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Medieval Conference comes to Moravian

Moravian College will host the seventh annual Undergraduate Conference in Medieval and Early Modern Studies on Saturday, December 1, 2012. More than 80 students from 34 different schools will present their research, and Dr. Alfred Siewers of Bucknell University will be the plenary speaker.

Besides the student research presentations, there also will be an exhibit by a calligrapher and demonstrations in medieval spinning and weaving by a medieval textile specialist. The day will end with a concert of medieval and early modern music by My Lord Chamberlain’s Consort at Trinity Episcopal Church in Bethlehem.

The Conference provides an excellent opportunity for students to practice giving professional presentations and to share their research, to which they have dedicated so much time and effort, with an audience broader than their classroom. This year 12 Moravian students will present papers on a wide variety of topics, including an analysis of Robin Hood films, images of disability in the Game of Thrones series, and gender roles in medieval video games. Many Moravian students and faculty also will be involved in chairing sessions, running registration, and helping with setup and cleanup.

“The conference and related activities have been designed to highlight the richness and interdisciplinary nature of medieval and early modern studies, to showcase student scholarship and creative work, to encourage students to consider future work in graduate and professional studies, to provide students with the opportunity to present their work in a broader setting beyond the classroom, and to build ties among medievalists and early modernists in the region,” says John Black, associate professor of English and co-coordinator of the event.

The Conference in Medieval and Early Modern Studies was initiated in 2006 by Moravian faculty Sandra Bardsley, associate professor of history, and Black, and was the first in the United States to specialize in medieval and early modern studies. The Conference is supported by funding from LVAIC (Lehigh Valley Association of Independent Colleges), the Moravian College Academic Affairs Office, and the Moravian College 2012-13 IN FOCUS Program: A Year of Sustainability.

Admission to the conference and the following musical performance is free and is open to the public, but registration is required. More information can be found online at