CFP: [Medieval] Medieval Passions conference at St Francis Xavier

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Cory James Rushton
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Medieval Cultures at X is pleased to announce an interdisciplinary
conference on the topic of Medieval Passions. The conference will be held
at St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, on October 2-
3rd, 2008. Proposals for 20-minute papers in any discipline related to the
study of the Middle Ages are due by August 1st 2008. Possible relevant
topics include but are not limited to:
Martyrs and Martyrology

Ascetic suffering

Christ’s Passion

        Passion in medieval romance

Passion and gender

        Passion and ethnicity

        Passion and the aristocratic court

Theory, philosophy and history of passions and/or emotions

Mystical experiences of God and/or the sublime
        Medievalism and the passions

Professor Thomas J. Heffernan, author of Sacred Biography: Saints and
their Biographers in the Middle Ages and co-author of Scripture and
Pluralism: Reading the Bible in the Religiously Plural Worlds of the
Middle Ages and the Renaissance, will provide the keynote address
entitled “The Tradition of the Theology of Martyrdom in the Passion of
Perpetua and Felicity”.
The conference will include a business meeting, open to all, to discuss
the potential for an Atlantic (or North Atlantic) Medievalist’s
Association, partially designed on the model of the Medieval Association
of the Pacific (MAP). The association will have the principal goals of (1)
establishing an annual conference, at first within the Maritimes but with
the eventual possibility of European and/or American meetings, and (2) the
fostering of academic connections between medievalists working in Atlantic

Paper proposals and inquiries can be addressed to Donna Trembinski
(Department of History) at, or Cory James Rushton
(Department of English) at

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