SEMA Board Elections
Nov 16, 2010 01:01 PM
It's time to elect new board members! The board is elected by the membership for a three year term. We strive to represent all areas of interest. The board members meet at the annual meeting to oversee the organization and to vote on issues that arise during the year. The board members also constitute the editorial board for Medieval Perspectives.
Below are bios for the candidates for each position.
For the position in French vacated by Shira Schwam-Baird:
1) Minnie Blackmon SANGSTER
Dr. Minnie B. Sangster is Professor of French at North Carolina Central University in Durham, NC, where she has taught for 25 years. She is currently serving a second term as Chair of the NCCU Faculty Senate and also serves as Interim Co-Chair of the Department of Modern Foreign Languages. She holds the BA in French and History from St. Andrews College and the MA and PhD in French Language and Literature from UNC in Chapel Hill. Her research interests include theater studies and art history, on which she has published several articles and given thirty-odd scholarly presentations. She is a frequent presenter at SEMA and has been a member since 1996. She is also a member of the American Association of Teachers of French (AATF) and has served the NC Chapter of AATF as Secretary, Vice President, President, and President Emerita. As a member of the NC Chapter of the American Association of University Professors, she has served as Treasurer of the Chapter and the Foundation and as Representative of Public Institutions. Her other professional affiliations include membership in the College Language Association, Foreign Language Association of North Carolina, International Arthurian Society, International Courtly Literature Society, International Marie de France Society, Modern Language Association, and South Atlantic Modern Language Association. In 2005-2006, she taught English at Lycée Jean Moulin in Draguignan, France, as a fellow in the Fulbright Teacher Exchange Program. Work on which she is currently engaged includes a facing-page bilingual edition of Rutebeuf’s Le Miracle de Théophile with introduction and classroom notes, in collaboration with Prof. Judith Barban of Winthrop University, a collection of photographs and papers on the French iconographic representation of the legend of Theophilus, and an edition of printed versions of the legend of Marie de France’s Lai des Deux Amants in Normandy from the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries.
2) Mary Jane SCHENCK
For the position in Art History vacated by Libby Bailey
Dr. Schenck specializes in world literature (especially medieval French and Modern African), literary theory and composition. She has published three books: The Fabliaux: Tales of Wit and Deception (Purdue University) about medieval French short narratives; Read, Write, Revise (St. Martin's), a composition textbook for ESL students; and is co-author of Echoes of the Epic: Studies in Honor of G.J. Brault (Summa), a collection of essays on the romance epic. She was a Senior Fulbright Scholar to the University of Benin in Togo and to the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa; has written articles on Old French literature as well as on modern women writers; lectures and published on the stained glass at Chartres; and is completing a book on medieval customary law and literary trial scenes. Among her honors and awards are NEH Summer Seminars, Fellowship to School of Criticism and Theory, Louise Loy Hunter Award for Outstanding Faculty Member, numerous Dana and Delo research grants, and MacArthur Distinguished Alumni Award (Eckerd).
1) Anne-Marie BOUCHÉ
2) Carlee A. BRADBURY
Anne-Marie Bouché is Associate Professor of Art History in
the Department of Visual & Performing Arts at Florida Gulf Coast
University. She received her PhD from Columbia University (awarded
Distinction). Her dissertation was
entitled, "The Floreffe Bible Frontispiece and Twelfth-Century
Contemplative Theory." Recent publications include: The Living Language of Medieval Art ( book manuscript), “Mosan Art”
Oxford Dictionary of the Middle Ages (Robert Bjork, General Editor.) 2010; and
The Mind’s Eye: Art and Theological Argument in the Middle
Ages, (co-editor) Jeffrey Hamburger and Anne-Marie Bouché, eds. (Princeton,
Princeton University Press, 2005). She
co-organized a conference entitled The Mind's Eye: Art and
Theological Argument in the
Middle Ages at Princeton University, October 12-14, 2001 with Prof. Jeffrey
Hamburger. Recent conference papers include: Icons & Iconoclasm,
Forum for Interdisciplinary Dialogue, sponsored by the Jefferson Foundation /
Jefferson Fellows, University of Virginia, Charlottesville VA., 2010. She conducts research in Western
Medieval art history, Romanesque art, iconography, manuscript studies,
monumental programs, art and theology. email@example.com
For the position in History vacated by Susan Laningham
Carlee A. Bradbury,
currently Assistant Professor of Art History at Radford University, received
her Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2007. Her dissertation was entitled: Imaging and Imagining the Jew
in Medieval England. Her research focuses on anti-Semitic imagery
from medieval England. She has several
articles under review for edited volumes as well as key academic journals
including, Women’s Art Journal. Recent manuscripts include: “Dehumanizing the Jew at the Funeral of the Virgin,” The
York Massacre Of 1190, In Context:
Reassessing Relations Between Jews And Others In Medieval England, edited
by Sarah Rees Jones and Sethina Watson (submitted for review), “Medieval
Visualizations of a Jewish Mother as a Model for Christian Women in the Miracle
of the Jew of Bourges” (submitted to Woman’s Art Journal), “The
Allegation of Ritual Murderand the Making of a Norfolk Man: The William of
Norwich Panel at Holy Trinity Church Loddon.” (under review Fons Luminis).
