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Eating Otherwise: An Interdisciplinary Symposium on Food and Culture. 28th February - 1st March 2015

updated: 
Saturday, August 23, 2014 - 8:23am
full name / name of organization: 
Lancaster University (UK), Department of English and Creative Writing

We are pleased to invite 250 word abstract proposals for papers or panels for the two-day interdisciplinary symposium on food and culture titled 'Eating Otherwise'. The conference will be held at Lancaster University, Department of English & Creative Writing on the 28th of February and 1st of March 2015.

Kalamazoo 2015 - The Secret Life of Medieval Plants

updated: 
Friday, August 22, 2014 - 10:06am
full name / name of organization: 
50th International Congress on Medieval Studies Special Session
contact email: 

The Secret Life of Medieval Plants

Sprouting from the roots of popular science writers such as Michael Pollan and cultivated by philosophers of vegetal life such as Michael Marder and Matthew Hall, ecocriticism's recent turn toward plant studies expands on developments in animal studies and posthumanisms. Plant studies engages with current conversations on bioethics, food security, genetic engineering, and the moral authority of "Nature." As medievalists such as Gillian Rudd, Peggy McCracken, and Robert W. Barrett have recently shown, medieval studies is poised to make significant contributions to this fertile field of study through analyses of the symbolic, cultural, economic, ecological, and religious role plants played in history.

Medievalism in Young Adult and Children's Literature

updated: 
Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 8:34pm
full name / name of organization: 
Alexandra Garner/Bowling Green State University

Call for Papers

Conference: 50th Annual International Congress for Medieval Studies
Location/Date: Kalamazoo, Michigan, May 14-17 2015
Session: "Modernizing the Medieval for a New Generation: Medievalism in Young Adult and Children's Literature"
Organizer: Alexandra Garner, Bowling Green State University

UPDATED: Medieval Drama: Expanding the Canon--Period, Performance, and Pedagogy

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Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 2:30pm
full name / name of organization: 
Medieval and Renaissance Drama Society (MRDS)

Because of the resurgence of medieval drama scholarship, 2015 is a fitting point at which to reassess our notions of a "medieval drama canon." Recent work has shown that medieval drama, like medieval literature in general, traverses multiple genres and historical periods. We also know that individual and communal audiences witnessed the drama in several sites, public and private. Moreover, the recent publications of several new "classroom" texts—in the forms of stand-alone editions and anthologies—show that instructors are moving beyond the traditional teaching texts, such as Mankind and the Towneley Second Shepherds Play, of the last several decades.

Melusine's Footprint: Tracing the Legacy of a Medieval Myth

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Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 9:49am
full name / name of organization: 
Misty Urban
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Matriarch, monster, muse, and myth: While the late 14th c French prose romance by Jean d'Arras arguably remains the earliest and most-translated version of the story of Melusine—in which he envisions her as a foundress of the powerful Lusignan family—the figure of the fairy woman cursed with a half-human, half-serpent form traveled widely through the legends of medieval and early modern Europe. From Thüring von Ringoltingen's German iteration of 1456, which gave rise to the popular chapbook, and related folktales that brought Melusine decisively to the European medieval imaginary, Melusine's variants surface in countries and centuries beyond.

CFP: UC Berkeley Graduate Student Conference "Leaps of Faith" Deadline: 09/15/14

updated: 
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 6:04pm
full name / name of organization: 
Department of Comparative Literature, UC Berkeley

Call for Papers

Deadline September 15, 2014

Leaps of Faith: Figurations of Belief in Literature and Critical Thought

Hosted by The Department of Comparative Literature
University of California, Berkeley
November 21-22, 2014.

This conference aims to explore diverse acts of faith and their significance in both secular and religious contexts. We welcome submissions from graduate students from all disciplinary backgrounds. Abstracts due to ucbleapsoffaith@gmail.com by September 15, 2014.

Leaps of Faith: Figurations of Belief in Literature and Critical Thought

Comparative Literature Graduate Student Conference, UC Berkeley

ANZAMEMS 10th Biennial Conference 2015

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 2:30am
full name / name of organization: 
Australian and New Zealand Association of Medieval and Early Modern Studies
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Australian and New Zealand Association of Medieval and Early Modern Studies
10th Biennial Conference
The University of Queensland
14-18 July 2015

Sponsored by the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, The University of Queensland

Keynote speakers:

- Professor Alexandra Walsham (Cambridge)
- Professor Laura Knoppers (Notre Dame)
- Professor Jessie Ann Owens (UC Davis)

We invite proposals for papers and panels for ANZAMEMS 2015.

Food and Sustainability: Towards a Culinary Ecology

updated: 
Saturday, August 16, 2014 - 3:52pm
full name / name of organization: 
NeMLA
contact email: 

Interest in the fields of food and sustainability studies within the humanities is rapidly growing, in part due to their ability to investigate our perceived relationship with ecology. Food is a text that conveys identity, reflecting historically grounded or socially constructed attitudes through what is produced and consumed, both gastronomic and printed. Likewise, the connection between nature and culture as manifested in narratives allow us to recognize the discourse and disconnect between society and our environment, marking us through this relationship. Central to both fields is the interplay of humanity and environment, depicted in rural and urban ecologies, e.g. food deserts versus urban food jungles.

Holy and Unholy Roadtrips in Middle English Romance

updated: 
Friday, August 15, 2014 - 4:11pm
full name / name of organization: 
Kalamazoo Medieval Congress: May 14-17, 2015

In Middle English Romance, knights-errant traverse varied and perilous geographies on journeys that are often as moral, spiritual and experiential as they are physical. Some romances feature purposefully foreign or otherwordly lanscapes, but they sometimes present quite familiar ones. This panel will consider the explicit and implicit functions of the physical and metaphorical journeys that drive Middle English romances.

Adaptation Section of the 2015 PCA/ACA National Conference in New Orleans, April 1-4

updated: 
Friday, August 15, 2014 - 3:41pm
full name / name of organization: 
Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association
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Adaptation and Intertextuality

Papers on any and all aspects of adaptation will be considered, including but not limited to novel to film/play/TV adaptations, short story to film/TV adaptations, film to novel adaptations, stage play to radio adaptations, painting to novel/film adaptations, theme park attraction to film adaptations, video game to opera adaptations, or any other kind of adaptation you can think of!

Medieval Drama: Expanding the Canon--Period, Performance, and Pedagogy

updated: 
Friday, August 15, 2014 - 9:21am
full name / name of organization: 
Medieval and Renaissance Drama Society (MRDS)

Because of the resurgence of medieval drama scholarship, 2015 is a fitting point at which to reassess our notions of a "medieval drama canon." Recent work has shown that medieval drama, like medieval literature in general, traverses multiple genres and historical periods. We also know that individual and communal audiences witnessed the drama in several sites, public and private. Moreover, the recent publications of several new "classroom" texts—in the forms of stand-alone editions and anthologies—show that instructors are moving beyond the traditional teaching texts, such as Mankind and the Towneley Second Shepherds Play, of the last several decades.

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