Sunday, September 22, 2013

Program for GulfMAR 2013

Registration for GulfMAR 2013 is on-going.  Although there is no registration fee, we ask that you register in advance to assist us in planning refreshments, parking, and other logistical matters.  To register for the conference, please send an email with subject line "GulfMAR Registration" to organizer Chris Barrett ( with the following information: Your name and institutional affiliation, as you would like them to appear on a conference badge; your work address; your mobile phone number or preferred contact information; your email address; whether you will be driving to the LSU campus for the conference and thus require a parking pass; and whether you have any dietary restrictions or allergies you would like accommodated.  We look forward to welcoming you to the conference!

Friday, September 27
12pm: Registration begins at French House.
Coffee service and light refreshments offered.

12:45pm, French House Main Salon:
Welcome and opening remarks

1-2:30pm, French House Main Salon: Re-reading Shakespeare
            Chair: Catherine Loomis (University of New Orleans)
            Natalia Fiore (Hillsborough Community College), “Shakespeare’s Sonnet 87: A ‘Misreading’”
            Celia Lewis (Louisiana Tech University), “Grieving for the Absent Male: Brotherless Sisters and Fatherless Daughters in Twelfth Night
            Catherine Riley (Louisiana State University), “The Rhetorical Dilemma for Women in Julius Caesar and Coriolanus

1-2:30pm, French House Room 220: History, Histories, and Style
            Chair: Lisi Oliver (Louisiana State University)
            George Molchan (Louisiana State University), “From West to East: Locating the Orient in the Matter of Britain”
David Porter (Southern University), “O Thou Second Person! Pronouns and Style in the Middle English Romance”
            Joe Wingenbach (Louisiana State University), “Epistolary Exchange in the Death of King Arthur: the Romance of the Late Pseudo-Histories”
2:45-4:15pm, French House Main Salon: “Women of Style in the Age of Chaucer”
            Chair: Jesse Gellrich (Louisiana State University)
            Elizabeth Green (Louisiana State University), “Legal Rights of Women in Medieval Wales: Medieval Land Inheritance”
Stephanie Johnson (University of West Florida), “The Hypocrisy of Criseyde: Creating Character from Conversation in Three Texts”
            Katherine Willis (Louisiana State University), “‘This is the final ende of al this thyng’: Striking a Bitter Bargain in Chaucer’s ‘Legend of Ariadne’”

2:45-4:15pm, French House Room 220: Character and Spirituality in the Age of Shakespeare
            Chair: Mary Sirridge (Louisiana State University)
            Amanda Allen (Louisiana State University), “‘And let these heretics preach’: Luke Shepherd’s Poetry as Protestant Theological Teaching Tool in Mid-Sixteenth Century England”
            M. Thomas Hester (North Carolina State University), “‘the time is free’: Reading Macbeth, the Scottish Play”
            William Robison (Southeastern Louisiana University), “Will Out of This World: How Shakespeare (Frequently) Became Someone Else on Film and Television”

4:30-6pm, French House Room 220: “Gender and Sexuality: Representing Women in the Age of Elizabeth”
            Chair: Vikki Forsyth (Tulane University)
            Hannah Griggs (Loyola University New Orleans alumna), “Ephesus, Marriage, and The Comedy of Errors
            Catherine Loomis (University of New Orleans), “‘One that so willingly lay her legges open’: Seated Portraits of Queen Elizabeth I”
            Meredith Will (Louisiana State University), “A Pansy for Your Thoughts: How Ophelia’s Flowers Are Addressed in Modern Film Adaptations”

6pm, French House Main Salon:
Reception with light refreshments

Saturday, September 28

8am, French House Main Salon: Coffee service begins

8:30-10am, French House Main Salon: Love, Lovers, Confessio
            Shannon R. Holst (University of West Florida), “A Rhetorical Analysis of John Gower’s Confessio Amantis
            Andrea Johnson (University of West Florida), “The Politics of Love in Gower’s Confessio Amantis
            Sara Ritchey (University of Louisiana at Lafayette), “Saintly Transmissions: Gender and Affect in KBR MS 8060”

