Researching and Publishing the Medieval Now: A Colloquium in Honour of Caroline Palmer (Friday 7 July 2017)

Researching and Publishing the Medieval Now (Friday 7 July 2017)

A Colloquium in Honour of Caroline Palmer

The vision and achievement of Boydell and Brewer’s medievalist founders (Richard Barber and Derek Brewer) are well recognised: medieval studies in the UK and the USA over the last thirty and more years would have been inconceivably impoverished without the commitment of their firm to publishing in the field.

The face of that firm for so many medievalists is Caroline Palmer, a tireless, energetic and visionary commissioning editor and editorial director who has encouraged and supported high- quality work in medieval studies in all areas and on both sides of the Atlantic.

This York Colloquium honours Caroline Palmer’s strong commitment to the interdisciplinarity of medieval studies, long exemplified in vigorous publishing on literature and history at Boydell and Brewer and more recently in Caroline’s advocacy of material culture as an important strand of interdisciplinary medievalist publishing.

It is specially appropriate that the colloquium takes place in York, at the start of the celebration of its fiftieth year of interdisciplinary medieval studies and where Caroline Palmer has tirelessly encouraged the work of York Medieval Press, a Boydell and Brewer subsidiary established over forty years ago with the specific aim of interdisciplinary medieval studies publishing.

In honouring a distinguished commissioning editor of medieval studies, the colloquium constitutes a timely reminder of the interdependence of scholars and publishers and the importance of their mutually informed response to the rapidly changing conditions and media of work in the humanities.

We would like to express our grateful thanks to the organizers, Professor Jocelyn Wogan-Browne (Fordham University), Professor Chris Baswell (Columbia University and Barnard College) and Professor Elizabeth Archibald (University of Durham), and also to Boydell and Brewer and to the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at the University of York, Professor Mark Ormrod, for their financial support for this event.

To register for this colloquium, please use our on-line payment system.

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Recent trends in interdisciplinary paradigms and digital modes of publication have made traditional intellectual and material boundaries ever more fungible, even as highly specific knowledge concerning, for example, regional history or medieval texts and their manuscripts, retain their value as core data.

So too, developing new paradigms in language not already saturated with nation-state assumptions is currently a field of considerable experimentation in medieval studies and an area of intensified political interest in anglophone and other cultures around the world.

This colloquium’s papers discuss and exemplify contemporary research approaches in the areas of Literatures and Histories and Material Cultures in two sessions which, appropriately, have no fixed intellectual boundary between them.

To register for this colloquium, please use our on-line payment system.


10.45-11am Welcome (Craig Taylor, Director of the CMS, and Peter Biller, General Editor of YMP)

11am-1pm Literatures and Histories (Chair: Elizabeth Archibald, University of Durham)

Sarah Kay (New York University): “Interdisciplinary French”

Mark Ormrod (University of York): “Understanding Migration in Later Medieval England: History and Interdisciplinarity”

Jane Taylor (University of Durham) : “State-of-the-art Publishing in 1591: The Resourceful Benoît Rigaud and his L ancelot”

Robert Rouse (University of British Columbia): “Reading in Place: Geo-critical Approaches”

2.30- 4.00pm Material Cultures (Chair: Tim Ayers, University of York)

Julian Luxford (University of St Andrews): “Three Faces Have I”

Linne Mooney (University of York): “Some Manuscripts of Major Middle English Texts Copied in York”

Kate Giles (University of York): “Digital Publishing and Internet Archaeology: The Case of Stratford-on-Avon”

4.30pm-5.00pm Colloquium Closing

Sarah Rees Jones (University of York): “Medieval Studies and Public Understanding” Derek Pearsall (Emeritus, Harvard and University of York): “Caroline Palmer”

5.15-6.45pm Wine Reception sponsored by Boydell and Brewer

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A Workshop on the Sainte Chapelle, featuring talks by Professor Cecelia Gaposchkin and Dr Emily Guerry (28 February 2017)

A Workshop on the Sainte Chapelle (Paris) – K/133, 5.15 – 7pm, 28 February 2017

The Sainte-Chapelle is a royal chapel within the medieval Palais de la Cité in Paris. It was commissioned by King Louis IX of France (1214-1270) to house his collection of Passion relics, including the Crown of Thorns. The Sainte-Chapelle is one of the earliest surviving buildings of the Capetian royal palace on the Île de la Cité and is famed for its Gothic architecture and stained glass.


This workshop will feature two papers examining the liturgy and the stained glass of the Sainte-Chapelle in its thirteenth-century context:

  • M. Cecilia Gaposchkin (Dartmouth College): ‘Salvation and Judgment in the Liturgy of the Sainte-Chapelle’
  • Emily Guerry (University of Kent): ‘A New Son of Man: Sheep, Goats, and the King of Kings in French Gothic Iconography’

Our speakers are two of the most exciting scholars working on the Sainte Chapelle, liturgy, religious devotion and stained glass:

Cecilia Gaposchkin (Dartmouth College) has published on the crusades and on the Capetian monarchy, and is currently working on liturgy and ceremony in thirteenth-century Paris. Her most recent book is on how liturgy and church ritual underwrote holy war and crusading: Invisible Weapons: Liturgy and the Making of Crusade Ideology (Cornell UP, 2017). She is also the author of The Making of Saint Louis (IX) of France: Kingship, Sanctity and Crusade in the Later Middle Ages (Cornell UP, 2008), Blessed Louis, The Most Glorious of Kings: Texts relating to the Cult of Saint Louis of France (Notre Dame: 2012; translations done with Phyllis Katz), and, with Sean Field and Larry Field, The Sanctity of Louis IX: Early Lives of Saint Louis by Geoffrey of Beaulieu and William of Chartres (Cornell UP: 2014).

Emily Guerry (University of Kent) works on the relationship between religious devotion and artistic representation in the Middle Ages and is particularly interested in how the veneration of relics influenced Christian iconography. She is the author of Crowning Paris: King Louis IX, Archbishop Cornut, and the Translation of the Crown of Thorns (Transactions of the American Philosophical Society, 2016) and will publish The wall paintings of the Sainte-Chapelle: Passion, Devotion, and the Gothic Imagination (Harvey Miller, 2018).

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Huth Psalter (York/Lincoln, c1270s), London BL MA Add. 38116, folio 13v