[UPDATE] Encountering Early Modern/Medieval Texts panel at (dis)junctions Grad Conference, Apr 5-6. DEADLINE EXTENDED to Feb 22

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Josh Pearson, University of California Riverside
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This year’s (dis)junctions conference theme focuses on “encounters,” with an emphasis of the term’s foregrounding of the unexpected. However, under these conditions, true “encounters” with texts of the early modern and medieval periods, texts which have been repeatedly studied for hundreds of years, may seem unlikely. Can we truly “encounter” Shakespeare’s texts (or Chaucer’s, or Milton’s), or is that encounter always mediated by an already-constructed knowledge formation? This panel invites the submission of papers which address this improbable phenomenon of encountering the early modern and/or medieval text. Also invited are papers which reflect on encounters within early modern/medieval texts, encounters with or within early modern/medieval histories, and any other papers which consider the conference theme of “Encounters” in conjunction with the early modern and/or medieval period to a significant degree. If submissions are numerous and productive, papers that consider the early modern and the medieval may be separated into two distinct panels.

Abstracts of 250-300 words should be submitted at www.disjunctions2013.org or mailed to disjunctions2013@gmail.com no later than February 22nd, 2013.

This is a panel call for the 20th Annual (dis)junctions Humanities and Social Sciences Graduate Conference at the University of California, Riverside. This year’s general theme, “encountering with(in) texts,” examines the impact of situatedness, unexpectedness, and/or unpreparedness on “face to text” encounters with media objects, embodied encounters negotiated through or overdetermined by texts, and representations of “encountering” within texts. Please visit www.disjunctions2013.org for more information on this year’s theme, our other subject- and discipline-specific panel calls, and Keynote Speaker Dr. Nicholas Mirzeoff.

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