Conference Papers and Participation

Conference Papers

  • “Insular Identities: The View of the Irish from the Inside and Out,” at the annual Meeting of the Southeastern Medieval Association in Nassau, the Bahamas, 8–11 Nov. 2018.
  • Presentation titled “Teaching the Culture of Medieval Violence” in the roundtable panel session “Teaching Violence and Trauma in the Premodern Classroom” at the International Medieval Congress at the University of Western Michigan, Kalamazoo, 10–13 May 2018.
  • “Nostalgia in Medieval Narratives of Outlaws and Exiles,” at the annual Meeting of the Southeastern Medieval Association in Charleston, SC, to be held 16–19 Nov. 2017.
  • “Creating Literary Heroes: Nostalgia, National Identity and the Idea of Justice,” for a workshop in nostalgia, organized by Dr. Hannah Skoda, held at St. John’s College, Oxford, 21–22 June 2017.
  • Presentation in the roundtable panel session titled “Best Practices in Graduate Advising,” at the International Medieval Congress at the University of Western Michigan, Kalamazoo, 11–14 May 2017.
  • Presentation in the roundtable panel session titled “Monsters III: Monstrous Acts of Heroism” at the International Medieval Congress at the University of Western Michigan, Kalamazoo, 11–14 May 2017.
  • “Arthur, Richard I, Charlemagne and the Auchinleck Manuscript: Constructing English National Identity in Early Middle English,” at the Making Early Middle English conference in Victoria, Canada, 23–25 Sept. 2016.
  • Presentation in the roundtable panel session titled “The Heaven, The Hell, and the Rock-in-a-Hard-Place of Teaching Medieval Studies in the Twenty-First Century Classroom,” at the annual Meeting of the Southeastern Medieval Association in Little Rock, Arkansas, 22–24 Oct. 2015.
  • Panel respondent: “Shifting Skin: Passing as Human, Passing as Fay in the Romance Tradition,” delivered at the International Medieval Congress at the University of Western Michigan, Kalamazoo, May 2015.
  • “The Genesis of Academic Editing: Applying the Process to Critical Editions, Journals, and Volumes,” delivered at the annual Meeting of the Southeastern Medieval Association at Clayton State University, Atlanta, October 16–18, 2014.
  • “Brutality and Bloodshed: Othering the Viking Age on Screen,” delivered at the bi-annual meeting of the New Chaucer Society, Reykjavik, Iceland, July 2014.
  • “On the Edge of Madness: The Pitfalls of Modern Travel to Medieval Sites with Students,” in the roundtable panel session titled “Living on the Edge: Foreign Travel to Medieval Sites with Students” at the annual Meeting of the Southeastern Medieval Association at Appalachian State University, October 3–5, 2013.
  • Lamentacio: Inquisition, Torture and the English Templars,” delivered at the annual International Medieval Conference, hosted by the University of Leeds, held in Leeds, England, July 2012.
  • “‘That ay is hende is not to hide’: Torture and Revelation in Arthurian Tradition,” delivered at the International Medieval Congress at the University of Western Michigan, Kalamazoo, May 2012.
  • “Meeting in the Middle: An Undergraduate Research Conference in Medieval Studies,” in the panel session titled “Undergraduate Research: Trials, Tribulations, and Triumphs,” at the annual conference of the Southeastern Medieval Association hosted by Agnes Scott College, held in Atlanta, Georgia, October 13-15, 2011.
  • “‘For Our Dere Ladyes Sake’: Bringing the Outlaw in from the Forest: Robin Hood, Marian, and Normative National Identity,” delivered at the International Medieval Congress at the University of Western Michigan, Kalamazoo, May 2011.
  • “‘Hra†e seo†∂an wæs æfter mundgripe’: Anglo-Saxon Punishment and Middle English Torture” to be delivered at the annual International Medieval Conference, hosted by the University of Leeds, held in Leeds, England, July 2010.
