CFP: [Medieval] Medieval Exile Experiences

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Kelli Gardner Bell
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hile medieval exile has received some degree of attention in the past years, generally it is not
viewed as a productive experience and instead focuses more the negative associations of life in
exile. Exile takes on many forms and accounts for a diverse set of experiences among medieval
people. Can we understand a knight on a service mission for his lord as experiencing exile? or a
woman married off into a foreign land? Are exile experiences limited to political expulsions/hostile
take-over of lands or religious withdrawal from public life? In this session, I propose to explore the
question of what medieval exile was, why people experienced exile, and what experiences,
challenges and transformations medieval people encountered in exile or upon their return from
exile. The goal of this session is to study more thoroughly the multitude of exile experiences which
shaped medieval people’s lives, be they forced upon them or self-chosen, while taking into
consideration encounters and experiences that are different for men and women, or because of
status and position, or because of the medium through which they are told, such as literature,
historical documents, art, etc. I welcome paper proposals from all disciplines and cultural areas, but
especially those, which approach the topic from an interdisciplinary perspective.
Please submit abstracts with contact information and A/V equipment requests to Dr. Evelyn Meyer
( by September 7th.

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