Mediocrity in the Middle Ages: Finding the Middle Ground11th Annual Medievalists @ Penn (M@P) Graduate ConferenceUniversity of Pennsylvania, February 22nd, 2019Confirmed Keynote Speaker: Sonja Drimmer (UMass Amherst, Art History) What makes something “mediocre” in the Middle Ages? We often assume that if a manuscript, literary text, or work of visual or performance art has survived from the medieval period, it is exceptional in some way. Modern scholarship tends to enforce this assumption by either praising a work for its beauty and importance, or arguing for the centrality and exceptionality of something that past scholarship has ignored. But what of things that have survived that are just OK?
Call for Papers The Gestures of Diplomacy: Gifts, Ceremony, Body Language (1400-1750)
Toulouse, France, 30th May - 1st June 2019.
Confirmed Keynote speaker: Ellen R. Welch (The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), author of A Theatre of Diplomacy (Penn, 2017)
PCA/ACA 2019 National Conference, April 17th – 20th, 2019 – Washington, D.C.
The Medievalism in Popular Culture Area (including Anglo-Saxon, Robin Hood, Arthurian, Norse, and other materials connected to medieval studies) accepts papers on all topics that explore either popular culture during the Middle Ages or transcribe some aspect of the Middle Ages into the popular culture of later periods. These representations can occur in any genre, including film, television, novels, graphic novels, gaming, advertising, art, etc. For this year’s conference, I would like to encourage submissions on some of the following topics:
While scholars often note that Hoccleve’s and Langland’s poetic personae each make the other more understandable, rarely have these poets been analyzed together in great detail. Thus, with this session, The International Hoccleve Society and International Piers Plowman Society seek to provide an occasion to do so. The Societies invite paper submissions that examine the ways interpretive discourses around Hoccleve’s and Langland’s works overlap and intersect.
This series of sessions proposes to explore the multifarious relationships between women and the natural world in medieval literature. We invite abstracts for papers on medieval texts of any language, genre, and period across the global Middle Ages. We particularly welcome submissions from doctoral candidates, early career researchers, and independent scholars. After receiving all submissions, papers will be organised into a number of linked sessions focussing on more specific topics within the overarching theme of women and the natural world.
Topics may include, but are certainly not limited to:
International Piers Plowman Society Conference (April 4-7, 2019). Paper Panel: “Langland’s Library”
Renaissance Conference of Southern California
63rd Annual Conference Saturday, 9 March 2019
The Huntington Library and Gardens Pasadena, CA
PLENARY ROUNDTABLE Teaching Race and the Renaissance
Amy Buono (Art History, Chapman University)
Ambereen Dadabhoy (Literature, Harvey Mudd College)
Liesder Mayea (Spanish, University of Redlands)
Danielle Terrazas Williams (History, Huntington Fellow 2018–19 and Oberlin College)
DIGITAL HUMANITIES TALK AND WORKSHOP
“The Huntington’s Collections: Virtual and Real”
Vanessa Wilkie (Curator of Medieval Manuscripts and British History, Huntington Library)
Time: February 15 - 16
Place: Rice University, Houston TX
Keynote presentations will be by Rita Felski and Tim Morton. Rita Felski is William R. Kenan, Jr., Professor of English at the University of Virginia, and Niels Bohr Professor at the University of Southern Denmark. Her current interests are in aesthetics, interpretation, and method; recent books include Uses of Literature, The Limits of Critique, Critique and Postcritique.
The Medieval Academy of America's Graduate Student Council is looking for a few more submissions to round out our panel for Leeds 2019 (1-4 July)
Our short abstrct is: