Unexpected Monsters: Close Encounters of the Other Kind (Kalamazoo 2010)
CALL FOR PAPERS:
45TH INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS ON MEDIEVAL STUDIES
MAY 13–16, 2010
WESTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY/ KALAMAZOO
MEARCSTAPA (Monsters: The Experimental Association for the Research of Cryptozoology through Scholarly Theory and Practical Application) is sponsoring two sessions at the 45th International Congress on Medieval Studies (May 13–16, 2010). The call for papers and the contact details for the second session are below. All abstracts will also be made available for viewing on the MEARCSTAPA blog (http://medievalmonsters.blogspot.com/).
2. Unexpected Monsters: Close Encounters of the Other Kind
Typically, in medieval imagination, monsters appear in liminal spaces, in spaces outside of the civilized realm of the court. In literature they might appear in the forests and deserts, or in the mountain ranges, while on medieval maps they might appear in peripheral spaces, in the uncharted regions on the edges of the world. In such instances, they often represent all that is other, different, dangerous... the unknown. But what happens when the monster is local? Internal? This panel proposes to explore instances of unexpected monstrosity or otherness within within medieval
imaginings—instances of difference that occur at the level of the local and familiar, or within the self. Papers are invited that explore such interpretations of monstrosity within literature, art, and architecture (or in medieval culture at large).
Please send abstracts of 300 words, along with a completed Participant Information Form (http://www.wmich.edu/medieval/congress/submissions/index.html#Paper), to Renée Ward at firstname.lastname@example.org by 1 September 2009.