Marginalia: Life on the Edges, February 15 and 16, 2013
The 13th annual North Carolina Colloquium in Medieval and Early Modern Studies invites graduate students to submit proposals that engage broadly with the notion of marginalia. We welcome interdisciplinary submissions ranging in historical focus from late antiquity to the seventeenth century. Our topic is intended to be expansive rather than limiting; while papers may certainly consider marginalia as they appear in manuscripts, they are also welcome to dwell on other kinds of marginal entities—be they social groups, texts, dialects, etc. Potential topics may include, but are not limited to:
• marginal elements in art and literature
• groups on the "margins" of society
• aberrant practices
• criminal behavior
• alchemy and esoteric science and philosophy
• heterodox religious ideas and practices
• reports on marginal places and peoples (e.g., in travel literature and enclyclopedias)
• the establishment of new settlements
• the outer limits of empires
• marginal commentary and diary notes in printed books
This interdisciplinary conference will be held at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on February 15 and 16, 2013. Our keynote speaker, Dr. Stephen D. White, professor of History at Emory University and currently a fellow at the National Humanities Center, will be presenting a paper on "The Battle of Hastings on the Bayeux Embroidery". The North Carolina Colloquium in Medieval and Early Modern Studies is a cooperative venture between UNC-Chapel Hill and Duke University.
The time limit for essays is 20 minutes. Paper proposals of no more than 250 words should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than January 1, 2013.