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Friday, October 4

  • 5:30 – 7 pm    Registration, Andrews Hall foyer
  • 7 – 8:15 pm    Screening & Lecture in Andrews 101
Camino Documentary Short "Something Grand" with Film Maker 
Matthew Anderson, Concordia University, Montréal
  •  8:30 – 9:30 pm    Post-screening Reception - open to all, Muscarelle Museum


Saturday, October 5     Cohen Career Center & Sadler Center 

  • 8 – 12 noon    Registration, Coffee and pastry service
  • 9 – 10:15 am 

Session 1-A: Pilgrimage and the Celtic World  (1st floor Conference Room)

Presider: Prof. John Conlee, College of William & Mary

  • Bernice Sénéchal, Concordia University, “Irish Medieval Cross Design and Pilgrimage”
  • Burton Westermeier, UNC-Chapel Hill, “Pilgrimage from Medieval Ireland to Santiago de Compostela”
  • Sara Terreault, Concordia University, “Early medieval Celtic peregrinatio as postmodern pilgrimage pattern”

Session 1-B:  Authentic Pilgrims in Film and Life (James Room of Sadler Center)

Presider: Prof. Lynn K. Talbot , Roanoke College

  • John Moore, University of Alabama at Birmingham, “Ethnicity and Religion on the Camino in Saint-Jacques ... La Mecque
  • Marcela T. Garcés, Siena College, “Reflections on Pilgrimage in Spain: Aesthetic and Narrative Realism in The Way
  • Carlos Mentley, Lander University, “The Cult of Authenticity on the Camino de Santiago”

  • 10:15 – 10:45 am    Refreshments, Student Poster Presentations
  •  William Plews-Ogan, “Penal Pilgrimage for Youth as Alternative Justice
  • Robin Crigler, “Playfulness, Structure, and Camino Spirituality”
  •  10:45 am – 12 noon 

Session 2-A: Space, Place and Lived Experience (1st floor Conference Room)

Presider: Prof. Cristina Stancioiu,  College of William & Mary

  • David Howell, Ferrum College, “Pilgrimage and Global Citizenship”
  • Ryan Jackson, Princeton Theological Seminary, “Pilgrimage as Religion: Locating the Significance of Pilgrimage”
  • Anne Lhuillier, Independent Researcher , “Shedding Layers: Pilgrimage as the Road to Self or why is walking 500 miles the best way to “stop and reflect”

Session 2-B:  Space, Place and Lived Experience (James Room of Sadler Center)

Presider:  Prof. Lesley Harman, King's Univ. College, Ontario

  • Wanda Sawicki and Larry Russell, Kings University College, London, Ontario, Canada, “When Words become the Way”
  • Lisa Signori, College of Charleston, “Pilgrim’s Passport: A Tale of Two Countries”
  • Denise Starkey, College of St. Scholastica, “The Quest for Home: Pilgrimage as Metaphor and Practice”

Session 2-C: Echoes from the Middle Ages  (York Room of Sadler Center)

Presider: Prof. Monica Potkay, College of William & Mary

  • Catelyn Cantrell, University of Florida, “Reading the World in the Fourteenth Century: Legibility and the Journey in Dante and St. Birgitta”
  • Celia Dollmeyer, Hanover College, “Past and Present along the Camino de Santiago as Reflected in Guidebooks”
  • Daniel Alan Runnels, University of Louisville , “Southern Baptists and Pilgrimage: Potential Openings for a New Tradition”
  • 12 noon - 1:30 pm    Lunch on own
  • 1:30 – 2:45 pm

Session 3-A:  Trails and Tales Pointing to Galicia  (1st floor Conference Room)

Presider: Prof. Samuel Sánchez y Sánchez, Davidson College

  • Timothy Foster, Vanderbilt University, “The ‘Textual Iconography’ of the Camino: St. James as Pilgrim in Gonzalo de Berceo’s Miracles of Our Lady
  • Lynn K. Talbot, Roanoke College, “Who is Sitting at the Table?: The Mysterious Doorway at San Xulián de Moraime”
  • Anthony Grubbs, Michigan State University, “The Panorama of Pilgrims in the St. Christopher Plays of Early Modern Iberia”

 Session 3-B: Space, Place and Lived Experience (James Room of Sadler Center)

Presider: Prof. Rev. John Kerr, Bruton Parish Church/Canterbury Association, College of William & Mary

  • Maryjane Dunn, Henderson State University, “The Fourth Question: (Why) Are you a pilgrim?”
  • Mark Osler, University of St. Thomas, “Appeal as Pilgrimage, Court as Temple”
  • Sarah Cyganiak, Carthage College, “A light shines along the Way: a personal reflection on a pilgrimage along the Camino de Santiago”

