In celebration of Visiting Distinguished Professor Richard Emmerson’s career and in anticipation of the publication of his forthcoming book, Apocalypse Illuminated: The Visual Exegesis of Revelation in Medieval Illustrated Manuscripts, the FSU Department of Art History is sponsoring two sessions in his honor at the 2017 International Congress on Medieval Studies in May. These sessions, “In Honor of Richard K. Emmerson: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Medieval Literature, Drama, and Art, I and II,” will celebrate the richness and breadth Emmerson’s career, which has traversed several disciplines, including art history, literature, and drama. Scholars who represent the interdisciplinary nature of Emmerson’s work and the relevance of his research to current programs of study in diverse fields will present papers on medieval topics ranging from illuminated manuscripts to theater staging. Following the sessions, there will be a reception, which will be co-sponsored in Emmerson’s honor by the FSU Department of Art History and the Medieval Studies Association. All of Emmerson’s colleagues, friends, and students are welcome to join us as we celebrate his contributions as a scholar, mentor, and administrator.
The sessions and reception have been organized by three of Emmerson’s current and former FSU Art History students: Karlyn Griffith (PhD 2014; Assistant Professor at California State Polytechnic University-Pomona), Deirdre Carter (current PhD candidate), and Sarah Andyshak (PhD 2015; Assistant Professor at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor). These events will be kicked off by FSU Art History Professor Emerita Paula Gerson, who will preside over the first session.
The honorary sessions and reception will take place on Thursday, May 11, 2017, in the Bernhard Brown and Gold Room on the Western Michigan University campus in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The two sessions will begin at 1:30 pm and 3:30 pm, and the reception will follow at 5:00 pm in the same room. The scholars speaking in the sessions represent a cross-section of colleagues and disciplines from Emmerson’s career and will include David Bevington (University of Chicago), Theresa Coletti (University of Maryland), Elina Gertsman (Case Western Reserve University), Karlyn Griffith, Ronald Herzman (SUNY-Geneseo), Joan A. Holladay (University of Texas-Austin), Bernard McGinn, (University of Chicago), Kathryn Smith (New York University), Penn Szittya (Georgetown University), and Elaine Treharne (Stanford University).