2014 Anniversary Reception

June 25, 2014 in Bembino, Events, ICMS, International Congress on Medieval Studies, Reception

Invitation to Reception celebrating the anniversaries of the Societas Magica and the Research Group (May 2014)Reception
of the Societas Magica
and the Research Group on Manuscript Evidence
at the 49th International Congress on Medieval Studies

[Published on 29 August 2014, with updates]

The Societas Magica and the Research Group on Manuscript Evidence held a celebratory Reception at the 49th International Congress on Medieval Studies, at Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, to celebrate the anniversaries of both organizations.  Since 2006, we two organizations co-sponsor Sessions at this annual Congress.

Information about these Sessions appears in our list of Co-Sponsored Sessions, with their programs and with the abstracts of papers in some sessions in our Congress Archive.  This year’s Sessions, both sponsored and co-sponsored, are celebrated here:  2014 Congress Accomplished, along with the Abstracts of the Papers and Responses. (The Abstracts are also accessible through our Lists By Author or By Year.)

This was the first official Reception to be hosted by either organization at the Congress.  We hope for more such events.  We thank the Societas Magica for its generosity in proposing the reception and preparing the arrangements, cupcakes included.

The Anniversaries in 2014

In 2014 the Societas Magica, founded to hold sessions at the Congress, celebrates twenty years as an organization.  The Research Group celebrates twenty-five years as an international scholarly society (founded in Cambridge in the United Kingdom) and fifteen years as a Recognized 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Educational Corporation (incorporated in New Jersey).  We also celebrate the steady, and truly collaborative, co-sponsorship of Sessions at the Congress.

The Reception Invitation (shown here) showcases the logos of both organizations.  It is laid out in the RGME font Bembino, with donated design layout according with our style principles.  This font is available for download, for free, here:  Bembino.

The Reception gathered together Officers and Members of the Societas, Officers and Associates of the Research Group, and new Friends and Volunteers. It gave the opportunity, with drinks, cupcakes, and conversation, to meet, greet, and thank the participants of our Congress Sessions over the years, as well as to admire the activities of our organizations, both individually and collaboratively. Cause for celebration, indeed!

The Anniversary Reception

Jason Roberts holds Center Court

Conversation at the Anniversary Reception (2014 Congress) with Photography by Mildred Budny

Pause for Thought

Sean Winslow and Edgar Francis IV celebrate the occasion at the Anniversary Reception, with photography by Mildred Budny

Celebrating the Occasion

We include photographs with permission.  Photography by Mildred Budny.


The success of this Reception encourages us to hold a Reception also at the 2015 Congress, where it will be sponsored by the Societas Magica, the Research Group on Manuscript Evidence, and the Index of Christian Art at Princeton University. The room is booked and the time is assigned. Please join us if you can. Information about this event and our other activities at the Congress are announced here.