CFP: [Medieval] Politics of Communication Grad Student Conference

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William Hager
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The California State University, Long Beach, Center for Medieval and
Renaissance Studies Inaugural Graduate Student Conference: The Politics
of Communication, 800-1600


The Politics of Communication, 800-1600
November 15, 2008
California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, California
Organizers: Shawn Moore ( and William Hager

We are seeking paper abstracts and panel proposals from all disciplines
for CSULB’s inaugural Medieval and Renaissance Studies Conference from
graduate students and advanced undergraduate students. Abstracts should
be 250 words or less for papers of approximately 15-20 minutes in length,
allowing for discussion and questions following the presentation.

This conference will examine the politicizing of communication in its
myriad forms during the period of time between the ninth and the
seventeenth centuries. The word “communication” is an extremely
generalized term for a very complex concept (one that should not be
limited exclusively to the use of spoken or written language). Implicit
within notions of communication are ideas of power, authorship, audience,
performance, and censorship. Possible questions to address include:

• What is communication’s role in the dominant orthodoxy’s
expression of power over its subjects? How does communication challenge
notions of authority inherent in political systems? To what extent does
communication act to subvert that authority?
• How do non-written forms of communication (i.e., art,
architecture, etc.) convey political or religious authority?
• How does written communication differ from the oral tradition?
• What is the relationship between authorship and communication?
Between representation and communication?

We have extended the deadline for abstract submissions to Tuesday,
September 2, 2008. Confirmation of accepted papers will then be sent by
September 15, 2008. We require that abstracts be submitted
electronically in the body of an e-mail sent to
and Please use the subject heading: Politics of
Communication. Additional information will be forthcoming at

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