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.

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.

Douglas Kelly (July 17, 1934 – March 21, 2022)

Frederick Douglas Kelly, Jr. “Douglas”

We are saddened to announce the passing of Christine de Pizan scholar Douglas Kelly. He published very influential works on Christine de Pizan very early in the revival of her work. His 1971 article in SubStance was path-breaking for first calling Christine a feminist. Douglas was a member of my dissertation committee at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and I will always remember his kindness as a mentor. He traveled with the caravan of graduate students and professors (medievalists from the French and Italian and English departments) to the International Congress on Medieval Studies held each May at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo. We would stop at a restaurant for dinner along the way. I particularly remember him on the dance floor with his wife Sandra and students during the Saturday evening party. Douglas was one of the first people to donate to the Charity Cannon Willard Scholarship (sponsored by this organization). Many have stated that he was a monumental figure in medieval French studies, nationally and internationally. He was a professor who always offered his students warmth and friendship, welcoming them to the world of scholarship.

Julia Nephew, Treasurer and Webmaster

North American Branch of the International Christine de Pizan Society

F. Douglas Kelly Obituary

There will be a Celebration of Life for Douglas at THE UNIVERSITY OF MADISON MEMORIAL UNION in Tripp Commons, 800 Langdon Street, Madison on May 8, 2022, from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

Selection of Titles

Kelly, F. Douglas. “Reflections on the Role of Christine de Pisan as a Feminist Writer.” SubStance, vol. 1, no. 2, 1971, pp. 63–71, https://doi.org/10.2307/3684605. Accessed 23 Apr. 2022.

—. Christine de Pizan’s Changing Opinion: A Quest for Certainty in the Midst of Chaos. D.S. Brewer, 2007.

—. Medieval Imagination: Rhetoric and the Poetry of Courtly Love. University of Wisconsin Press, 1978.

Prof. Keith Busby writes:

Douglas Kelly, Julian Harris Professor of Medieval French Emeritus, passed away on the morning of March 21, 2022. He was 87 years old. Douglas Kelly was one of the great medieval scholars of his generation, who transformed the study of several areas of medieval French literature, particularly romance narrative of the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. Among several books on the topic is the landmark The Art of Medieval French Romance (1992). He also published major studies on later authors such as Christine de Pizan (2007) and Guillaume de Machaut (2014). Underlying all of his work is the notion that vernacular poetics were fully grounded in the Latin arts of poetry. Douglas Kelly taught many students in Madison who have gone on to distinguished careers in North American universities and colleges. He was a great scholar and teacher and the best of men.