UPDATE: [Renaissance] Holy Women, Holy Places: Gender, Publics, and Religion (grad) (9/28/07; 12/06/07-12/07/07)

full name / name of organization: 
Judith Anderson

Deadline extended to September 28, 2007.

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 28, 2007

The Medieval and Early Modern Institute invites submissions for “Holy
Women, Holy Places: Gender, Publics, and Religion in Medieval and Early
Modern Europe,” its 4th Annual Graduate Student Colloquium taking place
December 6-7, 2007 at the University of Alberta, featuring Professor Andy
Orchard from the Centre for Medieval Studies at the University of Toronto.
His keynote address is entitled “Wholly Women?: Female Religious in
Anglo-Saxon Literature and History.”
This interdisciplinary colloquium is the final event of the Medieval and
Early Modern Institute’s “2007: Year of Holy Women.” 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 “holy.” 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
- medieval or early modern historical accounts of holiness
- expressions or manifestations of (un)holiness in texts, culture, and/or
the body
- constructions of holiness in religion, literature, history, etc.
- communities as they relate to pilgrimage, travel, the landscape and/or
the nation
- (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,
and/or religion
- (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
judith.anderson_at_ualberta.ca. 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 28, 2007.

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