkins, Indiana University
Joy Ambler, Teaching Association for Medieval Studies (TEAMS)
Anna Siebach-Larsen, University of Rochester
Kate Koppelman, Seattle University
Sara Ritchey, University of Tennessee
Ryan Eisenman
Beate Fricke, University of Bern, Switzerland
Sebastian Kleinschmidt, University of Freiburg
Paul Martino, University of Iceland
Dr. Claire Harrill
Stephenie McGucken
Kendra Preston Leonard
Marion Turner, University of Oxford
Guy Geltner, University of Amsterdam
Nicole Slipp
Mark Amsler, University of Auckland
Richard Fahey, University of Notre Dame
Eve Salisbury
Matthew Lampitt, King's College London
Abigail Agresta, Queen's University
David M. Reher, University of Chicago
Jennifer Edwards, Manhattan College
Michelle M. Hamilton, University of Minnesota
Ben Debus, Indiana University
Mary Flannery
Jennifer Alberghini, The Graduate Center, CUNY
Lucy Pick, University of Chicago
Alexandra Reider
Erin I. Mann, Lindenwood University
Rebecca Gould, University of Birmingham
Elina Gertsman, Case Western Reserve University
Jill Clements, Univ. of Alabama at Birmingham
Valerie Michelle Wilhite
Ruth Oldman, Tarleton State University
Cat Crossley, University of Liverpool
Kathryne Beebe
Emma Tolkin
Jamie Wood, Lincoln (UK)
Brantley L. Bryant, Sonoma State University
Miriam Shadis, Ohio University
Erik Wade, University of Bonn
Meghan Callahan, Syracuse University
Clare Lees, King's College London
Julia King, University of Toronto
Jennifer Ball, City University of New York
Allan Mitchell
Jack Hartnell (UEA)
Joy Partridge, Emory University
Jennifer Jordan, ICMS Participant since 2008
Lori Jones, University of Ottawa
Matthew Gabriele, Virginia Tech
Conan T. Doyle
Linde M. Brocato, University of Memphis
Victor M. Martinez, Roanoke College
Alexis Kellner Becker, Ithaca College
David Clark, Leicester
Rachel Katz, University of Chicago
Lynn Ramey, Vanderbilt University
Hannah Barker, Arizona State University
Jonathan Fruoco, Université Grenoble Alpes
Eduardo Ramos
Marcus Hensel, Bethany College (Kansas)
Rachel McNellis, Case Western Reserve University
Geraldine Heng, the University of Texas at Austin
Karen E. McShane, School District of Philadelphia
Damian Fernandez, Northern Illinois University
Gayle Fallon, Louisiana State University
Juliana Amorim Goskes
Jeffery G. Stoyanoff, Spring Hill College
Elizabeth Freeman, University of California, Davis
Amrita Dhar, University of Michigan
Scott Miller, Northwestern University
Andres Millan, University of Chicago
Kathryn Wolford, Independent Scholar
Nicholas G. Harris, University of Pennsylvania
Rob Wakeman, Mount Saint Mary College
M.T. Opal, Rutgers University
F. Regina Psaki, University of Oregon
Jonathan Burgoyne, The Ohio State University
Molly Martin, University of Indianapolis
Susan Noakes, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Natalie Grinnell, Wofford College
James B. Harr, III, North Carolina State University
R. James Goldstein, Auburn University
Bonnie J. Erwin, Wilmington College
Merel Veldhuizen, University of Southampton
Sarah Noonan, Saint Mary's College
Diane Wolfthal, Rice University
Lisa Lampert-Weissig, University of California, San Diego
Joanna Shearer, Nevada State College
Joe Stadolnik, University College London
Peter Loewen, Rice University
Kirsty Day, University of Edinburgh
Eluned Summers-Bremner, University of Auckland
Maxwell Gray, University of Wisconsin - Madison
Carol Symes, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign & Executive Editor, The Medieval Globe
Larissa Tracy, Longwood University
Judith Steinhoff, University of Houston
Wan-Chuan Kao, Washington and Lee University
Abraham Cleaver
Gabriela Currie, University of Minnesota
Michelle Karnes, University of Notre Dame
Sarah McNamer, Georgetown University
Emily Houlik-Ritchey, Rice University
Susan Nakley, St. Joseph's College, New York
Anna Kathryn Grau
Andrew Albin, Fordham University
Jes Battis, University of Regina
Katherine Weikert, University of Winchester
Karen Graubart, Medieval Institute, Univ of Notre Dame
Dana Key, University College London
Elizabeth Biggs
Gina M. Hurley, Yale University
Sarah Baechle, University of Mississippi
Jacqueline Burek, George Mason University
Anthony Bale
Brooke H. Findley, Pennsylvania State Univ. - Altoona
Joyce Chng, MA
Ruen-chuan Ma
Caitlyn McLoughlin, The Ohio State University
Jennifer Borland, Oklahoma State University
Jonathan Hsy
Sophia D'Ignazio, Cornell University
Felice Lifshitz, University of Alberta
Louise Bishop, University of Oregon
Steve Mentz, St. John's University (NYC)
Katherine Allen Smith, University of Puget Sound
Roisin Cossar, University of Manitoba
Jennifer Kolpacoff Deane, University of Minnesota-Morris
Cordelia Beattie, University of Edinburgh
Beth Fischer, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Catherine Sanok, University of Michigan
Katherine Zieman
Lesley Kordecki, DePaul University
Ashby Kinch, University of Montana
Michael Munro
Karen Winstead, Ohio State University
