At the 38th International Congress on Medieval Studies (Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo), the following sessions are being sponsored by the Society for Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies:

Session 103: Bernhard 159 (Thursday, May 8, 1:30 PM)
Communities and Identities in Medieval Iberia I: Visigothic Spain and Its Legacy
Presider: Lucy K. Pick, University of Chicago
“Priests and Christian Identity in the Later Visigothic Kingdom”
-Rachel Stocking, Southern Illinois University-Carbondale
“Visigothic or Reconquest Architecture? New Evidence from Toledo Province”
-Sally Garen, Marymount University
“Saints' Cults and Communities in Early Medieval Galicia”
James D'Emilio, University of South Florida (Tampa)

Session 163: Bernhard 159 (Thursday, May 8, 3:30 PM)           
Communities and Identities in Medieval Iberia II: A Multiconfessional Society (jointly sponsored by the Institute for Medieval Studies, University of New Mexico)
Presider: James D'Emilio
“A Matter of Perspective: Determining the Nature of Inter-Confessional Relations in Medieval Iberia”
-Brian A. Catlos, University of California-Santa Cruz
“But, Does It Say Anything? The Corpus of Inscriptions in "Mudejar" Palace-Convents of the Fourteenth Century”
-Cynthia Robinson, University of New Mexico
“Mudejar Qur'ans?”
-Heather Ecker, Smithsonian Institution

Session 281: Bernhard 211 (Friday, May 9, 1:30 PM)
Communities and Identities in Medieval Iberia III: Frontier-Crossing and Communities at War
Presider: James D'Emilio
“From Mercenary to Crusader: The Career of Alvaro Perez de Castro (d. 1239) Reconsidered”
-Simon Barton, University of Exeter
“The Lara Family and the Frontiers of Thirteenth-Century Iberia”
-Simon Doubleday, Hofstra University
“The Tempering Fire: Leadership and Communities under Siege in Medieval Iberia”
-Marta van Landingham, Purdue University

Session 343: Bernhard 211 (Friday, May 9, 3:30 PM)
Communities and Identities in Medieval Iberia IV: Constructing History
Presider: Simon Barton, University of Exeter
“Strategies of Inclusion and Exclusion: The Construction of National Identity in Fernão Lopes' Chronicles”
-Amélia P. Hutchinson, University of Georgia
“Re-Imagining the Medieval City: Metaphorical Space in the Topographical Views of Anton van den Wyngaerde”
-Shelley E. Roff, University of Texas-San Antonio