It has been a productive year for La corónica, thanks to the dedication of our editorial staff, and, of course, the authors and all those who contribute their time and expertise to our mission. In April we sponsored our first annual session at the Kentucky Foreign Language Conference. I was delighted to see so many young scholars presenting their work, as well as the many respected colleagues in attendance. Credit for organizing the event must go to our tireless Associate Editor, Emily Francomano, who worked with the conference organizers over the past year, and especially with Professor Aníbal Biglieri, to create a permanent space for La corónica at this important international conference. Many of our readers will know that La corónica has its roots in Kentucky where Professor John Lihani served as its first editor, so returning to Lexington in the spring feels like a natural homecoming. We hope that this sponsored event will attract a wide range of medievalists, and especially those who are just beginning their careers, so that we can help them make the intellectual connections and friendships that we know are so important for our professional development and success. Please watch for our call for papers each year with the annual announcements of the KFLC.
As the publication of the Modern Language Association’s Division on Medieval Hispanic Languages, Literatures and Cultures, La corónica has been an active participant in national conferences for many years now. Reaching beyond our borders, I have to thank Emily again for organizing one of the five special panels at the 18th Congress of the Asociación Internacional de Hispanistas, which will be celebrated this July at the University of Buenos Aires. I hope to see many of you at our session, Nuevas perspectivas en los estudios hispanomedievales: celebrando 40 años de La corónica, where we will be joined by recent recipients of the John K. Walsh Award for outstanding article in La corónica to discuss the present state and future of Hispanomedieval studies.
I recently had the privilege of announcing this year’s winner of the La corónica Book Award at the 48th International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo. As many of our readers know by now, the award went to Professor Michael A. Vargas (SUNY, New Paltz) for Taming a Brood of Vipers: Conflict [End Page 1] and Change in Fourteenth-Century Dominican Convents (Brill, 2011). As I reminded the audience, for over forty years La corónica has been dedicated to publishing the best scholarship on the literatures, languages and cultures from Iberia and beyond, and I encouraged them to consider La corónica as a source and outlet for broad, interdisciplinary research. The International Congress on Medieval Studies has always been fertile ground for cultivating new projects, contacts, and collaborations, thanks in large part to the organizers of the many Ibero-Medieval Association of North America (IMANA) sessions, and annual banquet. As Editor, it is one of my greatest pleasures to meet with our readers and colleagues at these conferences, where we can have candid discussions about the scope and future of La corónica. I expect that our meeting in Buenos Aires will allow us to continue these conversations, and I look forward to seeing you all there, with plenty of new ideas.
A trip to Buenos Aires is an exciting opportunity to reach out to our Latin American colleagues, but there are more ways to share our thoughts about the future of La corónica that do not require overseas travel. I want to remind all of our readers to visit our website and blog (http://www.lacoronica.org), to post on our Facebook page, or follow us on Twitter (@La_coronica). In the future, I hope we will be able to coordinate our participation in conferences with social media as we strive to include ever broadening audiences in our work to promote the best scholarship in Hispanomedieval studies. One of the topics of discussion in Buenos Aires will be digital humanities and Hispanomedievalism, and it seems logical that the conversation should continue online.
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