May 8-11, 2014-International Congress on Medieval Studies (Kalamazoo): Compromised Bodies in Late Medieval France and Italy

full name / name of organization: 
Center for Medieval Studies, University of Minnesota
contact email: 
ascheil@umn.edu

49th International Congress on Medieval Studies
Western Michigan University
8-11 May 2014, Kalamazoo, MI

Sponsored Session
Center for Medieval Studies, University of Minnesota

“Compromised Bodies in Late Medieval France and Italy”

The body was a central concern for late medieval French and Italian societies. This panel will consider how individuals and society recognized and reacted to the body in compromised states (as a result of both internal and external conditions, such as madness, disease, passion, hunger, disability, crime, poverty, etc.). What kinds of identity formation occur from the body in altered states? How are cultural constructions of "the body" used to identify and problematize ideas of corporeal experience? Papers may approach questions of physical and emotional transformation through the body from literary and cultural appropriations, comparative studies, trauma studies, cognitive theory and/or linguistic studies.

Please submit abstracts and the Participant Information Form (http://www.wmich.edu/medieval/congress/submissions/index.html#PIF) via e-mail to Dr. Andrew Scheil at ascheil@umn.edu by 15 September 2013 or earlier.

Organized by:
Jessica Apolloni
Amanda Taylor
Katie Robison
Center for Medieval Studies, University of Minnesota

cfp categories: 
interdisciplinary
medieval
renaissance