the Pacific Constitution
A Letter from
the President of the Medieval Association of the Pacific
May 21, 2006
Dear Members and Prospective Members of the Medieval
Association of the Pacific:
I write as President of MAP to update members not
attend the annual conference about MAP news and to provide all members
more information about our next annual meeting. We
send this letter to our e-mail membership list, print it in Chronica,
and post it on the MAP website in hopes of communicating with everyone
or might be interested in becoming a member.
According to MAP custom, I succeeded Siân
President of MAP after two years of service as Vice President. Before being elected Vice President I had
served several terms on the Council, the first time from 1985-88, and
served as Secretary of MAP and Editor of Chronica from
1998-2003. I also served as spouse of the
from 1992-94 when George Brown was President.
Thus I know the organization from many points of view. I am honored to serve as President.
Since the meeting in Utah, plans for the 2007 MAP
have firmed up. Blair Sullivan and the
Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies will host our meeting at
Friday and Saturday March 2-3, 2007.
Paul Dutton and former MAP President Caroline Bynum will
be our two
plenary speakers. As usual paper
submissions will be due November 1, 2006.
I encourage those interested to submit proposals for
especially sessions that are interdisciplinary and include presenters
than one university.
The 2008 meeting will be conjoint with the Medieval
at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, hosted by
Thinking back on the 2006 annual MAP meeting,
features stand out for me. The policy
implemented during Dhira Mahoney’s term as President of having two
served us well: Martin Carmargo’s “Medieval Rhetoric Delivers: Pedagogy
Performance in and beyond the Medieval Classroom” and Peter von Sivers’
“Getting Along: The Afterglow of Convivencia in the Cantigas
Maria” entertained and informed their audiences.
All the papers I heard during the five concurrent sessions
interesting and elicited thoughtful discussion. I
was especially pleased by the high quality of papers presented
by graduate student members of our organization.
We celebrated MAP turning 40 with a special plenary
called “Memories of MAP,” at which six MAP presidents reflected on our
history. Andy Kelly, George Brown,
Nancy van Deusen, Glenn Olsen, Dhira Mahoney, and Siân Echard
each presented a
different perspective, after which members in the audience added their
memories. Since then I have revised the
MAP history on our web site, correcting some errors brought to my
bringing the history up to date.
The local arrangements committee, chaired by
Donavin, our host for the conference, did a superlative job providing
for us at
Westminster College and Little America.
Saturday morning we were treated to snow and brilliant
sunshine. Throughout the conference the
ranges in view from the city were stunning.
At the Business Meeting, congratulations were
winners of the Benton Award and the Founders’ Prize, and thanks were
to outgoing President Siân Echard and members of the MAP Council,
Rodriguez, David Tinsley, and Nick Howe.
New officers and councilors were elected by the membership: Peter Diehl, History, was elected the new
Vice President, and Julie Paulson, Scott Kleinman, Blair Sullivan,
and Michael Curley were elected to terms on the Council.
I will conclude with two reminders:
If you haven't renewed your membership for 2005-06,
please do so. The Treasurer reported at
the Business Meeting in Utah that renewals are disturbingly low. If you
aren’t sure whether you paid or not,
you can always send $25 with a note that it can be a gift to the
if your dues are current!
Spread the word about MAP, especially to graduate
students. And make sure they know about
the Benton Award, which supports travel to conferences, and the
for the best student papers presented at the MAP conference.
Wishing you all well as we approach summer,
Membership is $25 for faculty and $15 for students
Renew online or make checks payable to the Medieval
Association of the
Pacific and send them to the treasurer,
Professor Mary-Lyon Dolezal
Department of Art History
University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403-5229
Next year's MAP
meeting will be held at UCLA on
March 2-3, 2007.
The conference program and registration forms may be found under the
"Annual Conferences" link in the left sidebar, starting in early 2007.
The Founders' Prize
MAP awards a
maximum of three prizes ($500/
$250/ $250) for the best papers presented by
graduate students at the annual meetings. Graduate students who wish
their papers to be considered for the Founders' Prize should submit
their papers, preferably electronically, to Arlene Sindelar (firstname.lastname@example.org) by August 15, 2006.
If you have questions about this
prize, direct them to either Arlene Sindelar (email@example.com)
or Phyllis Brown (firstname.lastname@example.org).
John F. Benton Award
This award, named in honor of
its progenitor, John F. Benton, MAP President 1982-1984,
provides travel funds for all members of the Medieval Association of
Pacific--independent medievalists and graduate students in
particular--who might not
otherwise receive support from institutions.
The award may be used to defray
costs connected with delivering a paper at any conference, especially
for MAP conferences, or connected to scholarly research. Up to three
awards will be presented each year, for $400 apiece. Applications
should include a one-page vita, an abstract of a paper submitted to the
conference, and a photocopy of the Call for Papers or conference
announcement; if the application is for travel to research, it should
include a one-page vita, and a letter outlining the research project.
Send applications by November 1st, 2006 to the vice president of the
Department of History
Western Washington University
Bellingham, WA 98225-9056
2005 Presidential Letters (archived)