Monday, November 01, 2010

Animals and Humans in the Culture of the Middle Ages and Renaissance

The Twenty-Second Barnard Medieval and Renaissance Conference
December 4, 2010

Online Registration now open at

Schedule of Events

Registration and Morning Coffee

9:00-9:30 a.m.

Plenary Speakers

9:30 a.m.-12:00 noon

Bruce Holsinger, University of Virginia

"Archive of the Animal "

Laurie Shannon, Northwestern University

"Night-Rule: Empires of the Nonhuman in the Environs of Shakespeare"



First Afternoon Session

1:30-3:00 p.m.

I. Permeable Boundaries

Moderator : Timea Szell, Barnard College

Susan Crane, Columbia University

"Animal Hosts and Guests in Irish Saints' Lives"

Nicola McDonald, University of York, UK

"Fowl Intimacies and Fishy Issues"

Cecilia Bonnor, Fordham University

" 'Thise Been the Cokkes Wordes, and nat Myne': Using Animal Studies to
Interrogate the Boundaries between Human and Non-Human Agency in /The
Nun's Priest's Tale/"

Eleonora Stoppino, University of Illinois

" 'Non solamente l'uomo all'uomo': Animal, Contagion, and Prophylaxis in
Boccaccio's /Decameron/"

II. Knowing and Unknowing Animals

Moderator: Peter Platt, Barnard College

Nicola Masciandaro, Brooklyn College, The City University of New York

"Unknowing Animals"

Tobias Menely, Miami University

"Hobbes's Animals"

Leonard Lawlor, Penn State University

" 'Nature Must Hide': An Extension of Foucault's /History of Madness/"

III. Animals and the Law

Moderator: Joel Kaye, Barnard College

Marco Iuffrida, University of Bologna

"Barbarian Dogs in Early Medieval Legal Sources"

Aaron Vanides, Yale University

"Henttastir Lutir: Sheep Charters and the North Atlantic Legal Discourse"

Allie Terry-Fritsch, Bowling Green State University

" Execution by Image: Early Modern Spectacles of Animal Prosecution and

IV. Animal Rites

Moderator: Keith Moxey, Barnard College

Andrew G. Miller, DePaul University

"Tail Mutilation and the Message of Violence in Medieval England/ /"

Edward Bever, SUNY College at Old Westbury

"Animals and Witchcraft"

Chriscinda Henry, Yale University

" 'Una bizzaria da Ridere?': Animal-Human Substitution and the Spectacle
of Pain in Renaissance Trent"


3:00-3:30 p.m.

Second Afternoon Session

3:30-5:00 p.m.

V. Animals on Display

Moderator: Phillip Usher, Barnard College

Miriam Ali de Unzaga, Universidad Complutense

"Connections between Islamic Textiles, Bestiaries, and Animal Treaties:
The Animal Repertory in the Ona Embroidery"

Carlee A. Bradbury, Radford University

"Anti-Semitism and Animals: Beyond the Bestiary"

Patricia Lurati, Independent Scholar

"Furs and Eroticism in 14^th and 15^th -century Art"

Ellen Konowitz, SUNY New Paltz

"Jan van Eyck's /Arnolfini Double Portrait/: a Dog, a Brush, and a Set
of Shoes"

VI. Hybrid Forms

Moderator: Christopher Baswell, Barnard College

Lynley Anne Herbert, University of Delaware and Walters Art Museum

"Monstrous Saints, Holy Hybrids: Exploring the Multivalency of
Zoo-anthropomorphic Evangelist Symbols"

Maria Frangos, University of California Santa Cruz

"Werewolves, Bird-Knights, and Serpent-Women: Queering the Hum-animal"

Valerie Gramling, University of Massachusetts Amherst

" 'Feete as an edder, a maydens face':
The Slippery Transformations of the Edenic Serpent in the English
Mystery Plays"

VII. The Wolf

Moderator: Achsah Guibbory, Barnard College

Francesca Sautman, Hunter College, The City University of New York

"Wolfish Appetites, Devouring Illnesses : The Wolf in the French Late
Medieval Imaginary"

Jeanne Provost, Austin College

"Werewolf Love and Cyborg Law in /William of Palerne/"

Carla Freccero, University of California Santa Cruz


VIII. Speaking of Animals

Moderator: Anne Prescott, Barnard College

Jeannie Miller, New York University

" 'Cats Have Five Words': Animal Language and al-Jahiz's Theory of the
Human as a Microcosm"

Carolynn Van Dyke, Lafayette College

"Name It and Claim It? Appellation and Agency in Medieval Animal Texts"

Emily Vasiliauskas, Princeton University

"Hieronymus Fabricius of Aquapendente's /De brutorum loquela/"

Plenary Panel


"Animal Methodologies"

Moderator: Susan Crane, Columbia University

Aranye Fradenberg, University of California Santa Barbara

Karl Steel, Brooklyn College, The City University of New York

Sarah Stanbury, College of the Holy Cross

Julian Yates, University of Delaware


7:00-8:00 p.m.


$35 Registration fee (includes continental breakfast, coffee breaks and
wine reception)

$30 Barnard alumnae

$10 students and senior citizens

$15 Buffet lunch

Please email Laurie Postlewate for details on conference registration: or call (212) 854-2053.

Online registration through PayPal available at


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