Medieval Association of the Pacific
2017 Annual Conference
Preserving and Presenting the Medieval

  • The annual meeting of the Medieval Association of the Pacific will be held March 16-18, 2017, at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, located near the Pacific Ocean, just minutes from Los Angeles International Airport, and ranked among the most beautiful college campuses in the country. The weekend will conclude with an exciting evening program at the J. Paul Getty Museum, renowned for its collections of antiquities, medieval manuscripts, European paintings, and photography. The conference will also host a lively and interactive program on "The Media and the Medieval," bringing together scholars and entertainment professionals to discuss the continued interest in, and relevance of, medieval themes in popular culture from film and television to gaming and animation.

    Medieval Association of the Pacific Call for Papers

    Keynote Speakers

    Zrinka Stahuljak: Professor, Department of French and Francophone Studies and Comparative Literature, UCLA
    “On The Medieval Potential”

    Nancy Turner: Conservator, Department of Paper Conservation, The Getty Museum
    "Observation and Image-Making: Medieval Illuminations and the View from L.A."

    About Loyola Marymount University

    LMU is a private Catholic university with 6,000 undergraduates, 2,200 graduate students and 1,100 law students from diverse backgrounds and many perspectives. Our seven colleges and schools boast best-in-the-nation programs in film and television, business, education and more. Our stunning campus in West Los Angeles is a sun-soaked oasis overlooking the Pacific coast and a model of sustainability. We're rooted in the heart of Los Angeles, a global capital for arts and entertainment, innovation and technology, business and entrepreneurship. Our mission is grounded in a centuries-old Jesuit educational tradition that produces extraordinary men and women dedicated to service and social justice. We're proud of more than 85,000 LMU alumni whose professional achievements are matched by a deep commitment to improving the lives of others.

    Visit the Loyola Marymount University website for more information.

  • See Full Program [PDF]


    Registration is now open! When registering and booking hotel reservations, please keep in mind that the opening session, reception, and plenary program on “The Media and the Medieval” will take place on Thursday afternoon and evening, concurrent sessions and the first keynote lecture will be held from Friday morning to Saturday afternoon, and the closing reception, open house, and second keynote will be on Saturday evening.


    Participants who are driving to campus should park in the University Hall garage, level P2 or P3. The fee for parking is $10 per day on Thursday and Friday. Please pay at the automated kiosk. Parking is free on Saturday. Please take the elevator to the ground floor and follow the signs for registration and check in. 


    MAP participants will be able to book rooms at the Custom Hotel in Westchester at a discounted rate of $119/night (plus applicable taxes). The Custom Hotel offers budget, European-style accommodations (with low beds and simple furnishing) just 0.7 miles from the main conference venue.

    To reserve a room at the conference rate online, please:
    1. visit the website of the Custom Hotel
    2. Under “Book Your Stay,” choose “Optional Fields” and enter the following Group Code: 1703MEDIEV
    3. Hit “Modify” to see the room selection for MAP

    Alternately, you may call the Custom Hotel at 310.645.0400 and mention that you are a participant in the Medieval Association of the Pacific meeting at LMU.

    The Custom Hotel also provides a free shuttle to and from the terminals of Los Angeles International Airport. The Custom Hotel is located along the Santa Monica Big Blue Bus route 3, which runs every 20 to 30 minutes directly to LMU, Marina del Rey, Venice, and Santa Monica ($1.25 each way). The Loyola Village neighborhood contains a number of attractive restaurants. 

    Participants desiring alternative accommodations can book rooms at a number of other hotels in the wider LMU-area. These are clustered around LAX airport, at the east end of Playa Vista (Fox-Hills/Culver City), and in Marina del Rey. Please bear in mind that these hotels are not within walking distance to the campus. While some are located on or near the Santa Monica Big Blue Bus route 3, most are not. Many area hotels offer a special rate for participants in events at LMU. Participants who are driving to campus should park in the University Hall garage, level P2 or P3. The fee for parking is $10 per day on Thursday and Friday. Please pay at the automated kiosk. Parking is free on Saturday. Please take the elevator to the ground floor and follow the signs for registration and check in.

    Maps and Dining Information

    Please see below for maps of the LAX-Westchester area and the LMU campus, along with information about dining options near the Custom Hotel. The LMU campus also has many places to get lunch, a snack, or a cup of coffee. 

