Kalamazoo CFP: "The Aristocracy and the Medieval Hunt" (9/15/10; 5/12/11)
CFP: "The Aristocracy and the Medieval Hunt"
Sponsored by Seigneurie: Group for the Study of Nobility, Lordship, and Chivalry
46th International Congress on Medieval Studies
May 12-15, 2011
Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI
Rationale: Hunting was the major leisure pursuit of the medieval aristocracy across Western Europe, a pursuit firmly rooted in class privilege and ideology and tied up with issues of legality, conflict, morality, and ecology. A handful of recent historical books and a small host of articles have brought hunting to the foreground as an emerging scholarly topic. It is particularly useful for examining disparate issues within one focused, thematic discussion. Many fundamental questions are difficult to answer, however: Why did the aristocracy hunt? How did they conceive of themselves as hunters? How did their practices influence conservationist practices? What insight do laws and regulations provide as to the social context of hunting and the disputes it engendered? What ethical and aesthetic ideas were present in the courtly hunt? This panel invites papers focused on the relationship between the medieval aristocracy and the hunt, broadly conceived, that consider these questions or related ones.
Please submit paper proposals by Sept. 15 to:
421 Denney Hall
164 W. 17th Ave.
Ohio State University
Columbus, OH 43210