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April 5-7
Indiana University, Bloomington

“Quomodo sedet sola civitas plena populo...” Thus begins the Vulgate rendition of Jeremiah’s Lamentations, a prophetic book in which memorializing lost political and religious wholeness takes the form of a complex temporality in which present lament for the past reaches forward even into the future. Laments—and their liturgical, poetic, and artistic relations—marked particularly crucial moments associated with ends and what’s left after things are over: death and apocalypses, survivors and remnants.

Friday, April 5

All events, unless otherwise specified, will take place in Wylie Hall 015. Click here to see a map of events.

1:30-2:15pm — Registration & Coffee

2:15-3:45pm — Practices of Grief and Remembrance
“Quorum Memoria Permanebit in Eternum: Lament and Vindication in a Fifteenth Century Castilian Memoir”
Holly Kashin BrownPh.D. Candidate at the CUNY Graduate Center, New York,  and Visiting Faculty Fellow of Spanish at Bard College at Simon’s  Rock, Great Barrington, MA

“Sadness, Loss, and Mourning in Christian Ascetic Practice: The Case of Evagrius of Pontus (d. 399) and His Circle”
Dr. Andrew CrislipAssociate Professor of History, Blake Chair in the History of Christianity, Virginia Commonwealth University

“Lamenting the Loss of a Child: Dispelling Grief through Faith and Reason in Paulinus of Nola’s Carmen 31”
Diane FruchtmanPh.D. Candidate, Department of Religious Studies, Indiana University

4:00-5:30pm — Roundtable Discussion: “Ambiguous Consent: Teaching Chaucer in an Age of ‘Legitimate’ Rape”
Erin E. Sweany, Kerilyn Harkaway-Krieger, Emily Houlik-Ritchey, Emilie C. Cox, and A. Arwen Taylor Department of English, Indiana University

7:00-10:00pm — Reception & Reader's Circle
Folklore Hall
800 N. Indiana Avenue
Bloomington, IN
Open to all Symposium attendees, RSVP required


Saturday, April 6

9:00-10:30am — Marian Lamentation
“Lament and Misremembering in Dispute between Mary and the Cross”
Kisha G. TracyAssistant Professor, English Studies, Fitchburg State University

“The Holy Moly Virgin”
Rainbow A. PorthéPh.D. Candidate, Department of Art History, University of Chicago

“Voices of Despair and Gestures of Grief: Rituals of Mourning and Lamentations of the Virgin Mary in the Late Middle Ages”
Emanuela Zanotti Carney, Ph.D.Senior Lecturer and Assistant Coordinator in the Italian Program, University of Illinois at Chicago

10:45-11:55am — Gendering Lamentation
“Juliana's Heroism and the Shift to Christian Ideals.”
Dennis SebergerPh.D. Student, University of Nebraska at Kearney

“Manly Grief?  The Gendering of Mourning in the Alliterative Morte Arthure”
M.D. O'DonnellPh.D. Student, Indiana University

12:00-1:30pm — Lunch
Box lunches in Ballantine Hall 005 for all Symposium attendees, RSVP required

1:30-2:40pm — Modernity & Medieval Lamentation
“'Here Be Vikings': Literary Vikings and Nostalgia for the Medieval”
Stephen HopkinsPh.D. Student, Department of English, Indiana University

“Wie Kriemhilt ir man klagte: Interpreting trûren in the Niebelungenlied
Megan BarrettPh.D. Candidate, Department of Germanic Studies, Indiana University

3:00-4:10pm — Effects & Affects of Change: Politics & Lament
“Cry My Ills: Lamentation and Action at the Court of Burgundy”
Christina NormoreAssistant Professor of Art History, Department of Art History, Northwestern University

“Politicizing David’s Laments: Alfred’s Translation of the First Fifty Psalms”
Julie ChristensonPh.D. Candidate, Department of English, University of Missouri

4.30-5.45pm — Keynote Address: "Lamenting Sefarad, Lamenting Al-Andalus"
Ross Brann, Milton R. Konvitz Professor of Judeo-Islamic Studies and Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow, Cornell University

This talk examines parallel Hebrew and Arabic elegies for Sefarad and al-Andalus from the 12th and 13th centuries as poetic accommodations to communal loss. Aside from considering their rhetorical patterns, thematic features, and conceptual elements the talk interrogates the agency of these laments as paradigmatic readings of events conditioned by cultural and socio-historical determinants as well as literary tradition.

6.00pm — Keynote Banquet
Federal Room,
Indiana Memorial Union
Open to all Symposium attendees, RSVP required

Sunday, April 7

8:30pm — Lamentations
Early Music Performance
Recital Hall, Merrill Hall
1201 E. Third St.
Bloomington, IN

Sponsored by the Medieval Studies Institute of Indiana University and the following Departments and Programs:

  • Ancient Studies
  • Classical Studies
  • Comparative Literature
  • the Early Music Institute
  • English
  • French & Italian
  • Gender Studies
  • Germanic Studies
  • History
  • the School of Library & Information Science
  • the Robert A. and Sandra S. Borns Jewish Studies Program
  • Musicology
  • Near Eastern Languages & Cultures
  • Philosophy
  • Religious Studies
  • the Renaissance Studies Program
  • East Asian Languages & Cultures
  • the Center for the Study of the Middle East.

If you have any questions, please contact C. M. Libby, Symposium Chair, or the Medieval Studies Institute.

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