CFP: [Renaissance] University of Maryland Medieval&Renaissance Graduate Student Conference

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Jasmine Lellock
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Call for Papers : Graduate Conference in Medieval & Renaissance Studies
Conference: May 3, 2008
Deadline for Proposals: January 15, 2008
*Note: Abstracts will be reviewed if received after the deadline on a
space-available basis.
Keynote Speaker: Kristen Poole, University of Delaware

This interdisciplinary one-day symposium, sponsored by the Department of
English and Comparative Literature at the University of Maryland, aims to
present a cross-section of current research on the late medieval & early
modern period and to explore paths for future study. Our focus this year

Abstracts of no more than 300 words for papers or for panels should be
submitted to by January 15.

How is change perceived, and by what means is it known? How is mutability
represented in literature, culture, politics, religion, philosophy, and the
history of science? How are the same changes imagined differently within
and across various disciplines? In what ways have the interactions between
different media and disciplines shaped our understanding of mutability in
the late medieval and early modern period, as well as our own changing
perception of medieval or early modern studies?

We encourage proposals for papers or panels that cross disciplinary
boundaries, that reassess critical or historiographical boundaries between
medieval and early modern periods, or that speak to other opportunities or
challenges for early modern studies.

Possible topics include (but are not limited to) the following: allegory
and change, metaphysical change, change of mind, revision, scientific
paradigms and revolutions, early ideas of the ancients versus the moderns,
ideas of progress and decline, change and the visual arts, textual
transmission, the history of the book, ephemerality and material culture,
technological change, changes of government, religion and change, error,
imitation and transformation, variations in poetics and literary form, or
other tradition and innovation. The subject is intentionally large to
encourage a wide range of papers.

The University of Maryland is located in College Park, within the greater
metropolitan area of Washington, DC, a convenient base for the capital's
museums, archives, theaters, and other attractions.

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