8:30-10am, French House Room 220: Early Modern Experiments—Marlowe, Milton, Donne
            Chair: Victor L. Stater (Louisiana State University)
            Ben Mabry (Louisiana State University), “Barabbas: The Bad Machiavellian”
            Ben Moran (University of Alabama), “Rethinking Milton’s Epic Voice: The Evolving Terms of Poetic Authority in Paradise Lost
            Cristina Rosell (Louisiana State University), “Sappho Speaks: Donne and the Dramatic Monologue”

10:15-11:45am, French House Main Salon:  New Perspectives on Art and Architectural History
            Chair: Marie-Thérèse Champagne (University of West Florida)
            Samantha Perez (Tulane University), “Art, Politics, and the Venus Statue in Late Medieval Sienna”
            Matthew Savage (Louisiana State University), “Toward a Practical and Theoretical Approach to Mimesis and Byzantine Architecture”
            Carla White (Louisiana State University), “Reassembled Art and History: Issues of Renovation, Restoration, and Reconstruction through the History of the San Michele in Africisco (Ravenna) Mosaics”

10:15-11:45am, French House Room 220: Expanding Medieval and Renaissance Studies Horizons
            Chair:  Michelle Zerba (Louisiana State University)
            Safa Elnaili (Louisiana State University), “The Islamic Context of Protagonist and Antagonist in the Arabian Nights”
Vikki Forsyth (Tulane University), “A Memetic Approach to Early Modern Literature”
            Halil Ibrahim (Gok (Kirikkale University-Turkey), “Slavery in the Mediterranean World in the Medieval Era”

11:45am, French House Main Salon:
boxed lunch served
12noon-1pm, French House Main Salon: 
Business Meeting
12noon-1pm, Hill Memorial Library:
tour of medieval and Renaissance special collections at the LSU Libraries

1:30-3pm, French House Main Salon: Humanism, History, and Law in the Medieval Period
            Chair: Christine Kooi (Louisiana State University)
            Erin Halloran (Louisiana State University), “Thomas Linacre's Humanistic Transformation of the English Medical Field”
            Isaac McDuffie (Louisiana State University), “How to Determine Guilt in an Ordeal”
            Malcolm Richardson (Louisiana State University), “The Late London Guilds, Language, and Cultural Change”

1:30-3pm, French House Room 220: Law and Religion in the Middle Ages
            Chair: Maribel Dietz (Louisiana State University)
            Gillian Brownlee (Louisiana State University), “Laws about Priests: A Comparison of Royal and Ecclesiastic Law in Anglo-Saxon Society”
            Marie-Thérèse Champagne (University of West Florida), “Peering into the Past: A Clerical Perspective of Early Twelfth-Century Rome”
            David Liberto (Notre Dame Seminary), “Maimonides and Aquinas on Divine Simplicity and the Divine Names”

3:15-4:45pm, French House Room 220: Sound and Structure
            Chair: Jan Herlinger (Louisiana State University, emeritus; University of Alabama)
Alice Clark (Loyola University New Orleans), “Experiments of Style and Genre in Machaut’s Songs and Motets”
            Brittany Courville (Louisiana State University), “An Early English Sound Change Returns”
            Linda Cummins (University of Alabama), “The Reception of ‘Nicolaus de Capua’”

3:15-4:05pm, French House Main Salon: Epic Adventures
            Chair: Anna Nardo (Louisiana State University)
            Jonathan Broussard (Louisiana State University), “The Argument and Aesthetics of Dragon-Slaying: How the Unferð Flyting Defines and Structures Beowulf’s Heroic Career”
            Brandon Kyle (Louisiana State University), “The Politics of the New Poet: Representations of English Imperial Eschatology in The Faerie Queene

4:45pm, French House Main Salon:  Closing reception,
including graduate prize award ceremony and closing remarks.
Light refreshments will be served.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Parking at LSU for GulfMAR

Map and Parking Guide for Visitors to LSU

Welcome to GulfMAR 2013! All of our conference events will take place at the French House, located at the southeast corner of Highland Road and South Campus Drive.   See the map at the link provided here:

If you registered for the conference (by emailing conference organizer before Sep. 24 and indicated you would be driving to campus, we have set aside a parking pass for you.  In this case, first drive to the parking garage (indicated on the map at the link above) and purchase a one-hour permit for $1.50. The garage entrance is most easily accessed from East Campus Drive.  This will provide you with ample time to walk to the French House (just a few minutes away) and check in at the registration table. You will be handed a registration packet that includes a parking pass as well as a parking lot guide. After picking up your pass, we encourage you to relocate your vehicle rather than continue to pay hourly parking in the garage.

