From the impact of its eleventh-century rebuilding to the spread of Thomas Becket's cult across Europe and the Near East, Canterbury was an influential cultural center in the high medieval world. In keeping with the IMC theme, this session examines the role of memory and identity at Canterbury in the 11th-13th centuries. How did Canterbury's competing spiritual communities imagine themselves fitting into England's -- and Christendom's -- past and present? What insights can the manuscripts from Canterbury's scriptoria provide into the role of texts and images in articulating overlapping religious, linguistic, and political identities? How were Canterbury's identities translated beyond the British Isles?
This panel invites trans-historical and trans-disciplinary examinations of pre-modern disability studies, focusing particularly on the construction of the devotional subject across the lines of periodicity. Medievalists and early modernists working in the burgeoning field of disability studies have shown that “disability” was an operative category in premodern texts, with subjects constituted by different or “non-standard” bodies, minds, and spirits. This roundtable proposes to extend this conversation by turning to religious experience and devotion, an important discursive field for the construction of identity by marginalized and/or minority groups.
The past decade has seen a burgeoning of interest in the place of emotion in late medieval English literature and religious writing. Underlying this turn to emotion are two broader modes of thought: the history of emotions and affect theory. Both historians of the emotions and contemporary affect theorists carefully observe distinctions between the cognitive and precognitive elements of emotional experience. But only recently have late medievalists begun to investigate the distinctions between feeling, affect, and emotion in Middle English, Latin, and Anglo-French literature and devotional writing.
Gender, Materiality, and Movement in Medieval French Literature and Lyric
Special Session for the 53rd International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, Michigan, May 10-13, 2018
Rachel May Golden (University of Tennessee) and Katherine Kong (Independent Scholar), co-organizers
Iron maidens, the Inquisition, the Crusades, witch burnings: these images of violence, both fact and fiction, are profoundly connected to the Middle Ages. Yet if in many popular conceptions, the medieval world is associated with brutality and suffering, the period also offers unique formulations of mercy, compassion, and the power of resistance. In exploring both medieval violence or nonviolence, this symposium seeks to examine specific structures of power and brutality but also to complicate the narrative of the violent Middle Ages.
Hortulus: The Online Graduate Journal of Medieval Studies is sponsoring a roundtable at the Kalamazoo International Congress on Medieval Studies in 2018. Innovative Technologies: Modern Responses to the Medieval (A Roundtable) Please send abstracts of no more than a page, along with a current CV and the Participation Information Form (available on the Medieval Congress Submissions page:http://wmich.edu/medievalcongress/submissions) to Gwendolyne K
- International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI, 2018The Fifteenth Century: A Pivotal Period? (A Roundtable) We are looking for short papers that address the importance of the 15th century as a cultural, intellectual, political, and religious period. Papers from various disciplines encouraged. Please send abstracts to Charles-Louis Morand Métivier: firstname.lastname@example.org, before September 15th.
-NeMLA 2018 in Pittsburgh, Emotional Nation, National Emotions in Medieval and Renaissance French Literature Recent scholarship has acknowledged the importance of emotions in the premodern and medieval periods, notably how they were an important part of community building, as well as of political, intellectual, and religious worlds. This panel will explore how emotions were used in literature about the nascent idea of the French nation. If the French kingdom was “naturally” built around the image of the sovereign, some events weakened and threatened its power, even causing profound institutional crises.
Session at the 53rd International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamzoo MI, May 10-13, 2018
Many discussions of Marian piety in the late Middle Ages tend to link imitatio Mariae with women's piety, and focus on Mary's importance in the devotional lives of, for example, Margery Kempe and Julian of Norwich. And Mary was important to these women; but, as Caroline Walker Bynum, among others, has noted, Marian piety was not as important to women's spirituality as one might expect. Rather, as several scholars have suggested, Mary may have been more important to medieval male visionaries, and it was the male biographers of women who stress the theme of female imitatio Mariae.
Joint Conference of the
Rocky Mountain Medieval and Renaissance Association and Medieval Association of the Pacific
“Memory and Remembrance in the Middle Ages and Renaissance”University of Nevada, Las VegasLas Vegas, NevadaApril 12-15, 2018