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Essays in Medieval Studies 19 (2002) i

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The Illinois Medieval Association held its nineteenth annual meeting, "The Politics and Aesthetics of Gender in the Middle Ages," on February 22-23, 2002 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The meeting was chaired by C. Stephen Jaeger. Thirty-four papers were presented by scholars from fourteen states and Australia. Professor Barbara Newman of Northwestern University delivered the plenary address, "The Limits of Intolerance: Why Medieval Goddesses Were Not Heretical." The 2002 conference was funded by the Program in Medieval Studies of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The ten essays contained in this volume were selected from those that were read at the conference and subsequently submitted to the proceedings; in most instances they have been revised and expanded for publication.

The Executive Committee of IMA met on February 22, chaired by President Mark Johnston of the Newberry Library. The officers for 2002-2003 are: C. Stephen Jaeger, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, president; William Fahrenbach, DePaul University, vice-president; counselors: Mark Amos, Southern Illinois University; Anne Clark Bartlett, DePaul University; Raymond Clemens, Illinois State University; Anita Riedinger, Southern Illinois University; David Wagner, Northern Illinois University; Allen Frantzen, Loyola University Chicago, executive secretary. The executive committee served as the editorial board for the current volume. The committee accepted the invitation of Professor Fahrenbach to hold the 2003 meeting at DePaul University on the theme of "Texts and Commentary."

Institutional members of IMA are the University of Chicago, DePaul University, Dominican University, Loyola University Chicago, the Medieval Institute of Western Michigan University, Northwestern University, Purdue University, and Southern Illinois University. For information on membership, please visit IMA's website,, where volumes 1-17 of Essays in Medieval Studies are available; volumes 18 and after are published by the West Virginia University Press and are available at Project MUSE,




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