ICMS 2023 Sessions

Hi everyone,

Just a few reminders about the upcoming International Medieval Congress that will take place May 11-13, 2023. I hope you have all been able to register and are finding lots of interesting sessions in the program. An important thing to remember is that the Congress organizers have arranged for in-person attendees to reserve rooms in which to gather if they wish to for virtual sessions. A list of those reserved rooms will be available at the registration tables.

  1. We hope to see many of you at our Christine de Pizan sessions. Both of our sessions will be recorded and therefore available to registrants to view through the end of May. They will be:

Session 187, Friday May 12, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. EDT [Hybrid; taking place in Schneider 1340 for those who attend the conference in person]

The Future of Manuscript Studies: Honoring the Legacy of Angus J. Kennedy and Liliane Dulac
Presider: Julia A. Nephew, Independent Scholar

“Two New Fragmentary Exemplars of Christine de Pizan’s Enseignemens moraux: Early Modern Reception and Reappropriation of a Paremiological Work,” Nathalie Lacarrière, Univ. of Pennsylvania

“The Sacrifice of Female Individuality within the Myth of Woman: The Case of Christine de Pizan (1399–1430),” Karen Ivonne Jiménez, Univ. Nacional Autónoma de México

“Sources, Models, and Discursive Strategies: Christine de Pizan’s Use of Latin Texts,” Benjamin M. Semple, Gonzaga Univ.


Session 356, Saturday May 13, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. EDT [Virtual; we have reserved Schneider 1220 so in-person attendees may gather there if they’d like]

Remembering Great Christine de Pizan Scholars

Presider: Christine Reno, Vassar College

A roundtable discussion with Tina-Marie Ranalli, Independent Scholar; Geri Smith, Univ. of Central Florida; Charles-Louis Morand-Métivier, Univ. of Vermont; and Earl Jeffrey Richards, Bergische Univ. Wuppertal.


2.      We also hope that you will join us for the ICPS-NAB Business Meeting which will take place virtually on Saturday May 13, noon – 1:00 p.m. EDT. Again, Schneider 1220 will be reserved for use by in-person attendees. Please feel free to join the meeting late if you are planning to attend Suzanne Savoy’s performance of Le Dit de Poissy which is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. that day in Fetzer.


  1. If you will be attending in person and would like to meet up with others in the group for dinner on Saturday evening, please reach out to Julia Nephew to let her know: nephewja[at sign]yahoo.com
  1. We’d also like to make you aware of a few other sessions that might be of interest, organized by the Jean Gerson and Alain Chartier societies. They are virtual sessions, but in-person participants who would like to attend together may convene for them in Schneider 1220. Make sure to bring your laptop!

Session 195, Friday 10 a.m. -11:30 a.m. EDT, “Letters, Speeches, Polemics, and More: Personal Address and Textual Networks in the Global Fifteenth Century” [this conflicts with our hybrid session 187, but it will be recorded]

Friday 12 noon-1:00 p.m. EDT, International Alain Chartier Society and Jean Gerson joint business meeting

Session 242, Friday 1:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m. EDT, “Constructing the European Other in the Global Fifteenth Century”

  1. If you have registered, you should have received an email with information on how to access the sessions and all other congress information.

Please let me know if you have questions, concerns, or suggestions. And safe travels to those of you who will be traveling to Kalamazoo!

All best,

Geri Smith, President

North American Branch of the Christine de Pizan Society

Call for Papers: Christine de Pizan Congress XI in Geneva and Lansanne, Switzerland, June 19-22, 2024

The Eleventh Christine de Pizan World Congress, entitled Order and disorder  – ranger / déranger, will be organized in Geneva and Lausanne, Switzerland, June 19-22 2024.

It will propose three main perspectives.

The first one, “Tidying up and disturbing, a fruitful polarity”, will focus on the work of Christine Pizan, encouraging us to question the tensions between the innovative and transgressive impulses of the treaties written “for the defense of women” and the political thought of the author, which is characterized by a fervor for order in a world disturbed and subverted by injustices. 

The axis Christine’s posterity: the long life of a disturbing work is part of the long duration of feminist statements and invites us to question the place that Christine’s works occupy, or could occupy, in a literary genealogy of the political questions raised by feminism in all its forms.  

Finally, by proposing an axis entitled “Contemporary appropriations”, we would like to encourage interventions on the contemporary scope of Christine de Pizan’s work by welcoming presentations on didactic initiatives, artistic interventions based on Christine’s work, and even artistic performances inspired by them.

