Program for the Symposium on Death and the Culture of Death

11th International Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies


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University of Arizona, Tucson, May 1-4, 2014
Organized by Albrecht Classen, Dept. of German Studies


Program for the 2014 Symposium on “Death and the Culture of Death in the Middle Ages and Early Modern Time: The Challenges of the End of Life in Cultural-Historical Terms”

University of Arizona, Tucson, May 1-4, 2014
Organized by Albrecht Classen, Dept. of German Studies

Location: Harvill and Meinel Buildings (for addresses, see below)

Registration: $90 for the active participants (includes all evening receptions, all meals and refreshments)

THURSDAY, May 1, 7-9 p.m. RECEPTION (Hosted by UA), Riverpark Inn, 350 S. Freeway, next to Interstate 10, south of St. Mary’s Rd. (hospitality room, a suite, no. 134) – feel free to drop in and to stay until 9 p.m., but the room is the place where one of the participants (Prof. Scarborough) is staying, so we should not impose ourselves for too long after 9 p.m.!

FRIDAY, May 2:

CONFERENCE SCHEDULE: Each Speaker will have twenty minutes for the talk, and ten minutes for discussions, but not more than thirty minutes in total.

8:30 a.m. Pick-up at the hotel. Please be punctual in the lobby.

Chair for both days: Albrecht Classen

WELCOME AND INTRODUCTION: 9:00 – 9:10 a.m. Albrecht Classen (University of Arizona): Mental Healing, Spirituality, and Religion in Medieval Literature

LOCATION (until ca. 1:15 p.m., Fri: Conference Room, Meinel Optics Building, 1630 E. University Blvd, 8th floor; room #821; thereafter, always Harvill Building 102)


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9:10-9:40 a.m.: Rosemarie Danziger (Tel Aviv University, Israel): Palimpsest in the Service of the Cult of the Saints – The False Arch in the Nave’s Vault of the Abbey Church of Saint-Savin-sur-Gartempe

9:40-10:10 a.m.: Mary Louise Fellows, Everett Fraser Professor of Law, Emerita (University of Minnesota Law School): Death and Ritual: The Role of Wills in Anglo-Saxon England

10:10-10:25 a.m.: Coffee/Tea Break: Hosted by UA

10:25-10:55 a.m.: John M. Hill (U.S. Naval Academy): Heroic Deaths in Old English Literature

10:55-11:45 a.m.: Werner Schäfke (University of Freiburg i. Br., Germany), and Katharina Baier (GEI, Braunschweig, Germany): The Multifarious Undead in Icelandic sagas: Literary Strategies of Dealing with Sudden Death, Suicide—and Evil Pagan Sorcerers
11:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.: Nurit Golan (Tel Aviv University, Israel): Scientific Imagery as a Funerary Art

12:15 -1:15 p.m. Lunch: Meinel Optics, #821. Hosted by UA



From here we move to Chemistry Building 134 to give also students an opportunity to attend. We will not return to the Meinel Building today or tomorrow, take everything with you after lunch.

1:15-1:30 p.m. Relocation to Chemistry 134

1:30-2:00 p.m.: Maria Cecilia Ruiz (University of San Diego, CA): Sancho IV’s Death in Juan Manuel’s Libro de las armas (1282-1348)

2:00-2:30 p.m.: Jean Jost (Bradley University, Peoria, IL): The Effects of the Black Death: Indications of the Plague in Fourteenth-Century Art and Literature

2:30-3:00 p.m.: Daniel F. Pigg (The University of Tennessee at Martin): Mass, Death, and Plague in Chaucer’s Pardoner: A Critique of Medieval Eucharistic Practices

3:00-3:15  Coffee/Tea Break: Hosted by UA

3:15-3:45 p.m.: Sharon D. King (UCLA, CA): “Je viens…/ d’estrange contrée”: Medieval French Comedy Envisions the Afterlife
3:45-4:15 p.m.: Cyril L. Caspar (University of Zurich, Switzerland): New Perspectives of the Early Modern Afterlife: The Last Pilgrimage in the Poetry of John Donne and Sir Walter Raleigh

4:15-4:45 p.m.: Albrecht Classen (University of Arizona, Tucson): Des Teufels Netz: A Late Medieval German Reflection on the All-Encompassing Power of the Devil

4:45 – 5:30: Tour of the campus

5:30 p.m.: Transportation to restaurant Taco Giro Mexican Grill (610 N. Grande Rd., West Tucson) for dinner at 6:30 p.m.