Recent conference papers include: “Anti-Semitism and Animals: Beyond the
Bestiary” to be presented at The Twenty-Third Barnard Medieval and Renaissance
Conference November 2010, “Unnatural
Combat: Uses and Misuses of the Distaffin Medieval Art” to be presented at the
2010 SEMA conference in Roanoke. firstname.lastname@example.org
1) Laura SMOLLER
2) Elizabeth DACHOWSKI
Laura Smoller received her Ph.D. in medieval history from Harvard University in 1991 and taught at Stanford University for six years before returning to her native state, where she is professor of history at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Her research focuses on areas of intersection between magic, science, and religion in medieval Europe. She is the author of a book, History, Prophecy, and the Stars: The Christian Astrology of Pierre d’Ailly, 1350-1420 (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1994), as well as numerous articles and book chapters on late medieval astrology, prophecy, saints, and miracles. Recent publications include “Teste Albumasare cum Sibylla: Astrology and the Sibyls in Medieval Europe,” Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences 41, no. 2 (2010): 76-89; “Astrology and the Sibyls: John of Legnano’s De adventu Christi and the Natural Theology of the Later Middle Ages,” Science in Context 20:3 (2007): 423-50; and “A Case of Demonic Possession in Fifteenth-Century Brittany: Perrin Hervé and the Nascent Cult of Vincent Ferrer,” in Michael Goodich, ed., Voices from the Bench: The Narratives of Lesser Folk in Medieval Trials (NY: Palgrave-Macmillan, 2006), pp.149-76. Her work has been supported by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities. From 2003 to 2005 she was a member of the research group, “Knowledge and Belief,” with the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin. She is currently completing a book manuscript tentatively titled “The Saint and the Chopped-Up Baby: The Cult of Vincent Ferrer and the Religious Life of the Later Middle Ages.” Smoller also serves as Medieval European section editor for the journal History Compass.
Elizabeth Dachowski, associate professor of History at Tenneessee State University in Nashville, earned her M.A. (1988) and Ph.D. (1995) in Medieval History at the University of Minnesota under the dircetion of Bernard S. Bachrach. Her research interests focus on monastic and political history of France in the later tenth century, but she has frequently branched off into neighboring regions (notably England and Gascony) and related fields (poetry, notarial registers, travel and trade). Her teaching interests include World History and all aspects of pre-modern European history (anything before 1700), and she has a strong commitment to bringing the study of primary sources into the classroom at all levels of study. She first attended a SEMA meeting as a graduate student, and has been continuously enrolled as a member since permanently relocating to the southeast in 1999. She served on SEMA’s board from 2002 until 2005. She received SEMA’s prize for best first book for First Among Abbots: The Career of Abbo of Fleury in 2009. If elected to serve on the board, she is looking forward to playing a role in the many high-quality programs in which SEMA is engaged, including the annual conference, sessions at national and regional conferences, awards for teaching and scholarship, and Medieval Perspectives.
For the position in English vacated by Warren Edminster
1) Dana-Linn Whiteside
Dr. Dana-Linn Whiteside came to Roanoke College after returning to the United States from teaching at the University of Leipzig, Germany. Whiteside moved to Leipzig in 1995 to research her dissertation on Anglo-German relations during the European Middle Ages and Renaissance. After earning bachelor's degrees in English and German, Whiteside left her home state of California to pursue Masters and Doctoral degrees in Comparative Literature at the State University of New York at Binghamton. She also completed the SUNY Binghamton Graduate Certificate Program in Medieval Studies. Teaching in Leipzig gave Whiteside the opportunity to research at Germany's "Deutsche Bucherei," or Library of Congress. She spent summer and winter breaks at the British Library in London or John Rylands Library in Manchester, England. Currently, Whiteside's scholarship deals with the two areas of medieval literature she says she has been working with since she began graduate school: medieval narrators and fools.
Lisa LeBlanc is Associate Professor of English at Anna Maria College in Paxton, MA. She received an M.A. In English from Boston College, an M.A. In Medieval and Byzantine Studies from The Catholic University of America, and a Ph.D. In English from Catholic University. Recent publications include “Social Commentary and the English Mystery Cycle Doomsday Plays” in End of Days: Understanding the Apocalypse from Antiquity to Modernity, ed. Karolyn Kinane and Michael A. Ryan (2009) and several reviews in the Journal of Popular Culture.