  • Conference Program

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    Thursday, March 16

    2:30-4:45 p.m.

    2:45-4:15 p.m. 
    Opening Session:Presenting the Present: Uses and Misuses of the Medieval Past

    3:00-6:00 p.m.
    Welcome Reception: Exhibition of Medievalia at Special Collections

    6:00-7:30 p.m.
    Plenary Program: “The Media and the Medieval”

    Friday, March 17

    9:00am - 5:00 p.m. 

    9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
    Coffee and Refreshments

    10:00am – 12:00 p.m.
    Concurrent Sessions: 

    • Rhetoric and Hermeneuctics
    • Exoticize, Engage, Attack: Medieval Encounter with the Other
    • Commemorations of Kingship
    • Medievalism on the Page and on the Screen

    12:00 – 1:30 p.m. 
    Lunch Break 

    1:30-2:45 p.m.

    Plenary Session: "On the Medieval Potential"
    Zrinka Stahuljak
    Professor, Department of French and Francophone Studies and Comparative Literature, University of California, Los Angeles

    3:00-4:30 p.m. 
    Concurrent Sessions:

    • Animals
    • Re-presenting the Early Middle Ages
    • Poverty and Generosity
    • Representing Light and Transcendence in Art and Architecture
    • Reading and Editing Middle English Texts

    4:30-4:45 p.m. 
    Coffee Break

    4:45-6:15 p.m.
    Concurrent Sessions:

    • Mysticism
    • Sex, Love, Emotion
    • Law: Literature and Language
    • Liturgy/Old and Middle English
    • Digital Tools for Reconstructing the Medieval Past

    6:30 p.m.
    Banquet Dinner

    Saturday, March 18

    9:00am - 5:00 p.m.

    8:30 - 11:00 a.m.
    Coffee and Refreshments

    9:00-10:30 a.m.

    Concurrent Sessions: 

    • Humans, Beasts, and Nature
    • God's Law/Man's Law
    • What is Medievalism
    • The Afterlives of Architecture
    • Problems and Possibilities in Manuscript Studies

    10:30-10:45 a.m.
    Coffee Break

    10:45 am-12:15 p.m. 
    Concurrent Sessions: 

    • Monsters
    • Performing and Presenting Justice
    • Adapting the Medieval for Modern Audiences: Locating Synergies between Creative Writing, Teaching and Scholarship
    • Medieval Mind and Body
    • From Italy to America: The Medieval on Display

    12:15 – 1:15 p.m. 
    Lunch Break

    12:30-1:15 p.m. 
    MAP Business Meeting

    1:15-2:45 p.m.
    Concurrent Sessions: 

    • Presenting the Medieval Digital Tools in the Classroom and Beyond
    • Broken Temporality
    • Crusading and Chivalry
    • Consumption and Disposal
    • Coyote, Raven, Moa: Medievalism, Animals, and Indigneity around the Pacific Rim

    2:45-3:00 p.m.
    Coffee Break

    3:00-4:30 p.m. 
    Concurrent Sessions

    • Signs and Messages
    • Repurposing the Byzantine Past
    • Performance: Sacred and Profane
    • The Digital Future of Medieval Research

    4:45 p.m.
    Buses Leave for the Getty Center

    5:30-6:30 p.m.
    Reception and Open House at the Getty

    6:30-7:30 p.m.
    Plenary Session: "Observation and Image-Making: Medieval Illumination and the View from L.A."
    Nancy Turner
    Conservator, Department of Paper Conservation, The Getty Museum

    8:00 and 9:15 p.m. 
    Buses Return to LMU


    —— End of the 2017 MAP Conference ——

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  • Founded in 1966, the Medieval Association of the Pacific is one of the oldest and most active regional associations of medieval scholars in North America and has held a vibrant conference every year since 1968. MAP has a particularly close relationship with the Medieval Academy of America, the premier organization for medievalists in Canada and the United States. MAP is both interdisciplinary ­ supporting teaching and research in art history, literature, religious studies, history, and philosophy, among other areas of study ­ and international, with participation from around the Pacific rim, including Japan, Australia, and New Zealand, as well as from Europe. MAP has long been a welcoming venue for graduate students, faculty, and independent scholars alike.

    For more information about the Medieval Association of the Pacific, including copies of past programs, please visit our website: www.medievalpacific.org

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