2017 Program

Symposium Program

THURSDAY, May 4, 7 p.m.-9 p.m. RECEPTION (Hosted by Albrecht Classen), Riverpark Inn, 350 S. Freeway, next to Interstate 10, south of St. Mary’s Rd. (hospitality suite 134 on the west side of the hotel, room on the name of our colleague Daniel Pigg) – we hope to see you all, but feel free to drop in and to stay until ca. 9 p.m. at your leisure. Keep in mind that the room is a suite where one of the participants is staying, so we should not impose ourselves for too long after 9 p.m., except for Saturday when we’ll have our roundtable!

FRIDAY, May 5: Meet in the hotel lobby at 8:20 a.m.Please be punctual. I will purchase the Sun Link streetcar day passes for you (another item for both days covered by the registration)


8:30 a.m. departure with the modern streetcar (Sun Link)


We’ll ride to the campus of The University of Arizona and get off at the Sun Link station Cherry and 2nd Street, and walk south to the central campus (ca. 5 minutes).This will take in total about 30 minutes.

Friday meeting will take place in the morning from 9 to 12 in Saguaro 101 (SAGHA 101), and from 1:30 to 5:30 in Cesar Chavez 301

Saturday meeting will take place in Saguaro 101


Chair for both days: Albrecht Classen

CONFERENCE SCHEDULE: Each Speaker will have twenty minutes for the talk, and ten minutes for discussions.

REGISTRATION: 9:00-9:15 A.M. (Gennady Sare, Business Manager, COH; or give the check/cash to me and I’ll hand it all over to him. Thank you.)

9:00-9:15 Albrecht Classen, Welcome and Introduction

9:15-9:45: Shannon Francis, University of New Mexico: The Interpolated Voice: History and Local Identity in
the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle

9:45-10:15 Warren Tormey, English Department, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro TN: The Journey within the Journey: Catabasis and Travel Narrative in Late Medieval and
Early Modern Epic.

Coffee/tea break: 10:15-10:25 

10:25-10:55 Lisa M. C. Weston, Department of English, California State University, Fresno: A Vicarious Voyage in Queer Time: Hygeburg’s Hodoeporicon

10:55-11:25 Maha Baddar, Pima Community College, Tucson, AZ: Traveling Texts in Time and Space: Maintaining an Islamic Identity in the Translation and Commentary Traditions of Medieval Baghdad

11:25 a.m.-11:55 Sally Abed, The University of Utah: Cultural Collision and the Preservation of Identity in Ibn Fadlan’s Risala

Lunch, 12:10 p.m. from Paradise Bakery

1:15 p.m. Resumption of the presentations, now in Cesar Chavez 301; map (walk up on Park, or North, to James E. Rogers Way, turn right, or East, until you come to the first intersection, the building is on the right, or SW corner)

1:15-1:45 p.m. Nurit Golan, Tel Aviv University, Israel: The Tree of Knowledge – A visual journey into the mind and soul: The mosaic floor of Otranto Cathedral, Apulia, Italy (1163-1165)

1:45-2:15 Na’ama Shulman, Shenkar College of Engineering, Design and Art, Ramat Gan, Israel: The Chronotope of Law in the Sachsenspiegel Illustrations

2:15-2:30 Albrecht Classen, University of Arizona: The Exploration of the Scandinavian Worlds by Late Medieval Travelers: With a Focus on Michel Beheim

2:30-3:00 Romedio Schmitz-Esser, University of Graz, Austria: From East to West: Changing Perspectives on Cultural Exchanges between Asia and Europe in the Middle Ages

3:00-3:15 Coffee/Tee break

3:15-3:45 Doaa Omran, University of New Mexico: Intentional Anachronism and Spatial Displacement in the French Vulgate Cycle and the Formation of British Identity

3:45-4:15 Daniel F. Pigg, The University of Tennessee at Martin: Making the Pilgrimage with Piers and to Piers: The Epistemology of Identity in William Langland’s Piers Plowman

4:15-4:30  Carolin Radtke, University of Arizona: Reading the Other through the Lens of the Own: Meaning Making Processes in Travelogues by European and Arabic Travelers

4:30-5:00 Lia Ross, University of New Mexico: The Revealing Peregrinations of Margery Kempe

5:15 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.: Tour of the campus

6:15 departure for dinner with Sun Link from Maingate/University Avenue

6:30 p.m.: La Indita (Mexican), 622 N. 4th Ave (we will take the Sun Link to the restaurant) – 4th St. stop


7:45 p.m.: Return to the Riverpark Inn with the Sun Link streetcar, get off at Cushing and Frontage Road, immediately west of the Interstate 10


Reception: Riverpark Inn, Hospitality Suite #134: 8:00 – 9:45 p.m. Hosted by A. Classen


SATURDAY, May 6, 2017

8:20 a.m. Departure from the hotel (please be punctual). We’ll take the Sunlink Streetcar again to the Campus, which takes about 30 minutes. There is only one Streetcar, so no confusion possible.

