The Discourse of Law and Justice in Medieval Europe
24th Annual Medieval Studies Conference
Saturday, March 27, 2004

János M. Bak
Dr. Bak currently teaches in the Department of Medieval Studies at Central European University in Budapest. He has a Ph.D. from Georg-August University in Göttingen. He has taught at universities in Canada, Germany, and England.

Steven Bednarski
Dr. Bednarski is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Medieval Studies at the University of Toronto. His Ph.D. is from the University of Quebec at Montreal. His research areas include late medieval and early modern France (Provence), social history, cultural history, criminal history, and gender history. Recent publications include "Keeping it in the Family? Domestic Violence in the Later Middle Ages: Examples from a Provençal Town (1340-1403)" in Love, Marriage and Family Ties in the Middle Ages, edited by Miriam Muller, Isabel Davis, and Sarah Rees-Jones; and "Whence Springs the Truth? Motive and Judicial Fraud in the Manosquin Criminal Court (1340-1403)" in Shell Games, edited by R. Raiswell, M. Crane, M. Murray. He is currently working on a project about Medieval masculinities as seen through Provençal criminal records.

Madeline H. Caviness
Dr. Caviness teaches Art History at Tufts University. She has a Ph.D. from Harvard. In addition to numerous articles, some of her publications include The Early Stained Glass of Canterbury Cathedral (1977), Sumptuous Arts at the Royal Abbeys in Reims and Braine: Ornatus Elegantiae, Varietate Stupendes (1990), Paintings on Glass: Studies in Romanesque and Gothic Monumental Art (1997), Visualizing Women in the Middle Ages: Sight, Spectacle, and Scopic Economy (2001), and Reframing Medieval Art: Difference, Margins, Boundaries (2001).

Giovanna De Appolonia
Ms. De Appolonia is a Ph.D. Candidate in Art History at Boston University, where she has already earned a Certificate in Museum Studies. She has an M.A. in Italian Literature and Fine Arts from Università degli Studi di Udine in Italy. Publications include two entries in the catalogue Eye of the Beholder: Masterpieces from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (2003), and two articles for Contributions to the History of Goldmsith's, Silversmith's Craft and Jewelry, edited by P. Piazzi: Il Paliotto in Argento Dorato della Basilica di San Marco a Venezia (1997), and Un Calice Venziano a Sogliano al Rubicone (2004).

Jerold C. Frakes
Dr. Frakes teaches at the University of Southern California's Department of Comparative Literature, where he specializes in Medieval German literature and Yiddish. Some of his many publications include The Fate of Fortune in the Early Middle Ages: The Boethian Tradition (1997), Brides of Doom: Gender, Property and Power in Medieval German Women's Epic (1994), The Politics of Interpretation: Alterity and Ideology in Old Yiddish Studies (1989), "La vie et les morts du yiddish: Lamentations académiques, réalités linquistico-démographiques, enseignement du yiddish et 'authenticité' au tournant du milléniare" in L'inconscient du yiddish (2003), and "Vikings, Vinland and the Discourse of Eurocentrism" in the Journal of English and Germanic Philology (2001). He is currently working on a study of Humanistic treatises and pamphlets on Yiddish, to be published in a book entitled Isagoge in linguam heraeo-germanicum: The Study of Yiddish in the Age of Humanism.

Matthew C. Giancarlo
Dr. Giancarlo currently teaches in the English department at Yale University, where he specializes in Chaucer and Middle English literature, history of the English language, and Anglo-Saxon literature. He has an M.A. from Duke University and a Ph.D. and M.Phil. from Yale. Recent publications include "Murder, Lies, and Storytelling: the Manipulation of Justice(s) in the English Parliaments of 1397 and 1399" in Speculum 77 (2002), and "The Rise and the Fall of the Great Vowel Shift? The Changing Ideological Intersections of Philology, Historical Linguistics, and Literary History" in Representations 76 (2001). Dr. Giancarlo is currently working on a book to be entitled With One Voice: Parliament and Literature in Late Medieval England. He also has a forthcoming article in the Yearbook of Langland Studies about "Piers Plowman, Parliament, and the Public Voice."

James D. Mixson
Dr. Mixon is a professor of history at the Univeristy of Alabama. He has a Ph.D. in Medieval Studies from the University of Notre Dame. He specializes in medieval religious and cultural history, education and intellectual history, early modern Europe, and manuscript studies. He is currently working on several publications: a book tentatively titled Poverty's Proprietors: Cultures of Ownership, Community and Religious Life, 1250-1500, a translation of Thomas Aquinas and the Teaching Authority of the Pope by Ulrich Horst, an article entitled "Of Prebends, Pittances and Pennies: Ownership and the 'Conventual' Mind in the Later Middle Ages" and another called "The 'Vice of Property' and the Origins of the Observant Movement."

