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CFP: Pearl-Poet (9/30/05; Kalamazoo, 5/4/06-5/7/06)

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Wednesday, August 17, 2005 - 10:03am
Kenna L. Olsen

Apologies for cross posting

The Pearl-Poet Society is sponsoring the following four sessions at the
41st International Congress on Medieval Studies, 4-7 May 2006
Western Michigan University Kalamazoo, Michigan.

1. "The Masculine and the Feminine in the Pearl-Poems"

2. "Politics and History in the Pearl-Poems"

3. "The God(s) of the Pearl-Poems"

4. "Teaching the Pearl-Poems"

We invite abstracts from scholars of all levels - from graduate student
to senior academic.

Please submit a one-page abstract to the desired session (please
include complete contact information).

CFP: Abandonment and Exile In Anglo-Saxon Prose (9/10/05; Kalamazoo, 5/4/06-5/7/06)

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Wednesday, August 17, 2005 - 10:03am
Erik Vorhes

CFP: Abandonment and Exile in Anglo-Saxon Prose, a special session at
the 41st International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo MI

Old English literature is rich in poetry that explores solitude, from
the Wife's Lament to the Seafarer. But what about the prose?

This session seeks to explore the legal, literary, social, and
theological functions of abandonment and exile in that prose. Papers
that address law codes, penitentials, homilies, hagiography, and
other prose Anglo-Saxon texts are encouraged.

For questions or abstract submissions, please contact Erik Vorhes at
evorhes_at_gmail.com

CFP: Theorizing the Borders: Literature, History, and Identity Across the Anglo-Scottish Divide (9/7/05; Kalamazoo, 5/4/06-5/7/0

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Friday, August 12, 2005 - 3:07pm
Katherine Terrell (kterrell)

Special Session: Theorizing the Borders: Literature, History, and
Identity Across the Anglo-Scottish Divide

International Congress on Medieval Studies
Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo, MI
May 4-7 2006

Call for papers examining the real and imagined relationships between
England and Scotland in the Middle Ages, and how these relationships
helped to shape both English and Scottish conceptions of nation,
culture, and identity.

CFP: Anchoritic Session II (UK) (9/1/05; Leeds, 7/10/06-7/13/06)

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Friday, August 12, 2005 - 3:07pm
McAvoy E.

I am currently putting together two sessions for the Leeds conference next
year on behalf of the Anchoritic Society. The first, on anchoritic
iconography, is already full but I am keen to receive abstracts for a second
session on the intersections between sanctity and anchoritic enclosure.

The title of the session will be 'Anchoritism and Sanctity, Anchorites and
Sainthood' and I would like to receive abstracts for 20-minute papers by
September 1st. Please send abstracts electronically to
e.mcavoy_at_swansea.ac.uk or else by snail mail to Liz Herbert McAvoy,
Department of English, Keir Hardy Building, University of Wales, Swansea,
Singleton Park, Swansea, Wales,
UK SA2 8PP

CFP: Theorizing Gender in Medieval Texts (9/15/05; Kalamazoo, 5/4/06-5/7/06)

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Friday, August 12, 2005 - 3:07pm
Marla Segol

Theory: The process of theorizing gender in medieval texts

This panel will be dedicated to exploring the process of theorizing =20
gender in medieval texts.
It will focus on some key questions inherent to this process, such as =20=

the politics of interpreting particular texts and artifacts, and of =20
relating those interpretations to prevailing constructions of history =20=

and/or culture.

When we read a text or an artifact we make some fundamental decisions =20=

CFP: Medieval English Drama and Vernacular Theology (9/15/05; Kalamazoo, 5/4/06-5/7/06)

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Friday, August 12, 2005 - 3:07pm
dlavinsk_at_umich.edu

Two Sponsored Sessions for the 41st International Congress in Medieval Studies
at Kalamazoo, 4-7 May 2006.

The Medieval and Early Modern Studies Program at the University of Michigan, Ann
Arbor, invites interdisciplinary, comparative, and global perspectives on
English drama and vernacular theology in the Middle Ages.

1. New Approaches to Medieval English Drama: Performing the Religious Other

Possible topics might include but are not limited to:

•Representations of Islam and the East
•Christian-Jewish relations
•Representations of Catholics in Early Protestant Drama
•Women and gender in Corpus Christi drama

CFP: The Church and the Law (9/15/05; Kalamazoo, 5/4/06-5/7/06)

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Friday, August 12, 2005 - 3:07pm
J. Sexton

The rights of lay Christians, clergy, and even the church itself were
accommodated in secular law in a number of ways. This session will engage
recent work on the complicated, interwoven relationships between medieval
legal and religious traditions.
The organizers invite papers from a variety of disciplines (including
literary studies, legal history, and cultural and institutional history),
and especially work which investigates specific instances of attempts by
lawmakers or clergy to enforce, expand, or curtail religious practice or
ritual.

Please send abstracts of 250-300 words along with a brief cover letter to:

CFP: New England Saga Society at Kalamazoo (9/15/05; Kalamazoo, 5/4/06-5/7/06)

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Friday, August 12, 2005 - 3:06pm
J. Sexton

The New England Saga Society is currently seeking papers for two sponsored
sessions at the 2006 41st International Congress at Kalamazoo in 2006.

Session I: The Problem of Revenge: Cultural Critiques in the Icelandic Sagas

The theme of Icelandic nationalism is undeniably important in the sagas, but
readers must not neglect the inherent cultural critiques which arise as
well. NESS will take up this discussion in a session that asks what
critiques we might find in the sagas, especially with regards to the
constant and violent feuds that erupt over Iceland's medieval landscape.

Session II: The World of Women in the Icelandic Sagas

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