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Colloquium: Celebrating the Work and Pedagogy of Sharon Farmer

February 16 @ 1:00 pm - 5:30 pm

HSSB 6020 (McCune Room)

The Medieval Studies Program and the Department of History are proud to sponsor a colloquium on the work and pedagogy of Sharon Farmer. The event will include presentations by six of her students exploring Professor Farmer’s areas of expertise. The event will take place on February 16th in the McCune Conference Room, and the schedule will be as follows:

1:00-2:30 I. Gender

Nicole Archambeau (Colorado State University). “Granting Access: Revealing Women’s Networks through Miraculous Healing.”

Abigail P. Dowling (Mercer University). “`Grave Prejudice against Her Honor’: The Gendered Implications of Park Break during the Revolt of the Allies of Artois, 1314-1319.”

Nancy McLoughlin (University of California, Irvine). “Imagining Saracens and Women at the Court of Charles VI.”

2:45 -4:15     II. The Church

Jessica M. Elliott (Missouri State University).  “Conversion and Reversion: Crossing Boundaries between Jews and Christians in Medieval Northern France.”

Andrew Miller (DePaul University). “Persuasive Bishops: Propaganda, Performance, and Episcopal Masculinity in the Medieval Dioceses of Exeter and Lincoln.”

Tanya Stabler (Loyola University, Chicago). “Down, But Not Out, in Thirteenth-Century Paris: The Pastoral Networks of Robert of Sorbon.”

4:30-5:30  III. Main Speaker

Amy G. Remensnyder (Brown University). “Island Histories, Sea Grammar and the Multiconfessional Mediterranean: The Case of Lampedusa.”

Professor Remensnyder is the author of two books, one that spans the Atlantic to place medieval Iberia in dialogue with colonial Mexico by exploring the Virgin Mary as a symbol of conquest and conversion (La Conquistadora: The Virgin Mary at War and Peace in the Old and New Worlds, 2014), and another that focuses on high medieval monasteries and collective memory in southern France (Remembering Kings Past: Monastic Foundation Legends in Medieval Southern France, 1995). She is a co-editor of Why the Middle Ages Matter: Medieval Light on Modern Injustice(2011) and is the director of the Brown History Education Prison Project. Her professional service includes terms as a councilor of the Medieval Academy of America and as a member of the editorial boards of Al-Masāq: Journal of the Medieval Mediterranean and of the Journal of Medieval Iberian Studies.

She is currently working on three new projects:

  1. An Island of Interfaith Trust in a Sea at War (a study of the way that medieval and early modern Muslim and Christian sailors and captives made the Mediterranean island of Lampedusa into an interfaith refuge during centuries of warfare between the two faiths)
  2. Neighbors: Life in a Medieval Borderland (a microhistory based on archival documents and focusing on the network of social, sexual, cultural, economic, and military relations that, in the fifteenth century, bound the Granada Muslim town of Vera together with its Christian neighbor immediately across the frontier in Castile, Lorca)
  3. A Global History of Captivity (a synthetic overview of the history of captivity across the world)

Professor Remensnyder’s talk will be followed by an open reception at 5:30.

See the flyer for the event here


February 16
1:00 pm - 5:30 pm


Department of History
(805) 893-4505


HSSB 6020 (McCune Room)
University of California Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106 United States
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