Sherri Olson
Dr. Olson teaches History at the University of Connecticut. She got her Ph.D. from the Centre for Medieval Studies at the University of Toronto. She has written a book entitled A Chronicle of All That Happens: Voices From the Village Court in Medieval England. Some recent articles include "The Loss of Memory and the Memory of Loss: Naming the Landscape in the Late Medieval English Village" in Studies on the Personal Name in Later Medieval England and Wales edited by Joel Rosenthal and Daved Postles and "'Families Have Their Fate and Periods:' Varieties of Family Experience in the Pre-Industrial Village" in The Salt of Common Life: Individuality and Choice in the Medieval Town, Countryside and Church. Essays Presented to J. Ambrose Raftis edited by Edwin B. DeWindt. She is currently working on a book-length study on reading English court rolls for cultural history of medieval peasantry, and a review of Robert C. Palmer's Selling the Church: The English Parish in Law, Commerce, and Religion, 1350-1550 for Speculum.

Margaret A. Pappano
Dr. Pappano teaches English at Queen's University in Ontario, specializing in Middle English literature. She has a Ph.D. from Columbia University in English and Comparative Literature. Recent publications include "Marie de France, Aliénor d'Aquitaine, and the Alien Queen" in Eleanor of Aquitaine: Lord and Lady, edited by John Parsons and Bonnie Wheeler (2002), "Judas in York: Masters and Servants in the Late Medieval Cycle Drama" in Exemplaria 14.2 (2002), "Territorial Desire: Bernart de Ventadorn's Plantagenet Poems and Marie de France's Chievrefueil" in Culture Politique des Plantagenét edited by Martin Aurell (2003), and "Sister Acts: Conventional Performance and the Visitatio Sepulchri in England and France" in the forthcoming volume Papers in Honor of Joan M. Ferrante edited by Teodolinda Barolini. Dr. Pappano is currently working on a book entitled The Priest's Body in Performance: Theatre and Religious Identity in Late Medieval England and France.

Nadine D. Pederson
Ms. Pederson is a Ph.D. Candidate, working on a dual doctorate in history at the University of Paris in Sorbonne and Theater at the CUNY Graduate Center. Her dissertation is entitled "Toward an Urban Stage: Law and Performance in Paris, 1515-1559." Her dissertation research is leading towards a book-length critical edition of Documents Relating to the Office of Master of the Revels in Medieval and Renaissance France.

Francesca Canadé Sautman
Dr. Sautman is a professor of French at the Graduate Center of CUNY, where she is also on the Medieval Studies, Renaissance Studies, Women's Studies, and Cultural Studies faculty. She has an M.A. and a Ph.D. in French medieval literature from UCLA. Publications include Same-Sex Love and Desire Among Medieval Women, a book which she edited with Pamela Sheingorn in 2001, Telling Tales: Medieval Narratives and the Folk Tradition, edited with Diana Conchado and Guiseppe di Scipio, and a monograph, La Religion du Quotidien: Rites et croyances poulaires de la fin du Moyen Age, 1995. Along with Madeleine Jay, Dr. Sautman co-edited the journal Medieval Folklore from 1991 to 1994, and from 1987 to 1994 she co-edited Merveilles et Contes - Marvels and Tales with Jaques Barchilon. Among her many current projects are books entitled Food Fights: Food Symbolism, Gender and Class in Early Modern Popular Culture, and Women, Time, and Resistance: Essays on Women and Traditional Society in France.

Karl B. Schoemaker
Dr. Shoemaker teaches at the University of Wisconsin, specializing in medieval law and society. He has a Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkely. Publications include "The Problem of Pain in Punishment: A Historical Perspective" in Pain, Death, and the Law, edited by Austin Sarat (2001), and "Criminal Procedure in Medieval European Law: A Comparison Between English and Roman-Canonical Developments after the IV Lateran Council" in Zeitschrift der Savigny-Stiftung fur Rechtsgeschichte - Kanonistische Abteilung (1999). He has two forthcoming articles: "The Power to Punish and Community Identity: Legal History and the Supreme Court's Missed Opportunity" in The Journal of Law Politics and Society and "The Birth of Official Criminal Prosecutions in the Common Law" in Rechtssysteme in Vergleich: Die Staatsanwaltschaft. He is currently working on a book entitled Sanctuary: Changing Conceptions of Wrongdoing and Punishment in Medieval European Law.

Vicki L. Ziegler
Dr. Ziegler teaches German at Pennsylvania State University, where she also serves as the director of the Center for Medieval Studies. She has a Ph.D. from Yale University. Some of her publications include Matrons and Marginal Women in Medieval Society, coedited with Robert Edwards (1995), Bending the Frame in the German Cyclical Narrative: Achim von Armin's Der Wintergarten and E.T.A. Hoffman's Die Serapions-bruder (1991), Crossed Paths: Methodological Approaches to the Celtic Aspect of the European Middle Ages, coedited with Benjamin Hudson (1991), and "Points of Law at the Point of a Sword: Tristan's Duel with Morolt" in The North Sea World in the Middle Ages: Studies in a Medieval Context edited by Thomas R. Liszka and Lorna E.M. Walker. Her new book Trial by Fire and Battle in Medieval German Literature will be published in March of 2004.

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