SEMA, Oct. 3-5, 2013 : Close to the Edge

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Southeastern Medieval Association
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In the medieval world, which relied on boundaries to sustain spatial, social, and political hierarchies, edges could be stable or fluid, demarcate a final border or provide places of intersection. This fall SEMA will meet at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC, in the heart of Appalachia, a region long perceived as existing on the American edge, first serving as the colonial frontier and even today existing on the margins of regional, political, and cultural consciousness.

In this spirit, we invite papers on all aspects of medieval studies but particularly welcome those exploring metaphorical or material edges such as manuscript marginalia; architectural edges; real and imaginary geography, boundaries and margins; social/ political/religious hierarchies and their boundaries; the blurring of edges between medieval and later time periods; displaced, non-human, and/or marginal figures; lesser known texts or artifacts; "marginal media" such as graphic novels, comic books, games, etc.

Please send proposals for sessions or abstracts (250 words or less) for papers to Mary Valante and Alison Gulley at by June 14th, 2013.