6:30-7:30  p.m.: Dinner at Taco Giro, Hosted by UA

Reception: Riverpark Inn, Hospitality Room 134: 7:45 – 9:15 p.m. Hosted by UA


8:30 a.m. Pick-up at the hotel (please be punctual)

Richard A. Harvill Building 102 (1103 E Second Street, NE corner of  Olive Street) Note: Harvill is a very confusing building, so watch where you are going.Harvill 102 is on the subterranean level, southwest corner, subterranean next to the big open space with the fench sculpture

9:00-9:30 a.m.: Scott L. Taylor (Pima Community College, Tucson): ‘Pro Defunctis Exorare’: The Community of the Living and the Dead in Jean Gerson’s  Sermones de Omnibus Sanctis and de  Mortuis

9:30-10:00 a.m.: Patricia Turning (Albright College, Reading, PA): “And Thus She Will Perish:” Gender, Jurisdiction, and the Execution of Women in Late Medieval France

10:00-10:30 a.m.: David Tomíček (John Evangelista Purkyne University; Czech Republic): Death and Dying in Medieval Medical Literature

10:30-10:45 a.m.: Coffee/Tea Break

10:45-11:15 a.m.: Connie L. Scarborough (Texas Tech University): Gallows Humor in the Tragicomedia de Calisto and Melibea

11:15 a.m.-11:45 p.m.: Christina Welch (University of Winchester, UK): “Brief life is vain, such glory has this end”:  Exploring English Carved Cadaver Memorials, ca. 1425-1558

11:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.: Averyl Dietering (University of Arizona): ‘Broil me on Grid-Irons’: Lady Jane Grey, Perotine Massey, and Myths of Protestant Martyrdom

12:15-1:30 p.m.: Lunch (Hosted by UA) – Paradise Bakery, 845 N. Park Avenue, ca. 10 minutes on foot. We’ll walk over to have a change of pace and to enjoy the fresh air. But mind you, bring a hat to protect you from the sun.
1:30-2:00 p.m.: Kim Eherenman (University of San Diego, CA): The Heart of the Matter: Ritual Human Sacrifice in the Florentine Codex

2:00-2:30 p.m.: Faith S. Harden (University of Arizona): Writing Against Death: Autohagiography and the Vida y trabajos de Jerónimo de Pasamonte

2:30-3:00 p.m.: Thomas Willard (University of Arizona): Some Representations of Mortality in Early English Drama

3:00-3:20 p.m.: Coffee/Tea Break, Harvill 102

3:20-3:50 p.m.: Elizabeth Chesney Zegura (University of Arizona): Maternal Death and Patriarchal Succession in Renaissance France
3:50-4:20 p.m.: Allison P. Coudert (University of California, Davis): Changing Attitudes Toward Pain and Suffering in Early Modern Thought

4:20-4:50 p.m.: Václav Grubhoffer (University of South Bohemia, Ceské Budejovice, Czech Republic): Fear of Apparent Death in Eighteenth-Century Europe

5:00-5:10 p.m.: Completion of the Symposium. We walk over to our dinner at:

5:30 p.m.: Sinbad, Mediterranean Restaurant, 810 E. University Avenue (ca. 15 minutes walk off campus)

7:00 p.m.: Transportation back to the Hotel

7:30-10:00 p.m. Reception, Riverpark Inn, Hospitality Suite 134. Hosted by UA

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

Preparation for publication

Sunday, May 4

Excursion to the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum ( $19.50 entrance fee on your own (there is a senior citizen discount, $17.50).

Pick-up at the hotel: 8:15 a.m. (limit of max. 14 people) for the Desert Museum, Shuttle operated by hotel (no charge)

Return: Pick-up at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum at ca. 11:30 a.m., back to the hotel at ca. 12 p.m. (can be extended)

For others, I would like to offer a short (free) excursion to the historical mission church San Xavier del Bac (ca. 1790). Pick-up at 8:30 a.m., return to the hotel at ca. 10:00 a.m. (no charge)

We could plan on a dinner in a restaurant downtown at 6 p.m. for those who will stay until Monday or longer.