Literature abounds with monsters - from the dragons that plague medieval towns to the vampires that rise from nineteenth-century graves to the aliens, cyborgs, and zombies that serve as the basis of our contemporary nightmares. The prevalence of these creatures prompts literary critics to ask why they haunt us. What can we learn from a closer examination of these fictional monsters?
The failures of traditional periodization are nowhere more evident than when Western scholars approach non-Western cultures, religions, and/or political formations under the rubric of “middleness.” Even as projects such as the “Global Middle Ages” seek to broaden the geographic scope of medieval studies, which has for too long ignored the cultural production of non-European, non-Western societies, such endeavors import assumptions about modernization and enlightenment that may obscure as much as they reveal about the peoples and places they study.
In the twelfth century, Hugh of Saint Victor compared the temporal world to “flood water sweeping past,” and Bernard of Cluny imagined it to be unfixed and unstable like “streams of water.” Linking apocalyptic imaginings and temporal anxieties with the flux of liquid landscapes was not uncommon in the Middle Ages. But medieval waterways also gave life. This panel seeks to explore the generative nature of rivers, channels, and oceans at the edge of human experience, exploring the dynamism of fluid liminality.
3rd Annual Braniff Conference in the Liberal Arts
Braniff Graduate School of Liberal Arts
University of Dallas, Irving, TX
January 28, 2017
Keynote Speaker: TBA
Collecting the Monstrous
MEARCSTAPA (Monsters: the Experimental Association for the Research of Cryptozoology through Scholarly Theory and Practical Application)
Panel for the 2017 MAP (Medieval Association of the Pacific) Conference at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA
March 9–11, 2017 at the University of Notre Dame.
Vagantes, North America’s largest graduate student conference for medieval studies, is seeking submissions for its 16th annual meeting at the University, of Notre Dame, March 9–11.
The Early Modern Colloquium at the University of Michigan
invites abstracts for papers for their interdisciplinary graduate student conference,
"Body Language, Bawdy Talk: Sex and Form in Medieval and Early Modern Culture"
at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, March 9-11, 2017.
With keynote lectures by:
Jeffrey Masten (Northwestern) and
Zrinka Stahuljak (UCLA)
And panel responses from the medieval
and early modern faculty at the University of Michigan.
2nd Global Conference
Call for Participation 2017
Saturday 1st April – Monday 3rd April 2017
CFP AAIS-CSIS 2017 The Ohio State University (Columbus, Ohio)
Epic, Romance, Novel: Intersections and Interactions in Italian culture.