TEMA Conference 2014

TEMA Conference 2014

Message from the President--2014

Welcome to the Texas Medieval Association Conference! We are pleased to announce that this year ithe annual conference will be held at the University of North Texas, in Denton Texas, on Friday-Saturday, October 3-4, 2014. As a special occurrence this year, we are aligning the TEMA conference with the North Texas Medieval Graduate Student Symposium on October 2, 2014, making TEMA 2014 a three-day event. As such, the conference will take place in several different venues on the University of North Texas campus.

The Thursday Graduate Student Symposium will be held in the North Gallery of the Art Building. Open to all and free of charge, it will feature 15 student presentations, a student luncheon, an award for the best paper, and will culminate in a reception to be held in the College of Visual Arts main art gallery in the Art Building. Early TEMA arrivals are invited to this reception—registration materials will be available there.

The Texas Medieval Association will begin officially on Friday, October 3rd. This day’s TEMA events, to include our first Keynote Address, will be held in UNT’s Gateway Conference Center. Saturday’s conference events, including the second Keynote Address, the President’s address, the business meeting and member’s luncheon, will take place in UNT’s beautiful new Business Leadership Building. (Parking details for all sites to follow in the next update.)

The general theme for both the NT Medieval Symposium and the Texas Medieval Association conference is:
Any and all papers or session proposals on the Middle Ages are welcome. TEMA has always defined the “Middle Ages” broadly to include the late antique and the early Renaissance. Graduate students at all levels are also welcome to submit to either the NT Medieval Graduate Student Symposium or the Texas Medieval Association conference. If this would be your first paper—or even if it isn’t—sound advice can be found at this link: http://texasmedieval.org

Please submit a title and brief abstract to mickey.abel@unt.edu.
Deadline for NT Medieval Graduate Student Symposium submissions is 1 June, 2014.
Deadline for TEMA submissions is 1 September, 2014.

TEMA Conference registration will be 6-7 PM on Thursday, 8AM-4PM on Friday, and 8AM-12PM on Saturday. All rooms are “smart,” so any and all AV or Computer requests should be easily fulfilled. If you believe you shall need some sort of special accommodation, just contact me.

2014 TEMA Plenary speakers:

For more on the Texas Medieval Association, go to: http://texasmedieval.org.
For more on the North Texas Medieval Association, go to: http://art.unt.edu/medieval-symposium.
I look forward to seeing everyone in October!

Mickey Abel
President of the Texas Medieval Association
Associate Professor, Art History
University of North Texas

The Theme: Interdisciplinarity in the Age of Relevance

Many of us in the academy, even those amongst us who are preparing for a career in the academy, are confronted with the constant refrain of “relevance.” The state of the academy and its public rhetoric profess among its highest goals an emphasis on community engagement, tangible solutions to “real” world problems, and quantifiable results that produce change and progress. Highlighting the value of STEM research, and stressing the potential for expansive pools of external funding, we in the Humanities are asked to consider the creative potential and lucrative benefits of interdisciplinary research clusters and cross-campus collaborative partnerships. The underlying suggestion in this none-to-subtle rhetoric—even recently professed by the President of the United States—is, of course, that the humanities in general, and Medieval Studies in particular, are less-relevant in our current era because we do not on the surface contribute to this over-arching public mission.

Beginning however, with the understanding that all the various disciplines comprising Medieval Studies—English, History, Music/Liturgy, Philosophy/Religion, Archaeology, Art History, Language Studies—are inherently interdisciplinary and in some sense inseparable, we seek papers that explore or exploit the difference between “Interdisciplinary,” “Intra-disciplinary,” Extra-disciplinary,” and even “Super-disciplinary” studies. We are interested in examples of those who are engaging technology in their studies and/or have incorporated a theoretical stance in line with the hard sciences, or perhaps seek to turn the notion of “Relevance” on its head. We ask: What role do Medievalists play in this new age? Where do we see ourselves and our projects in the world of “real solutions?”


Regular Registration is open until September 1, 2014.
Faculty: $80.00
Students: $40.00

Late registration after September 1, 2014 is possible, but the registration prices increase to $85 for faculty and $50 for students.

We cannot take credit cards for conference registration.

Please print out the form attached at the bottom of this page,fill it in, and mail it with your check, payable to the Texas Medieval Association, to:

Mickey Abel, Associate Professor
Department of Art Education Art History
College of Visual Arts and Design
University of North Texas
1155 Union Circle #305100
Denton, TX 76203-5017

Hotel Information:

***The block of rooms at the Courtyard are gone, but if one calls Gina Atkinson at 940-382-4600, she will book whatever rooms they have left at the 79$ rate.***

If you want to arrange to share a room or request any special arrangements such as a stay longer than the dates of the conference, we recommend that you contact the hotel directly at 940-382-4600. Please remember in this case to tell them you would like the TEMA conference rate.

Courtyard by Marriott Denton
2800 Colorado Blvd.
Denton TX, 76210
office (940)-382-4600
fax (940)-382-4662

For a map of the area, directions, and restaurant info, see the attachments below.

There are other hotels available in Denton that are similarly close to the university, but they have not offered the TEMA conference rate.

Hampton Inn & Suites Denton
1513 Centre Pl Dr, Denton, TX 76205

Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Denton University Area
1434 Centre Pl Dr, Denton, TX 76205

The Wildwood Inn
2602 Lillian Miller Pkwy, Denton, TX 76210

Best Western Premier Crown Chase Inn & Suites
2450 Brinker Rd, Denton, TX 76208

Hilton Garden Inn Denton
3110 Colorado Blvd, Denton, TX 76210

Ancient, Medieval, & Renaissance faculty at UNT:

Mickey Abel, Medieval Art History

Kelly Donahue-Wallace, Renaissance Art History

Lisa Owen, Medieval South Asia

Nicole Smith, Medieval English

Robert Upchurch, Early Medieval English

Jacqueline Vanhoutte, Renaissance English

Kevin Curran, Renaissance English

Christopher Fuhrmann, Late Antique, Early medieval History

Laura Stern, Medieval and Renaissance History

Christophe Chaguinian, Medieval French

Patricia Glazebrook, Religion

George James, Philosophy

Benjamin Brand, Medieval Musicology

Thank you to our Contributors:

Tom and Judy Donahue

The College of Visual Arts and Design, Dean Robert Milnes

The College of Music, Dean James Scott

The College of Arts and Sciences, Dean Art Goven

The Honors College, Dean Gloria Cox

The Department of Art Education and Art History, Chair Denise Baxter

The Department of English, Chair David Holdeman

The Department of History, Chair Richard Mc Caslin

The Department of World Languages, Chair Carol Anne Costable-Heming

The Department of Philosophy and Religion, Chair Patricia Glazebrook

The Visiting Artists and Scholars Fund, CVAD

The Medieval and Renaissance Colloquium, Lecture Series

UNT’s Creative Writing Group

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