William and Mary

Undergraduate Research Symposium

On April 6, 2013, Medieval and Renaissance Studies will convene its fifth undergraduate research symposium.  The symposium seeks to highlight excellent presentations of undergraduates, no matter what year or major, on relevant medieval and early modern European topics.  Students interested in presenting in 2014 should ask for a nomination from the professor for whom they completed the work, and contact Prof. Monica Potkay, Dept. of English for additional information.

Program from the 2013 Symposium

A King, A Bride & Two Gentlemen

  • Graham Bryant:  “What Was King Arthur?  Illuminating the Origins & Nationalistic Implications of the Welsh Pre-Chivalric Arthur"   
  • Emily Loney:  “"Liminal Agency: Texts, Textiles, & Gendered Performance in the Courtship Narrative of The Two Gentlemen of Verona"  
  • Taylor Ashlock:  “New Music to the Very Ears of God: Heloise the Composer”

Italian Renaissance Art

  • Wesley Meyer:  “Titian's Portraits of Charles V” 
  • Erin Gregory:  “Ghiberti's North Doors: the Beginnings of Paradise”
  • Claire Kilgore:  “Leonardo's Adoration of the Magi and London Cartoon: More than a Sketch, Less than a Painting”
  • Miranda Reichhardt:  “Michelangelo's Drawings: Exploration versus Presentation”

Modern and Postmodern Spain 

  • Robin Crigler, “My Pal, St. James: Postmodern Pilgrimage in Sociohistoric Context”
  • Jack Middough: “Clouds, Worms, and Booze: Conjuring in Seventeenth-Century Spain”
  • Tracey Johnson: “Sheep, Money, and Holidays:  The Perks of Marriage in 17th Century Spain”

Crimes & Misdemeanors in the Archive

  • Crosby Enright: “Dancing in the Streets and Other Disruptive Pastimes: Clerical Misdemeanors in 17th Century Navarre”
  • Jessie Dzura:  “Seventeenth-Century Scandals:  Broken Dishes and Window Pushes”
  • Sagra Alvarado:  “A Loathsome Custom:  Tobacco and its Female Smugglers in Early Modern Navarre” 

Presentations from the 2011 Symposium

  • John MulhallInglorious Lexicographers:  Obscentity in the Suda:
  • Christy Mitchell: "Scottish Chaucerians:  Reclaiming a Discarded Category"
  • Meredith Howard:  "Modes of Queenship:  the Six Wives of Henry VIII"
  • Zoe Weinstein:  "Priting and Polemics under Mary, Bloody Mary:  Whether the Marian Regime's Propaganda and Censorship were Successful, 1553-1558"
  • Kathleen Danner:  "Fra Angelico's Public Crucifixion Frescoes at the San Marco Monastery"
  • James Fletcher:  "Paolo Uccello's John Hawkwood Fresco and the Revival of the Classical Equestrian Monument"
  • Ashley Hughes: "Giovanni Bellini: Madonna of the Meadow"
  • Erica Liss: "Lorenzo Ghiberti's 'Gates of Paradise''"
  • Katie Brown:  "The Sacrifice of Isaac and The Adoration of the Kings:  The Role of Missionary Theater in the Evangelization of New Spain"
  • Jody Green: "Andean Artists in Colonial Quito:  The Case of Nicolas Pauca and Francisco Monga"
  • Kate O'Brien:  "Parchment, Patronage, and Plateria:  Pedro de Adrián's Commission for the Cathedral of Quito"
  • Erin Sexton:  "The Art of the Fontanero:  Antonio Caballero and the Commission for the San Agustín Fountain in Colonial Quito"

Presentations from the 2010 Symposium

  • Cassie Prena, “Le Parement de Narbonne in the Reign of Charles V”
  • Myles O’Kelly, “St. Chapelle:  an Object of Capetian Monarchy” 
  • Evan Callaway and members of the Early Music Ensemble
  • James Staples, “Dangerous Sanctity: John Capgrave's The Life of St. Norbert & its Literary and Cultural Significance."
  • Kimberly Bassett, “Fighting for their Rights:  Catholic Nuns in Protestant Germany
  • Aaron Gregory, “Clerics as Clockmakers: an Unusual Vocation”
  • Hanna Langstein, “Murder for Dummies:  Attempted Homicide in the Sixteenth Century”
  • Meredith Howard, “Striving for Proof:  Inquisitors and the Case against Witches in 1612.”
  • Jody Green, “History of the Tapado & its Depiction in the Art of the Spanish Golden Age”
  • Kate O'Brien, “Propaganda & the Perfect Horseman: Equestrian Portraiture in the Hall of Realms of Philip IV”

Presentations from the 2009 symposium:

  • Sonya Hood, Med-Ren and Religious Studies, “Al-Ghazali and the Incoherence of Resurrection”
  • Beth Sutherland, English and History. “Chaucer's Monstrous Divine and the Postmodern Void: Negative Theology as a Linguistic Trope in The Clerk's, Pardoner's, and Nuns' Priest's Tale”
  • Jaime Lewis, Med-Ren and History. Humanizing the Supernatural: Demons andSaints in Thirteenth-Century Exempla
  • Laila Selim, Med-Ren and History. “The Continental Grooming of Anne Boylen”
  • Aaron Gregory, History. “Thomas More and the Heresy of Tyndale’s Bible”
  • James Staples, English. “Ars Amatoria: The Art of Love in the Middle Ages”
  • Peter Zimmerman, Art History.  The Tomb of Margaret of Austria at the Chapel of Brou, Bourg-en-Bresse, France
  • Kimberly Bassett, History.  “Witnessing Witches:  Children in Witchcraft Trials from Navarre, 1570-76"
  • Amanda Scott, History and Hispanic Studies. “With a Dance in Their Step and a Song on their Lips: Clerical Misbehavior in Navarre.”