Medieval & Renaissance Graduate Student Association

About the Conference

The Medieval and Renaissance Graduate Student Association's annual conference for graduate students was inaugurated in the 2012-13 year. Our goal is to give junior academics an opportunity to present their papers in a collegial atmosphere, and to hear papers by respected keynote speakers.

The 2016 conference will be held on October 14-15 at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. This year, we are looking for papers on the theme of “Intersectionality.” The call for papers and information about the keynote may be found below.

Keynote Address

Elina GertsmanElina Gertsman is Professor of Medieval Art at Case Western Reserve University. She is the author of The Dance of Death in the Middle Ages: Image, Text, Performance(2010), which won the 2014 John Nicholas Brown Prize, and of Worlds Within: Opening the Medieval Shrine Madonna (2015), shortlisted for the Charles Rufus Morey Award; the editor of Visualizing Medieval Performance: Perspectives, Histories, Contexts (2008), Crying in the Middle Ages: Tears of History (2011, 2013), and Animating Medieval Art: a special issue of Preternature (2015); and co-editor of Thresholds of Medieval Visual Culture: Liminal Spaces (2012). Her new projects include the monograph on emptiness in late medieval art, tentatively titledNothing is the Matter (under contract with Penn State Press); and a centennial focus exhibition at the Cleveland Museum of Art co-curated with Stephen Fliegel, which opens on October 8.

2016 Schedule

Friday, October 14

Registration and Panel 1 in Denney Hall, Room 311, 164 Annie & John Glenn Avenue.

2:00-3:00 PM    Registration

3:00-4:20 PM    Panel 1 – City and Citizenship in the Middle Ages
Chair: Heather Frazier

4:20-5:00 PM    Break


5:00-5:10PM    Welcome, Carmen M. Meza, MRGSA President
Introduction of Keynote Speaker
, Elizabeth Sandoval, MRGSA Vice-President

5:10-6:00 PM    Keynote Address by Professor Elina Gertsman, Case Western Reserve University
‘The Quiddity of Emptiness’
Faculty Club, 181 S. Oval Drive, North Dining Rooms.

6:00-7:00 PM       Reception (Faculty Club)

Saturday, October 15

Saturday’s breakfast and panels in the Interfaith Prayer and Reflection Room, 1739 N. High St, Ohio Union, 3rd Floor. NOTE: The building opens at 9AM

9:00-9:30 AM    Breakfast Buffet and Registration

9:30-10:50 AM    Panel 2 – Intersections in Race, Religion, and Gender
Chair: Miguel Valerio, OSU Spanish & Portuguese

11:00 AM-12:20 PM    Panel 3 – Religion as Constructing and Constraining Identity Politics in Medieval and Renaissance World Literature

Chair: Elizabeth Sandoval, OSU History of Art

12:20-2:00 PM     Lunch Break (Participants on their own or with MRGSA officers)

2:00-3:20 PM    Panel 4 – The Curious and Confined Body
Chair: Rebecca Howard, OSU History of Art

3:30-4:50 PM    Panel 5 – Closing Roundtable: “Teaching Intersectionality in the Classroom”
Moderator: Carmen Meza

Featuring professors Elizabeth Kolkovich (Department of English, OSU Mansfield), Horace Newsum (Department of African American and African Studies, OSU Columbus), Paloma Martinez- Cruz (Department of Spanish and Portuguese, OSU Columbus)