Third Annual CMEMS Conference 2016

Premodern Ecologies: An Interdisciplinary Conference on
Human Interaction with the Natural World
in Medieval and Early Modern Europe

October 20-22, 2016



5:00-6:30pm                Fourth Annual James Field Willard Lecture:

                                    Location: British and Irish Studies Room, Norlin Library

                                    Miri Rubin (History, St. Marys University of London)

                                    “The Ecology of the Medieval Parish”

6:30-7:30pm                Reception


FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21 (all events in UMC 247 unless otherwise noted)

8:30-9:00am                 Registration & Coffee

9:00-9:15am                 Conference Introductions

9:15-10:15am               Plenary Lecture 1       

                                     Paolo Squatriti (University of Michigan at Ann Arbor)

   “Worrisome Weeds: Exotic Plants and Biological Invasions

   in the Early Medieval Mediterranean”

10:15-10:30am            Short Break

10:30am-12:00pm       Session 1: Conditions and Perceptions in the Early Middle Ages

                                    Chair: TBA

                                    Danielle Joyner (Southern Methodist University)

                                      “A Savin Bush in the Cloisters: The Art of Nature in the Plan of St. Gall”

                                    Tim Newfield (Princeton Environmental Institute)

                                      “Complicating Climate-Dearth Linkages in the Carolingian World”

                                    Renée Trilling (University of Illinois at Urbana-Campagne)

                                      “Marking time: The Place of the Human in Anglo-Saxon Cosmology”

12:00-1:00pm              Catered Lunch

1:00-2:30pm                Session 2: Intentional Sustainability in Premodern Woodlands

                                    Chair: TBA

                                    Richard Keyser (University of Wisconsin at Madison)

                                      “Medieval Conservation: Definitions and the Example of French Woodlands”

                                    Abigail Dowling (Mercer University)

                                      “Pour la grante richesse: Sustainable Natural Resource Management

                                      at the Estate of Hesdin, 1302-1329”

                                    Sara Morrison (Brescia University College at Western University)

                                      “Traditional Woodland Management in Seventeenth-Century

                                      Sherwood Forest”

2:30-2:45pm                Short Break

2:45-4:15pm                Session 3: Rocks and Roots in Early Modern Europe

                                    Chair: TBA

                                    Harriet Archer (Newcastle University)

                                      “Retributive Earth: Exemplary History, Posthumanism, and John Higgins’

                                      Histories of King Forrex (1574 and 1587)”

                                    Phillip John Usher (New York University)

                                      “On the Exterranean: Towards of Phenomenology of Extraction”

                                    Perry Guevara (Emory University)

                                      “Milton’s Root Brain: Minimal Cognition in the Garden”

4:15-5:00pm                Break with coffee, tea, and cookies

5:00-6:00pm                Plenary Lecture 2

                                    Ann Harris (Depauw University)

                                    “Entangled Ecologies: Stone and Will in Pre-Modern Brittany”

6:00-8:00pm                Reception

                                    Location: 5th Floor Lounge and Terrace, UMC Building


SATURDAY, OCTOBER 22 (all events in UMC 247 unless otherwise noted)

8:30-9:00am                 Coffee & Pastries

9:00-10:00am               Plenary Lecture 3

                                    Steve Mentz (St. Johns University)

                                    “Dissolving Hamlet: An Anthropocene Reading”

10:00-10:30am             Short Break

10:30am-12:00pm        Session 4: Calamity and Control in the High Middle Ages

                                    Chair: TBA

                                    Tobias Hrynick (Fordham University)

                                      “Water as Labor, Water as Weapon: Mill Dispute and Water Power

                                      in the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem”

                                    Manon Williams (University of Colorado at Boulder)

                                      “Rights and Usage of Woodlands in Thirteenth-Century Normandy”

                                    Elizabeth Swedo (Western Oregon University)

                                      “Mundane Disasters: Icelandic Society and Environment

                                      in the Late Middle Ages”

12:00-1:00pm              Box Lunch

1:00-2:30pm                Session 5: Hagiographic and Literary Landscapes

                                    Chair: TBA

                                    Britton Brooks (University of Hawai’i at Manoa)

                                      “Eco-Criticism and the Natural World: Native Soundscapes in Felix’s

                                      Vita Sancti Guthlaci

                                    Andrew M. Richmond (The Ohio State University)

                                      “Evaluating the Spaces of Romance: The Savage Nature of Civilized Land

                                      in Sir Degrevant

                                    Shannon Garner-Balandrin (Northeastern University)

                                      “Into a Cloven Pine: The Ecological Uncanny in Early Modern Romance”                               

2:30-2:45pm                Short Break

2:45-4:15pm                Session 6: Birds and Bugs in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe

                                    Chair: TBA

                                    Cristina Martelli (University of Maine at Orono)

                                      “Sustainable Practices, Territorial Control and the Capture of Game Animals

                                      and Birds: Examples from North and Central Italy between 1300 and 1550”

                                    Nodin de Saillan (University of Colorado at Boulder)

                                      “Worms, Rats, and Ravens: Charting the Cultural Construction of Vermin

                                      from Edward II to James I”

                                    Roya Biggie (CUNY Graduate Center)

                                      “The Pedagogical Potential of Beetles in Thomas Moffet’s

                                     The Theater of Insects and Shakespeare’s Cymbeline

4:15-5:00pm                Break with coffee, tea, and cookies

5:00-6:00pm                Reflections by Richard C. Hoffmann (York University)

                                    followed by a general discussion open to all conference participants

6:30-10:00pm              Conference Banquet

                                    Location: Café Aion, 1235 Pennsylvania Ave. Boulder