Registration before July 1 2023.

Provisional titles and abstracts (150-200 words) expected before October 30 2023.

The International Christine de Pizan Society (https://societechristinedepizan.wordpress.com/la-societe/) holds regular conferences bringing together specialists of the 15th century author as well as researchers in medieval and renaissance literature. An important place is reserved for presentations of the work of young doctoral and post-doctoral researchers. 

Click for the webpage with the French version of this announcement.

Christine de Pizan Sessions at 2022 Virtual International Congress on Medieval Studies (Kalamazoo)

Please join us online for two sessions and the Annual Business Meeting at the 2022 Virtual International Congress on Medieval Studies hosted by Western Michigan University. The 2022 Virtual Congress runs May 9-14, 2022.

Registration is required to attend. Register

292* Friday, May 13, 9:00 a.m. EDT – will be recorded
Digital Humanities, Lyric Poetry, Textual Studies in Christine de Pizan: A Round-
table Festschrift in Honor of James Laidlaw

Sponsor: International Christine de Pizan Society, North American Branch
Organizer: Geri Smith, Univ. of Central Florida
Presider: Benjamin M. Semple, Gonzaga Univ.

A roundtable discussion with Tina-Marie Ranalli, Independent Scholar; Joan E. McRae,
Middle Tennessee State Univ.; Earl Jeffrey Richards, Bergische Univ. Wuppertal; Andrea
Tarnowski, Dartmouth College; Sarah Delale and Lucien Dugaz, UCLouvain/École nationale
des chartes; Misty Schieberle, Univ. of Kansas

Friday, May 13, 11 a.m. Business Meeting, International Christine de Pizan Society, North American Branch – all Christine scholars are welcome to attend

370 Saturday, May 14, 11:00 a.m. EDT (will NOT be recorded)
Christine de Pizan and the Five Senses

Sponsor: International Christine de Pizan Society, North American Branch
Organizer: Geri Smith, Univ. of Central Florida
Presider: Julia A. Nephew, Independent Scholar

The Role of the External and Internal Senses in Christine de Pizan’s Epistemology
Christine Reno, Vassar College; Edward Reno, Vassar College

Gender and the Sense of Becoming: Christine de Pizan’s Corporeal Transformation
and Its Effects on the Senses, Charles Firestone East, Columbia Univ.

“O lumen ecclesiae”: Sensual Encounters in Christine de Pizan’s Writings
Kandace Brill Lombart, Independent Scholar

Manipulating Political and Material Bodies for Peace: Tracing Embodied Rhetoric
in The Treasure of the City of Ladies
Kaitlyn J. Engel, Univ. at Buffalo

Liliane Dulac (d. April 22, 2022)

Georges Dulac informs us that his wife, Liliane Dulac, passed away yesterday, April 22, 2023, in France. We will post a necrology soon. We send our deepest condolences to Liliane’s family and many friends.

– (avec D. Buschinger, L. Dulac, C. Le Ninan, C. Reno, dir.), Christine de Pizan et son époque, numéro spécial de Médiévales 53 (Amiens), 2012.
– (avec A. Paupert, C. Reno, B. Ribémont, dir.), Desireuse de plus avant enquerre… Christine de Pizan 2006. Volume en hommage à James Laidlaw, Paris, H. Champion, 2008.
– (dir., avec Bernard Ribémont) Une Femme de lettres au Moyen Age. Études autour de Christine de Pizan, Orléans, Paradigme, 1995.
– (dir., avec Jean Dufournet) Christine de Pizan. Hommage à Charity Cannon Willard, numéro spécial de la Revue des langues romanes, 1988-2.

– Christine de Pizan : Les Heures de contemplacion sur la Passion de Nostre Seigneur (en préparation).
– Christine de Pizan : Le Livre des trois Vertus, traduction, in D. Régnier-Bohler (dir.), Voix de femmes au Moyen Âge. Savoir, mystique, poésie, amour, sorcellerie, XII-XVe siècle, Paris, Robert Laffont, 2005.
– (avec Christine Reno) Christine de Pizan : L’Advision Cristine, Paris, H. Champion, 2001.
– (avec Jean Dufournet) La Châtelaine de Vergy, édition bilingue, Paris, Gallimard, 1994.

Bibliography of articles, etc.