Forty Second Annual
University of Notre Dame
President: Louis Haas, Middle
Tennessee State University
All sessions will be held in the Auditorium of McKenna Hall
Friday, October 10
2:30-3:45 Church Institutions and
4:00-5:30: Piety and Sanctity
8:00-10:00 - Opening Reception
10:45-12:00 Plenary Address
12:15-2:15 Lunch and Business Meeting
4:15-5:30 The East and the West
Reception, Special Collection Room, Hesburgh Library
In their 42nd annual migration, prompted by the horrific Huns of research, the Midivisimedievalists once again headed northward and crossed the boundary into the University of Notre Dame for the fifth time in their long and distinguished history of peregrinations. Portents were good-an overabundance of Lady Bugs had been sighted just before that fall in South Bend, Indiana heralding a good and bountiful meeting 10-11 October 2003.
Cohosts and cohorts Olivia Remie Constable and Thomas F. X. Noble, in a dual consulship, welcomed us sumptuously with all honor due our status, and they and their legions allowed us safe passage into their territory and provided for every need of weary travelers in search for intellectual and social stimulation. We thank them heartily for their generosity. Program Chair Laura Wertheimer of the Cleveland State clan provided wondrous and marvelous reasons for the migration with an incomparable assortment of sights to see and things to hear in the papers that were presented. The once-long-haired President Louis Haas, of the Middle Tennessee State University riparian clan presided in his typical do-nothing fashion.
In the session New
Approaches to British History,
David Fortin from Catholic University of America-he no Arian-talked about: The New British History: A Revision"-and well-revised it was.
Yossi Maurey, from the University of Chicago by the vast lakeshore recounted "Two Centuries of Liturgical Reform in Saint Martin of Tours, 1204-1395"
Jennifer Edwards from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, a place of blessed and renowned memory to many of us here, delivered "Re-Placing Saint Radegund: Battles over Gender Identity, Power, and Space in High Medieval Poitiers"
David Mengel from Xavier University-one of the Cincinnati-provided "A Holy and Faithful Fellowship: Royal Saints in Fourteenth-Century Bohemia"
Being now tired and sated with these stories, the Midivisimedievalists wandered hither and yon, far and wide, sturm and drang, for drink and food, finally retiring to the fabulous and fabled white-ramparted mead hall of Thomas Noble (50750 Andover Trail-which turned into a dreaded cul-de-sac, but well-situated for defense), where the libations flowed like honey. Tales were told and plots laid. No Grendal but no Beowulf either-or hither or thither.
Weary and bibulous Midivisimedievalists retired to the Morris Inn, but dawn spread its rosy fingers too quickly and too early for too many of them, for the next day was upon them.
Now came the turn of the grizzled, scarred, hoary-headed archival warriors, to throw away one's note cards is the supreme disgrace, for we have a taste for scribbling-regaling all with tales of deeds well done and papers well researched:
In the Session The
from Indiana University South Bend, told of "The Mudejars and the
Courts: Justice in Action
There an assembly was held and much was accomplished. Louis Haas, one of the do-nothing presidents, held forth and presided.
Mark Angelos of the Manchester College clan, starkly reminded us of the deeds we accomplished at the 41st Annual Meeting at Indiana University in 2002, which brought many a tear of remembrance of our youth and past vigor and past triumphs and conquests.
Martin Arbagi of the Wright State University clan discussed the status of our loot, booty, plunder, geld and wergeld, where we somehow or other ended in the black again. He suggested that the 2004 meeting might be a good and auspicious time to elect a new treasurer and one from a state that does not have such rigorous user fees for 501(c) (3) organizations. Imperial financial rescripts trouble us simple tribal folk-they are just too Byzantine.
Elections were held; in true suffragia-fashion, expressing approbation with their weapons, the Midivisimedievalists elected the following officers and chieftains:
Linda Mitchell of the Alfred University clan was elected President-as one of the do-something presidents.
Tom Burman of the University of Tennessee clan was elected Vice President/ President-elect
Michael Frassetto of the Encyclopedia Britannica clan on the vast lake was elected Program chair for the 2004 migration
With much sadness and lamentation, Mark Angelos stepped down as Secretary, and with much wailing and gnashing of teeth-though whose it was unknown and left unsaid-Louis Haas was elected Secretary-woe unto you who expect clean records, untroubled by a bad hand-his miniscule is small and obscure; his majuscule great but unreadable and his Latin is corrupt.
Martin Arbagi continued as Treasurer
Greg Guzman of the Bradley University clan and Annette Parks of the University of Evansville clan, a place known to some and many as the font and wetnurse of the best of medieval minds, continued as Counselors
Tom Burman volunteered to lead the Midivisimedievalists the next year further south to the land of milk and honey and grits and BBQ at the University of Tennessee as host.
Other business delayed the Midivisimedievalists. President Mitchell called for a meeting of conference members in attendance at Kalamazoo in a select fyrd to discuss MMHC sponsored sessions at Kalamazoo for 2005, which she agreed to organize, venues for future MMHC meetings, and the future of the conference. Discussion was also held-after discoveries were made in the archives-of whether or not the conference should reexamine the Constitution to see whether or not it needs amending or greater adherence to its rules, specifically regarding the existence, use of, and purview of its nominating committee. In true conciliar fashion, decision was deferred to a future meeting.
Having engorged themselves on lunch and business, the Midivisimedievalists returned again to the Council Room called Auditorium, where once again they were regaled-but lids and bellies lay heavy and weighty that afternoon.
In the Session Land,
Law and Identity
John Freed, of the Illinois State University clan, told of "The Creation of the Codex Falkensteinensis (1166): Self-Representation and Reality"
Rick Keyser, of the Western Kentucky University clan, told of "Boundary Determination in High Medieval Champagne"
John St. Lawrence, of the University of Texas at Austin clan, told of "Recorts and Remembrance: Vavasour society: Imagining the law at the end of the Crusades"
After this the Midivisimedievalists migrated to the Special Collection Room of the Hesburgh Library for a reception amongst the records, where the documentation and illustration of the past looked down upon them and reminded them of their duty and responsibility as well as their need and responsibility not to spill or smear anything. Next they migrated to the Morris Inn where the banquet tables were laden thrice over with Fennel Crusted Pork and Hardwood Grilled Breast of Chicken. Lastly, they migrated to the President's reception at the Alumni Room of the Morris Inn-no Morris dancing though. There in true midivisimedievalist fashion they made demands on the generosity of their chief-who in true fashion as well returned the Gift ala Marcel Mauss.
Here ends the minutes.