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Columbus, Miss.--Mississippi University for Women’s Dr. Kristi DiClemente recently was elected to the executive council for the Southeastern Medieval Association (SEMA).

DiClemente, an assistant professor of history at The W, is one of 14 members of the executive council, which also includes graduate students. She is one of four council members who will serve through 2024. The executive council meets to plan SEMA’s annual conference and talks and events throughout the year.

“Being on the Executive Board of SEMA will allow me to connect with other medievalists and help shape the future of medieval studies in the region,” DiClemente said. “As one of very few medievalists in the state, my activities on the board will link The W and our students to a wider network of medieval scholarship and teaching. When I build and strengthen my own professional and scholarly networks I build them for my students as well.”

SEMA covers the southeast from Virginia to Texas and includes the Bahamas. Its mission is to promote the study and enjoyment of the Middle Ages by students at every level of expertise. Professional and independent scholars from various branches of medieval studies – history, arts, science, philosophy, archaeology, paleography, theology, language and literature – make SEMA’s annual meeting a forum for scholarly and pedagogical growth within those disciplines as well as a platform for interdisciplinary exchange and collaboration. Members publish their research in SEMA’s refereed journal, “Medieval Perspectives.”

SEMA’s annual conference will be Oct. 23, 2021, in Spartanburg, South Carolina. The 2019 conference was in Greensboro, North Carolina, and featured 56 speaker panels.


April 1, 2021
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