  • “The Orthodoxy of Torture in Late Medieval Hagiography” delivered at the annual International Medieval Conference, hosted by the University of Leeds, held in Leeds, England, July 2009.
  • “‘Whoso list it nat yheere’: Teaching the Medieval Culture of Violence in American Universities,” delivered at the annual conference of the Southeastern Medieval Association hosted by Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, held in St. Louis, Missouri, October 2008.
  • “‘So he smote of hir hede by myssefortune’: The Real Price of the Beheading Game in SGGK and Malory,” delivered at the International Medieval Congress at the University of Western Michigan, Kalamazoo, May 2008.
  • “‘Rending the Flesh’: Modern Misconceptions about Medieval Torture,” delivered at the International Medieval Congress at the University of Western Michigan, Kalamazoo, May 2007.
  • “A ‘queynte’ Phrase: Sexual Euphemism, Satire, and Subversion in The Knight’s Tale and The Miller’s Tale” delivered at the annual conference of the Southeastern Medieval Association at The University of Mississippi, Oxford, Mississippi, October 2006.
  • “Robing and Disrobing Gender: The Cross-dressing Culture of the Fabliaux,” delivered at the International Medieval Congress at the University of Western Michigan, Kalamazoo, May 2005.
  • “A Knight of God or the Godess?: Rethinking Religious Syncretism in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight,” delivered at the annual conference of the Southeastern Medieval Association at the college of Charleston, South Carolina, October 2004.
  • “The Legends of Anglo-Saxon Women Saints in Middle English Manuscripts: Transmission and Tradition,” delivered at the International Medieval Congress at the University of Western Michigan, Kalamazoo, May 2003.
  • “The Progress of Cruelty: The Development of Torture in Medieval Literature,” invited paper delivered at the annual conference of the Southeastern Medieval Association at Florida State University, Tallahassee, September 2002.
  • “Torture Narratives: The Imposition of Medieval Method upon Early Christian Texts” delivered at the biannual conference of the Early Book Society, University College Cork, Ireland, July 2001.
  • “TCD MS 319: A Version of Bokenham’s Life of Saint Dorothy or His Source?” delivered at the Early Books Society sponsored session of the International Medieval Conference at the University of Western Michigan, Kalamazoo, May 2000.
  • “The Border Between Pleasure and Pain: The Forms and Frequency of Torture in Medieval Hagiography” delivered at the International Borderlines Conference, University College Dublin, March 2000.
  • “British Library MS Harley 630: John Lydgate and St Albans,” delivered at the biannual conference of the Early Book Society, Glasgow, Scotland, July 1999.

Conference Participation

  • Attendance at the International Medieval Congress hosted by the University of Leeds, in Leeds, England, July 2018.
  • Roundtable Presider: “Ten Years of Teratology: A MEARCSTAPA Retrospective,” sponsored by MEARCSTAPA at the International Medieval Congress at the University of Western Michigan, Kalamazoo, 10–13 May 2018.
  • Session Chair: “Monstrous Medievalism: Toxic Appropriations of the Middle Ages in Modern Popular Culture and Thought,” sponsored by MEARCSTAPA at the International Medieval Congress at the University of Western Michigan, Kalamazoo, 10–13 May 2018.
  • Attendance at the American Society of Irish Medieval Studies conference at Glenstal Abbey, Co. Limerick, Ireland in my capacity as Editor of Eolas to solicit articles and promote the journal, 20–25 Sept. 2017.
  • Participation in the organized mentoring exchange for preparing PhD candidates and post-docs for the job market at the annual Meeting of the Southeastern Medieval Association at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 6–8 Oct. 2016. 
  • Session Chair: “Modes of Power in Scotland and Ireland,” at the annual Meeting of the Southeastern Medieval Association at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 6–8 Oct. 2016.
  • Session Organizer and Chair: “Consuming the Monster: Monsters and Epistemological Modes of Knowledge,” sponsored by MEARCSTAPA, at the annual Meeting of the Southeastern Medieval Association at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 6–8 Oct. 2016.
