UPDATE: Dissent and Dissonance in Medieval and Early Modern Culture (12/1/06; 2/16/07-2/17/07)

full name / name of organization: 
LaTarsha Pough
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UPDATE: Our keynote/plenary speaker for the Colloquium will be Professor Bruce
Holsinger (University of Virginia, Departments of English and Music).

Dissent and Dissonance

North Carolina Colloquium in Medieval and Early Modern Studies

Duke University

Friday-Saturday, February 16-17, 2007

The Eighth Annual North Carolina Colloquium in Medieval and Early Modern
Studies will be held at Duke University on February 16-17, 2007. This year's
graduate student colloquium encourages interdisciplinary discussion of our
topic, "Dissent and Dissonance," among scholars of the Middle Ages and early
modernity. We will convene to explore the contours of resistance to religious,
political, cultural, aesthetic, and institutional traditions and discourses in
premodern or early modern contexts, negotiating the very terms of order and
dissent. We solicit papers that interpret resistance not by reducing analysis
to all-encompassing categories of ?orthodox? and ?heterodox,? but by
considering the varieties and gradations of dissent and discord available to
medieval and early modern traditions and institutions.

Paper topics might address, but are not limited to, the following:

-What constitutes an establishment or an institution? Are these active, static
or otherwise?

-What constitutes orthodoxy? What is its relationship to dissent? How do these
terms influence one another in medieval and early modern contexts?

-Does order/orthodoxy ever (or always) bear the traces of dissent?

-How do the very terms ?dissent? and ?orthodoxy? naturalize particular
cultural, political or periodic understandings of regimes of order and

-How might we think about the performance of dissent in architecture, images,
mode of dress, actions, language, or social/political practice?

-How does dissonance relate to the impetus to revision (aesthetic and musical
revisions of harmonics/harmony; social and/or political revision proceeding
from discord)?

Please submit paper proposals (250 words max) with full name and institution to
medren_at_duke.edu by December 1, 2006.

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