Parking on LSU’s campus is zoned. Your parking pass gives you free access to student lots (both commuter and residential) on Friday, Sept. 27th before 4:30 p.m. After that time, your parking pass gives you free access to all lots and any legal parking spaces. There are residential lots just east of the French House, but they are likely to be full on Friday afternoon. The easiest place to find a parking space before 4:30 on Friday is the commuter lot located north of the Parker Coliseum (indicated on the map at the link above), a five-minute walk to the French House.

Please note carefully the following details about parking on LSU’s campus:
• Be sure to display your parking pass clearly per the instructions on the back of the pass.
• Using parking other than student lots before 4:30 on Friday will likely result in a ticket.
• The parking garage, unlike most other parking places on campus, is metered 24/7. The parking office has
kindly informed us that their employees patrol the garage routinely. Parking there without paying for the
meter or beyond your meter time -- even for a few minutes -- will result in a ticket.
• Please note that your parking pass expires at 11:59 p.m. on Sat. Sept. 28th.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Note on CFP submissions

It has come to the organizers' attention that some of the abstracts submitted over the summer to were not received by us.  If you submitted a proposal to GulfMAR but did not receive a confirmation of its receipt, please accept our apologies for this technological glitch and resend your proposal directly to organizer Chris Barrett ( by 5pm on Sunday, Sep. 8, 2013.

Thanks and watch this space for more information on program and registration!

Friday, May 24, 2013

GulfMAR 2013 CFP extended: Abstracts requested by September 2

The Gulf Medieval and Renaissance (GulfMAR) Conference, formerly the Louisiana Consortium of Medieval and Renaissance Scholars, will hold its annual meeting this fall at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge on September 27-28, 2013. The Consortium welcomes scholars from across the gulf coast region, in addition to the initial core group from Louisiana universities and colleges.

GulfMAR, which began in September 2003 at LSU, is a multi-disciplinary annual meeting of scholars in the Medieval and Renaissance fields of study.  We invite 15-20-minute papers on any topic in Medieval and/or Renaissance studies: we are hoping for a wide range of submissions from across fields of history, literature, art history, history of science, law, and more.  In addition, we are looking to organize sessions around some of the following:

Chaucer, Spenser, Shakespeare, Milton
New theoretical or methodological approaches to early literature
Convergences and Divergences of Philosophy, Science, and Religion in the M.A. and Ren.
Intellectual Cross-Pollination Across Cultures
Ecocriticism and Early Literature
Gender & Sexuality Studies and Early Literature
Material Evidence and the Past
Film and Early Literature
Law and Early Literature
Materiality, Metaphor, and Literature

Please send abstracts of 250-300 words to by September 2, 2013.  Audio-visual needs can be accommodated and should be noted on submitted abstracts.

We welcome faculty and advanced grad students from across the region.  We have also reserved up to two presentation slots for undergraduates engaged in high-level research; undergraduates who wish to apply for these slots should submit an abstract, c.v., and brief note of endorsement from their faculty adviser.

The conference will supply light refreshments, a boxed lunch and evening reception on Saturday, a wine reception, and a special performance event. 

Participants in the GulfMAR 2013 conference will need to arrange their own hotel accommodations.  Logistical information and accommodations suggestions can be found on the conference website:

Please share this news with your colleagues, and we hope to see you in September!

To register, or to write with questions, contact or Chris Barrett (

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Logistics for GulfMAR 2013

Participants in the GulfMAR 2013 conference will need to arrange their own hotel accommodations.  

The Cook Hotel and Conference Center is located on the LSU campus, at 3848 West Lakeshore Drive.  Inquiries about reservations can be made by calling 225-383-COOK (2665) or 866/610-2665, or visiting

A list of the many hotels in the Baton Rouge area is available at 

Questions?  Need more info?  Write to or Chris Barrett ( for more information.