CFP: [Medieval] Authority, Authorship, and Audience in the Middle Ages (grad) (10/15/07; 2/15/08-2/16/08)

full name / name of organization: 
Karen Robinson
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The sixth annual Conference for Medieval Studies, a graduate student
conference sponsored by Comitatus, the Purdue Medieval Studies student
organization, will be held at Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana
from February 15-16, 2008. The theme for this year’s conference will be
"Authority, Authorship, and Audience in the Middle Ages."

Eve Salisbury, Associate Professor of English at Western Michigan
University will be the plenary speaker for this year’s conference.

Our theme looks at the concept of authorship in the Middle Ages. Because
our modern understanding of authorship is quite different from the Middle
Ages, the idea of how to define authorship and who should be called an
author are questions well worth pursuing. Wrapped into the questions about
authorship are questions of authority and audience.

We are inviting 250-word abstracts for papers as well as panel proposals
from graduate students and advanced undergraduates. Individual papers
should be 15-20 minutes in length to allow time for discussion.

All facets of authorship, particularly those submissions that engage the
concept of authorship through art, architecture, gender, historical
documentation, manuscript creation, or literature are particularly welcome.
Possible topics might include but are not limited to the following:
- How has a particular author(s) used source material to establish another
meaning for the text?
- How is authorship defined when looking at an artifact that is not text-based?
- How does gender affect both author and authority? Does gender affect the
power structures of a work?
- Who had the authority to write about religious topics? What happened when
someone outside those bounds wrote "authoritatively" about religion?
- What political agendas might an author/artist/designer have?
- How does knowing the authorship (and potential bias) of a writer of a
historical chronicle affect the reading of that chronicle?

Due Date for Abstracts: October 15, 2007

Please send all abstracts to:
Karen Robinson (preferred)
Purdue University
Department of English
500 Oval Drive
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2038

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