Session 3-C: Pilgrimage in the Ancient World  (York Room of Sadler Center)

Presider: Prof. Barbette Spaeth, College of William & Mary

  • Bryan Hudak, Wayne State University, “Paulus’ Progress: Remembering a Roman Conqueror’s Pilgrimage through Greece”
  • Katie Ford, University of Oregon, “Physical Comedy in Apuleius’ Metamorphoses
  • Patricia Klucas, St. Catherine University, “The Travel Journal of Egeria, Fourth-Century Pilgrim”
  • 2:45 – 3:30 pm    Refreshments, Student poster presentations
  • William Plews-Ogan, “Penal Pilgrimage for Youth as Alternative Justice”
  • Robin Crigler, “Playfulness, Structure, and Camino Spirituality”
  • 3:30 – 4:45 

Session 4-A: Artistic and Literary Responses to Pilgrimage  (1st floor Conference Room)

Presider: Prof. Catherine Levesque, College of William & Mary

  • Tom McCollough, Centre College, “Christian Pilgrimage and the ‘Parting of the Ways’: The Evidence from the Excavations of Khirbet Qana (Cana of Galilee)”
  • Lauren Taranu, Washington University in St. Louis, “Images of Christians through a Medieval Muslim Pilgrim’s Eyes: The Account of Ibn Jubayr (1145-1217)”
  • Erin Gregory, College of William & Mary, “The Bronze Pulpits Reliefs of Juan Bautista Celma in Santiago Cathedral”

Session 4-B:  Transformations  (James Room of Sadler Center) 

Presider: Prof. Jane Nucup, Randolph-Macon College

  • Jenn Cianca, Bishop’s University, “Are We There Yet? Theoretical Transformation on the Camino de Santiago”
  • Stacey Engels, Independent Researcher, “The End of the Line – Pilgrimage, Creative Process and Transformation”
  • Janice Poltrick Donato, Concordia University, “Marathons and Half-Marathons as Contemporary Secular Pilgrimage”
  • 5 pm

Plenary Address  (Tucker Auditorium)

  • Prof. Ian Rutherford, University of Reading - "Pilgrimage, communication and religious identity: some
    examples from ancient cultures"?
  • 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Conference Reception for all registered participants


Sunday, October 6 - Cohen Career Center


  • 8:30 – 12:00 am  - Coffee and Pastry Service
  • 9 – 10:30 am

Session 5-A: Pilgrim Teachers  (1st floor Conference Room)

Presider: Prof. Kathleen Jenkins, College of William & Mary

  • Caleb Finegan, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, “Students on the Camino: A Professor's Perspective”
  • Mary Baldridge, Carson-Newman University, “The Pilgrim’s Process: Teaching Pilgrimage in a Protestant University”
  • Arthur Paul Boers, Tyndale Seminary, “Focal Places, Practices and Priorities on the Camino de Santiago” 
  • 11:00 am

Roundtable for Conference Participants and Faculty of Consortium Institutions



The Institute for Pilgrimage Studies gratefully acknowledges Major Benefactors


Institute Donors including faculty and student of Concordia Univ. for bringing their Peregraffiti banner;  Pilgrim Hosts George Greenia, Kathleen Jenkins, Paul Moylan, Eloísa Palafox and Pilgrim Partners Brenda Allen, Elizabeth DesMarais, Kathy Gower, Carlos Mentley, Barbette Spaeth

College of William & Mary:

Michael Halleran, Provost  /  Kate Conley, Dean of Arts & Sciences / John Griffin, Dean of Undergraduate Studies / LuAnn Homza, Dean of Educational Policy / Alpha Delta Gamma, National Honorary Society for Medieval & Renaissance Studies / Joel Schwartz, Dean of Interdisciplinary studies and Director of the Roy R. Charles Center / Stephen Hanson, Vice Provost for International Affairs and Director Reves Center for International Studies

Academic Departments:

Anthropology; Art and Art History; Classical Studies; English; History; Kinesiology and Health Sciences; Latin American Studies; Modern Languages and Literatures & Hispanic Studies; Religious Studies; Sociology; Theatre, Speech, and Dance


William & Mary Student Pilgrim Presenters:

Robin Crigler, Claire Glisson, Erin Gregory, William Plews-Ogan

Regional Volunteers from American Pilgrims on the Camino: Edith Chutkow, Phyllis & Otis Haislip, Pembroke Hoffmier, Bruce & Nancy Hubbard, Sandy & Ron Lenthall, Kathy Roach, Tom Wood