UPDATE: [Medieval] K'zoo 08: Medieval Exile Experiences

full name / name of organization: 
Evelyn Meyer
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CFP for the International Congress on Medeivel Studies in Kalamazoo 2008:
This session is a sponsored session by the Center for Medieval and
Renaissance Studies, Saint Louis University.

While 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historical documents, art, etc.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
(emeyer16_at_slu.edu) by September 7th, 2007.

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