Knowledge: Transmission and Translation (Duke University; February 3-4, 2012)

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North Carolina Colloquium in Medieval and Early Modern Studies
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The 12th annual North Carolina Colloquium in Medieval and Early Modern Studies invites graduate students to submit proposals that engage broadly with notions of knowledge--its transmission, translation and commodifcation in economies of power. We welcome interdisciplinary submissions ranging in historical focus from the 11th to the 17th century. Our topic is intended to be expansive rather than limiting, inviting notions of knowledge that work across the boundaries of scholastic and vernacular culture and embrace both elite and popular practices and forms of understanding.

Potential topics may include, but are not limited to: the development of universities and the spread of university culture; uncertain knowledge (skepticism, relativism, doubt); the role of monasteries and religious orders; didacticism in art, literature and architecture; the materiality of education (texts, manuscripts, copy books); methods of learning; the spread of literacy and the vernacular; Reformation and Renaissance theories of education; knowing and translating the "Other"; religious heterodoxy; magic, alchemy and folk practices.

The North Carolina Colloquium in Medieval and Early Modern Studies is a cooperative venture between UNC-Chapel Hill and Duke University. The purpose of the conference is to promote an interdisciplinary dialogue; thus we aim at attracting scholars from the entire range of social sciences and humanities, including religion, literature, history, social/cultural anthropology, archaeology, history of art, linguistics, sociology and geography. The organizing committee welcomes proposals from graduate students for presentations that do not exceed 20 minutes. Graduate students who wish to participate in the conference should submit an abstract of 250 words. Please send abstracts with name, institutional affliation and address to by December 31, 2011.