2010: Animals


The Twenty-Second Barnard Medieval and Renaissance Conference

Animals and Humans in the Culture of the Middle Ages and Renaissance

December 4, 2010


Registration and Morning Coffee

9.30am - 10.00 am


Plenary Speakers

10.00 a.m.-12:00 noon


Bruce Holsinger, University of Virginia

"Archive of the Animal"


Laurie Shannon, Northwestern University

"Night-Rule: Empires of the Nonhuman in the Environs of Shakespeare"





First Afternoon Session

2.00-3:30 p.m.


I. Permeable Boundaries


Moderator : Timea Szell, Barnard College


Susan Crane, Columbia University

"Animal Hosts and Guests in Irish Saints' Lives"


Nicola McDonald, University of York, UK

"Fowl Intimacies and Fishy Issues"


Cecilia Bonnor, Fordham University

"'Thise Been the Cokkes Wordes, and nat Myne': Using Animal Studies to Interrogate the Boundaries between Human and Non-Human Agency in The Nun's Priest's Tale"


Eleonora Stoppino, University of Illinois

"'Non solamente l'uomo all'uomo': Animal, Contagion, and Prophylaxis in Boccaccio's Decameron"


II. Knowing and Unknowing Animals


Moderator: Peter Platt, Barnard College


Nicola Masciandaro, Brooklyn College, The City University of New York

"Unknowing Animals"


Tobias Menely, Miami University

"Hobbes's Animals"


Leonard Lawlor, Penn State University

"'Nature Must Hide': An Extension of Foucault's History of Madness"


III. Animals and the Law


Moderator: Joel Kaye, Barnard College


Marco Iuffrida, University of Bologna

"Barbarian Dogs in Early Medieval Legal Sources"


Aaron Vanides, Yale University

"Henttastir Lutir: Sheep Charters and the North Atlantic Legal Discourse"


Allie Terry-Fritsch, Bowling Green State University

"Execution by Image: Early Modern Spectacles of Animal Prosecution and Punishment"


IV. Animal Rites


Moderator: Keith Moxey, Barnard College


Andrew G. Miller, DePaul University

"Tail Mutilation and the Message of Violence in Medieval England"


Edward Bever, SUNY College at Old Westbury

"Animals and Witchcraft"


Chriscinda Henry, Yale University

"'Una bizzaria da Ridere?': Animal-Human Substitution and the Spectacle of Pain in Renaissance Trent"





Second Afternoon Session



V. Animals on Display


Moderator: Phillip Usher, Barnard College


Miriam Ali de Unzaga, Universidad Complutense

"Connections between Islamic Textiles, Bestiaries, and Animal Treaties: The Animal Repertory in the Ona Embroidery"


Carlee A. Bradbury, Radford University

"Anti-Semitism and Animals: Beyond the Bestiary"


Patricia Lurati, Independent Scholar

"Furs and Eroticism in 14th and 15th-century Art"


Ellen Konowitz, SUNY New Paltz

"Jan van Eyck's Arnolfini Double Portrait: a Dog, a Brush, and a Set of Shoes"


VI. Hybrid Forms


Moderator: Christopher Baswell, Barnard College


Lynley Anne Herbert, University of Delaware and Walters Art Museum

"Monstrous Saints, Holy Hybrids: Exploring the Multivalency of Zoo-anthropomorphic Evangelist Symbols"


Maria Frangos, University of California Santa Cruz

"Werewolves, Bird-Knights, and Serpent-Women: Queering the Hum-animal"


Valerie Gramling, University of Massachusetts Amherst

"'Feete as an edder, a maydens face': The Slippery Transformations of the Edenic Serpent in the English Mystery Plays"


VII. The Wolf


Moderator: Achsah Guibbory, Barnard College


Francesca Sautman, Hunter College, The City University of New York

"Wolfish Appetites, Devouring Illnesses : The Wolf in the French Late Medieval Imaginary"


Jeanne Provost, Austin College

"Werewolf Love and Cyborg Law in William of Palerne"


Carla Freccero, University of California Santa Cruz



VIII. Speaking of Animals


Moderator: Anne Prescott, Barnard College


Jeannie Miller, New York University

"'Cats Have Five Words': Animal Language and al-Jahiz's Theory of the Human as a Microcosm"


Carolynn Van Dyke, Lafayette College

"Name It and Claim It? Appellation and Agency in Medieval Animal Texts"


Emily Vasiliauskas, Princeton University

"Hieronymus Fabricius of Aquapendente's De brutorum loquela"


Plenary Panel



"Animal Methodologies"


Moderator: Susan Crane, Columbia University


Aranye Fradenberg, University of California Santa Barbara


Karl Steel, Brooklyn College, The City University of New York


Sarah Stanbury, College of the Holy Cross


Julian Yates, University of Delaware



7:00-8:00 p.m.