  • Attendance at the International Medieval Congress hosted by the University of Leeds, in Leeds, England, July 2016.
  • Attendance at Société Internationale pour l’étude du théâtre médiéval Colloquium hosted by Durham University, Durham, England, July 2016.
  • Session Organizer and Chair: “Monstrous Behavior in Medieval Literature and Law: In Memory of Lisi Oliver,” sponsored by MEARCSTAPA, at the annual Meeting of the Southeastern Medieval Association in Little Rock, Arkansas, 22–24 Oct. 2015.
    Advised Graduate Student paper for this session: Leta Bressin, “Traitors or Lovers: Lancelot, Guinevere and the Legal Ramifications of Chivalry and Adultery.”
  • Session Chair: “Little Rocks in the Ocean II: Childhoods from Hell,” sponsored by ASIMS, at the annual Meeting of the Southeastern Medieval Association in Little Rock, Arkansas, 22–24 Oct. 2015. 
  • Roundtable Moderator: “Academia & Social Media in the Promotion of Medieval History. A.K.A. Who Said What?!” at the annual Meeting of the Southeastern Medieval Association in Little Rock, Arkansas, 22–24 Oct. 2015. 
  • Session Chair: “Fabliaux: Violence and Spectacle,” at the annual Meeting of the Southeastern Medieval Association hosted by Clayton State University and the University of West Georgia, 16–18 October 2014.
  • Session Organizer and Chair: “On the Edge of Law: Murder in the Middle Ages,” sponsored by MEARCSTAPA, at the annual Meeting of the Southeastern Medieval Association at Appalachian State University, 3–5 October 2013.
  • Session Organizer: “The Edge of Celtic Consciousness,” co-sponsored by ASIMS and the Celtic Studies Association of North America (CSANA), at the annual Meeting of the Southeastern Medieval Association at Appalachian State University, 3–5 October 2013.
  • Session Organizer: “Monsters and the Margins: Teaching Monstrosity (A Roundtable Discussion),” sponsored by MEARCSTAPA, at the annual Meeting of the Southeastern Medieval Association at Appalachian State University, 3–5 October 2013.
  • Session Organizer and Chair: “Down to the Skin: Images of Flaying in the Middle Ages,” sponsored by MEARCSTAPA, at the International Medieval Congress at the University of Western Michigan, Kalamazoo, May 2013.
  • Session Organizer: “Re-Membering the Monstrous,” at the Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Medieval Association at the University of Southern Mississippi to be held October 18-20, 2012.
  • Panel Moderator: “Eyes of the Beholders: A Roundtable Discussion on the Monstrous,” sponsored by MEARCSTAPA, at the International Medieval Congress at the University of Western Michigan, Kalamazoo, May 2012.
  • Session Chair: “Markers of Monstrosity,” at the Sixth Annual Graduate Conference on Medieval Studies at The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C., April 20, 2012.
  • Attendance at a medieval and renaissance research symposium at Duke University, “Holy Relics and Cursed Bodies: The Politics of the Corpse,” organized by Valeria Finucci, April 6, 2012.
  • Play performance: Reading the part of Enoch in a performance of the Middle English Chester Play of Antichrist at the annual conference of the Southeastern Medieval Association hosted by Agnes Scott College, held in Atlanta, Georgia, October 13-15, 2011.
  • Session organizer and chair: “Voices of the Irish Middle Ages” sponsored by ASIMS, at the annual conference of the Southeastern Medieval Association hosted by Agnes Scott College, held in Atlanta, Georgia, October 13-15, 2011.
  • Session chair: “The Power of Words: Wit, Word Play, and the Construction of Power in Medieval Comic Literature,” sponsored by Société Fableors, at the International Medieval Congress held at the University of Western Michigan, Kalamazoo, May 2011.
  • Session chair: “Monsters and Monstrous Things in the Irish Sea Region,” at the International Medieval Congress held at the University of Western Michigan, Kalamazoo, May 2011.