Sun Link runs only every 30 minutes on Sat. 8 a.m.-10 a.m. so we must catch the 8:30 ride


To reach our conference site in Saguaro Hall, 101, we’ll get off the Streetcar at University Ave. (Maingate), walk down on Park, or South, and turn left, or East, on South Campus drive till you come to Saguaro. This is the same building where we met on Fri afternoon. Campus map


9:00-9:30 Anne Scott, Northern Arizona University: “To dyen in prisoun”: Space, Confinement, and Liberation in Chaucer’s Knight’s Tale

9:30-10:00 Jiri Koten, Jan Evangelista Purkyně, Ustí nad Labem, Czech Republic: Time and Space in Narrative Literature of Czech Medieval and Early Modern Periods

10:00-10:30 María Dolores Morillo, California State University, Fresno: “Like a rolling stone”: Women, Mobility and (Im)Morality in La hija de Celestina

Coffee/tea break: 10:30-10:45

10:45-11:15 Peter Stabel (Centre for Urban History, University of Antwerp): The Exotic or the Familiar? Travel Experiences and Dealings with Food and Food Manners in the Eyes of Medieval Pilgrims on their Way to and from the Holy Land (15th and 16th c.)

11:15-11:45 Charlotte A. Stanford, Brigham Young University, Utah: Traveling Carpenters: The Russell Family as Visiting Experts in the Time of Henry VIII

12:00-1:30: Lunch (Hosted by UA); Delivered, Beyond Bread (sandwiches, pasta salad)

1:30-2:00 Chiara Benati, Università degli Studi di Genova: Against the Dangers of Travel: Journey Blessings and Amulets in the Medieval and Early Modern Germanic Tradition

2:00-2:30 Thomas Willard, University of Arizona: On the Road with Johann Reuchlin, Linguist, Lawyer, and Lay Theologian

2:30-3:00 David Tomíček, John Evangelista Purkyne University, Czech Republic: Remedies and Other Natural Substances in the Lands of the Middle East in the Mirror of the 16th Century Czech-Written Printed Literature 

Coffee/tea break: 3:00-3:15

3:15-3:45 Gavin Fort, Northwestern University: Proxy Pilgrimage in Late Medieval and Early Modern England

3:45-4:15 J. Michael Fulton, Oral Roberts University, OK: Personality Type and Coping Mechanisms: Psychological Observations on the Inquisitorial Trial of Fray Luis de León

4:15-4:45 Allison P. Coudert, The University of California at Davis:  Space, Time, and Identity: Giovanni Battista Piranesi and the Specter of Nothing

4:45-5:15: Aaron French, The University of California at Davis: Voyage to India with Sir William Jones: The Asiatick Society Remakes the West. The Travel of Texts and their Transformative Power on Culture

End of Symposium

Free time until 5:45p.m. We’ll walk over.

6:00 p.m. Dinner at Sinbad Cafe, Tucson, 810 E University Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85719; Phone: (520) 623-4010


Transportation back to the Hotel with Sun Link (Main Gate, just outside of the restaurant on University Ave.), get off the streetcar at Cushing and Frontage Road, which is right next to the hotel after the Interstate 10): runs every 15 minutes


8:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. Reception, Riverpark Inn, Hospitality Suite 134. Hosted by A. Classen


8:30 p.m.: Roundtable Discussion: What have we achieved? Where do we go from here?


Preparation for publication in “Fundamentals of Medieval and Early Modern Culture” (link is on my webpage under Middle Ages (right hand side), “Fundamentals”


Sunday: There are wonderful options to visit the Arizona/Sonora Desert Museum, which I strongly recommend, or of St. Xavier del Bac (transportation a bit difficult, but I’ll help with whatever I can). Inquire with the hotel about transportation options, or get together with some colleagues and get a taxi (ca. 15 min. across the Tucson Mountains)