in Medieval Europe and Beyond

28 February – 1 March 2013

Boston University, College of Arts and Sciences
725 Commonwealth Avenue, room 200
Boston, MA 02215


Click on the paper title to read the speaker’s abstract and access links to a variety of supporting materials.
Questions? contact kleiman@bu.edu

Thursday, February 28

9am     Opening remarks
Professor Patricia Johnson, Associate Dean of the Faculty, Humanities; Associate Professor of Classical Studies, Boston University

9:30-10:50am     Speech and Silence in Canon Law and Clerical Devotion
Presider: Sean Gilsdorf, Harvard University

Bruno Lemesle, Université de Bourgogne
Viva Voce: Correspondences and oppositions between voice and voicelessness among twelfth-century clerics”

Cédric Giraud, Université de Lorraine, Institut universitaire de France
“Mary Between Voice and Voicelessness: The Latin Meditationes from the modern age to the Middle Ages”

10:50am pause for coffee and tea

11:10am-12:30pm     The Sounds of Mystic Union in Late Medieval England
Presider: Arthur Bahr, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Julie Orlemanski, Boston College
“Margery’s ‘Noyse’ and Distributed Expressivity”

Andrew Albin, Fordham University
“Lessons in Listening: Hearing voices in the early fifteenth-century Melos amoris”

12:30pm lunch for speakers and presiders

2-3:20pm Beasts and Devils, Inhuman Voices and the Performance of Agency
Presider: Francesca Southerden, Wellesley College

Robert Stanton, Boston College
“Mimicry, Subjectivity, and the Embodied Voice in Old English Animal Riddles”

Andreea Marculescu, Harvard University
“The Demoniac Speaks: Affective disorders in French mystery plays”

3:20pm pause for coffee and tea

3:40-5:00pm     Theories of Voice and Speech in Renaissance Italy
Presider: Dennis Costa, Boston University

Ghislain Casas, Ecole de Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) & Ecole Pratique de Hautes Etudes (EPHE)
“Language without Voice and Voice without Language: Locutio angelica as a political issue”

Matthew Shoaf, Ursinus College
“Picturing the Voiceless in an Age of Visible Speech”


Friday, March 1

9-10:20am     Public Voices and the Social Body
Presider: Deeana Klepper, Boston University

Hélène Bernier-Farella, Université de Cergy-Pontoise
“Social Silence and Ritual Voice: Women’s laments in Byzantine funerary ritual”

Phillip Haberkern, Boston University
“Preaching, the Prophetic Voice, and Radical Urban Religion in the Era of the Reformations”

10:20am pause for coffee and tea

10:40am-12:40pm     The Inner Voice of the Christian Subject
Presider: Matilda Bruckner, Boston College

Babette Hellemans, University of Groningen
“Abelard and Heloise between Voice and Silence”

Marisa Galvez, Stanford University
“Finding the Professional Voice in Crusade Lyric: A resistance to confession?”

Amy Appleford, Boston University
“‘Public Interiorities’: Voice and personae in late medieval London”

12:40pm lunch for speakers and presiders

2-2:40pm     Songs of Parody and Polemic in Late Medieval France
Presider: Sean Gallagher, Boston University

Anna Zayaruznaya, Princeton University
“Singing sanz note

2:40pm     Closing remarks
Irit Ruth Kleiman, Boston University

**Followed by discussion and refreshments**

Then please join us again at 8pm for “Divine Songs
A special concert performance by Blue Heron

Pre-concert talk by musical director Scott Metcalfe at 7:15pm
808 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston 02215
Free and Open to the Public
Reception follows