CFP: [Medieval] Caring for Children: Models of Parenthood, Guardianship, or Fosterage in Medieval Literature and Art

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Kelli Gardner Bell
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While medieval childhood has received quite a high degree of attention recently, a lot of the
research has focused on the relationships between parents and their natural children as the societal
norm, while the wide-spread practice of guardianship and fosterage has mostly been discussed as
signs of parental negligence or abandonment. In this session, we propose to study more thoroughly
the multitude of arrangements in which medieval children received adult guidance, education,
nurturing and care as represented through a variety of media: fictional texts, historical documents,
art work, manuscript illustrations, and the like. We welcome paper proposals from all disciplines
and cultural areas.
Please submit abstracts with contact information and A/V equipment requests to both Dr. Evelyn
Meyer ( and Dr. Maria-Claudia Tomany, ( by September

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