Loyola University Chicago

Medieval Studies

IMA Conference

35th Annual Meeting of the Illinois Medieval Association
Loyola University Chicago, Water Tower Campus, February 16-17, 2018


Medievalists have long engaged in the study of the body, producing some of the most influential contributions to the “bodily turn” of the 1980s and 1990s. The multidisciplinary conference “Reframing Medieval Bodies” invites reflection on past scholarship in this area and elaboration of new approaches and methods. The keynote speaker for the conference is Peggy McCracken, Domna C. Stanton Professor of French, Women’s Studies, and Comparative Literature at the University of Michigan.


Registration for this conference is now open. All attendees must register for the conference, and may do so at this page. The deadline for early registration is 1 February, after which prices increase. The price of registration includes a reception on Friday evening and lunch on Saturday.

Location and schedule

All conference events are held at Loyola University Chicago’s Water Tower Campus, located in the Near North Side and easily accessible from the Chicago stop on the Red Line (see further, the section on “Transportation and parking,” below). You may download a campus map here.

Paper panels will be held in Philip H. Corboy Law Center, 25 E. Pearson Street. Locations of other conference events are listed on the schedule below. A full schedule will be posted on this page shortly.


12:00pm registration desk opens

1:30pm - 3:00pm concurrent sessions

coffee and tea

3:30pm - 5:00pm concurrent sessions

5:00pm - 6:00pm reception in Beane Hall (Lewis Towers, 13th floor)

8:00pm performance of Forbidden Love: The Passion of Héloïse and Abelard at the Newberry Library. ***This is not part of the conference package: see below for details and ticketing information.***


8:00am - 9:00am breakfast, coffee, and tea

9:00am - 10:30am concurrent sessions

coffee and tea

11:00am - 12:00pm plenary lecture in Kasbeer Hall (Corboy Center, 15th floor)

12:00pm - 1:30pm lunch in Beane Hall (Lewis Towers, 13th floor)

1:30pm - 3:00pm concurrent sessions

coffee and tea

3:30pm - 5:00pm concurrent sessions


Newberry Consort performance

On Friday, 16 February, the Newberry Consort will present Forbidden Love: The Passion of Héloïse and Abelard at the Newberry Library, just blocks from our conference venue. The performance begins at 8pm. Details here:




There are additional performances, in other parts of the city, on Saturday and Sunday. The Newberry Consort offers a 10% discount to conference attendees. (This discount will not apply to student tickets, which are $5 and are available for students of all ages and from any institution, but available for purchase only at the door.)


Transportation and parking

The Water Tower Campus is around the corner from the CTA Red Line Chicago station at 25 E. Pearson St.

Parking is available at the many commercial garages near Water Tower Campus. For a list and details see this this page:


Additional transportation information is available here:




A list of area restaurants may be found at this site:


To this list, add Marisol, located in the Museum of Contemporary Art.


Questions should be directed to tstabler at luc dot edu and icornelius at luc dot edu.