James A Palmer, Florida State University
Wendy Belcher, Princeton University
Richard Sévère, Valparaiso University
Miller Oberman, The New School
Anne Clark Bartlett
Blake Gutt
Julie Paulson, San Francisco State University
Carolynn Van Dyke, Lafayette College
Mary Williams, San Jose State University
Erik Alder
Nicholas Hoffman, The Ohio State University
Michelle E. Parsons-Powell
Gareth Lloyd Evans, University of Oxford
William Arguelles, The Graduate Center, CUNY
Valerie Garver, Northern Illinois University
Arielle McKee
Karen Fresco, emerita, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Kriszta Kotsis, University of Puget Sound
Claire Taylor Jones, University of Notre Dame
Denise L. Despres, University of Puget Sound
Todd Barnes, Ramapo College of NJ
Samuel Baudinette, University of Chicago
Gina Brandolino, University of Michigan
Jamie Friedman
Michelle Armstrong-Partida, UTEP
Jamie Staples, NYU
Marsha Waggoner
Chelsea Silva, UC Riverside
Deborah Sinnreich-Levi, Stevens Institute of Technology
Serina Patterson
Gina Di Salvo, University of Tennessee
Peter Jones, University of British Columbia
Kim Yates, University of Toronto
Aaron Hostetter, Rutgers University-Camden
Jim Knowles, NC State
Tom Blake, Austin College
Layla Seale, Rice University
Valerie Gramling, University of Miami
Ashley R. Ott, Saint Louis University
Anne Derbes
Suzanne Edwards, Lehigh University
Julie A. Carlson, University of California, Santa Barbara
Sara Fredman
Martin B. Shichtman, Eastern Michigan University
Kathleen Tonry, University of Connecticut
Peggy McCracken, University of Michigan
Karen Dempsey
Jasmine Lellock
Charlie Powell, University of Oxford
Peter S. Baker, University of Virginia
Emma Lipton, University of Missouri
Christine Chism, University of California, Los Angeles
Matthew Fisher, University of California, Los Angeles
Julia Finch
Elizabeth Watkins
Michelle Cook, Winnemucca Publishing
Jeffrey Coolwater
Matthew Harrison
Barbara Bordalejo, KU Leuven
Kathy Lavezzo, University of Iowa
Laura Saetveit Miles, University of Bergen Norway
R. D. Perry, Saint Louis University
Kate Franklin, Birkbeck University of London
Leah Benedict, Kennesaw State
Janine Larmon Peterson, Marist College
Gerald Nachtwey, Eastern Kentucky University
Justin Greenlee, University of Virginia
Masha Raskolnikov, Cornell University
Nicole Sidhu, East Carolina University
Dot Porter, University of Pennsylvania
Bruce L. Venarde
Donna Beth Ellard, University of Denver
Rebecca Jacobs-Pollez
Erin E. Sweany, Vassar College
Angela Jane Weisl, Seton Hall University
Sarah Wilk
Jennifer Awes Freeman, University of Minnesota; United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities
Nancy Thebaut, University of Chicago
Daniel Remein, University of Massachusetts Boston
Erica Weaver, University of California, Los Angeles
Arthur Russell, Case Western Reserve University
Monica J. Casper, University of Arizona
Irina Dumitrescu, University of Bonn
Kara Gaston, University of Toronto
A. Arwen Taylor, Arkansas Tech University
Jane Glaubman, Cornell University
Bryan C. Keene, The Courtauld Institute of Art and Pepperdine University
Andrea Denny-Brown, University of California, Riverside
Shokoofeh Rajabzadeh, University of California, Berkeley
Paul Love, Al Akhawayn University, Morocco
John Inglis, University of Dayton
James Paz, University of Manchester
Tim Wingard, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of York
Marit Ronen
Hannah Piercy, Durham University
Jennifer A. Lorden, Grinnell College
Joanna Murdoch, Duke University
Maria Bullon-Fernandez, Seattle University
Sol Miguel-Prendes, Wake Forest University
Marian Bleeke, Cleveland State University
Jennifer Lyons, Ithaca College
Uta Ayala, Northwestern University
Katherine E.C. Willis
Zaellotius Wilson, Arizona State University
Anna Waymack, Cornell University
Shannon Gayk, Indiana University
Kavita Mudan Finn, participant since 2010
Jonathan Lyon, University of Chicago
Michael J. Kelly, SUNY Binghamton
Benjamin Saltzman, University of Chicago
Karl Shoemaker, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Eleanor Janega, London School of Economics
Melissa Heide, The University of Texas at Austin
Daniel Atherton, The George Washington University
Corey Sparks, California State University, Chico
Jasmin Miller
Jordan Zweck, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Theresa Coletti, University of Maryland
Marice Rose, Fairfield University
Liz Hebbard, Indiana University
Christi Ivers, University of Kansas
Rebecca Reilly
Leah Shopkow, Indiana University-Bloomington
Kathleen Smith, American University, Washington, DC
Gabrielle Parkin, Case Western Reserve University
Jeanette Patterson, Binghamton University
Gillian Gower
Anna Wilson, Harvard University
Joey McMullen, Centenary University
Robey Clark Patrick
Roderic Diman, (emeritus) Portland State University
Jennifer Immich
Daisy Delogu, University of Chicago
Anthony J. Perry
Taryn Chubb
Francesca Brooks
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