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CALL FOR PAPERS
Holy Women, Holy Places: Gender, Publics, and Religion in Medieval and
Early Modern Europe
An interdisciplinary graduate student colloquium hosted by the Medieval and
Early Modern Institute at the University of Alberta
December 6-7, 2007
Deadline for submissions: September 21, 2007
The Medieval and Early Modern Institute invites submissions for â€œHoly
Women, Holy Places: Gender, Publics, and Religion in Medieval and Early
Modern Europe,â€ its 4th Annual Graduate Student Colloquium taking place
December 6-7, 2007 at the University of Alberta.
Keynote address by Professor Andy Orchard, Centre for Medieval Studies,
University of Toronto:
â€œWholly Women?: Female Religious in Anglo-Saxon Literature and Historyâ€
This colloquium is the final event of the Medieval and Early Modern
Instituteâ€™s â€œ2007: Year of Holy Women.â€ In addition to discussions of
individual holy women, we invite interrogations of the contexts, places,
and/or publics within which these women are situated. We also encourage
discussions of holiness itself, how it is gendered, politicized,
historicized, or authorized, as well as the people, places, texts,
audiences, and communities that may be excluded from, or constructed by,
the category of â€œholy.â€ How does holiness, or un-holiness, interact with
identity and/or community formation in the medieval and/or early modern
period in Europe?
Possible topics include, but are not limited to:
- famous (or infamous) holy women or men
- constructions of publics using holiness
- medieval or early modern historical accounts of holiness
- expressions or manifestations of (un)holiness in texts, culture, and/or
- constructions of holiness in religion, literature, history, etc.
- communities as they relate to pilgrimage, travel, the landscape and/or
- (un)holy places or (ir)religious spaces
- audiences for and/or performances of saintliness
- theories of individual and/or communal identity formation
- gender and/or sexuality in religion, literature, culture, etc.
- technology and the representation and/or construction of gender, publics,
- (un)authorized spirituality in politics, history, culture, etc.
Submissions on these and related topics are welcome from fields including,
but not limited to, history, classics, language and literature, religion,
art history, drama, music, architecture, and cultural studies.
Please send abstracts of 300 words or less, and a one-page cv, to
Papers should be no longer than 20 minutes. Funding may be available to
subsidize travel to the conference; please indicate in your email if you
would like to be considered. Deadline for submissions is September 21, 2007.
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