Friday, February 8, 2019

The Friday schedule of De-centering the Global Middle Ages consisted of a two panels of lightning talks (8-10 minutes in length) with four speakers on each panel. The panels were followed by brief responses from University of Michigan faculty, who then moderated discussion.

Speakers were asked to produce pre-circulated papers (4-5 pages) complementing their oral presentations, which were distributed to registered attendees ahead of time. These papers summarized how their work addresses globalized ideas of or connections to the medieval world as well as conceptualizations of the “medieval” and/or how it affects their field or regional area of expertise.

The official symposium website with full program can be found here.

Live-tweet threads for this day’s events can be found below, in the order of the symposium presentations. Please click the individual tweet to launch each longer thread in a separate window. Other tweets by participants can be found on the symposium hashtag #DGMA19.

Welcome information

Panel 1:

Lightning talk 1:

Alice Isabella Sullivan (History of Art, University of Michigan)
“Exploring New Geographies: Medieval Art in Eastern Europe”

Lightning talk 2:

Allen Fromherz (History, Georgia State University)
“To Each his Own Plate and Table: The Gulf during the Global Middle Age”

Lightning talk 3:

Talia Lieber (Art History, University of California, Los Angeles)
“Spaces of Wonder and Devotion: The Thirteenth-Century Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela, Ethiopia”

Lightning talk 4:

Stephanie Leitzel (History, Harvard University)
“Economies of Color: Global Commerce in Dyes and the Fate of the Italian Textile Industries”

Panel 1 Discussion:

Panel 2:

Lightning talk 1:

Michael McCarty (History, Salisbury University)
“Post-Jōkyū War Consciousness: A Cultural “Middle Age” for Japan?”

Lightning talk 2:

Luis Miguel dos Santos (Romance Languages and Literatures, University of Michigan)
“The Lapidary of Alfonso X of Castile: Global Connections and Centralizing Discourse”

Lightning talk 3:

James A. Benn (Religious Studies, McMaster University)
“Buddhist Middle Ages in China?”

Lightning talk 4:

Courtney E. Rydel (English, Washington College)
“Literary Genre Meets GIS in the Classroom”

Panel 2 Discussion:


Valerie Hansen (History, Yale University)
“The World in the Year 1000: When Globalization Began”