Conference Program

NEMSC 2017 Program

10:30am – 11:00am – Coffee & Light Breakfast


Panel I: Making Boredom Matter

11:00am – 12:30pm

Caroline Gruenbaum, “‘To Pass the Time with Them’: The Intent of a Thirteenth-Century Hebrew King Arthur Story”

Karli Grazman, “Bored to Death: Jousting as an Answer to Boredom among the Medieval Warrior Class”

Laura Godfrey, “Thank God We’re Done!: The Tedium of Didacticism in Mediationes Vitae Christi

Ellen Thorington, “Christine de Pizan’s Use of ennui: Boredom and the Moralist”


12:30pm – 1:30pm – Lunch


Panel II: Ludic Temporalities & Playing with Time

1:30pm – 3:00pm

Katelyn Jaynes, “‘The Times, They are A-Changing’: Stability, Tedium, and Power in Royal English Households at the Turn of the 15th Century”

Jacob Couturiaux, “Rewritten Marginalia in the Book of John Mandeville: MS Beinecke Osborn A55”

William Biel, “Locksome Girdles and Knots: Games and Violation in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight


3:00pm – 3:30pm – Coffee & Break


Panel III: Anglo-Saxon Imaginings

3:30pm – 4:30pm

Graham O’Toole, “Winter yþe beleac: Waiting for Springtime and Feud in Hildeburh’s Lament”

Gretchen Geer, “Waiting for the Antichrist: Urgency and Tedium in Some Anglo-Saxon Homilies on the Ending of the World”

Joseph Leake, “Odd Old English Glosses and the Anglo-Saxon Imagination”


Dinner to Follow