Shaping Narratives - February 25th-26th 2011

full name / name of organization: 
Johnny McFadyen, University of Bristol, UK
contact email: 
jonathan.mcfadyen@bristol.ac.uk

The University of Bristol hosts the longest-running international medieval postgraduate conference in the UK. Each year we offer medievalists the opportunity to present their research, discuss ideas, and foster links bridging disciplinary and geographical boundaries. In 2011 the conference will be in its 17th year, and we are inviting proposals for papers from postgraduates and early career scholars on the theme of ‘Shaping Narratives’.

Our conception of the Middle Ages is shaped by the narratives we uncover in the rich range of medieval cultural artefacts that survive (or have failed to survive) to the present day. Narratives – both medieval and modern – can be shaped by religious, political or didactic ideas, by questions of identity, or by constructions of authorship and creation. This interdisciplinary conference will consider the use of narrative in the formation and interpretation of the textual, visual, musical and material cultures of the Middle Ages.

Topics may include but are not limited to:

(*) The notion of medieval authors/creators
(*) Medieval readers and listeners: interpretation, orality and performance
(*) Material and visual narratives
(*) Critical interpretations of the past: narrative and genre theory in both contemporary and medieval scholarly discourse
(*) Biography, life stories and exempla
(*) Narratives through music and lyric
(*) Hiding and suppressing political and religious narratives
(*) Narratives in manuscript culture: discerning textual communities from miscellanies and compilations

Papers must be no more than 20 minutes long

Abstracts of 250-300 words should be sent by email (by preference) to:
Johnny McFadyen (Jonathan.McFadyen@bristol.ac.uk)

Or to Johnny McFadyen, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Bristol, Graduate School of Arts and Humanities, 7 Woodland Road, Bristol BS8 1TB, UK.

Deadline for receipt of abstracts: 10th December 2010
Registration deadline: 21st January, 2011

For further information please visit our website:
www.bristol.ac.uk/medievalcentre/postgraduate-conference

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