  • Session organizer and chair: “Dead and Loving it in the Middle Ages: The Walking, Talking Dead and Undead”, sponsored by MEARCSTAPA, at the annual conference of the Southeastern Medieval Association hosted by Roanoke College and Virginia Tech University, held in Roanoke, November 18–20, 2010.
  • Session organizer and chair: “Women in Early Medieval Ireland: Law, Custom, and Slavery”, sponsored by ASIMS, at the annual conference of the Southeastern Medieval Association hosted by Roanoke College and Virginia Tech University, held in Roanoke, November 18–20, 2010.
  • Session chair: “Exploring the Monstrous, II: Geographies of the Monstrous”, sponsored by MEARCSTAPA, at the annual International Medieval Conference, hosted by the University of Leeds, held in Leeds, England, July 2010. 
  • Session chair: “Scandalous Relationships in Comic Literature,” at the annual conference of the Southeastern Medieval Association hosted by Vanderbilt University, held in Nashville, October 15–17, 2009.
  • Session chair: “Monster Culture: Seven Theses (A Roundtable)” at the International Medieval Congress held at the University of Western Michigan, Kalamazoo, May 2009.
  • Session chair: “Cross Cultural Contacts I: Ireland and the Anglo-Saxons” at the International Medieval Congress held at the University of Western Michigan, Kalamazoo, May 2009.
  • Session chair: “Royal Bodies, Disobedient Kings, and the Body Politic,” at the annual conference of the Southeastern Medieval Association hosted by Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, held in St. Louis, Missouri, October 2008. 
  • Session co-organizer: “Heads Will Roll: Decapitation Motifs in Medieval Romance” at the International Medieval Congress at the University of Western Michigan, Kalamazoo, May 2008
  • Session chair: “Comic Provocations: Just and Unjust Punishments and Judgments in Medieval Comic Literature” at the International Medieval Congress at the University of Western Michigan, Kalamazoo, May 2008.
  • Session chair: “Ireland, Invasions, Migrations IV: Social Space” at the International Medieval Congress at the University of Western Michigan, Kalamazoo, May 2008.
  • Session chair: “Medieval and Renaissance Literary Humor” at the East Carolina Humor Conference and Festival, East Carolina University, Nov. 1–3, 2007.
  • Session organizer and chair: “The Celtic Spirit: Examining the Irish Middle Ages,” sponsored by the American Society of Irish Medieval Studies at the annual conference of the Southeastern Medieval Association at Wofford College, Spartanburg, South Carolina October 2007.
  • Session chair: “Anomalies in Comedic Literature” sponsored by the Société Fableors at the annual conference of the Southeastern Medieval Association at Wofford College, Spartanburg, South Carolina October 2007.
  • Session chair: “Comic Provocations: Rape and Sexual Violence in Medieval Comic Literature II” sponsored by the Société Fableors at the International Medieval Congress at the University of Western Michigan, Kalamazoo, May 2007.
  • Session chair: “Divining the Ineffable” at the International Medieval Congress at the University of Western Michigan, Kalamazoo, May 2007.
  • Session organizer: “Beyond Sex: Obscenity and Subversion in Chaucer’s Work” at the annual conference of the Southeastern Medieval Association at The University of Mississippi, Oxford, Mississippi, October 2006.
  • Panel chair: “Shocking Semantics: Explaining the Language of the Fabliaux to American Students” at the annual conference of the Southeastern Medieval Association at The University of Mississippi, Oxford, Mississippi, October 2006.
  • Attendance at the annual conference of the International Medieval Congress at the University of Western Michigan, Kalamazoo, May 2006.
  • Attendance at the annual conference of the Southeastern Medieval Association at the Stetson University, Daytona Beach, Florida, October 2005.
  • Attendance at the annual conference of the Haskins Society for Anglo-Saxon, Anglo-Norman, and Old Norse Studies at Georgetown University, November 2004.
  • Attendance at the annual conference of the New Chaucer Society at the University of Colorado, Boulder, July 2002.