MRGSA Graduate Conference at The Ohio State University

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Medieval and Renaissance Graduate Student Association (MRGSA) at The Ohio State University
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Conference Dates: October 23-24th, 2015
Abstract Deadline: September 4th, 2015
$100 Prize for best conference paper

The Ohio State Medieval and Renaissance Graduate Student Association is currently accepting abstracts for its third graduate student conference. The conference will take place on October 23-24, 2015 at OSU in Columbus, Ohio, and is open to all graduate students within and outside the Ohio State community. Prospective papers will be considered on any topic that would be of interest to an audience working in the fields of Medieval or Renaissance studies, but particular attention will be paid to proposals that examine this year's theme: Metamorphosis.

As a process of change, metamorphosis implies fluidity, liminality, and instability. Boundaries and borders disappear only to reappear in new forms. New approaches are used to answer age-old questions. Metamorphosis' transitory state has captured the imagination of philosophers, poets, and artists throughout the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. It was both a source of fascination and of anxiety as it revealed the world as it really was and destabilized expectations. This conference hopes to start a discussion about metamorphosis in all of its various forms, by specifically focusing on the questions of how and why entities, structures, and ideas changed, and what was created as a result of these changes.

Themes may include but are not limited to:
• Textual translation
• Hybridity
• Institutions in flux
• Identities in transformation
• Migration
• Clothing and disguise
• Visual culture and exchange
• Ideologies and Ideas
• Sacred objects, relics, and icons
• Fluidity of culture between periods
• Medieval animals and monsters
• Environmental changes
• Reinterpretation through visual art and music
• Changing family structures
• Shifting gender relations
• Time, space, and place
• Cross-cultural contact and exchange

Several presentation formats will be available:
• Individual Presentations: Presenters should plan to speak for 15-20 minutes on a single topic related to Medieval or Renaissance studies.
• Panel Sessions: Presenters will address a specific issue or topic in Medieval or Renaissance studies as a group or from multiple perspectives. These sessions will feature 3 speakers and include 15 minutes for questions and discussion.
• Posters: Posters present research results or works-in-progress in a visual display and will be featured in an exhibition. Presenters will have an opportunity to interact with attendees and answer questions during a designated poster presentation session.

Abstracts of no more than 250 words should be sent to by September 4th, 2015. All submissions should include the title of the paper as well as the name, institutional affiliation, proposed presentation format, and contact information of the author. Chosen participants will be notified by e-mail no later than September 24th, 2015.

A $100 prize will be presented to one excellent paper based on quality of research, writing, and presentation. Interested parties should submit their final papers by no later than October 16th. The winner will be notified after the conference.