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2016 Annual Meeting

Boston, 25-27 February, 2016

Courtesy of the Boston Public Library

The 91st Annual Meeting of the Medieval Academy of America will take place on February 25-27 in Boston. The meeting will be hosted by the Medieval Academy of America, Boston College, Boston University, Brandeis University, Harvard University, Lesley University, The Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of Massachusetts, Boston, and Wellesley College.

The program will feature three plenary speakers: Barbara Newman (President of the Medieval Academy of America, John Evans Professor of Latin and Professor of English, Religious Studies, and Classics, Northwestern University); William Noel (Director, Kislak Center for Special Collections, University of Pennsylvania); and Robin Fleming (Professor of History, Boston College, and a 2013 MacArthur Fellow). In addition, the program will include fifty concurrent sessions in a wide variety of formats and covering a broad array of disciplines. Threads include Digital Humanities, Carolingian Studies, the Eleventh Century, Unfinished Works, Lyric Transformations, Medieval Ecologies, and Monasticisms. The Digital Humanities thread will include a special session in which participants will be able to interact with several different DH projects.

K-12 Roundtable: A special session on Saturday will feature an exchange between a panel of secondary and tertiary faculty and those attending the annual meeting of the Medieval Academy of America, especially including K-12 educators. We’ll discuss the recent demise of “No Child Left Behind,” the varying status of Common Core, and potential sites for medieval studies in K-12 curricula, as well as in the content of examinations administered by Educational Testing Service (ETS).  The roundtable is part of outreach efforts sponsored by the Medieval Academy of America through its Ad Hoc Committee on K-12 Engagement.  This session is free of charge for K-12 educators, but pre-registration is required. Click here for more information.

The Annual Meeting will take place at the Hyatt Regency Boston in the downtown Theater District. For the closing reception - certain to be an unforgettable evening - we will gather at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, one of Boston's greatest treasures. 

As a new feature this year, you can use to access the Annual Meeting program. If you wish, you may set up a free account that will allow you to plan your Annual Meeting schedule, bookmark sessions and events, and download them into your mobile calendar. Click here to start:

To access sessions and events from your iPhone, Android, or Blackberry, click here from your mobile device:

Click here for transportation information.
We hope you will join us for what is sure to be an excellent (and snow-free) Annual Meeting

REGISTRATION: Online registration is now closed.  On-site registration will be available at the registration desk on the 4th floor of the Hyatt Regency and will be subject to a higher rate imposed for late registration.  On-site registration payment may be by check, cash, or credit card (Visa, MasterCard, or Discover).

On-site Registration Prices:
Members                                $275
Non-Members                      $325
Student Members               $175
Student Non-Members     $200
Spouses/Companions       $75
K-12 Teachers                       No Charge

The registration fee includes all receptions, continental breakfasts and coffee breaks.  The discounted spouse/companion fee is for those accompanying a participant who wish to attend social events, but not lectures and sessions.

Click here to open a PDF of the Program.
     SCHED.ORG: Click here to access the interactive Program.

HOTEL: Click here to reserve a discounted room at the Hyatt Regency
BOOK EXHIBITORS: Click here to reserve table space.

Please contact the Medieval Academy of America with questions or concerns about the Annual Meeting: 

    General Schedule:


    Thursday (25 February)

    1:30 – 3:00 PM             Opening Plenary

    3:30 - 5:15 PM               Concurrent sessions

    5:30 – 7:00 PM             Reception

    7:00 PM                          Graduate Student Reception


    Friday (26 February):

    8:30 – 10:00 AM           CARA plenary

    10 – noon                        Concurrent sessions

    1 – 2 PM:                         Business Meeting and Awards

    2:15 – 4 PM                    Concurrent sessions

    4:30 – 6:15 PM              Concurrent sessions

    6:30 – 7:30 PM:            Reception

    7:30 PM                          Banquet


    Saturday (27 February)

    8:30 – 10:15 AM:          Concurrent sessions

    10:45 – 12:15 AM          Presidential Address

    1:30 – 3:15 PM              Concurrent sessions

    3:45 – 5:45 PM              Induction of Fellows, Fellows' Plenary

    6:30 – 8:30 PM             Closing reception, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum


    Sunday (28 February)

    8:30 AM – noon           CARA meeting

    With the exception of the closing reception, all events and sessions will take place at the Hyatt Regency Boston.


    Program Committee:

    Mary Dockray-Miller, Co-chair (Lesley College), Valerie Ramseyer, Co-chair (Wellesley College), David Areford (Univ. of Massachusetts, Boston), Arthur Bahr (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Brian FitzGerald (Northeast Catholic College), Meredith Fluke (Wellesley College), Sean Gilsdorf (Harvard University), Eric Goldberg (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Kathleen Kelly (Northeastern University), Irit Kleiman (Boston University), Deeana Klepper (Boston University), Charles McClendon (Brandeis College), Alex Mueller (University of Massachusetts, Boston), Karen Overbey (Tufts University), Francesca E. Southerden (Wellesley College), Sarah Spence (Medieval Academy of America), William Stoneman (Houghton Library, Harvard University), Nicholas Watson (Harvard University), Anne Yardley (Drew University)


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