CFP: [Medieval] Beholding Violence Conference

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Erin Labbie
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February 28 â€" March 1, 2008


Plenary Speakers

W.J.T. Mitchell
Michael Uebel
Historically, the action of beholding is linked to spectatorship and theatricality in viewing. In the
scene of beholding, one is often captivated by the image before which one is placed. The viewer
reacts to the image and this reaction has political implications. Beholding also carries with it
elements of debt, duty, and responsibility. Often the beholder of violence is placed in a
precarious position with regard to aesthetic and ethical questions.

This conference takes as its point of departure the beholder of violence in medieval and early
modern culture. We see seek papers that consider how images, texts and performances
promoted, supported or helped negotiate real or imagined violence during the era and consider
how certain types of artistic or literary production may be viewed as a response to collective
cultural attitudes and customs. Scholarship that engages contemporary theory and issues of
audience reception are particularly encouraged, as is interdisciplinarity.
Topics for submission may address (but are not limited to) such issues as:

• What new methods can we employ to examine the beholder's perspective?
• Is there such a thing called the "period eye" or an acculturated gaze of the viewer?
• What is the relation between the representation and the reception of violent content in art
and literature in the medieval and early modern era?
• How does the artistic object contribute to subject formation in culture?
• How do violence and pleasure intersect within the visual and literary arts?
• How can the uses of violence in cultural representation serve as means of knowing the
       past and as means of understanding and potentially altering the present?
• How have cultures in conflict turned to art and literature as tools for constructing

These are some of the questions that motivate this conference. We hope to hear your ideas as
well as to develop new questions that are catalyzing your work.

To be considered for the program, please send abstracts (300 words maximum) and a current
c.v. (including email address and phone number) by Friday August 31, 2007 to either:

Dr. Allie Terry Dr. Erin Felicia Labbie
Division of Art History Department of English
1000 Fine Arts Center 420 East Hall
Bowling Green State University Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, Ohio 43403 Bowling Green, Ohio 43403

Decisions for the selection of papers to be included in the program will be made by October 1,
2007. All inquiries may be sent via email to or

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