CEMERS Conference

Medieval Cultural Heritage Around the Globe:
Monuments, Literature, and the Arts, Then and Now

OCTOBER 22–23, 2021
(In person & online)

67 Washington Street Binghamton, New York 13905

This conference explores cultural heritage, broadly conceived, as it relates to the global Middle Ages (ca. 500–1500 CE). Topics discussed range from approaches to the cultural heritage of medieval societies, to the transformation of medieval heritage through the centuries, to the yearning for the Middle Ages in modern times.

Please consult the conference program for the day and stream (A or B) of the panels you wish to attend. The plenary sessions will be broadcast on zoom stream A.

Be aware that all times on the conference program are EASTERN DAYLIGHT TIME (EDT), the time zone in New York.


Plenary Sessions:

The plenary sessions will be broadcast on zoom stream A.

  • OCTOBER 22, 10:15–11:30 A.M. 
    Trinidad Rico, Rutgers University 
    “The Heritage Cult”

  • OCTOBER 22, 4:30–5:30 P.M. 
    Jace Weaver, University of Georgia 
    “The ‘High Middle Ages’ in North America” 

  • OCTOBER 22, 8:30–9 P.M. 
    Southern Tier Singers Collective
    , concert of chant from the Crocetta Manuscript in Binghamton University’s Special Collections, at Christ Episcopal Church: 10 Henry St., Binghamton New York.

    All audience members must remain masked for the duration of the performance and present documentation of a completed vaccination or recent negative Covid-19 test upon entry.

    In addition to the live performance, the concert will also be live streamed on YouTube.

  • OCTOBER 23, 4–5 P.M. 
    Junko Habu, University of California, Berkeley 
    “Traditional Ecological Knowledge and the Resilience of Agro-ecosystems in Rural Japan: Food Diversity and Cultural Heritage Landscapes.” 

  • Past CEMERS Conferences
    • 2018: Medieval Unfreedoms: Slavery, Servitude, and Trafficking in Humans before the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, Elizabeth Casteen, organizer
    • 2016: The Pre-Modern Book in a Global Context: Materiality and Visuality, Marilynn Desmond, organizer
    • 2015: Authority and Materiality in the Italian Songbook: from the Medieval Lyrical to the Early-Modern Madrigal, Olivia Holmes and Paul Schleuse, organizers
    • 2014: Boccaccio at 700: Medieval Contexts and Global Intertexts, Olivia Holmes and Dana Stewart, organizers
    • 2011: Trans-Regional Trade and Sartorial Culture: Cartographies of Textiles and Clothing in Medieval and Early Modern Culture
    • 2010: Negotiating Trade, Nancy Um, organizer
    • 2010 Underpinnings: The Evolution of Underwear from the Middle Ages through Early Modernity, student organized
    • 2009 In Vino Veritas: A Symposium on Wine and the Influence of Bacchus from Classical Antiquity through the Eighteenth Century, Karen-edis Barzman, organizer
    • 2008 Venus and the Venereal: Interpretations and Representations from Late Antiquity through the Eighteenth Century, Mary Ellen Faughnam-Kenien and Karen-edis Barzman, organizers
    • 2007 Accademia Dempsiana: Papers in Early Modern Italian Studies in Honor of Charles Dempsey, Karen-edis Barzman, organizer
    • 2006 Theater and the Visual Arts in the Middle Ages and Renaissance: Aspects of Representation, Sandro Sticca, organizer
    • 2004 Public Life and Private Conduct: Changing Historical Perspectives across the Early Modern World. A Symposium in Honor of Richard C.Trexler, Karen-edis Barzman, organizer
    • 2004 Science, Literature, and the Arts in the Medieval and Early Modern World, Dana Stewart, organizer
    • 2002 Recovery: Pre modern Responses to Catastrophe and Convulsion, Charles Burroughs, organizer
    • 1999 The Crusades: Other Experiences, Alternate Perspectives, Khalil I. Semaan, organizer
    • 1997 Comparative Colonialism: PreIndustrial Colonial Intersection in Global Perspectives, Charles Burroughs, organizer
    • 1996 Writing Cultures/Making Cultures: Sites, Scenes, and Scenarios of Medieval Studies, Charles Burroughs, organizer
    • 1995 Christine de Pizan: Texts/Intertexts/Contexts, Marilynn Desmond, organizer
    • 1994 Contextualizing the Renaissance, Albert Tricomi, organizer
    • 1993 On the Margins, Robin Oggins, organizer
    • 1992 The Roles of Women in the Middle Ages, Rosmarie Morewedge, organizer
    • 1991 Gendering Rhetorics: Postures of Dominance and Submission in Human History, Richard C. Trexler, organizer
    • 1989 The Cult of Saints in the Middle Ages & Early Renaissance:Formation and Transformation, Sandro Sticca, organizer
    • 1988 Oral Tradition in the Middle Ages, Wilhelm Nicolaisen, organizer
    • 1987 The Renaissance, Mario DiCesare, organizer
    • 1986 The Classics in the Middle Ages, Aldo Bernardo and Saul Levin, organizers
    • 1985 The Bible in the Middle Ages, Bernard S. Levy, organizer
    • 1984 Medievalism in American Culture, Paul E. Szarmach, organizer
    • 1983 Medieval Archaeology, Charles L. Redman, organizer
    • 1982 Persons in Groups: Social Behavior as Identity, Richard C. Trexler, organizer
    • 1981 Social Unrest in the Later Middle Ages, Francis X. Newman, organizer
    • 1980 The Crusades, Robin S. Oggins, organizer
    • 1979 Rome in the Renaissance: The City and the Myth, Mario DiCesare, organizer
    • 1978 Byzantium in the West: Image and Impact, Saul Levin, organizer
    • 1977 The Black Death, Daniel Williman, organizer
    • 1976 Nature in the Middle Ages, Lawrence Roberts, organizer
    • 1975 Islam and the Medieval West, Kalil I. Semaan, organizer
    • 1974 Jewish Culture in the Middle Ages, Paul E. Szarmach, organizer
    • 1973 Witchcraft and the Occult in the Middle Ages, Gayle Whittier, organizer
    • 1972 The Role of the Woman in the Middle Ages, Rosmarie Morewedge, organizer
    • 1971 The Concept of the Hero in the Renaissance, Bernard S. Levy, organizer
    • 1970 The Development of the Medieval Concept, Christopher Reagan, organizer
    • 1969 The Medieval Drama, Sandro Sticca, organizer
    • 1968 Developments in the Early Renaissance, Bernard S. Levy, organizer
    • 1967 The Meaning of Courtly Love, Francis X. Newman, organizer