CFP: [Medieval] Unknowing: Perspectives on Premodern Religion and Theology

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Stuart McWilliams

Call for Papers - "Unknowing: Perspectives on Premodern Religion and Theology"

Queen's University Belfast

Workshop Facilitators: Dr Andrew Cole (Georgia); Dr Anthony Masinton (York)

Organizers: Kath Stevenson, Stuart McWilliams

Students undertaking PhD research into any aspect of religion or theology
in relation to medieval studies are invited to submit paper proposals for
an AHRC-funded interdisciplinary doctoral conference to be held at Queen's
University Belfast on May 22nd, 23rd and 24th 2009.

Successful contributors will be required to submit their full paper in
electronic form by April 3rd 2009. Papers will then be printed in a
conference handbook, circulated among delegates, and read in advance. At
the conference, speakers will deliver a ten-minute presentation summarizing
their paper, before inviting responses. This format has been chosen to
offer a platform for more sustained and informed discussion and debate
between delegates than is often possible within the confines of a more
traditional conference structure. It is anticipated that some form of
publication may be considered for selected proceedings of the conference.
While the conference title "Unknowing" may be taken as stimulus for papers,
it is not intended as prescriptive - possible responses might include:

* Scholasticism and Philosophical Method
* Imagined Medievalisms in the History of Religion
* The Role of Patristic Theology in the Middle Ages and Beyond
* Traditions of Medieval Mysticism
* Postmodern Theology and Critical Thought

In addition to offering participants an opportunity for presenting,
discussing and debating current postgraduate research across a variety of
related subject areas, delegates will also benefit from participation in
two workshops. The first of these, "Genealogies of European Heresy", will
be led by Dr Andrew Cole (University of Georgia), author of _Literature and
Heresy in the Age of Chaucer_ (Cambridge 2008). The second workshop,
"Reading Ecclesiastical Spaces", will have as facilitator Dr Anthony
Masinton (University of York), whose recent research has been exploring the
potential of virtual reality reconstructions of medieval buildings.

There will be no fee for speakers or attendees at Unknowing, and we are
pleased to offer two international travel bursaries of £200 each.
Additional information on these awards is available on the conference website.

Abstracts of not more than 350 words should be sent by email to The closing date for submissions is December 5th 2008,
and notification of successful abstracts will be issued by December 22nd.

Further information about the conference is available at
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